Archive for February, 2013

Great Times for Zach Nader

Zach Nader (2008 BFA from Baylor University and 2011 MFA from Texas Tech) “comb[s] the current torrent of images… in search of new possibilities of perception.” On Monday, January 28th Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, New York held the first solo-screening of his video works. Called great times are waiting, the videos, which were compiled over the last three years, feature footage from various television and online advertisements.

 

 

Nader’s videos were also recently featured in the group show She Bush at Yaffo 23 in Jerusalem, Israel– a show which “examine[d] human perception of reality in the post-internet era.”

For more on Zach Nader: a Q&A between the artist and Hey, Hot Shot!, and a critique of his ongoing work.

Donna Howell-Sickles Visits Texas Tech

 

Donna Howell-Sickles was in Lubbock in late January for the opening of a retrospective exhibition of her paintings at the National Ranching Heritage Center. She graduated from Texas Tech’s School of Art in 1972. In the years following, when she had to negotiate being both an artist and a mother, she would regularly begin painting as early as 4:30 in the morning, so that she could get three hours in the studio before the day began. “It sounds heroic,” she said to a group of students during her visit to campus on Friday, “but it wasn’t; it was necessary.”

The students were Studio Art majors enrolled in Tech’s senior seminar course, the focus of which is on professional practices and career development. Donna had these words of advice for them: “You want to go where the buyers go—travel destinations, not big cities. Big cities are where people buy artwork for other people. You want the man and wife on vacation, who say, “Yes!—that is exactly what we need.””

Indeed, it would seem Donna’s career has followed her own advice to a tee; she having had work frequently featured in the galleries of such popular vacation spots as Santa Fe, New Mexico and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

“I try to honor the requests of galleries,” Donna said in response to a student’s question about galleries who ask that a body of work be extended or manipulated, “but I don’t—for instance—go so far as to change the colors of my artwork for a specific decorator or gallery owner. Thankfully, the cowgirl image is still one that speaks to me, as well as to others.”

Randall Reid to Deliver Texas State Presidental Seminar Lecture

Randall Reid, Professor in the School of Art & Design at Texas State University (1981 MFA in Drawing & Painting) has been recognized with a Presidential Seminar Award at Texas State.

On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, he will deliver a Presidential Seminar titled “Full Circle” from 3:30 – 5:00 PM at the Joann Cole Mitte Building (Rm 2121) on the Texas State campus in San Marcos.  He will discuss the evolution of his creative process and talk about the roles of materiality, chance, and time in his work.

“Passage of Time” steel, wood, paint, 10.5 x 9.5 x 2 inches.