The featured work for June includes pen and ink drawings and sculptures by Brian Row from Wimberly, Texas. Row completed his MFA degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder and has taught at several colleges and universities, and been a visiting artist/teacher at the Chicago Art Institute. He has also served as art department chair at two of the institutions. He currently teaches art at Texas State University. His work has been selected for international, national, state and regional group exhibitions as well as three-person and one person exhibits. Venues have included museums, galleries and art centers.
The Exhibit includes small, freestanding sculptures nearly floating above the floor on delicate pedestals. Drawings include pen and ink on clayboard relief panels and on paper that includes a series of depicting the Twelve Apostles in contemporary imagery.
Art needs a viewer to be art. John Ruskin, a Nineteenth Century writer said, “art is not a thing; it is a way.” Brian Row describes his way as starting with “a personal dialogue about thoughts or feelings that come up in life about the human condition. One thought leads to another until the piece comes together and summarizes that initial dialogue. Exhibiting the work completes it by extending the dialogue to the viewer - an intersection, so to speak, for sharing and perhaps triggering a response or exchange of thoughts not previously experienced by either of us. I don’t have all of the answers about my work; viewers often bring me surprises of new thoughts or feelings they see in the work.”
Instead of splashing and dashing media as an expression of strong feelings and charged content, Row makes his pieces with precise craftsmanship and formal arrangements that he “hopes creates pieces for quiet contemplation submerged in tension.” The materials used include a prefabricated clay coated board, hand cast figures in hydrocal, paint and sometimes other surfaces such as letters or collage. The more recent pieces include natural materials such as stones, twigs, a flower bud. Color is kept to white or black with an occasional color accent.
As the artist described, the works are meant to invite interpretation and discussion, and he looks forward to meeting and exchanging dialogue with viewers at a reception in the Arnold Art Gallery on Friday evening June 7, 5-7:00. The exhibit will remain on view through July 3 and the Gallery is open from 9:00 am to 5:30
Monday through Saturday. Arnold Art Gallery is located at 118 Fort McKavitt, across the street from the Mason Courthouse and is open 9 -5 Monday through Saturday. Contact Joyce Arnold for more information: 325-347-6272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 7-July 3
Wine Reception & Opening
Friday June 7, 5-7:00 PM
Come by and meet the artist.