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Under Thirty-Five    Feb 24 - Mar 23, 2012


Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 5:00-7:00pm. Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art invites young art enthusiasts to engage with art. Fostering the next generation of collectors is the focus of this exhibition. Under Thirty-Five features works by artists whose styles, techniques, and concepts are constantly being invented, recycled, updated and discarded. Featured artists working in a variety of media include Dunham Aurelius, Tamara Zibners, Matthew Szosz, Michael Petry, Holly Roberts, Karina Hean, and Heidi Pollard. The show opens Friday, February 24, 2012 and continues through Saturday, March 23, 2012. The opening reception is Friday, February 24th at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, from 5:00-7:00pm in conjunction with the Railyard Arts District Walk.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Dunham Aurelius’ work focuses on the human condition influenced by his observations of war, suffering, oppression and poverty. He also identifies with, and pursues an aesthetic connection to the aspects of primitive tribal arts and indigenous cultures. His sculptures are composed of a variety of materials inclusive of clays, waxes, wood, steel, bone, and found objects, using the lost wax casting method for transforming his art into bronze.

Heidi Pollard's works are a study in aesthetic paradox. Her heroes are the hard-edge painters of the 1960's, yet her art glows with a new formalist warmth. These works are layered yet flat, simultaneously textured and spare. They explore the color, geometry, and motion of painters that came before, but with originality, subtlety, and affection. These paintings are not "about" something else; they are a unique voice transmitted through paint. Clear aesthetic purpose and visual rhythm echo across Pollard's surfaces; her bright colors and bold strokes enliven the corridors of the mind, where thought and visions mingle. -Amy Rahn

Matthew Szosz’s glass work is created by employing ready-made material, most often common window glass, as a tool for the investigation of material behavior. It is heated to a point of flexibility, subjected to acute force, and quickly solidified. The resulting forms are created partly by manipulation, and partly by the physical response of the glass to stresses placed on it. In this way, the works are partnerships between the glass and artist - a carefully planned and assembled experiment is prepared, and then submitted to physics for sudden, violent, often unpredicted results.

Tamara Zibners' series, How Bad Can it Get is of real and imagined scenes that use photographs as underpinnings to a drawn and colored surface. Cultural color associations and the formalisms of cartooning are invoked to read a situation that is instantly recognizable. Magenta conjures up the cries of riot girl music. Taupe rubs viscerally like a tasteful middle class carpet.

For further information about specific artists, please contact:
Karen Rogers, Special Projects Coordinator, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art:
505-982-8111, x1008; krogers@zanebennettgallery.com

www.zanebennettgallery.com

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