Midland College • McCormick Gallery
"Something from Nothing"
January 17 - February 24, 2017
This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of Doc and Virginia Hanley.
February 23rd, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes in which he was raised, he investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures.
His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship. His work was awarded the $50,000 top prize at ArtFields, Best in Show at Hub-Bub Gallery’s Emerging Carolina and was included in the 701 Contemporary Center for the Arts 701 CCA Prize 2012. He was awarded Best in Show during Fantastic Fibers at Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, included in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands.
Felice House and Dana Younger
"Sum You Some Me"
March 9 - April 7, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday April 7, 6:00 - 8:00
“I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”
- Salman Rushdie
Whether working individually or as a couple, painter Felice House and sculptor Dana Younger produce images and objects that address some of society’s most fundamental binaries: the masculine versus the feminine, the natural versus the cultural, the part versus the whole. House and Younger share an affinity for the representational, the figurative and the naturalistic, all of which make their works immediately—though sometimes deceptively—accessible. Presented larger than life, the faces and limbs operate within a realm of simultaneous contrast, each appearing more striking in proximity to the others than in their absence. Neither icons, nor ruins nor relics, but participating in the classical academic and cultural traditions in which all three arose and flourished, the works in this exhibition celebrate the human figure and the human form in order to expose some of the dangers inherent in an anthropocentric worldview. The resulting tension between superficial beauty and philosophical provocation creates an expansive and fertile interpretive space within which the viewer can project and reflect on his or her own senses of self, nature and wholeness.--Dr. Stephen Caffey, art historian, critic and curator
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3600 N. Garfield
Midland, Texas 79705