Sum of All Parts
May 10 - August 1, 2019
Summer UD Graduate Students' Exhibition
Artists: Genevieve Armstrong • Jamie Gardner • Michelle Cortez Gonzales • Brian Hensen
• Natalie Lambert • Denise Lange • Richie Peña
Sum of All Parts is a group exhibition featuring current MA and MFA graduate students at the University
of Dallas. The exhibition showcases a diverse range of themes and materials that reflect
the intense research each student undertakes in the studio.
The figure features in the majority of works. The grotesque body and consumer culture
come to a head in colorful woodblocks prints and corresponding ceramics pieces by
Brian Henson. Genevieve Armstrong and Natalie Lambert investigate the physical and
subjective realms of human experience using oil on canvas as their primary medium.
Lambert utilizes unprimed canvas to represent the figure as a vacant or inhabited
vessel. Armstrong’s oversized canvases confront the viewer with an imaginary portrait
of herself as a self ordained king with a possum skull for a crown.
Imagination and metamorphosis are also present in the horse and human portraits by
Jamie Gardner. Her large oil paintings subvert stereotypical portrayals of the power
dynamic between horses and humans by showing the two in a symbiotic like relationship.
Michelle Cortez Gonzales uses fabric and resin on her canvases to explore the space
between the process of making and remembering. As Gonzales reconstructs a familial
history she embellishes and eliminates imagery to highlight the complexities and imperfections
of a hazy recollection.
Textiles also feature in the work of Denise Lange and Richie Peña. Large nine foot
spiral columns of yarn have been suspended in the gallery by Lange. Her aerial sculptures
create dramatic forms in the way the gather, arc, and pool. The pieces represent intergenerational
storytelling with the yarn’s long flowing nature. In contrast, the yarn in Peña’s
small intimate mix-media wall works is crocheted. The act of crocheting, with it’s
tactile repetition, has served as an act of meditation for the artist. Peña’s labored
and multilayer approach centers on the symbol of the cross as he reconnects with spiritual
belief, religion, and lost traditions through the act of making.
The seven exhibiting artists were invited to present their current work with the option
of changing, editing, or reframing their presentations over the course of the display
period. Continue to visit over the summer to see the exhibition evolve.
Hours: Please see Summer Hours
Where: Beatrice M. Haggerty and Thompson Loggia, University of Dallas.