Monday, January 21, 2019

Celeste De Luna Domestic Duty

Domestic Duty exhibit brings fabric show to Bailey Gallery
Ben Bailey Art Gallery - 02/01/19 - 02/28/19

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

Celeste De Luna is a printmaker from the lower Rio Grande Valley and her deep South Texas roots are reflected in her fabric art installation entitled Domestic Duty, now on display at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The exhibit will continue through Thursday, Feb. 28.

The artist’s talk will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in room 189 in the Bailey Art Building.

The reception with the artist will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 in the gallery.

“Domestic Duty is an all fabric installation show that came together as my musing about border militarization as I went about doing housework,” De Luna said. “I’ve always loved my home and domestic life. I find the physical space my home in the Rio Grande Valley occupies is very politicized as well as the lives of the people in it.

“I live in my childhood home inherited from by parents which sits on land once owned and farmed by my grandfather,” she said. “This body of work expresses not only my lived experiences as an artist/activist on the border, but also the partner of an ICE agent and all the polarities of that life.

“Although I don’t wish to be judged by my relationship, I use my relationship to explore complex and nuanced issues. The work in this show is personal and explores ideas about border issues, complexity, loyalty, love, country, hypocrisy and patriotism. Some of these ideas are admittedly paranoid fantasies gone awry and some are just heartbreakingly true things,” De Luna said.

De Luna is a printmaker from the lower Rio Grande Valley. She explores the geopolitical aspects of post-911 militarization of her environment such as border walls, drones, checkpoints and bridges. Much of her work is centered on the border experiences of mixed documentation status communities. Her iconography frequently shows razor wire, fences, bridges and anchor babies.

She is a self-taught printmaker whose work includes large-scale woodcuts and fabric installation. She describes her political subject matter is social commentary with feminine sensibility. In addition, her studio practice of creating large-scale relief prints, quilts and installation, De Luna works in collaboration with the community in Brownsville as a co-founder of the socially engaged arts collaborative Las Imaginistas.

Las Imaginistas are recipients of a 2017 Artplace America Creative Placemaking grant and a 2018 Blade of Grass Fellows. Currently, De Luna is managing her print how, Metztli Press, creating curriculum for a community printmaking collaborative, Taller de Permiso, and is a lecturer at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

De Luna earned her bachelor’s degree in art from St. Edward’s University and her master’s degree in fine arts in studio art from University of Texas Pan American.

The Bailey Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 361-593-3401 or visit .


Monday, October 8, 2018

8 On A Hot Plate

8 On A Hot Plate: Laredo College Art Faculty Exhibition

The Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the site of Eight On A Hot Plate Works by Laredo College Art Faculty. Artist include, Eva Soliz, Dale Short, David Bausman, Gary Brown, Lestat Alexander, Mark Johnson, Mary Bausman and Alvaro Perez. The exhibit is on display through November 30. A reception will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Friday November 9, 2018.

The Bailey Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more
information, call 361-593-3401

Monday, August 20, 2018

KIN Cassie Normandy White

Art exhibit revolves around intelligence of non-human life
Ben Bailey Art Gallery - 08/30/18 - 09/28/18


Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

The Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is currently the temporary home of an art exhibit entitled KIN, by Texas native Cassie Normandy White. The exhibit will be on display until Friday, Sept. 28. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

The title of White’s exhibit comes from the proposal of environmental forest biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer, who suggests “we replace the standard ‘it’ with the pronoun ‘ki’ for singular use and ‘kin’ for plural use so that we may shift our worldview of non-human life as objects, and instead recognize their being-ness.”

“Kimmerer’s research catalyzed a curiosity and passion for learning from the natural world, which led me down paths of inquiry across fields of forest ecology, animal behavior and plant cognition,” White said. “This research revealed who we live within a culture that assumes a hierarchy of value where humans, and especially human intelligence, is placed on top.

“We are now learning how non-human life is capable of behaving in ways that suggest intelligence, through mechanisms different than our own. Steeping in this research has shifted the way I engage with my natural surroundings and has molded my current creative process,” she added.

“My subjects reflect the overlooked: they are either miniscule, common or hidden, easily receding into the background of everyday experience. Given time and observation, these seemingly banal subjects are reminders of the mystery, complexity and coincidence of life on earth,” White said.

“My work weaves curiosity with materials, an interest in process, and unforeseen results that occur when these two meet,” she said. “This leads to a type of generative darkness, where experimentation guides decision-making and surprises drive me to explore further. This body of work uses three distinct ways of working to address common forms of life interacting with water, soil and air.

“I utilize man-made materials to evoke natural phenomena, and reveal the complexity of these unseen worlds through visual representation. I hope to encourage observation, so that we may begin acknowledging and appreciating the wonders and mysteries of kin who surround us,” White said.

 About Cassie Normandy White
Cassie Normandy White was born in San Antonio and grew up in Austin. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Texas State University. She has worked at Flatbed Press in Austin and was the printmaking studio technician at Austin Community College prior to moving to Corpus Christi. More recently, White completed her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Tulane University in New Orleans.

The Ben Bailey Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 361-593-3401.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jorge Puron: Works from 2015-2017

The Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the site of Works from 2015-2017 by San Antonio artist Jorge Puron. The exhibit is on display through Saturday, March 31. Puron’s artist talk and reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 1.

“My work is starkly geometric and founded upon hard-edged forms,” Puron said. “I explore the concept of spatial relationships and how they are affected by the application of line and color. My purely geometric work confronts perception by subjecting form, and the practice by which it is painted.
 “The resulting, reductive images both suggest and resist the need for detail and narrative myth by denying the viewer symbolic references. The effect is blunt and aesthetically confrontational. It negates conventions about form and art-historical references while hinting to a system of order hovering just beyond perception,” he added.

Puron was born in Piedras Negras, Mexico but he currently lives and works in San Antonio. His art is influenced by a life lived on both sides of the United States-Mexico border. With over 100 national and international solo and group exhibitions, his work has been shown at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Dallas, Museo Alameda in San Antonio, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, El Paso Museum of Art, Museo Reyes Meza in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and many more.

In 2002, he co-founded Jardin del Arte, a project to promote artists in San Miguel de Allende and in 2010, he was appointed advisor to the Municipal Council of Culture in Piedras Negras. In 2013, Puron received the Eric Schaudies Memorial Award at K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, the top prize for the Third Coast National juried exhibition. His work was recently featured in documented exhibits, Un Provincial and Borderwave in 2016 and Practical Arts of Perception in 2017.

His work is part of private and corporate collections in North America and Europe. Puron also has worked in cinema as an art director and set designer for independent short and full-length films. Most recently, his work was selected for the juried Biennial Origins in Geometric Art.

The Bailey Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more 
information, call 361-593-3401

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Carlos Hernandez: Comming Attractions

Houston-based artist Carlos Hernandez featured in current Bailey exhibit
Ben Bailey Art Gallery - 04/20/17 - 05/31/17

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

Carlos Hernandez
The final art exhibit of the season at the Ben Bailey Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville features the work of serigraphy artist Carlos Hernandez. His show, Coming Attractions, will be on display through Wednesday, May 31.

Hernandez is based in Houston. He has been featured in the 2011 Communication Arts Typography annual, the 2011 and 2012 Communication Arts Illustration annual and was published in the 2012 book Mexican Graphics by Korero Books-UK.
He has designed and printed gig posters for such artists as The Kills, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Santana and more. He was selected as the official poster artist to design the commemorative poster for the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Hernandez is a founding partner of Burning Bones Press, a full-service printmaking studio and has served as an instructor of screen printing at Rice University’s department of visual and dramatic arts.

His has done corporate work for Miller Brewing Company, Google, Lincoln Motor Company, Live Nation, New West Records, C3 Presents, Hohner USA, Goode Company, Underbelly, the Houston Chronicle, Saint Arnold Brewing Company and more. Some of his more recent solo exhibitions have been Hard Luck Honky Tonk at Flatbed Press in Austin; Howdy, No Future at Neighborhood in Dallas; Solo Exhibition at University of Mary-Hardin Baylor; and Tinta Grafica at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Hernandez received his bachelor of arts degree in graphic design and illustration from Texas Tech University.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
For more information, call 361-593-3401.


Monday, August 1, 2016

One K Space Summer

The Ben Bailey Art Gallery Proudly Presents: "One K Space Summer" is a contemporary art exhibition opening August 9th at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. It features artists from both K Space Contemporary and the K Space Art Studios. K Space has been presenting and promoting contemporary art to the Coastal Bend area for over 20 years at the art studios and for almost 10 years in the contemporary gallery. "One K Space Summer" celebrates the people who are instrumental in making the K Space organization thrive and showcases the diversity of contemporary art in the South Texas area.  

"One K Space Summer" August 9 - September 23, 2016
Artist reception: Thurs. Sept. 22nd, 6:30 to 9pm  
Gallery hours are 8am to 5pm, Mon.-Fri. 

"One K Space Summer" artists include: Jennifer Arnold, Courtney Bracco Bruun, Lori Edwards, Sarah Fischer, Jack Gron, Rebecca James, Lynda Jones,Caroline Kuepper, Gerald Lopez, Jimmy Pena, Greg Reuter, Kimberly Rios, Ricardo Ruiz, Criselda Saenz, Amanda Shepherd, Michelle Smythe, Tinker Trombley, Andrea Valenti, Cheryl Votzmeyer, Day Wheeler. Come on down to Kingsville and see this spectacular exhibition!

 Image credits (from L to R): "Besiege" by Jimmy Pena, "Snappy" by Jennifer Arnold and "Luchadora" by Gerald Lopez.