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 It negates conventions about form and art-historical references while hinting to a system of order hovering just beyond perception,” he added.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.
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