Deeper Insight

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Tampa, FL (Feb. 8- 19, 2016)

Centre Gallery presents: ‘Deeper Insight,’ a group exhibition including Michael Covello, Craig Hanson and Walter Matthews curated by Nadia Ivanova. These artists have abandoned representational imagery, challenging the viewers to primarily engage with their work through the experience of color, shape and the materiality of the mediums used.  Considerable acuity is necessary when encountering these multiplex paintings.

With no narratives to support any type of interpretation to guide the viewer, they are left with only the actuality of the works themselves.  All of the artists in the show have attained lavish aesthetic qualities within their paintings, which depending on the experience of the audience they can manifest themselves thorough a range of oppositional or harmonious experiences.

These new works will form alluring environment with both subtle and vivid colors. Strokes of paint and shapes that push and pull on each other will actively take part of inserting itself as materiality.

Our opening reception, DessART, will be the first Monday of the show Feb. 8th from 12-1 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The Closing Reception will be held on Friday Feb. 19th from 7-9 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

All Centre Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.

Centre Gallery
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, MSC 4100
Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: (813) 974-5464

Fax: (813) 974-5466

Email: sa-centregallery@usf.edu

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IT IS SO BECAUSE IT’S ALWAYS BEEN SO

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Tampa, FL (Jan. 25- Feb. 5, 2016)

The Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host ‘It is so because it’s always been so’ where visitors to the gallery will experience works in multimedia installation and video displays that explore techniques in video and animation. Edison Peñafiel presents a selection of his recent works largely influenced by a combination of personal and collective social experiences, as well as fantasy. This selection of works gives birth to surrealistic and paradoxical compositions that expose ideas of the conformism, and injustice.

The humanoid qualities of his sculptural works and video displays demonstrate an interest in representing and reproducing human experiences and struggles. The artist describes his works as follows:
“I make compositions that evoke irony and fantasy based on personal and collective social experiences. By abstracting environment and form, I want to expose the viewer to surreal social situations that does not seem far from our own.”

Peñafiel is a BFA student within Studio Art at the Florida International University in Miami. In 2015, he was awarded the Excellence Award from the FIU’s Student Government Association and was also the recipient of the FIU Arts Council Award in 2014. Recent notable exhibitions include the 6th and 7th Biennial Exhibition at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood 2013 and 2015, In this Moment and Manifest Destiny at Little Haiti Cultural Center in 2014 and 2015, and Be Inspired… at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale in 2013.

Our opening reception, DessART, will be the first Monday of the show Jan. 25th from 12-1 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The Closing Reception will be held on Friday Feb. 5th from 7-9 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

All Centre Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.

 

Centre Gallery
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, MSC 4100
Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: (813) 974-5464

Fax: (813) 974-5466

Email: sa-centregallery@usf.edu

 

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Latent Fibers

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Tampa, FL (Jan. 11 – 22, 2016)

Latent Fibers an installation by Donna Mason Sweigart reflecting on beauty and processed violence.

This solo exhibition/installation comprised of lamps with 3D modeled ABS plastic pictorial and textured shades, video projection and salt installation.  The landscape references an expansive salt lake and pervasive light, challenging one to see the duality of beauty and violence.

 

Latent Fibers: a memento of the distraction or diversion that is posited on us like blankets; we choose recognition and sight as the reluctant rising on a cold morning.  Fenestral objects of illumination, these latent works hold potential for both beauty and violence.  These works originate from the reminder of violence which is effortless for us to ignore.   Brutality is revealed in patterns which untidily spill over borders.

 

Imagery predominantly sources  textiles; specifically Afghan patterns, Afghan war rugs, and Mexican Indigenous patterns, as a significant acknowledgement of women being past and present the primary composers of textile and its voice.  These pieces are tributes to the power of women and the tone of strength and subtleness as well as a lesson or a reminder of our responsibility to regard this violence, to not be distracted by digital and cosmetic pursuits, but to recognize, mourn, translate and create.  Representation of creation is manifested in the sound of the measured rhythmic pattern of the traditional loom.

 

Two locations with stark beauty are noted.   Places in which below the immense quiet we feel a mire of hostility. Muscovite isinglass protects us from the light and heat of the kiln.

 

Concern lies with an accentuation of purity of form, slipping through time to acknowledge our dowry of sublime beauty and violence.

 

Donna Mason Sweigart, an Associate Professor of Art & Design at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, earned her MFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM/RP from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.  Her work has appeared in the books Art Jewelry Today 2 and 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs.

 

Donna’s works range from functional object installation to large scale body adornment/fashion.  She uses both traditional methods of fabrication and computer-aided-design/rapid prototyping to accomplish her works. She often creates collaborative works with her husband painter Thomas Murray.

 

Our opening reception, DessART, will be the first Monday of the show Jan. 11th from 12-1 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The Closing Reception will be held on the first Friday of the show, Jan 15th from 7-9 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

All Centre Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.

 

Centre Gallery
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, MSC 4100
Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: (813) 974-5464

Fax: (813) 974-5466

Email: sa-centregallery@usf.edu

 

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2nd Annual Juried Show: People’s Choice Edition

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Our 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition: People’s Choice Edition is finally up! We invite you to come and check out the artwork and to vote for your favorite piece!

Votes will be recorded and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Director’s Choice prizes will be awarded during the closing reception of the show, which will take place on Thursday, December 3rd from 7-9 PM.

First place will win $100 credit for AOE
Second place will win $80 credit for AOE
Third place will win $60 credit for AOE
Director’s Choice will win $50 credit for AOE

If you have any questions or comments please email us at sa-centregallery@usf.edu or call us at 813-974-5464. Our regular hours are Monday – Friday from 11 AM – 5 PM.

 

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you are almost perfect

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Tampa, FL – You are almost perfect is a solo exhibition of Christopher Christian’s abstract oil paintings depicting imagined internal conflicts, held in the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida. These large, colorful compositions feature contrasting elements and styles, with a focus on the linear and graphic.
The paintings presented are part of Christian’s latest body of work; completed within the last year. This new series features a merging of past surreal techniques with cartoon-like renderings depicting paranoid delusions and repeating graphic patterns. Colorful depictions and aesthetics disguise the chaotic and misanthropic scenes displayed in large scale.
Christian’s studio practice consists of several processes and techniques used to create random backgrounds and imagery. Components are synthesized into complementing forms with the graphic linear qualities referencing pop culture as well as graffiti. Part of his analogue relies on his amplification of misleading and ambiguous information, producing a tactile experience. Rich and varied colors in smeared textures provide the backdrops for the linear and narrative elements.
Christian’s abstract compositions feature an implied visual stupidity, breaking content into barely digestible thoughts. When constructed, these fragments gain new purpose, with placement and repetition affirming the decision through intention. The ultimate goal being to not simply translate reality into something more internalized, but instead to craft a personal visual language that avoids openly referencing the outside world while acting as a vehicle to document his own subconscious and internal experiences.
DessART, the opening reception for You are almost perfect, is held on Nov. 2nd from 12-1 p.m. and the closing reception for this exhibit is Friday, Nov. 13th, from 7-9 p.m., in the gallery. The Centre Gallery is located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For more information, please contact the Center Gallery at 813.974.5464

 

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