Sunday, March 27, 2011

Michael Wynne

I had the opportunity to meet an artist yesterday whose work I have long admired.  I first saw Michael Wynne's work at Richland College in 1999. His small monochromic paintings made a big impression on me and have stayed with me all these years.  The monochromic work is not typical of the work he creates.  His work has a more pop art influence leaning toward Robert Rauschenberg. Checkout his website.

"Dime Bag (1/5/99)"
Rubber Stamped House Paint on masonite
12x9 inches

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sedrick Huckaby and Barbra Riley @ THE GALLERY AT UTA

LECTURE: Sedrick Huckaby will talk about his work on Wednesday, March 30. The talk will take place at 12:30 in UT Arlington’s Fine Arts Building. Room 148. The talk is free and open to the public.

Exhibition: February 21 – April 2, 2011

ARLINGTON–The Gallery at The University of Texas Arlington is pleased to present a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Sedrick Huckaby (Ft. Worth) and Barbra Riley (Corpus Christi). Huckaby, who has won numerous important awards for his paintings including a recent Guggenheim Fellowship Award, will present canvases and works on paper depicting and celebrating African-American quilting traditions. Riley, an art professor at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, will be showing a series of large format digital photographs that reference the legacy of 17th Century Dutch and Flemish still life painting.
Sedrick Huckaby, Hidden in Plain Sight, 2011 - Detail, Oil on canvas, 108" x 168",
Courtesy of Valley House

Barbra Riley, Balancing Values While Riding the Bus, 27x29, 2008, archival inkjet print

The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon until 5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is located in room 169 at the north end of the Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St. For more information, contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or visit

Monday, March 14, 2011

Betsy Odom: Sis Boom Bah

The Cleve Carney Gallery
Hyde Park Art Center
March 13 - June 19, 2011

Exhibition Reception:
Sunday, March 20, 3-5 pm

Artist Talk:
Sunday, May 22, 3-5 pm

Double whistles, flower-adorned baseball mitts, baby blue satin-lined football pads; these hybrid sporting accessories suggest the softer, prettier, and more ambiguously sexual side of organized competitive games. In Sis Boom Bah, Odom investigates the possibility of organized sports as a way to defy social constructions of gender, identity and sexuality.

Drawing from the tradition of extreme craft - or the mixing of craft techniques like leather tooling, airbrushing, and stitching with art formats of sculpture, painting or drawing - Odom produces objects that aim to subvert gender roles and question how we stereotype queer culture. This merging of Americana and contemporary issues, much like her re-appropriation of materials, is a way to question the phenomenon of sameness and difference that pervades American society. The work calls attention to the notion that women can move past their social boundaries and blur the lines defining gender expectations. Sport is an appropriate venue for this because, according to Odom, “no one is really watching in the big scheme of things, so women can behave in sometimes shockingly and inspiringly un-ladylike ways.” Odom presents us with organized sports as a realm in which gender defiance is encouraged and entertaining.

Betsy Odom completed a Master of Fine Art degree in Sculpture at Yale University School of Art and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Her work has been exhibited across the US since 2001, and has been the subject of solo exhibitions at venues such as Rudolph Projects and Lawndale Art Center in Houston (TX), and Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas (TX). An exhibition of her work will be shown concurrently at ThreeWalls (Chicago) in May 2011. Betsy currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. More information on the artist can be found at

Image: Double Whistle, 2009, silver, felt, 6 × 2.5 × 2.5 inches

The Cleve Carney Gallery
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773-324-5520

M - T 10am to 8pm
F - S 10am to 5pm
Sun noon to 5pm