Raw Talent: 500X College Expo
Opening Saturday, February 13th 7-10pm
Juror: Ariel Saldivar
About Raw Talent: 500X College Expo
500X Gallery, Texas' oldest artist-run space, continues our annual juried show for college students!
Like the annual Expo juried show, Raw Talent: 500X College Expo aims to bring together artists from around the state. The exhibition offers college students an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with their Texas-based counterparts and to see work by their colleagues at other institutions. The exhibition will offer visitors an overview of the variety of perspectives that exist throughout colleges and universities in Texas.
About the Juror
Ariel Saldivar is the Founder and Executive Director of ArtPrize Dallas, a radically open, independently organized international art competition coming to Dallas in 2017. Formally, Associate Director of The Goss-Michael Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Dallas' thriving arts community through programming that supports public engagement with emerging and mid-career British artists. Under her leadership, a successful Artist-In-Residence program was established to bridge international and local artists. She created an art auction model that helped raise over 6 million dollars for the MTV Redefine Staying Alive Foundation. She has curated and advised high-profile contemporary art collections and lectured internationally on art and design. Ariel is an award-winning designer; entrepreneur and former indie rock musician who toured around the world and currently is establishing development strategies to support innovative art education initiatives in Dallas. She currently serves on the Boards of Oak Cliff Foundation, Resources for Creative Exchange, Dallas Museum of Art AOA Advisory Committee, and is an at large commissioner for the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Dallas.
As an intermedia artist, this exhibition is an amalgam of sculpture, photography, and video. I have realized that when I make my work, I do not first think of the material but instead the idea. From here, it then becomes a set of decisions considering what materials or media most succinctly portray my concept.
The essential meaning of my work deals with issues associated with dysfunctional domestic environments. I have realized that who I am is an outcome of what I have experienced correlated with how my psyche processed those experiences. Congruently, how I behave in the present stems from both current and past experiences creating constant opportunities for my psyche to change and heal, or inversely to repeat the same patterns.
My process reflects on suffering and trauma and translates those personal experiences into a sort of shared visual history. Material plays a large role in this process. I am inspired by how material can carry meaning through familiarity, installation, manipulation, and intuition. Each material has a visual history that is uniquely interpreted by each person before it. Because of this, the derivatives of meaning are more like branches from a tree. The roots of the tree are my intentions, the trunk is the physical object and the branches are its many meanings. The truth, is somewhere deep within a rabbit hole.
Upstairs Project Space
Constructed Horizons - Portfolio Exchange Exhibition
Historically, the idea of "American Landscape" summons imagery of sublime and seemingly endless skies, rivers, and mountains. However, today's typical experience of landscape is quite different. We move through a grid-like environment that is constructed around the natural landscape. Grass, trees, and streams are surrounded with concrete; horizons slowly become structural and geometric, while buildings and power lines tower overhead.
Constructed Horizons aims to explore ideas and themes associated with contemporary expansion and the build environment. It seeks to strengthen the printmaking community by creating a dialogue about the evolving American landscape and the sprawling structures that are superimposed upon it. The non-traditional image size (10x30 inches) will engage the subject matter by challenging the artist to work in either panorama or in vertically stacked space.