Saturday, October 8th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Uncertainty of Doubt
WORKS BY BENITO HUERTA
October 8 – November 5, 2016
Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to welcome our first solo exhibition for artist Benito Huerta, entitled The Uncertainty of Doubt. This exhibit will feature Huerta’s most ambitious works produced from 2006 – 2016. The exhibition opens Saturday, October 8th with a public reception for the artist from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m.
Huerta’s body of work continues to explore the intersection of power and exploits through the act of seduction and destruction. Shock and Awe is one prime example: the painting emphatically depicts Paul Gauguin’s Spirit of the Dead Watching but with nuclear detonation as background. Huerta’s Shock & Awe references notions of aggression and submissiveness between two distinct cultures in the nuclear age. Between 1946 and 1958, in hopes of perfecting the atomic bomb to deter mankind from future catastrophe, the US advanced nuclear technology with atomic detonations on Pacific islands, inadvertently causing radioactive and cultural fallout amongst inhabitants deemed exotic yet uncivilized. Seventy years later, the nuclear monopoly once controlled by world powers is now being threatened by smaller unstable factions capable of creating the same destruction. Huerta’s work investigates the global role we play between arrogance and generosity.
Benito Huerta received a B.F.A. degree from the University of Houston, and his M.A. from New Mexico State University. He was Co-founder, Executive Director and Emeritus Board Director of Art Lies, a Texas Art Journal. He is a Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington where he has been Director/Curator of The Gallery at UTA since 1997.
Installation by Ikram Eloualid & Elizabeth Hurtado
Propagate tells a story that begins with the primordial formation of dirt particles that traveled through light, water, air, and time, to find themselves in this new composition. For the artists, compressed earth is representative of a building system whose roots are ancient and whose benefits are great but generally unrecognized, misunderstood and under-researched. This work is inspired by a belief in the potentials of earth construction as a revived and modernized art, re- engineered for durability. Earth, stabilized with a small percentage of cement, finds its form and strength through confinement and curing. Earthen cubes are arranged in a self-organizing phyllotactic pattern, an array which naturally emerges in dynamic biological systems. Linking a terrestrial material with the rationality of form, “Propagate” is a bridge between past and future, mystery and logic, and above all, harmony and earth.
Elizabeth Hurtado obtained a Master of Fine Arts from The University of North Texas in 2005. She is a practicing artist, art educator and Permaculture design consultant. Concurrently, Elizabeth attends The University of Texas at Arlington as a Master of Architecture candidate (est. 2017). Hurtado’s work has been exhibited in Indiana, Vermont, California, and extensively in the north central region of Texas.
Ikram Eloualid, originally from Morocco, obtained a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2015. Currently, Ikram attends the University of Texas at Arlington as a Master of Architecture candidate (est. 2017). She is a teaching assistant at the College of Architecture at UTA with experience in the digital fabrication consortium, and was recently awarded the ARCC King student medal for excellence in architectural and environmental design research.
Kirk Hopper Fine Art is located at
3008 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75226 in the Deep Ellum neighborhood.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 12pm – 6pm or by appointment.