Reception: March 12, 2016, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
March 4, 2016 – April 8, 2016
Oak Cliff Cultural Center presents Catharsis and Dream Memory, a dual exhibition by Robert Ahboah and Andrea Rogers. Exhibits open March 4, 2016 and will close on April 8, 2016. A reception will be held for both exhibits on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 5:30pm–8:00pm.
Catharsis by Robert Ahboah
The inspiration for Catharsis came from a concept regarding an integration of Robert Ahboah’s cultural past and his present day life as a contemporary sculptor. Ahboah’s ideas involve minimal shapes and materials reminiscent of the survival and livelihood of the Native American Indian, including items such as the bow, the tipi, and the cradle-board. InCatharsis, he uses natural elements such as rawhide, deerskin and wood that his ancestors used, as well as a wide range of materials familiar in contemporary art like steel, nylon and PVC. As a full-blooded Native American Indian from Oklahoma, Ahboah often struggles with his identity as an Indian. Catharsis is Ahboah’s attempt at releasing strong and prideful emotions about his cultural roots contrasted to his contemporary reality.
Dream Memory by Andrea Rogers
Dream Memory is about mark making, process, organizing, and collecting. These actions extend into the actual creating process as well as the concept. Memory has been a common thread throughout Rogers’ work, literal and implied. Flowers and botanicals serve as metaphors for the earliest of memories, especially those moments of quiet exploration and realization of the young self. The storage of memories is referenced in the organization and composition of the pieces. Andrea Rogers makes them the way she wants to see them; not always the exact way they existed. Rogers uses printmaking techniques, as well as drawing and painting to create different textures and line. These differences in techniques separate the images, but the layering of them holds them together. The repetition of imagery and elements throughout Rogers’ work are meant to create a visual vocabulary that hints at a narrative, but specificity is not important to the artist. Instead, Rogers hopes to create an evolving visual syntax that changes and rewrites itself like a persistent memory.