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DUETS: A Comparison of Realities at Fort Works Art

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Exhibition: November 15 – December 30

Opening Reception: November 19 from 6-9PM

FORT WORKS ART will open Duets a Comparison of Realities on November 15, 2016. The exhibition will feature Tim Okamura, Sergio Garcia and Alonsa Guevara, artists with international credentials, superior talent and global recognition. Riley Holloway, Dan Lam and Lauren Childs will exhibit new works created for this visual conversation between their contemporary kinsmen.

Three pairs of artists will reveal, compare and contrast their ideas of art making. The various styles and concepts incorporated in the show are united through each artist’s provocative voice, the way they handle materials and the statements they choose to create.

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Tim Okamura and Riley Holloway are figurative artists that depict the power of women, minority populations and family. Okamura is a contemporary painter that paints his subjects in urban settings and uses a combination of graffiti and realism. Okamura has a long list of achievements that include commendation by United States Vice President Joe Biden, placement in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and finalist in the Outwin Boochever award for Portraiture.

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Riley Holloway creates portraits on oil and wood panel. His distinctive style combines loose brushstrokes, charcoal, text and texture. He developed his signature style while working in Florence. In 2012 he completed an art residency with the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas and was a finalist in 2015 for the Hunting Prize.

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Sergio Garcia and Dan Lam are sculptors contrasting the link between reality and ambiguity. Garcia’s recent figural work is convincingly realistic and unsettlingly funny. The technical fluency of Garcia’s work and symbols never seize to conjure up questions of how and why.

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Dan Lam, a millennial artist with soaring popularity recently closed “Coquette” at Fort Works Art that featured 90 pieces of sculpture. Her foam and resin pieces were developed while pursuing an MFA at Arizona State University. Lam’s art has been published twice in New American Paintings and featured on Insider.

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Alonsa Guevara and Lauren Childs are painters that understand and represent the cycles of nature and life in their work. Each of these women began art making at the age of 12. They each developed hyperbolic attributes, pushing the boundaries of color and texture.

Alonsa Guevara’s seven years of living in the Ecuadorian jungle is the source of ceaseless inspiration that manifests in lush depictions of nature through a vivid palette. Guevara was recognized with the New York Academy Art Fellowship in 2014 and named Time Out New York’s five most important new artists.

Lauren Childs is an award-winning artist with work that is published and shown throughout Texas and New York. Childs was a winner of the Siglo de Oro International Competition and was most recently a finalist in the show “Face It: Brooklyn,” juried by Managing Editor of ARTnews, Annette Rose-Shapiro. Her work continues to explore issues of the human condition. Childs is the owner of Fort Works Art. Her days are spent painting, developing shows for the gallery and inspiring a new generation of artists.

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