110 N. Akard, Dallas, Texas 75201
When: March 11 – 24, 2015
OPENING: Friday, March 13, 7-9pm
Contact: Jordan Roth, 214-803-9575 – firstname.lastname@example.org
(Dallas, TX) Ro2 Art is pleased to welcome artist Eliana Miranda for her exhibition, Depraved Documentations, on view March 11 -24, 2015, with the opening reception taking place Friday, March 13 from 7-9pm Depraved Documentations will be on view at Ro2 Art Downtown, located at 110 N. Akard Street, in the historic Kirby Building of Downtown Dallas. This exhibition is presented in partial fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts in Art at the University of Dallas in 2015.
Artist Statement: Depraved Documentations
“My work explores the current United States / Mexico border dilemma and the negative undertones within its portrayal in American media. I am inspired by the imagery that appears in newspapers such as the New York Times and various internet news including NBC, CNN and Fox. When addressing the immigration issues, the media’s imagery of undocumented people tends to dehumanize. Accumulation of clothing and trash is often used to symbolize undocumented people and has the potential to exacerbate the tensions among the America public.
“As a way to highlight the negative undertones in these images, the process of drawing and painting become key. Often, immigrants are not treated like individuals but rather generalized as a mass of people. In my work, vivid colors and the sketched line become mechanisms for emphasizing stereotypes. Since news images are perceived to be a factual documentation of an event, it is important to recognize the bias inherent in any media source, and I hope my work helps to reveal these prejudices.
“Although I am dealing with the United States / Mexico border in this exhibition, I hope to open a dialogue about a universal analysis of borders, immigration and the social repercussions of treating undocumented people in an unjust manner.”
– Eliana Miranda, 2015
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Eliana Miranda is a Texas- based artist focusing on the exploration of news, and media’s portrayal of current social issues. She uses various sources such as blogs, Documentations, personal stories, images, internet articles and newspapers. Eliana currently lives and makes paintings in Texas. She has completed her BA at Hamilton College in Clinton New York, where she was awarded the J. Barney Moore Prize and the Alfred Bohn Prize in Studio Art.
Since receiving her MA at the University of Dallas in 2012, Eliana has participated in numerous group exhibitions around Dallas. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Dallas, this exhibition is presented in partial fulfillment of the Master or Fine Arts at the University of Dallas in 2015.
About Ro2 Art:
Mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth operate Ro2 Art, a full-service gallery and consultancy in Downtown Dallas, representing a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists, many with ties to the North Texas Region. At present, Ro2 Art focuses on the exhibition and sale of work in all visual media at the gallery in the historic Kirby Building, as well as through public exhibition programs in partnership with Downtown Dallas, Inc., The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and The Town of Addison. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer’s Best Art Gallery and was presented with the 2012 Obelisk Awardfor small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. Ro2 Art is a proud member of CADD, the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas.
All works will be on view March 11 through March 24, 2015. Please join us for the opening on Friday, March 13, from 7 to 9pm at Ro2 Art Downtown, located at 110 N. Akard Street, between Main and Elm. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575.