“Atavism” – TVAA Gallery Art Exhibition for October 2019
noun: a tendency to revert to something ancient or ancestral.
One of the great difficulties facing contemporary artists is finding one’s own voice in the vast (and often cacophonous) sea of artistic styles and interpretations. The early Modernists often surrounded themselves with tribal, or ethnographic, art as a way to stay grounded in the cultural storytelling in which the visual arts have their root, even as their own art became more and more abstracted. For Atavism, we invite you to explore the evolution of your art. Submit works that meld the ancient with the contemporary, visually or conceptually. What can you create from the primordial chaos of art’s ancient history?
Exhibit Open to the Public: During Gallery business hours; Tuesday, October 8th – Friday, November 1st
Reception: Saturday, October
CURATOR: Jonathan Carroll
ABOUT THE CURATOR: Jonathan Carroll is the Executive Director of The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, Texas. Jonathan comes to the contemporary art scene after spending over a decade working with late 19th to mid 20th Century art as Gallery Director of Jody Klotz Fine Art in Abilene, TX. Of his time there, Jonathan said that “handling top-tier Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists and interacting with a truly international clientele afforded me fascinating and unique opportunities, and allowed me to develop a rich visual vocabulary.” Jonathan holds a BA in History from Abilene Christian University.
Jonathan moved to the nonprofit sector because “local art, by definition, is created within a context we share with it, making it immediately approachable, and meaningful. There is something uniquely visceral and energizing about watching art happen in front of you. Paintings being created right now will be part of our cultural dialogue decades, or centuries, from now. I think this is why art education is so crucial for children, and why art therapy is so holistically healing: it creates a vocabulary for understanding the world, and engaging with it, for those who, through trauma, or disability, or simple economic disadvantage and lack of mental stimuli, have otherwise lost their ability for expression.”
PARKING: For delivery and pick up, you can park in the garage for $1.50 for each twenty (20) minute interval (vouchers are provided for delivery or pick-up). Metered parking is available on Pearl and Crockett Streets. Parking in lots on Crockett and San Jacinto is $6.00. DO NOT park in the permit-only zones behind the building on Crockett Street. Full-day Gallery sitters may park free in the garage (entrance on San Jacinto – between Pearl and Crockett).
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