Shape-shifter: Drawing from Observation opening Sept. 28 in Irving

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September 28 to November 4, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, September 28, Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery & Thompson Loggia

Reception | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with remarks by artists & curator at 6:30 p.m.

The exhibition “Shape-shifter: Drawing from Observation” features four artists who turn the common notion of observational drawing as “drawing what you see” on its head. The artists all observe reality intently, as can be seen in their drawings, while shifting through very personal and imaginative imagery.Traditional drawing techniques are used masterfully to craft pictures that make reality seem uncommon, if only for a moment.

Please join us for the opening reception of our new exhibition Shape-Shifter: Drawing from observation on Friday September 28, 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. with remarks by artists & the curator, 6:30 p.m. The exhibition continues through November 4th, 2018

Oversized shiny black knick-nac’s by Trevor Bennett have a degree of exactness, that like Shelby Shadwell’s large drawings of cockroaches and diapers, are incongruous to their distorted gargantuan scale. Walter Early’s small line-drawings depict common outdoor objects being taken over and reformed by overgrown plants and other natural forms. And indoors, Mayuko Ono Gray inserts calligraphy rendered as an unruly 3D object into domestic scenes where the script wraps around and envelopes people, animals and objects.

Image credit:

Trevor Bennett, Mr. Perfect, 2015, charcoal on paper | Walter Early, Rock on pallet, 2016, micron on BFK Rives | Mayuko Ono Gray, 灯台下暗しThe ground around a lighthouse is always dark, 2017, graphite on paper | Shelby Shadwell, COMEDIE 3, 2015, charcoal and conte on prepared linen

Directions to the Haggerty Art Gallery:

The University of Dallas is accessible from Loop 12, Hwy. 114 or Hwy. 183.
From Hwy. 114, exit Tom Braniff, turn right on Northgate Drive, then right on Gorman Drive.From Hwy. 183 exit Carl Road, turn right on Northgate, then left on Gorman Drive.

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is located in the Art History Building, the copper clad building  at the corner of campus roads, Gorman Drive and Haggar Circle on the University of Dallas campus at 1845 E. Northgate Drive in Irving. The gallery, which is part of the university’s Haggerty Art Village, is free and open will be open in the Fall Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m.

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