Exhibit: Strategic Effects of Reinventing Space

Pecan Campus Library exhibits site-specific installation art


The exhibit “Strategic Effects of Reinventing Space,” opens Thursday, Feb. 4 at STC’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery. It features collaborative site-specific installation artworks by Judith Cottrell and Alex Lopez and will be on view through March 27, 2010.

On Thursday, Feb. 4 art talks will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and an opening reception will take place that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. All activities take place in STC’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Bldg. F. located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.

Cottrell earned her Master’s in Fine Arts from The University of Texas at San Antonio where she currently resides. She is a professor for the Graphic Arts Program at the International School of Design and Technology. Cottrell has exhibited her works at the Lawndale Art Center, the McNay Art Museum, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, and the Joan Grona Gallery. Her work has been reviewed in “Art Lies,” and “Voices of Art.”

In regard to her work Cottrell says, “My process and approach to drawing has a quiet focus and has long developed from an interest in translating the mechanics of human motivation and drive into visual language.”

Lopez earned his Master’s in Fine Arts from Alfred University in New York. He is an art professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His work is diverse ranging from objects and videos to installations. Lopez has exhibited his works at various galleries and museums including, Artpace, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art, Arthouse at the Jones Center, and Christie’s in New York, just to name a few.

He has been included in several catalogs and has also been reviewed in “Art in America,” “Artlies,” and “Art Papers.” Lopez’s drawings map out spectacular moments and events that translate into architectural forms and surroundings resonating from memories, both factual and confabulatory.

“Cottrell and Lopez realize a system of alternative creative process almost performance in the manner they feed off one another to provide an autonomous source of means and installation, said David Freeman, curator for the exhibit. “They successfully present a fresh new vision on the concerns of line, playing an important role in bridging the gap between a contemporary implementation of artistic process and visualization and an outdated public perception of art.”

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