Opening Reception: Friday, September 15th, 6 – 8 PM
On view through November 4th, 2017
Jeffrey Dell’s work has a generosity of space, imagination, and playfulness. Continuing his focus on the confluence of perception and desire, Future Castles draws upon pre-digital populist art histories ranging from ukiyo-e prints to US national park posters and sci-fi novel cover art. The forms in Dell’s screen prints linger between abstraction and realism, accommodating the graphic economy of Japanese print tradition and the visual seduction of trompe l’oeil. Dell is interested in the graphic shorthand that exists between image and symbol; it is a language that preserves mystery and reflection. The exploration of space is thorough and sundry in Dell’s work. Certainly, the use of starscapes and cloud-like forms evokes the cosmos, and the deft use of color and shading produces astonishing visual depth. Dell’s restraint leaves room for the viewer to forge their own personal associations between poetry, mysticism, and nostalgia.
Jeffrey Dell has headed the Printmaking department at Texas State University for 18 years and currently lives in San Marcos, TX. Recent exhibitions include the International Print Center of New York; The Print Center of Philadelpia; Rochester Contemporary Art Center; and Galleri Urbane, Dallas. Dell was commissioned by The LINE Hotel to produce two large unique editions for their newest location in Austin, TX, opening in 2018. Dell received his MFA from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 10th, 6 – 8 PM
On view through December 16th, 2017
Art Palace presents Egress, a solo exhibition of works on paper by Susan Whyne. Following her project gallery presentation Entrances in 2015, which featured works she produced in San Francisco in the 1970s, Whyne has revisited that time in her practice with new abstracted landscapes based on Texas’ urban scenery. This exhibition will combine works from the 1970s together with pieces made in the last year.
Whyne’s work has an undercurrent of transience. She illustrates inverse relationships in equal balance: culture and nature, form and metaphor, the ephemeral and the eternal. In this decades-spanning series, she focuses on the moments of convergence between landscape and architecture. Odd sculptural associations emerge, flanked by negative space that demands attention and levity. Parts become whole in themselves, thanks to the deft sense of scale and omission.
With new variations in landscaping and architecture emerging with the times, Whyne finds continuous fulfillment in this series. The work pays tribute to the tableaux’s original designer, whether that person was a professional or an amateur with no aesthetic ambition. Egress is an homage to the abridgment of time and the expansion of narrative.
Susan Whyne is a veteran painter living in Austin, Texas. Her work was included in the very first Art Palace exhibition called Where Were The Then, (2005). She has retired from a 34-year tenure at University of Texas and has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant twice. Whyne has exhibited regularly across the United States since 1971 and notable exhibitions include the New Museum (NYC), Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and Art Pace (San Antonio, TX.) She holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from San Francisco State University.