High Energy, Calm Work Shine in New Exhibit

“Dance With Me” by Kana Harada

The Gallery at UTA is presenting a two-person show featuring works by Kana Harada and Ruben Nieto. The exhibition, which runs February 24 through March 31, features a site-specific sculptural installation by Harada and oil on canvas paintings by Nieto.

Harada’s installation of suspended organic forms made out of black and white foam and wood creates a tranquil, mystical experience that reflects the artist’s awe of nature, said gallery curator Benito Huerta. Evoking the “peaceful, serene embrace” of lush forests she has encountered in Japan and across the United States, the work is elegantly calm and contemplative, he said.

Nieto deconstructs comic books and reformats the imagery and colors to create high energy, expressionistic paintings. Using computer software, he takes images out of their original narrative structure and recontextualizes them digitally. He then retranslates the work into a more traditional medium using a collaborative process in which he directs a team of assistants to replicate the composition in oil on canvas. Intentionally referencing the idea of Warholian mass production and seriality, Nieto produces works that are at the same time explosively individual, Huerta said.

Both artists will discuss their work and creative process in hour-long illustrated lectures. Nieto will speak on Thursday, March 1 and Harada will speak on Wednesday, March 28. Both talks will take place beginning at 12:30 pm in Room 148 in the Fine Arts Building.

The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, Room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street. For more information visit www.uta.edu/gallery.

NOTE: The 2011-2012 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, the National Endowment for the Art and Nerwin & Martin.

“SPLATT!” by Ruben Nieto

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