WHERE: Ro2 Art Downtown - 110 North Akard
WHEN: May 31 - June 29, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 31, 7-10pm
Ro2 Art is pleased to announce the opening of 'ALTAR(ed)', a two-person exhibition by Sam England and Eric de Llamas. Please join us at the opening reception, Saturday night, May 31 from 7-10pm at Ro2 Art Downtown, 110 North Akard, in Dallas. Exhibition runs through June 29.
For ALTAR(ed), Sam England and Eric de Llamas share their spiritual reflections and analysis of the post-modern landscape, hoping to offer viewers a meditative solution. Both artists present various works from their past, bridged together by a collaborative painting that the duo have worked on religiously since its inception. Expect to find beauty in the midst of worldly chaos and violence.
"We no longer live in a closed off world, where art is either pretense or craft, practical or pristine. Transcendent layers of reality and purpose overlap solid girders of goofiness and playful clarity. Within the struggle for survival and mixed definitions of success and failure, let’s look at humanity's clusterfunked, vibrant and violent progression into madness with wide and inspired eyes. Like Virgil and Dante, join us in a journey through the chaos, learning how to grow and heal each other through the sanctuary of beauty and creativity, leaving behind the spiritual desert."
*ABOUT SAM ENGLAND*
Sam England was born in Greenville, Texas in 1988. He is earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2012, and has continued to be very active in the North Texas art community, Sam has participated in numerous exhibitions and as part of collaboratives, and was recently a visiting artist at CentralTrak, UTD's Artist Residency Program.
...ON HIS ART PRACTICE:
"The forest by the house I grew up in facilitated the gestation of ideas that would later lead to my artwork. My early connection with nature and my appreciation and fear of it were the triggers for my adolescent interest in the mystical relationship of myself with art. I began traveling and seeking knowledge geographically, which caused me to lose interest in art only as a career, but a lifestyle and a direct communicator of my ideas. My goal is twofold: to merge the technical ability of my craft with my ideas, and to encourage others through artistic cooperation and collaboration.
"I am now involved primarily in the development of Wildflower Ecovillage in Campbell Texas. We are building a fully sustainable and self sufficient community dedicated to the regeneration of soil, plants, and souls. My purpose for making art has always been to understand nature and this lifelong project is an aesthetic collaboration directly with nature.
*ABOUT ERIC de LLAMAS*
Eric de Llamas is a Texas-based artist, originally from the city of Corpus Christi. The south Texas environment surrounded the artist with imagery that informed him about Hispanic life and Catholicism in the barrio. Later, he moved with his family to settle in the white suburbs of north Texas. His attempt to assimilate in Plano while still a young adolescent led to a dichotomy between the two cultures; one that he continues to resolve within himself. This conflict serves as a catalyst for his evolving visual vocabulary, making work that creates a commentary on a broad range of political, cultural, and spiritual issues.
Eric earned his BFA from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2011, where he also met his colleague, Sam England. Aesthetically, he finds much of his inspiration from artists that employ narrative and illustrative elements in their work, such as Robyn O’Neil, Victor Castillo, Henry Darger, and Rigoberto Gonzalez . Much of Eric’s past work has focused on narco issues relating to Mexico’s drug war, but has recently turned his attention to the nature of cable news punditry.
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