May 30 - June 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday May 30th, 6–9 PM
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday 2PM-7PM
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
A Battle of Ideas represents two distinct approaches to my ever-present interest in iconography and meaning as it relates to daily experience. My tendency is to look at the world as a series of intricate academic problems—as so many jewels to be appreciated from every facet—but the world isn’t a series of arguments, diagrams or even infographics. Life’s visceral qualities, it’s incomprehensible pain, beauty and monotony find their way into my work through the expression of color and texture. Some work in this show is approached from an ivory tower perspective: an almost aerial deconstruction of words and symbols, making heavy use of style and metaphor. Other works represent a much more intuitive approach, focusing largely on memory—a seeking out of imagery that isn’t so much about research as it is sifting-through-the-brain-and-letting-images-float-to-the-surface without making distinctions between autobiography, politics and history. I see the combination of these bodies of work as indicative of what Schjeldahl calls the “singular troubles and glories” of a life lived by many contemporary artists, which seems to, ironically, juxtapose intellectual pursuits and abstractions with catastrophic world events and a thousand daily banalities: a reverie with interruptions.
- Casey Arguelles Gregory, 2015
Curated by Hills Snyder.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Casey Arguelles Gregory is a painter, writer and educator based in Houston, Texas. She holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has exhibited widely throughout the region including solo and group shows at Hardin Simmons University (Abilene), Red Arrow Gallery (Dallas), Lawndale Art Center (Houston) and Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (San Antonio). In 2011, she was the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. Arguelles Gregory blogs about looking at art with her two-year-old daughter at www.artstrollertx.com, and is a regular contributor to Arts + Culture Magazine.
Image: Something about Longing (2015); oil on canvas; 31 x 72 inches
Sala Diaz, a 501(c) 3 exhibition space, is an experimental venue for contemporary art established in 1995.
Located in the heart of the Southtown Cultural Arts District, Sala Diaz provides a unique venue for the exhibition of new and challenging work, and fosters lasting exchange between our city and creative communities abroad. Housed in the same residential structure as the gallery, The Casa Chuck Arts Residency is an invitational program through which Sala Diaz provides critics, curators and writers a haven for varied creative pursuits. Initiated in 2011, the residency honors the legacy of visionary artist, arts advocate and bon vivant Chuck Ramirez who died the previous year. Official residents spend one month living in Ramirez’ former abode, exploring and interacting with the surrounding arts community. In between official residencies, Sala/Casa hosts a wide variety of arts professionals including critics, curators, musicians, scholars and visual artists. Sala Diaz is supported by fluent~collaborative and numerous private individuals.
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