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Top: "Soap with Votive," digital video, Karen Mahaffy
Bottom: "Cheesy, No. 2605," archival inkjet print, Barbra Riley

UTSA's 'Still Life in New Time' exhibit opens Aug. 22

(Aug. 17, 2007)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History will present the exhibition, "Still Life in New Time," featuring new works from a classic genre from Aug. 22 to Sept. 16 in the Arts Building gallery on the 1604 Campus. The exhibit features works of Rolando Briseño, Karen Mahaffy, Chuck Ramirez and Barbra Riley.

An opening reception, free and open to all, is 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the gallery. Parking is free in lot 8 the evening of the reception.

According to exhibit curator, Scott E. Sherer, UTSA assistant professor of art and art history, still-life art reminds us of "the significance of even the most mundane aspects of daily life, of sensory pleasure and excess, and the passage of time and the living character of memory."

In the UTSA exhibition, the artists explore the enduring beauty of the centuries-old genre utilizing digital photography and video to demonstrate the tension between real life and its representation in art.

Inspired by baroque painting, Barbra Riley creates compositions of natural, historic and technological artifacts that extend traditions of illusionistic painting to the present day. By photographing the remains of meals, Chuck Ramirez suggests the vitality that is fundamental in daily activities as well as in the memories of special events.

Karen Mahaffy, a 1996 UTSA M.F.A. alumna, presents still life in her videos as the complex accumulation of moments where change inevitably happens to materials, such as a flame that burns and then burns out. Rolando Briseño uses nude photography to create tablescapes that display the ephemeral character of desire in a range from molecular to "real-life" to cosmic views.

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Free and open to the public, gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 2-4 p.m., Sunday.

From Interstate 10, take exit 557 to UTSA Boulevard. At the second traffic light, turn right onto James Bauerle Boulevard. Turn left onto O'Neil Ford Avenue and take an immediate right into parking lot 8. The Arts Building is on the right at the top of the Paseo to the center of campus.

For more information, contact Laura Crist at (210) 458-4391.

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