(Nov. 4, 2009)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History will present two M.F.A. thesis exhibitions Nov. 5-22 at the UTSA Satellite Space. The exhibits are free and open to the public. M.F.A candidate Casey Arguelles will present large-scale, colorful oil paintings in the exhibit, "Rupture in the Quiet Foyer." The thesis exhibition by Mira Hnatyshyn, "Happiness is Easy," is an installation of painting and sculpture based on clowns she photographed at a parade.
>> An opening reception is 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5. The exhibit also will be open 6-9 p.m., Nov. 6 for First Friday, the monthly gallery open house in San Antonio's Southtown district.
The paintings by Casey Arguelles are representational, atmospheric and gestural styles in vivid Technicolor strokes that question the nature of the painted image. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007. This exhibition marks the culmination of her UTSA academic work toward a master of fine arts degree.
Mira Hnatyshyn "hacks" the banality of the parade theme in her installation by addressing the irony of the painted smile, while lamenting the clown's traditional role as a bearer of happiness. The clowns' faces painted in abstract and surreal forms, expose the process of painting in a calculated display of crudeness with accents of sculpted fabric and cord. Painted panels of geometric shapes amplify the psychological aspects of color and perspective, creating a visual tension between the finished and the unfinished, provoking a range of conflicting emotions.
Hnatyshyn (Ha-nah-ti-shin) is a Maryland native born to Eastern European emigres. She has relied on art to preserve and transform her identity amid a flood of competing cultural influences. She received a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland in 1986, and worked as an art director until moving to San Antonio in 1999. Hnatyshyn has exhibited her work locally and nationally, and has taught classes at the Southwest School of Art and Craft and Artpace. Her work is included in the Saatchi collection in London and other private collections.
The UTSA Satellite Space is in Blue Star Arts Complex Suite 115 at S. Alamo and Probandt streets. Gallery hours are 6-8 p.m., Thursday, and noon-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday, or by appointment. For an appointment, contact Diana Roberts at (210) 212-7146 (gallery) or (210) 458-4391 (Department of Art and Art History).
About the UTSA Satellite Space
The UTSA Satellite Space is the off-campus gallery of the UTSA Department of Art and Art History. Monthly exhibitions feature works by UTSA graduate students, as well as nationally recognized professional artists. Since its first exhibition in 1993, the gallery has become one of San Antonio's most respected venues for challenging contemporary art.
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