(Feb. 21, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will present the exhibit, "Eric Breish: Dimensions," through April 27 at the UTSA Downtown Gallery in Durango Building Room 1.122 on the Downtown Campus. Breish's works utilize scored, sanded aluminum plates coated with brightly colored randomly poured enamels.
>> An opening reception hosted by UTSA President Ricardo Romo and Dr. Harriett Romo is 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
According to the exhibit curator, Rebecca Gomez '11, who recently completed a UTSA master's degree in art history, Breish experiments with various artistic techniques from sanding metal plates that create optical illusions to pouring enamels that brightly reveal random patterns on their surfaces. "His works challenge the viewer to explore the different dimensions that reveal themselves through his calculated planning and the uncontrollable results," said Gomez.
Breish was born in 1978 in San Diego, Calif. He earned a B.S. degree in entertainment business from Full Sail University (2005), before turning completely to the world of art in 2008, when he studied under the well-known metal artist Andres Nottenbom. He has exhibited in San Antonio at David Shelton Gallery and Ranger Creek Brewery (2011) and in Houston at Sculpture by Design and New Gallery (2010). In 2010, Breish was commissioned by Energy Transfer to capture their company logo in metal.
"My work spawns from the subconscious, originating from a conceptual idea that evolves into its own creation as the piece progresses," said Breish. "There is often an underlying meaning, which is not always apparent and rather indirect in its representation, requiring the viewer to make the correlation through independent interpretation."
As a planned part of the creative process, the artist scores aluminum plates to create mesmerizing fields of light that shift as the viewer moves. "The other half of my work is brightly colored concoctions I call pours, which allow me to escape the rigid world of grinding metal and become spontaneous with a variety of liquid mediums," he said.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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