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Fine Arts Center Gallery presents Max Gingles
exhibition, Sept. 1-25
August 31, 2009 --
The Fine Arts Center Gallery at
Arkansas State University is pleased to present "Resisting Closure," an
exhibition of recent work by painter Mack Gingles. An opening reception
honoring the artist will be held Tuesday, Sept.1, at 5 p.m.
Gingles is assistant professor in the Department of Art at Texas A and M
University-Corpus Christi, where he has taught painting and drawing
since 2006. He earned BFA degrees in Graphic Design and Studio Art at
Louisiana Tech University and went on to complete an MFA in Painting and
Drawing at Louisiana State University in 2005.
Gingles has exhibited his work in solo and group shows throughout the
United States. His work was also included in recent exhibitions at the
Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, Macedonia and the Museum of Fine
Arts in Minsk, Belarus.
"My drawings and paintings," Gingles writes, "work at a description of
those people close to me. Often these figures are distracted and set
against a quiet but visually treacherous space. The situation is
generally unclear and seemingly harmless, but there is often some aspect
of the image that toys with our notions of domesticity. Over time I have
come to rely on this format as a means to question what I know. The
distance between knowing and not knowing is what interests me."
"I choose mark-making materials that invite this questioning sensibility
and resist closure. Certainly there are more efficient ways to engage in
appearances, but none I believe suggest a perspective so decidedly human
as touch. Drawing and painting is about touch for me, over time and in
time. My work is created out of a need for this time to hold certain
moments and exhaust their potential for mark. For me, the gesture of
these marks is an attempt to reconcile the more essential qualities of
the form and ultimately the subject."
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The
exhibition will be on view through Friday, Sept. 25. The Fine Arts
Center Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For
additional information, contact the Department of Art at (870) 972-3050.