Interview – Steve Prince

On Friday, October 18, Steve Prince welcomed us to his exhibition ‘Kitchen Talk’ at the Islander Art Gallery. Before his lecture, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview him. He opened up about his personal life, religion, culture, politics, and most importantly, his work. Prince is a Virginia-based artist whose work exemplifies his interests in art, music, and religion, addressing issues of social injustice through a metaphorical language of faith, hope, and creativity

A lot of your works deal with love, social injustice, and faith. Were any of these paintings based on personal experience?  As far as love and faith, I do not see those things broken apart. Personal experience is what I create with. This is my faith, my love for humanity, and my love of self. My work is dealing with historical facts and truths through a spiritual lens. I have created my symbology for my work to communicate this and challenge our ideas. I want people to challenge themselves and others on how they look at the world and how we look at each other.

What is your creative process for starting a new drawing or print? A playground for the creative process I go through is my sketchbook. This is where I practice my drawing daily. I draw anything I see: people, places, nature, etc. Most of my days, I interact with people, so a lot of my drawings consist of people I meet, my girlfriend, my friends, world events. My work has a lot of information compacted into a space that tells a narrative. This forces the viewer to have to sit through and analyze my drawing. My drawings tell stories that each viewer may see differently.

When starting your career in art was there an event, a person, or idea that inspired you to pursue this dream?  Yes, several people helped inspire me. The very first person to inspire me to become an artist was my brother. He is an artist as well. When I was young, I would constantly watch him draw. Then fast forward to high school, I had an art teacher. She saw that I had talent, so she would pull me aside and work with me. Then in college, I had a mentor named John Scott. He was the key person to pull it all together for me. I saw him as a family man, a professor, and a person who was involved with the community. I quickly saw the impact he had on others, which inspired me even more.

Has the current political, cultural, or religious climate influenced your artwork? I see the past, present, and future as an ongoing continuum. I see the past five years just the same as I see the past 10 years or 30 years. Let me know which decade you think is good. Each decade you go back had its own challenges. You can’t go back to America’s infancy and think those are the good days. They were all warped with a lot of challenges, and some deep philosophical social issues that this nation was built upon. So, if I say what has happened in the past two years as far as social and political issues, they are no different than what has already been going on. What is important is being conscious and aware of things. I think too often in the President Obama years everyone thought we had moved to a post-racial era. Then with this past presidency, it seemed that we went back in time. This idea of the post-racial era never existed. This was a time of smoke and mirrors, and people fell asleep on what really was going on around us. My work aims to bring awareness. I am going back in time and forward in time to show people connections. I do this to show the work that we must do to overcome these obstacles.

In your designs, I have noticed a frequent amount of symbolism. Does this come naturally or is it a conscious effort? It is a conscious effort. So much of what I do to develop in terms of symbolism comes from reading, studying, looking at other artist’s work, hearing stories, and spirituality. I take all this information and create my own symbolism.

What advice would you give to an aspiring artist trying to make it in the industry? When I talk to a lot of students, they often express to me a level of fear of the unknown, what comes next. Students often ask themselves what the purpose is of being an artist and what should I say as an artist. These are all great questions you should be asking yourself. These questions allow the opportunity for you to be open and honest with yourself. You will be able to realize who you are and what questions you will want to answer as an artist. As a college student, I continue to work and study. You are very fortunate to be able to take time and study this stuff. How many other people who want to be artists have the time to study this stuff? Many aspiring artists do not have this luxury of being in college. With this privilege of being an artist comes a lot of responsibility. What are you going to say through your work? What are you going to speak to? The first person you should speak to is yourself. You are the first recipient of the work.

Interview done by Wes Jones

Critical Mass 2019, Photo Lucida ~ Portland, OR

Assistant Professor of Photography Jennifer Garza-Cuen’s ‘Buffalo, WY’ series has been included in this year’s Critical Mass Top 50!

View Jennifer’s ‘Buffalo, WY’ series entry HERE

View full gallery of the 2019 Top 50 Photographers HERE

Photolucida is an arts nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon whose mission is to provide platforms that expand, inspire, educate and connect the regional, national, and international photography community.

CRITICAL MASS

Critical Mass is an annual online program that makes connections within the photography community. Photographers at any level, from anywhere in the world, submit a portfolio of 10 images.

Through a pre-screening process, the field is narrowed to a group of 200 finalists who go on to have their work viewed and voted on by over 200 esteemed international photography professionals.

From the finalist group, the Top 50 are named and a series of awards are given. In the past, awards have included a monograph award, residency awards, solo show awards, and group show inclusion. Critical Mass 2020 will open in May, and remain open for submissions for about four weeks.

Visiting Artist – Eric Fuertes

Eric Fuertes works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is the Manager of the Columbus Digital Fabrication Studio. He creates complex artistic devices that mechanize the process of art making utilizing interdisciplinary, traditional, and digital techniques. His artwork explores socio-political commentary and ideas about production, democratization, and fallacies in contemporary culture.

2011 MFA Northern Illinois University
2007 BFA TexasA&M University – Corpus Christi
2004 AA Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas 

Eric Fuertes will be presenting
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 4:00-4:50 pm in the Sculpture Studio 116 in the TAMUCC Center for Art. This artist talk if free and open to the public.



2019 Chrysalis Award – Richard W. James

For newly arrived Assistant Professor of Art Richard W. James, crafting sculpture usually begins with a found object and an idea. It could be a pair of boxing gloves or a boat motor or a lap harp, but each project has its own evolution as it develops. For his intricately detailed mixed media oeuvre, James has been named the 2019 Chrysalis Award recipient.

Established in 2016 by the James Renwick Alliance, the Chrysalis Award is meant support emerging artists who demonstrate excellence and a commitment to artistic innovation. Winners receive an unrestricted $5,000 award to be used for future works of art. James was named the sole recipient of this 2019 award due to his unique vision and voice.

 James will accept the Chrysalis Award and give a speech at the JRA Distinguished Artist Series event on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C. Across the country, James’ work can be found in various private collections. Here, at the Island University, interested students can register for any one of his classes.

To read full TAMUCC News Article, go to Sculpture Professor Richard W. James Wins 2019 Chrysalis Award

For more information on James’ works, go to http://richardwjames.com/.

Solo Exhibition – Leticia R. Bajuyo

Leticia R. Bajuyo, TAMU-CC Assistant Sculpture Professor, is exhibiting a solo exhibition titled Keystones at the Beeville Art Museum.

Exhibition Dates: September 21 – December 14, 2019
Opening Reception: September 21, 2019

Extending through all the galleries in the Beeville Art Museum, Keystones features a large-scale installation connecting three of the museum’s galleries along with smaller sculptures, drawings, glass pieces, and works made of grass and turf through the museum.

The exhibition title, Keystones, refers both to conceptual connections across the entire exhibition and to the archways in Bajuyo’s installation one can enter.  As with almost all of her large-scale pieces, swirling vortexes accentuate the art, suggesting infinite space, black holes, and celestial light.  Bajuyo describes how influences such as outer space, black holes, and the edges or borders of transition manifest in her studio practice, and how the thin line of an event horizon on the edge of a vortex, a point of no return, an excellent visual for examining value allotment and changes in perception.

The Beeville Art Museum is located at 401 E. Fannin, Beeville, Texas
It is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday
and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. 
To contact the museum, please call 361-358-8615 or visit our website at www.bamtexas.org.      

The Islander Gallery – Steve Prince

Steve Prince, Salt of the Earth, lithograph, 2017.

The Islander Gallery at TAMU-CC is pleased to welcome Kitchen Talk, an exhibition of works by Virginia-based artist Steve Prince. The exhibition will feature two-dimensional works based in drawing and printmaking. As a native of New Orleans, LA, Prince ‘s work highlights his interests in art, music, and religion, and addresses issues of social injustice through a metaphorical language of faith, hope, and creativity.

Please join us for the public artist’s lecture an opening reception Friday, October 18th, from 6:00-8:00pm, at the Islander Gallery. The Islander Gallery is located at 4024 Weber Rd.

Steve Prince: https://artcld.com/artist/steve-prince

Directions to The Islander Art Gallery:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Islander+Art+Gallery/@27.7377305,-97.390106,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86685f7a12afb137:0xce4b9436d9e706e8!8m2!3d27.7377258!4d-97.3879173

The Weil Gallery – Suzy González and Eliseo Casiano

Suzy Gonzáles, Float, 2019
Eliseo Casiano, Horse Breaker, Graphite and watercolor pencil on toned paper, 2017

The Weil Gallery at TAMU-CC welcomes Collective Likeness, an exhibition of works by San Antonio artist Suzy González and Tucson-based artist Eliseo Casiano. The exhibition will feature two-dimensional works across a variety of media, addressing a broad spectrum of socio-political subject matter related to cultural identity, race, familial histories, and the hierarchies of materials. The show dates are from Friday, September 27th to Friday, November 27th.

http://eliseocasiano.com/

https://suzygonzalez.com/home.html

Directions to the TAMUCC Campus: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Texas+A%26M+University+Corpus+Christi/@27.7127448,-97.326332,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8668f6396bb2f853:0x5d8c2c4e12efc0cb!8m2!3d27.7127448!4d-97.3241433

Center for the Arts, Weil Gallery, First floor:

The Islander Gallery – Big Mood

Closing this Friday, October 4th, at TAMU-CC’s Islander Art Gallery is undergraduate show Big Mood. Sponsored by graduate student, Clarissa Gonzalez, Big Mood features artwork created by TAMU-CC’s undergraduate art students and stands as an expression of life experiences and what it means to be a contemporary artist.

Directions to The Islander Art Gallery:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Islander+Art+Gallery/@27.7377258,-97.390106,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86685f7a12afb137:0xce4b9436d9e706e8!8m2!3d27.7377258!4d-97.3879173

Solo Exhibition – Alexandria Canchola

Rusteberg Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition by Alexandria Canchola, TAMU-CC Assistant Professor of Art, Area of emphasis: Graphic Design. In this solo show titled Typecast, she will debut a newly completed series of work consisting of gouache paintings, hand lettering, 3D printing, and installations connecting narrative and emotion. The show will feature a selection of works devoted to the odd joy of voyeurism. Studying the roles we cast on others so that they are of a “type of person” a “type of character”. 

Rusteberg Gallery, Brownsville, Texas
Exhibition Dates: October 1 – 25, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, October 4, from 6-8 p.m.

The artwork created by Alexandria Canchola was made as part of her continuing quest to document the everyday. The work seen in Typecast, is inspired by and draws from narrative, blurring the distinctions between our perceptions of reality and our creations within it. She believes there is a strange satisfaction one experiences in their voyeuristic tendencies; watching others and forming stories about people that one never truly knows. “A person will never have all the facts. Because the facts are still a form of fiction. The facts can still steer us wrong because they are seen through our own cloudy, foggy, scratched, colored lens.”

She has investigated narrative through the combination of word and image, studying their relationship as they simultaneously merge together and break apart. This work showcases the significance that typographical forms possess using letters as formal design elements as well as basic symbols of communication. In contrast to the illustration work, which is based in narrative; a personal form of storytelling that helps us to make sense of the everyday, of the societal patterns we see and the relationships we experience.Thecolor palettes used subvert the viewer’s idea of emotion; centering on themes such as loneliness, solitude, and voyeurismand showcasing these emotions in the bright powerful hues in which we feel them.

Alexandria Canchola is a designer and illustrator, currently based in Corpus Christi, Texas, who loves drawing and painting as much as dragging and dropping. Her career in the arts was not quite a straight-line path, but instead included detours in the fields of journalism and filmmaking. She has a bachelor’s degree in Government and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in 2D Design from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In 2018, she completed residencies at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California and Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts. She is now an Assistant Professor for the Graphic Design program at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi eagerly working to assist her students in their quest for knowledge so that they may feel inspired not only through the attainment of skills and methods of design but in becoming critical thinkers.

For more information about the exhibition, you can reach Alexandria Canchola by email at alexandriacanchola@gmail.com.