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Installing IMAGO ANIMI

April 18, 2012

Installation is in full swing at the gallery for Lauren Kirchner’s show, IMAGO ANIMI (Image of the Mind).

Lauren Kirchner : IMAGO ANIMI at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Lauren Kirchner : IMAGO ANIMI at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Lauren Kirchner : IMAGO ANIMI at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Lauren Kirchner : IMAGO ANIMI at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Please join us for the opening reception, this Saturday, April 21, from 5:30 to 8PM!

Lauren Kirchner : IMAGO ANIMI

April 21 through June 2, 2012

Opening Reception: April 21, 5:30-8PM

Lauren Kirchner, Meditatione Animi I, 2012, ink on paper, 28 by 48 in. http://startgallerydallas.com

Lauren Kirchner, Meditatione Animi I, 2012, ink on paper, 28 by 48 in.

Start Gallery Dallas is pleased to present IMAGO ANIMI (Image of the Mind), an exhibition featuring large-scale prints and print installations by Lauren Kirchner, on display from April 21 through June 2, 2012, with an artist’s reception on April 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All that is human rests within our brain. This irreplaceable, yet enigmatic organ is not only responsible for our daily functions, but is also the home of our personality, emotions, and abilities. Out of roughly 85 billion neurons, only a small fraction is understood and mapped. Additionally, the brain creates new connections every second, defining us as individuals and connecting us to the greater scheme of humanity. Working from what is known about the human brain, Lauren Kirchner reconstructs and conceptualizes the patterns of neurons. Her lithographic prints form maps that interpret the images our most vital and enigmatic organ.

Kirchner’s printmaking techniques often derive from the way our brain functions. Just as neurons are created through the copying of parent cells, Kirchner produces prints in different colors and layers using the same matrix. She then flips and mirrors these layers to create a kaleidoscopic effect, resulting in depth and complexity within the print. For example, Meditatione Animi I consists of a seven run print on paper; a monoprint, lithographs, and a silkscreen. These layers are cut by hand into a shape resembling a brain scan. Rather than a sterile, digitized perfection, the image is interpreted artistically with the human hand, and is delightfully interrupted by asymmetries of cut and line.

The largest work in the series, COGITATIO (Thought) is presented as a site-specific installation, or “printstallation,” where the elements in the installation are made using printmaking processes. A neuron-like motif, printed on mirrored vinyl, is attached to the gallery wall. Cotton and polyester cords extend from the edges of the print and attach to the surrounding ceiling beams and columns. The converging clusters of taut cords mimic the neuron patterns seen throughout the exhibit, and expand the print in space, inviting the viewer to enter.

IMAGO ANIMI is Kirchner’s Master of Fine Arts exhibition, and is the culmination of a long artistic journey. Kirchner, who came from an undergraduate program that emphasized manual processes, struggled to thrive in a professional printing world dominated by digital methods. The seeming obsolescence of her printmaking skills caused her to question her purpose and direction. The works from CONTEXTUS, Kirchner’s Master of Arts show, exemplified her introspective period by melding square “pixel” forms with intricate lithographs, embroidery, and installation techniques, all painstakingly created by hand.

After working and studying with master printers around the United States, Kirchner has reached a new conclusion in her latest art works: that which separates humans from machines, and justifies our value, is the brain and its endless potential. Technology, for all its wonders, advances only as fast as human ability to create it. Thus, IMAGO ANIMI represents the triumph of the human mind and a synthesis of Kirchner’s artistic ideas.

Lauren Kirchner received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2008. Following her graduation, she worked at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, Anchor Graphics in Chicago, Illinois, and the Anderson Ranch Art Center and Anderson Ranch Editions in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Kirchner moved to the DFW area to pursue further education at the University of Dallas, and received her Master of Arts in Printmaking in 2010. Start Gallery Dallas is proud to host Kirchner’s thesis for a Master of Fine Arts.

Start Gallery Dallas presents Lauren Kirchner : IMAGO ANIMI (Image of the Mind) http://startgallerydallas.com

Announcing our upcoming exhibit, which will feature large-scale print installations and print works by Lauren Kirchner. Stay tuned for further details!

And don’t forget to see Gerardo R. : Un Día a la Vez, open through April 15. Please e-mail us to make an appointment, and we’ll be happy to open the gallery for you!

We have some new photos of Start Gallery Dallas featuring Gerardo R. : Un Día a la Vez, on view now through April 15th.

Un Dia a la Vez at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Start Gallery Dallas presents Gerardo R. : Un Día a la Vez (One Day at a Time)

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 5:30-8pm

1004 W Page Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

The gallery is all ready for visitors for the opening reception tomorrow night. Come by and see Gerardo R. : Un Día a la Vez, a series of large scale, mixed-media paintings and drawings exploring the subject of the Mexican Drug Wars. Hope to see you there!

This past weekend we spent preparing and installing for our upcoming exhibit, Gerardo R. : Un Día a la Vez.

Installing art at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Please join us for the opening reception, this Saturday, March 3 from 5:30-8PM at 1004 W. Page Ave, Dallas, TX.

GERARDO R. : UN DÍA A LA VEZ

March 3 through April 15, 2012

Gerardo R., Coca Cola Mexicana, 2011, oil and stucco on canvas, 48 by 78 in at Start Gallery Dallas

Gerardo R., Coca Cola Mexicana, 2011, oil and stucco on canvas, 48 by 78 in

Start Gallery Dallas is pleased to present Un Día a La Vez (One Day at a Time), a debut exhibition of paintings and drawings by Gerardo R., on display from March 3 through April 15, with an artist’s reception on March 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

According to the government of Mexico, over 34,000 people have fallen victim to the gruesome violence of the Mexican Drug War since 2006. For the citizens of Mexico, the results of the ongoing power struggles between the government and the drug cartels have been economic hardship, crime, and a pervasive state of fear. Violence and poverty force some to work for the cartels, and others to migrate north to the United States in search of better prospects. In an innovative series of large-scale, multi-media canvases and charcoal drawings, Gerardo R. interprets the effects of the ongoing conflict in Mexico within the sociocultural context of contemporary North America.

Gerardo R., Dos Hermanos, 2011, oil and stucco on canvas, 48 by 72 in. Start Gallery Dallas

Gerardo R., Dos Hermanos, 2011, oil and stucco on canvas, 48 by 72 in.

Gerardo R., a Dallas-based artist with family roots in northern Mexico, envisioned the series after viewing accounts of the drug war on news websites. Gerardo began to draw and paint from press photographs of civilians and police in mourning and amidst struggle, incorporating his own memories and emotions. His large oil paintings expose both the tragedy of conflict and its effects: a man embraces his dead brother on the street, migrants cross the United States border while being watched by infrared cameras, and smoke rises from the burning of illegal crops in the midst an abstract landscape.

In some of the works in the series, these dramatic images appear through openings in a stucco “wall,” which is covered in corporate logos or graffiti-like illustrations. The simple drawings were collected from strangers whom Gerardo requested to depict images they believe are symbolic and iconic of Mexico. Thus, the stuccoed walls dotted with lighthearted “graffiti” provide a critical contrast to the tragic imagery of the scene depicted beneath. The symbolic walls in Gerardo’s canvases serve to reveal American understanding and portrayal of Mexico, as compared to the current volatile state faced by Mexican citizens.

Gerardo R., Charcoal Study 4, 2011, charcoal and gesso on paper, 22 by 30 in. Start Gallery Dallas

Gerardo R., Charcoal Study 4, 2011, charcoal and gesso on paper, 22 by 30 in.

Similarly to the stucco “walls” of the paintings, Gerardo’s charcoal drawings incorporate a white gesso wash to cover large parts of each composition. The gesso mixes with the charcoal, creating blurred, atmospheric bands of white that both frame the subjects and conceal their context. The experience of the persons pictured seems distant and the viewer becomes emotionally disconnected from the scenes depicted.

Gerardo states, “the challenge of my work is to tear down the social walls that prevent America from relating to its neighboring country.” To this end, Gerardo does more than merely re-illustrate traumatic events. His paintings and drawings highlight American perceptions of Mexican culture and encourage viewers to look more deeply. Gerardo’s work also emphasizes the pain and fortitude of human beings who endure daily life in the midst of conflict, and brings to light the struggles and triumphs of those who truly live one day at a time.

Gerardo R. was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Oak Cliff. He attended the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, and received a BFA from the University of North Texas in 2011. He is currently submitting applications to Master of Fine Arts programs throughout the United States.

Start Gallery Dallas exhibits contemporary art by emerging artists. The gallery is owned and directed by Veronika Tkachuk. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Veronika is an active blogger and photographer in the Dallas and New York City art scenes. Start Gallery Dallas is located at 1004 W. Page Ave, Dallas, Texas, inside a former ice factory in the historic neighborhood of Oak Cliff. For more information about exhibits, hours, and directions, please visit startgallerydallas.com


Gerardo R., Coca Cola Mexicana, 2011, oil and stucco on canvas, 48 by 78 in at Start Gallery Dallas

Gerardo R., Coca Cola Mexicana, 2011, oil and stucco on canvas, 48 by 78 in

Start Gallery Dallas presents Gerardo R. :Un Día a la Vez (One Day at a Time) http://stargallerydallas.com

We are pleased to announce our first exhibit of 2012! Gerardo R. comes to Start Gallery Dallas in his debut show of paintings and drawings, Un Día a la Vez (One Day at a Time). More details to follow!

We would like to give a little further introduction to Lauren Hirsch’s and Laura Drapac’s artworks.

You may view and purchase the artworks through Start Gallery Store by simply clicking on each picture. You may also visit our Printmaking pages to view and purchase the additional artworks that are currently on exhibit and those from the previous exhibit. Start Gallery Store has detail photos and additional information about each artwork. You can also save 10% on your first purchase by registering with Start Gallery Store!

Laura Drapac explores the themes of construction of identity and how clothing is used to create a person’s public facade. Below are a few highlights from the thirteen of her works that are currently on display at Start Gallery Dallas.

Start Gallery Dallas presents: Printmakers, Laura Drapac, Pattern, 2011, Monotype on paper, Edition 1/1

Laura Drapac, Pattern, 2011, Monotype on paper, Edition 1/1, 10 by 20 in.

Start Gallery Dallas presents: Printmakers, Laura Drapac, Mask/Highlight, 2010, Mezzotint, line etch, and digital output, Edition 3/5

Laura Drapac, Mask/Highlight, 2010, Mezzotint, line etch, and digital output, Edition 3/5, 10 by 10 in.

Start Gallery Dallas presents: Printmakers, Laura Drapac, For You, 2011, Monotype on paper, Edition 1/1

Laura Drapac, For You, 2011, Monotype on paper, Edition 1/1, 9.5 by 11.5 in.

Start Gallery Dallas presents: Printmakers, Laura Drapac, Impersonal Self Portrait, 2010, Aquatint, line etch, digital output, fingerprints, and chine collé on paper, Edition 3/13

Laura Drapac, Impersonal Self Portrait, 2010, Aquatint, line etch, digital output, fingerprints, and chine collé on paper, Edition 3/13, 9 by 12 in.

Start Gallery Dallas presents: Printmakers, Laura Drapac, From One, Many, 2011, Monotype on paper, Edition 1/1

Laura Drapac, From One, Many, 2011, Monotype on paper, Edition 1/1, 30 by 22 in.

Lauren Hirsch explores themes of memory and collection by combining graphic imagery and abstract elements. Sixteen works are on display, and below are a few features from the exhibit.

Start Gallery Dallas presents: Printmakers, Lauren Hirsch, The Search IV, 2011, Monotype on paper, Edition 1/1

Lauren Hirsch, The Search IV, 2011, Monotype on paper, Edition 1/1, 14 by 21 in.

Start Gallery Dallas presents: Prinmakers, Lauren Hirsch, Fragment, 2010, Etching and chine collé on paper, Edition 1/6

Lauren Hirsch, Fragment, 2010, Etching and chine collé on paper, Edition 1/6, 10 by 19 in.

Start Gallery Dallas presents: Printmakers, Lauren Hirsch, Fragment III, 2010, Etching and chine collé on paper, Edition 2/3

Lauren Hirsch, Fragment III, 2010, Etching and chine collé on paper, Edition 2/3, 11 by 15 in.

Start Gallery Dallas presents: Printmakers, Lauren Hirsch, Intersected, 2010, Intaglio and chine collé on paper, Edition 1/2

Lauren Hirsch, Intersected, 2010, Intaglio and chine collé on paper, Edition 1/2, 12.5 by 7 in.

Start Gallery Dallas presents: Printmakers, Lauren Hirsch, Drawing I, 2010, Silkscreen and mixed media on paper, Edition 1/1

Lauren Hirsch, Drawing I, 2010, Silkscreen and mixed media on paper, Edition 1/1, 20.5 by 26 in.

Don’t forget to register at Start Gallery Store for 10% off your first purchase from our collection of affordable original art!

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