Emblems from the Margin: James Pace Exhibition in the Alexandre Hogue Gallery

Monday, August 20, 2012

This event is free and open to the public.

RescueOfMrBeuysTexas based artist  James Pace will exhibit his mixed media works at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery, August 23 through September 20.  The show titled “Emblems From The Margin” will include recent mixed media pieces and prints that are filled will personal icons and tactility,  constructed utilizing a variety of invented and found materials.

Pace is a Professor of Visual Art at The University of Texas at Tyler where he has taught since 1985. He holds an MFA from Arizona State University, and a BFA from the University of Oklahoma. Pace was appointed to the Ogé Professorship in Visual Art, the White Fellowship for Excellence In Teaching, and received the Chancellor's Council Teaching Award. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and multiple University Research Grants. Pace trained in the Tamarind Summer Printmaking Program, and was selected to participate in the International Artist Residency Program in Budapest, Hungary.

Pace has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1976 and has received numerous awards for his mixed media, paintings, drawings, and prints.  His work is found in collections from Los Angeles to New York, from Paris to Punjab.

“These prints resonate with the senses, like the shock of a powder flash or a desert landscape. The stark juxtaposition of images takes on the role of narrative without stooping to overt explication. Pervading all the pieces is a feeling of bluntness, of plain acknowledgement of truth. Watch and listen. These are the visions of a man peering out from beneath “beetle black brows” to laugh genially at everything. This is his voice—he speaks with his hands. In each gesture, each print, a near crudity or earthiness lends Hitchcockian gravitas to ostensibly common imagery. The word “searing” comes to mind, as does an impression of Atticus-Finch-like wisdom. This is a collection of great depth and potency, provoking for both the senses and the mind.”

The artist’s lecture will be held at Phillips Hall, in the Jerri Jones Lecture Hall, room 211, at 4:00 on August 30.  Following the lecture, meet the artist at the opening reception on August 30 from 5 to 7 pm.   

Mary Whitney