Debuting with Brady Arts’ monthly First Friday, Zarrow’s current exhibition is comprised of a myriad of artworks by art school faculty. Here, one of the only uniting elements of the art, which ranged from ceramics to interactive videos, were the professions and blatant talent of their creators. Contributing TU members included M. Teresa Valero (Design), Mark Lewis (Painting), Daniel Farnum (Photography), Aaron Higgins (Digital Media), Christina Prado (Ceramics), Michelle Martin (Printmaking) and others. Included below are various works featured in the show, at times accompanied by comments about the artists or their work to provide deeper insight.
In Michelle Martin’s own words, “Both monumental and intimate in scale, the historic images I re-purpose are seductive. They prompt in viewers a nostalgia for fairy tales and whimsical stories, and yet they also generate disquieting and open-ended narratives. Bird-women peer over an infirm patient in the woods — are they caregivers or life-takers? In another, a woman and child are adrift in a stormy sea — are they fleeing an unknown horror or escaping to safety? Similar to the Social Observations series, these works recreate modern experiences, but filtered through a historical lens.”
Teresa Valero continues her photographic work about Syria. From her earlier documentary work in 2000 of both Syria and Lebanon to her most recent explorations that combine statistics on the war in Syria with typography and earlier images finally adding her own handwriting, her desire to return to these past images is to return to a home that no longer exists combined with a feeling of loss and displacement. This new series is based on all the cities she visited while traveling in Syria and Lebanon.