Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college

Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college

College Issue 2014: Sell clothes. Plato’s Closet is a great place to take your gently worn apparel in exchange for cold, hard cash. They accept clothes, shoes and... By Brittany Minor 8/18/2014
Best Bookstore

Best Bookstore

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
A Small Slice of San Anto’s Spooky Haunts

A Small Slice of San Anto’s Spooky Haunts

Arts & Culture: San Antonio is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and its history stretches long before the people behind the American or Texas Revolutions... By Mark Reagan 10/15/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Arts & Culture

Creative, Experimental and Traditional Talent at ‘Texas Draws III’

Photo: Courtesy photos, License: N/A

Courtesy photos

Marshall K. Harris, #5 of 9, 2011

Photo: , License: N/A

Mark Hogensen, Vice and Virtue (office), 2013


Drawing endures as the easiest way for artists to experiment with new ways of seeing. Playing with perspective sparks the most startling images in “Texas Draws III,” the third edition of the Southwest School of Art’s biennial roundup of the state’s artists putting pencil to paper.

Austin artist Katie Maratta shrinks panoramic High Plains landscapes into miniatures in her small-scale, high-impact “horizonscapes.” Her drawings are about one inch tall and maybe three feet wide, forcing viewers to get close and squint a little, much like you would looking at the Texas Panhandle landscape where God ironed the land. Fast-food restaurants, cattle, silos, lonely trees and telephone poles pop from these tiny, impressionistic drawings dominated by an endless horizon line.

In contrast, San Antonian Mark Hogensen transforms tables into monuments in his large-scale drawings by using an architectural perspective. The low vantage point makes his picnic table and old-fashioned drawing desk appear to loom over the viewer. Known for his three-dimensional, geometric abstract constructions, Hogensen uses vigorous cross-hatching, some outside the lines, to give his drawings energy and vitality, perhaps alluding to atomic motion.

Fort Worth artist Marshall K. Harris, last year’s $50,000 Hunting Art Prize winner, enlarges a cat’s skull to the size of a basketball in nine meticulously detailed drawings that reveal every crevice and crack in the feline cranium. The actual cat skull is displayed under a small glass dome and the drawings have bolted, stainless-steel frames, which gives the series a mad scientist vibe. The realism demanded by the Hunting judges rests on a fault line among the state’s contemporary artists, between those who feel they have to master the traditional skills of an artist, and those who don’t, but Harris manages to add a conceptual twist to his undeniable technical virtuosity.

Portraiture has almost been pushed off the contemporary map, but two artists show it still has a place. Kermit Oliver, a Waco postman/painter and the only American artist to design scarves for Paris’ House of Hermès, uses crayons and colored paper in three portraits rendered so delicately they appear ghostly. Robert Pruitt of Houston uses high-art icons in his large portrait drawings on hand-dyed paper. An abstract painting is tucked under the arm of a voluptuous black woman wearing a blue dress in Black Curves Toward Newer Galaxies, and a young man has an elaborately carved Afro topped by a pyramid in Stone Cut.

Lubbock artist Tina Fuentes deconstructs the still life in her expressionistic drawings of a bowl of Mexican fruit. Kim Bishop of San Antonio explores inner space in “On the Rim” six surrealistic drawings, centered on a house shape in flowing, transforming dreamscapes. San Antonian Sara Frantz, supported by an Artist Foundation grant, mingles colorful architectural forms and gray landscapes in her graphite and gouache works on paper, suggesting fanciful new buildings derived from shipping containers and circus tents.

Obviously influenced by Star Wars and graphic novels, Corpus Christi artist Jorge Alegría’s small, intense drawings of alien dust storms and far-flung galaxies are hauntingly apocalyptic. The kitschy, middle-schoolish drawings and collages of Jeff Wheeler, who teaches at Texas Tech University, seem crude and immature compared to the other artists in this show—though that’s probably the philosophical point.

Texas Draws III

Free
9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm Sun
Southwest School of Art
Russell Hill Rogers Galleries
Navarro Campus
300 Augusta
(210) 224-1848
swschool.org

Recently in Arts & Culture
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus