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“IT’S ABOUT TIME” Courtney Alexander & Estefania Velez June 29 – July 10

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Tampa, Fla. – From June 29th to July 9th, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host It’s About Time by Estefania Velez and Courtney Alexander. Visitors to the gallery will encounter a raw sensory experience to navigate the artist’s world through mixed-media sculptures and paintings.

 

Albert Einstein once said, “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”  In the following works, Courtney Alexander and Estefania Velez explore time from different perspectives.  Estefania Velez is interested in theories of time and existence while Courtney Alexander explores linear time by researching the history of black female representation in art history.

Estefania Velez’s paintings are an exploration of time and loss and how multiple time frames and narratives can happen simultaneously in a painting or piece of art. Estefania executes this by overlapping the figure through the space of the painting, and by depicting the figure in movement with mixed line work and jarring color relations. Courtney Alexander attempts to dig into issues of duality, hyper sexuality, and self-awareness through historical representations. By comparison, it is a more personal dialogue which serves to create vulnerability and explore the complex nature of her existence.  Both techniques can be seen as conversation on very similar issues that form two varying perspectives.

Alexander is currently a senior student at USF majoring in studio art. Anticipating her graduation in the Fall of 2015, she plans to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts degree and use art as a platform to create raw and candid dialogue in the arena of body politics. In Its About Time Courtney Alexander uses large mixed media collages of the figure, as well as free standing sculptures. Estefania Velez graduated with her BFA degree from USF Spring 2015. She was accepted into Graduate school in NYC at Brooklyn College, and leaves to start her MFA Fall 2015. Velez plans on continuing the exploration of multiple time narratives including existence after death, by researching more physics journals and pushing mixed media techniques and color theories. In Its About Time Velez uses large paintings on canvas depicting multiple figures and fluorescent oil paint.

 

DessART, Centre Gallery’s opening reception for this exhibit, will be held on June 29th from 12 – 1 p.m. and the closing reception will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9th. The Centre Gallery is located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

 

For more information or to request accommodations for disability, please contact the Centre Gallery at 813-974-5464.

 

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“Inside Out” by Grace Strattan

This gallery contains 18 photos.

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“Even Hands Can See” by Horst Mueller

The Centre Gallery Presents “Even Hands Can See”

Tactile paintings by Horst W. Mueller

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Tampa, Fla. (Oct. 2013) –From October 14 through 18, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host Even Hands Can See by Horst Mueller.  Visitors to the gallery will encounter tactile paintings aimed in including the blind and visually impaired in the appreciation of art.

 

Mueller shares his time between Buxtehude (Hamburg), Germany and Stuart, Fla. during the winters.  He received his degrees in Economics and Engineering at the University of Cologne and Saarbruecken.  Mueller blends his life experience with his love and artistic imagination to create his tactile paintings.  Using traditional brushes and palette knives, along with his hands, results in a powerful multi-layered three dimensional art.

 

Through his artwork he aims to answer the question, “If art is truly a universal language, then why have the visually impaired been historically shut out?”  In effect, Mueller invites the participants to “please touch my art.”

 

DessART, Centre Gallery’s opening reception for this exhibit, will be held on Oct. 14 from 12 – 1pm.  The closing reception for Even Hands Can See will be held from 5 – 7pm on Friday, Oct. 11, in the Centre Gallery.  The Centre Gallery is located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla.  It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

 

For more information contact:

Natalya Swanson, Director of Artist Relations

Alyssa Cordero, Director of Public Relations

sa-centregallery@usf.edu

(813)974-5464

 

 

About the Centre Gallery

Centre Gallery is an innovative, student-run art exhibition space at the University of South Florida. Located in the Marshall Student Center room 2700, Centre Gallery (www.centregallery.usf.edu) is free and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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”Processing” by Christina Humphreys

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Processing by Christina Humphreys, September 3-13

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