Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Art gallery exhibit features look at human faces

Ben Bailey Art Gallery - 01/20/12 - 02/22/12

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Artist Nancy Moyer will explore the theory that all faces have three sides in her new art exhibit at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The exhibit, The Bicameral Face, begins Friday, Jan. 27, and continues through Wednesday, Feb. 22. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, with Moyer speaking at 6:30 p.m.

 “We are all aware of the asymmetry of the human face, but what causes it?” Moyer said. “I decided to explore a theory of brain function as it affects our face and discovered a fascinating approach to the portrait.

  “With my Faces, I have created a series of portraits that I believe more accurately depict each individual than would the traditional single-image portrait. The visual effect of this complex mind structure is demonstrated through a variety of individuals who make many decisions on a daily basis,” she said.

Moyer said The Bicameral Face shows the three true personas that existed at the time of the photograph including the Empirical merged face, or the person we see; the Commander, or the dominant side who receives and generates information and has cosmic connections; and the Facilitator, or the side that analyzes information and manifests it into a visible or public act.

 “I discovered that the face is a dynamic organ. Depending on the person’s daily experience, the asymmetry may change,” she said. “I re-photographed several of the faces and they were different each time. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.

“With this exhibit, I identify some dual personalities, some inner conflicts and show the window of the brain through the facial windows of my subjects. I hope viewers will think about their own faces from this point of view and consider using this concept as a way towards a better understanding of themselves and those around them.” 

About Nancy Moyer

Moyer is Professor Emerita of Art at University of Texas-Pan American. She was chair of the art department there for 17 years. She is currently chair of the McAllen Arts Council, art critic for the McAllen Monitor and has served as managing editor of Voices of Art magazine.

She has had 10 solo exhibitions and over 90 juried and group shows with mostly drawing and metal work.

Her most recent exhibits include Jackrabbits! a collaborative public sculpture commission by the city of McAllen; Chain Show, at the Blue Heron Gallery in Deer Isle, Maine; and the Fifth Anniversary Exhibit at Galeria 409 in Brownsville.

Published jewelry works include Defensive Ornament, by Schiffer Publishing Company, due out this spring; Art Jewelry Today 2, Schiffer Publishing Company; The Craft of Making Jewelry, Lark Books Press; 500 Brooches, Lark Books Press; 1000 Rings, Lark Books Press; and Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing by Tim McCreight, Brynmorgan Press.

Moyer’s metal work is included in the slide archives of the National Ornamental Metal Museum.

For more information, call 361-593-3401.


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