Texas A&M University-Kingsville

South Texas Artist to Share Observations of Life, Culture in the Rio Grande Valley

KINGSVILLE - January 25, 2010

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4979

For artist David Freeman, South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley are magnificent, sacred and bewitching all at once. They also serve as his artistic inspiration as reflected in his exhibit “Observation Deception,” on display Jan. 18-Feb. 19 at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Freeman, an art instructor at South Texas College and editor of Voices of Art Magazine, turns his observations of the world around him into art, often using materials from local pulgas (flea markets) and thrift stores as artistic resources.

“Observation Deception” includes photographic images and Freeman’s artist interpretations of traditional Mexican wrestler masks—or mascaras—which remain a recognizable symbol in Mexican and Rio Grande Valley culture.

Freeman will host an artist talk/lecture/workshop at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery, located at 916 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave., with an artist reception and performance scheduled for 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. that same day.

“David Freeman’s work displays separate aesthetics, rituals and culture from South Texas, the Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico,” said Jesus De La Rosa, assistant art professor at A&M-Kingsville and “Observation Deception” curator. 

“He gracefully blends Catholic icons, divine religious adoration, with street photography, installation and the act of collecting as art. This one-man group show has a beautiful domestic carnival feel to it. David is attracted to the wonderment and faith, spiritually and the fondness that people can bestow upon these images,” De La Rosa said.

All events are free to the public.

For more information, call 593-2619.

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