Exhibit unveils visions of human bodies

By BRUCE HARDT

The Pima Community College Center for the Arts will present six artists’ interpretations of the human figure in the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at West Campus from Oct. 22 to Dec. 7.

Under the direction of curator David Andres, the exhibit titled “POV: Interpreting the Human Figure” intends to defy gender stereotypes.

It will feature works by Bailey Doogan, Judith Stewart, Tiffiney Yazzie, Luis Caballero, Vincent Desiderio and Keith McElroy.

“The human figure for both women and men have been over-objectified in the past,” Andres said. “I wanted to achieve a fair view of the human figure as the subject of the art, not the object.”

Nov. 7 events include a gallery talk from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and a reception from 5-7 p.m. An artist lecture by Doogan will follow at 7 p.m. in the CFA Recital Hall.

On Nov. 14, guest lecturer Ann Lane Hedlund will discuss “The Desert Tapestries of Louise Nevelson” at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Hedlund is the curator of ethnology and a professor of anthropology at the Arizona State Museum.

Each artist featured in the exhibit uses very different interpretations and points of view.

Doogan uses a literal, realistic approach to embrace the body and its perceived imperfections. In recent years she has explored and depicted the body as aging and naked.

Stewart’s work demonstrates her belief that nothing is more evocative than the human form. She creates powerful sculptures that express themselves personally and universally.

Yazzie’s pieces focus on the unique, complex systems connected to human existence. Her large-scale portraits of her mother, Rosita, explore the bond between mother and daughter in addition to the matriarchal element of many Native-American tribes.

Caballero’s work expresses a fascination with the male body. He portrays intense eroticism of aggressive male figures by showing men in contorted poses suggestive of pain or passion. They are rendered sensually in tones of gray, black and red.

Desiderio’s paintings are often described as realist, postmodern and historical. Dramatic and theatrical, his works are intimately photographic and luminous, with sensitively painted colors.

McElroy’s drawings depict the body realistically but with scaleless graphics that tickle visual perceptions. He depicts conflicts through details as minute as male hair.

The Bernal Gallery is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the gallery at 206-6942 or email centerforthearts@pima.edu.

FYI
“POV: Interpreting the Human Figure”
When: Oct. 22 to Dec. 7
Where: Bernal Gallery, West Campus CFA
Admission: Free
Details: 206-6492
Nov. 7 events: Gallery talk, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; reception, 5-7 p.m.; artist lecture, 7 p.m. in Recital Hall
Nov. 14 event: Guest lecturer , 7 p.m. in Recital Hall

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