The exhibition Cut Up/ Reassembled: Collage & Assemblage in the American West opens with a reception on Wednesday October 15th in the Art Gallery located in the Academic Center on the campus of Houston Baptist University. The hours of the reception will be from 6 to 8 pm. Curated by HBU's Gallery Director/Curator Jim Edwards, this exhibition features the work of ten contemporary American artists who use techniques of collage and assemblage in the production of their art.

Collage and assemblage are the unique inventions of the 20th Century, and have played an important role in nearly every important art movement during the age of Modernism, including Cubism, Constructivism, Dada, Pop Art, Surrealism and the various forms of Post Modernism. The contemporary works included in this exhibition are independent expressions that continue the legacy of collage and assemblage. The diversity seen in these works reflect the healthy state of collage and assemblage at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Five of the artists represented in the exhibit make their homes in Texas; David Fulton and Al Souza are from Houston, Norman Kary from Dallas, Lance Letscher from Austin, and Cecil Touchon from Fort Worth. Others include Mark Faigenbaum of San Francisco, Rebecca Rhees, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Daphne Ruff, Oakland, California, David Ruhlman, Salt Lake City, Utah and Evelyn Sooter, Clark Fork, Idaho. What is reflected in the works by these artists is something of their own environment, their sources of popular culture, including books, magazines and found objects, and their own sense of construction and composition. Themes as varied as cut up photographic portraits, food and household objects as subject, abstraction, and melding of word and image are expressed in this work. The strength of collage and assemblage has been its ability to juxtapose various realities and these practices have strongly influenced advertising as well as the fine and applied arts. 

The exhibition will continue on view through November 14th and gallery hours are 11am to 4pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday's and weekday evenings by appointment.


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