|CRAIGHEAD-GREEN GALLERY // FEB22 // 5-8PM
1011 Dragon Street DALLAS, TEXAS 75207
|PETER BUREGA, JERRY CABRERA & JAMES ZWADLO
January 11 through February 15, 2014
|Craighead Green presents another 3-artist exhibition opening February 22 for Peter Burega,
Jerry Cabrera and James Zwadlo.
Peter Burega presents his third Dallas titled “Ocean’s Edge”. Well established in the Southwest
and throughout the nation, Burega’s oil on panel paintings most often reference water, land
and sky; Abstracted landscapes offering rich and beautiful color and depth. Burega states
“Although my work is abstract, it develops from my experience and interaction with the land.
Moments taken from daily life, dreams, experiences, and visual impressions. Studies of my
environment - light, shadow, reflection – conspire to inform my work.” Peter Burega was
trained as a concert pianist, earned a BA in art history and sociology from McGill University,
Montreal, Quebec, and a JD in law from Whittier College, Los Angeles, CA.“ The artist has
been included in several museums shows and is in private and corporate collection from
Los Angeles to New York, as well as London, England.
For his third exhibition with the Gallery, Jerry Cabrera is presenting long, narrow, horizontal
and somewhat 3-dimensional canvases that are brightly colored with a neon feel. The
inspiration for this body of work was discovered when he visited the concentration
camps of Germany and witnessed small slices of light filtering through enclosed spaces.
Cabrera states that “With light color exists, and color itself denotes life. Light is also
associated with knowledge, hope, warmth and energy”. All of these observations or
feelings are obvious in each of his paintings. His sensitivity to the environment and
mankind is the driving force of each painting. Cabrera is a native Texan. He received
his BFA in Painting from Texas State University in 2001 and received his MFA from the
University of Texas at San Antonio in 2004. Cabrera has participated in numerous
exhibitions including the 9th Annual Young Latino Artists Show. His work has been
collected extensively by private and corporate entities; most notably, Neiman
Marcus Corporation. Cabrera currently teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
New Yorker James Zwadlo joins the Galley for his Dallas debut. He grew up on a dairy
farm in northern Wisconsin helping his family feed cows. Zwadlo started his undergraduate
degree at UW-Madison, and finished at SUNY-Potsdam, in upstate New York, with a BFA in
Fine Arts. The artist lived in New York City for about 20 years, and now lives in Callicoon,
about 100 miles north of the City. Zwadlo’s subject is people represented realistically
in an abstract urban space, as seen from an imaginary aerial point of view. He titles
the series of paintings “Pedestrians” to make it clear that the point of view is the point
of the painting; the people are not doing anything special, just walking in the street.
As stated by Zwadlo “I lived for many years in New York City, working in office buildings,
thinking about how to orient myself. From the aerial point of view, to me, the Manhattan
landscape became, literally, a map of itself. The urban space flattened visually into a
kind of “found” painting. Being a native Midwesterner, I translated my sense of the
flatness of the Midwestern landscape into a solution to how to paint the verticality of
the urban landscape.” The aerial view of his pieces compresses space. The spatial
flattening of the images intensifies the surface of the painting, and enhances the
colors in a unique way. The compressed space is a map, a kind of living map, which
shows a way of seeing, and a way of being in the world.
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