CRIS WORLEY FINE ARTS // JUNE 24 // 5-8PM
INTRODUCTIONS
JUNE 24 - AUGUST 26, 2017
Cris Worley Fine Arts
1845 Levee St. #110, Dallas, TX 75207.
214.745.1415,
Gallery Hours are
Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.
www.crisworley.com
Cris  Worley  Fine  Arts  is  pleased  to  introduce  four  new  artists  in  this  Summer’s  upcoming  
exhibition,  Introductions.  Marc  Dennis,  Adrian  Esparza,  Sherry  Owens,  and  Robert
Sagerman  display  radical  and  unique  talents in sculpture and painting. A reception
will be held Saturday, June 24th, 5 – 8pm. The exhibition continues  through August 26, 2017.   

Marc Dennis (Brooklyn): Hyper-realist artist Marc Dennis brings levity, humor and virtuosity
to his sumptuous oil  paintings. The artist cites Southern European figurative masters such
as Caravaggio, Velasquez, and Manet, and  Northern  European  still-life  masters,  such
as  Bosschaert,  Davidsz  de  Heem,  and  Rachel  Ruysch  as  influences.  Dennis’ paintings
often depict subjects from the art historical canon infused with contemporary themes to
form a  critical  perspective.  The  juxtaposition  of  pop-cultural  iconography  and  artistic
masterpieces  subverts  our  sanctified views of art history’s most noble subjects.    

Dennis received his BFA from The Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, and his  MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. Over a dozen high profile
private and public collections across the  U.S. possess works by Marc Dennis. These include
the collections of Larry Gagosian, Larry and Marilyn Fields, Bill  and Maria Bell, and Glenn
and Amanda Fuhrman. Public collections include The Rockwell Museum of Western Art, The
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at
Stanford University. Adrian Esparza (El Paso): Adrian Esparza explores material culture
by “re-instilling lost value in found objects.” Esparza has  inspired  international  attention
through  his  deconstruction  of  the  Mexican  sarape.  The artist reconstructs geometric
forms using colorful thread from the sarape. Drawing inspiration from modern architecture,  
physical  landscapes, and mid-century minimalist artists, Esparza depicts dramatic one and  
two- point perspectives to form striking dimensionality and volume.

Adrian Esparza received his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso and his MFA from
California Institute of the Arts in 1998. Artist residencies include ArtPace in San Antonio  and
the  Border  Art  Residency  in  La  Union.  Esparza’s creative reinvention draws international
appreciation from Mexico City to Berlin  as well as  in the U.S.  Most recently, the Dallas Museum
of Art featured Esparza’s pieces through the Center for Creative Connections  Visiting Artists
Project. Esparza’s  works reside in the  permanent collections of multiple museums including
the  Dallas Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Perez Miami Art Museum.

Sherry Owens (Dallas): Sherry Owens is a prominent sculptor in the continuum of contemporary
artists in Texas.  Owens is known for her exquisite sculptures made from repurposed crepe myrtle
branches. She constructs dense and often chaotic forms through a labor-intensive process  of  
carving  and  composing.  Entwined  branches  transform light to expand and shift perspective.
This interlacing technique mimics the delicate intricacy found in  nature. Sherry Owens received
her BFA from Southern Methodist University. Owens won the Moss/Chumley North Texas  Artist
Award in 1999, the Artist/Craftsman Award from the AIA Dallas in 2014, and was chosen as the
West Texas  Triangle  Artist  in  2010  with  a  comprehensive  survey  at  five  West  Texas  museums.  
She  co-founded  the  Emergency Artists’ Support League and served as president of the Texas
Sculpture Association. Owens recently  completed a large public art project for the Love Field
Modernization Program at Love Field Airport in Dallas. Her  work has been shown throughout Texas
and the southwest and internationally in Peru, Germany, Greece, Turkey,  and India.    

Robert Sagerman (Jersey City): Informed by his academic studies in art history and Kabbalist
Mysticism, Robert Sagerman creates pieces that awe and impress. The artist mills his own oil
paint  to  build  layer  upon  layer  on  canvas with a palette knife. The title of each piece
then corresponds to the number of strokes made by the artist.  Repetition as a form of
meditation gives way to a mystical experience.    The artist received his BFA (1990) and
MFA (1998) from Pratt Institute. A published scholar, he also holds an MS  in Art History from
Pratt Institute as well as an MA in Religious Studies and a PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies
from New York University. During this time, he received two fellowships, one grant, and a
certificate of excellence  from  NYU  and  the  Pratt  Institute.  Sagerman’s  work  has  been
reviewed  by  Art  in  America,  NY  Arts  Magazine,  Kunstforum International, Art News and
the Atlanta Journal Constitution among many others. He is in the public  collections of the
Portland Art Museum, The Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, and the Museum Für Konkrete Kunst.
Adrian Esparza, Tunnel Vision, 2017
sarape, wood, nails, enamel
104 x 104 inches
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