|CRIS WORLEY FINE ARTS // JUNE 24 // 5-8PM
JUNE 24 - AUGUST 26, 2017
|Cris Worley Fine Arts
1845 Levee St. #110, Dallas, TX 75207.
Gallery Hours are
Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.
|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.
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