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JooYoung Choi:

Big Time Dreaming in the Age of Uncertainty

On view March 16, 2019 through June 2, 2019

Opening Reception:  6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019
Free and open to the public

JOOYOUNG CHOI: Big Time Dreaming in the Age of Uncertainty will delight visitors with a mixed media, site-specific installation inspired by Choi’s ongoing investigation of her Cosmic Womb mythology. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Choi was adopted at the age of one and grew up in Concord, New Hampshire with American parents. In 2007, she was reunited with her birth family. As an adopted child and one of the only Asians living in her New Hampshire community, she grew up feeling different and lonely – her imagination became her creative salvation. Choi is a “world building artist” who lives and works in Houston. She uses puppets, props, home videos, toys and drawings inspired from her childhood to explore her on-going and fictional world, the Cosmic Womb. Choi’s installation will resemble a dream-like, make-believe world; viewers will enter the Cosmic Womb, which will include soft sculptures and video stations, as well as puppets and mixed media paintings. The artist will participate in a weeklong residency at AMSET during her installation, interacting with museum visitors throughout the process. Choi will also teach a flower workshop to guests prior to her installation, inviting them to enter her world. AMSET will also present a documentary film about Choi and her work as part of our interpretative programming.

This exhibition is generously supported, in part, by an award from the Edaren Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Anonymous, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.

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Jules Buck Jones:

Future Fossils

On view March 16, 2019 through June 2, 2019

Opening Reception 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019

Free and open to the public

JULES BUCK JONES: Future Fossils will feature large-scale, mixed media paintings, drawings, and installations of hybridized bird forms influenced by biological concerns, mythology, fact and fiction. Jules Buck Jones lives in Austin and teaches at Texas State University. He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and David Shelton Gallery in Houston, Texas. Jones is recognized nationally for his artwork and installations focusing on animals and the environment. His Animal Facts Club creates and envisions interactive performances for children, educating them on animal and biological facts. Jones attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond (2005) and received an MFA in Painting at the University of Texas at Austin (2008). His exhibition at AMSET will feature artwork inspired by the birds of America, including vibrant paintings, sculpture and a mixed-media, site specific installation that come together to create an environment type ecosystem where predator/prey relationships, mating behaviors, and other transformative actions play out between the paintings and sculptures. The artist will take part in an artist residency at AMSET during his installation. A monograph published by the artist will be available during the exhibition, and a book signing will take place at the opening reception.

This exhibition is generously supported, in part, by an award from the Edaren Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.



Café Arts 


MIKE CACIOPPO

Happy Accidents

On view January 31, 2019 through April 14, 2019

Opening Reception:  2-4 p.m., Sunday, February 10, 2019
Free and open to the public

Artist Statement

“Happy accidents” is a term used by my watercolor professor, Robert O’Neil. He knew that beginner watercolorists are afraid to make "mistakes." He made us realize that even though watercolor may be difficult to control, if accidents happen, they can enhance the work and therefore be “happy accidents.” Most of the works in this exhibition are products of a “happy accident.” I normally start by wetting the paper and applying paint; I primarily use the “wet on wet” technique. I like the fluid results it produces and the blending of colors on the paper. It is fast paced, immediate and exciting, resulting in an explosion of color.

Having initially learned oil painting, I approach watercolor from a different perspective. Many times, my first attempt does not achieve the results desired. I later wash off the top layer of paint, which yields wet paper and a patina of underlying colors. I then apply wet paints onto the surface. Sometimes this process is repeated as many as three times until I receive the desired results. The objectives of the painting may change, but it is the end result that is important. 

All of my landscape paintings are created outside, en plein air, at the Tyrrell Park Garden Center. I am grateful to Doug Oldbury and the staff at the garden for creating an inspiring environment. Painting in the park is always a winner for me. Even if the painting does not turn out well, I have had a nice day in the peaceful park setting while meeting friendly people.

During my working years I did not have the time or energy to paint. After retirement, I decided to get back into art and focus on landscape painting – nature has a story to tell regardless of the season. The color of trees constantly changes over the course of the year, transitioning with the new greens of spring or the chilling blue colds of winter. I appreciate the cloud shapes and colors that set the mood of a work. I love capturing the peaceful moments as dusk approaches with nature’s last intense burst of light and color.  

When I retired, I returned to watercolor painting. The best advice came from my college buddy and art educator friend, Jamie Paul Kessler. He told me to “enjoy myself.” Over the last four years I have enjoyed myself while continuing to learn my craft in an effort to produce good art.



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