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The Art of Found Objects: Enigma Variations

  • 14 Dec 2018
  • 03 Mar 2019
  • Art Museum of Southeast Texas


On view December 14, 2018 through March 3, 2019

Opening Reception6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 14, 2018

Free and open to the public

Enigma Variations is organized by guest curator and author, Robert Craig Bunch of San Antonio, and is an exhibit of artwork by artists who use found objects. They were included in Bunch’s book, The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists, published by Texas A&M University Press, 2016. This exhibition focuses on artists currently (or formerly) working in Texas that all create art with found materials. Artists Steve Brudniak (Austin), Marilyn Lanfear (San Antonio), Angelica Paez (Houston), Ward Sanders (Lytle) and Kelly Sears (Boulder, Colorado) will be featured as the focus of the exhibition and will each have numerous works in the exhibition. They will be joined by other well-known Texas artists that often explore creating art with found objects, including: Charles A. A. Dellschau, Forrest Bess, Felix “Fox” Harris, Jesse Lott, David McManaway, Maudee Carron, Clyde Connell, Bert Long, Mary McCleary, Dario Robleto, Vernon Fisher, Trenton Doyle Hancock and Jonathan Rosenstein. As guest curator, Bunch has selected each artist, considering the diversity and enigmatic visual history of the found object realm. A book signing of Bunch’s book will take place at the opening reception. Bunch will also write an essay for our gallery guide explaining the focus of the exhibition. Some of the featured artists will be present at the opening reception and will participate in a gallery talk with Bunch.

This exhibition is generously supported, in part, by an award from 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.

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