Nick Pena: Processing the Ideal

by - July 17, 2014

Processing the Ideal
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Opening reception Thursday, July 17, 6-8pm
Work on display through October 5

“PROCESSING THE IDEAL”, an exhibition of new large-scale paintings by Memphis artist Nick Peña. 

The exhibition will have an opening reception (free to the public) on Thursday, July 17 (6-8 pm) and runs through October 5. The artist will host an artist talk, Munch and Learn on Wednesday, August 13 at noon.

Nick Peña’s paintings begin with personal nostalgia and culminate in serious, social, or polit­ical inquiries. Peña considers both changing social norms and the physical appearance of the American landscape in his work. Processing the Ideal will feature large-scale paint­ings that re-visualize perceptions of the “American Dream” and the effects that pursuit has on our environment. Regarding the exhibition, Peña states that “each painting is set up with a similar schema that includes a house as a symbolic ideal of family and home ownership that is juxta­posed with an environment that is familiar yet, equally fragmented, abstracted, and strange. The result is a series of images that represent the solidarity and stability of our personified 30-year fixed rate mortgages and the leftover fragments of waste that lie beneath them.” Processing the Ideal presents an interesting conundrum and questions if the ground that we live upon is both physically and ideologically solid. Nick Peña is an Associate Professor of Art in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Christian Brothers University.

Processing the Ideal: Paintings by Nick Peña

On view July 13 – October 5, 2014

Opening reception: Art After Dark, Thursday, July 17, 6-8 pm

Artist talk: Munch and Learn, Wednesday, August 13, 12 noon

Dixon Gallery and Gardens Mallory Wurtzburger Gallery, 4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Third Thursdays: Open until 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 - 5 pm

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