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Clark Gallery announces new art exhibition, Oct. 31-Nov. 16
Posted: 11/01/2002
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The University of Texas-Pan American Clark Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a new art exhibition entitled "Meso-Morphine: SueƱos de la Muerte," Oct. 31-Nov. 16, at the gallery in the Fine Arts Building.

Artwork by Luis Valderas entitled, "Los Tres Misterios" will be on display at the Clark Gallery, Oct. 31-Nov. 16.
The exhibit features drawings; paintings, sculptures and mixed media work by San Antonio artist and UTPA alumnus Luis Valderas.

Valderas received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UTPA, and returns to his alma mater to exhibit his fascinating work and talent during the University's 75th Anniversary Celebration. A reception with Valderas is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 7-9 p.m. in the Clark Gallery. He will also discuss his work with the public at 7 p.m.

The theme of his show revolves around the conflict between the real world (conscious thought) and the unreal world (unconscious thought). These are themes that are universal and timeless.

Artwork by Luis Valderas entitled, "For God and Glory."
"It is a theme that can be found in modern popular culture as well as ancient mythology, a theme that has inspired me as an artist," Valderas said. "The image of maquiladoras resting on top of Quetzacoatl's head, for example, is an attempt to reconcile my own fears, hopes and dreams about the future, a future that will be determined by the conscious and unconscious actions of both past and present."

His work is brightly colored, filled with images from his imagination as well as from his continuing study of Meso-American relics and masks. His work exhibits a high level of affinity for and sympathy with the mythological icons of his ancestors. He bridges the cultures found on the border, the north and the south, the mixture of culture that is so individual to this part of the world.

"Crossing this bridge between ancient and modern worlds has led me to an epic journey of mind, body and spirit that I venerate and reveal in my work," he said.

Valderas was born in 1966 and lived most of his life in McAllen, but his roots in this region go back to 1914 when his father and his family escaped from one of the many revolutions in Mexico to the U.S. side of the border.

He said his father taught him "how to adapt, a necessary trait for bicultural survival," while his mother taught him to paint clay figurines for her ceramic/flower shop - which she sold to local department stores.

Admission to all exhibitions is free. The galleries are open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except on University holidays. For information or special accommodations call, Gallery Director Dindy Reich at 956/381-2655.

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