McDaniel College's Department of Art and Art History presents “Kepler-186f,” a collection of paintings by René Treviño,” August 28 through September 19 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. The opening reception will be held Thursday, August 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with an artist talk beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Through icons, images, and artifacts, Treviño explores his own identity as an under-represented minority in a post-Warhol society. The role of celebrity, the weight of history, and the waning influence of religious artifacts are all fair game for his contemplative subject matter.
Although the newly discovered planet Kepler-186f is in the title of the exhibition, Treviño says that he is using this more as a metaphor: “A blank slate for new ideas and ideologies…a place where we might get things right this time…even as I’m fully aware that westward expansion is problematic and that it is 500 light years away anyway, so in some ways the point is moot.”
He added, “Throughout my work are themes of identity; I am interested in challenging traditional ideas of race and sexual orientation. I feel compelled to make thoughtful and beautiful work that confronts societal assumptions and gives new insight into our human experience. Wrapped up in this conversation will be historic flags, primarily of the United States, but also places were homosexuality is illegal and punishable by law, like Russia, Iran and Nigeria.”
Treviño earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art and has exhibited in group exhibitions across the United States, as well as in solo exhibitions at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Creative Alliance and School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. Currently exhibitions coordinator at School 33, Baltimore City Paper named him the “Best Local Artist” in 2006. He was a finalist for the Sondheim Prize in 2006 and a semi-finalist 2007, and received both the Trawick Prize and a Creative Baltimore Fund Artist Grant in 2009.
The Rice Gallery is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For more information about the artist, please visit http://renetrevino.net/. For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.
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