From Press Release
The MAC is proud to present two new exhibitions: Blueprint, curated by James Cope, and Panoramic Interiors, exhibiting the latest works of Matthew Lopas, in the New Works Space. The opening reception will be Saturday, September 5th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at our galleries located at 3120 McKinney Avenue, which is in the Uptown District of Dallas.
Blueprint exhibits the works of Brian Fridge, Amy Revier, Edward Setina and Paul Slocum. The Blueprint process was originally developed by the British mathematician, scientist, astronomer and experimental photographer Sir John Herschel in 1842 as a photographic process called a cyanotype. In addition to making many contributions to the science of photography, Herschel also originated the use of the Julian day calendar system in astronomy and named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus.
Blueprint is a working title which encompasses elements of Herschel’s thoughts and ideas and brings together media such as painting, video and sculpture in a site-specific environment. The artists in Blueprint bring a new audience and awareness, inviting the viewer to engage in a visually and texturally lush presentation of site-specific work beneficial to the MAC and its innovative program. The curator James Cope gives the four nationally and internationally emerging artists a platform to express their gestures freely, without constraint in a way which highlights the artist’s grit, valor and a nerve that is quite refreshing in today’s current art climate.
Panoramic Interiors features the works of Matthew Lopas. With over a decade of experience painting spaces in which he dwells, Lopas shares his life by welcoming you into an intimate part of his existence. Lopas’ use of line, light, and color captures physical and emotional qualities of each space. Distorted perspectives stretch the canvas farther than its dimensions and bring to life a vast space which one could seemingly walk into.
Lopas holds a B.A. in Arts and Ideas/Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan, a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an M.F.A from Yale School of Art. Lopas has taught at a number of schools and universities and is currently the Assistant Professor of Art at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he resides. Matthew Lopas is represented by Ober Gallery in Kent Connecticut.
About the MAC
Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist roll in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.