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McKinney Avenue Contemporary Opens Membership Exhibit

Crowd at The MAC Members Exhibit, 2009 (photo by Mr. Holga)

Crowd at The MAC Members Exhibit, 2009 (photo by Mr. Holga)

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC) held the opening reception for their annual Membership Exhibit this past Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The MAC is celebrating fifteen years and so the theme for the reception and art was also fifteen. The exhibit displays works from 174 artists which will be available for viewing through Aug. 29.

The opening reception was a Quinceanera party with birthday cake and other Mexican finger foods. The MAC female staff dressed in evening gowns. The male staff wore Cuban shirts with neckerchiefs. One very dapper looking gent wore a white fedora and three-piece suit with a cane and dark sunglasses. Not sure if he was part of the staff.

The art was supposed to continue the theme of fifteen and while some artists can obviously count, others just submitted a work. Most of the art was mixed-media but also included painting, photography and sculpture.

The beauty of an exhibit like this is that you never know what you are going to get. And true to form there were some very far-out works right next to some down-to-earth pieces. Some mixed-media materials included wish bones, fuses, doll parts, yarn, action figures and tissues. Most of the works are for sale up to $5,000.

Be sure to check out The MAC Membership Exhibit 2009 before it closes Aug. 29.

Dearly Departed, 1994 by M.C. Roman, 2009

Dearly Departed, 1994 by M.C. Roman, 2009

I am not a whiner, but …

Everything I said above is true. The MAC put on a very nice opening reception and I highly recommend the exhibit, especially because my work is on display.

But I do have some complaints.

The first being that I put over fifteen hours into carving the largest linoleum block print of my life and I don’t think the audience got it. My print was of fifteen dead celebrities form 1994, which was fifteen years ago. I should get extra points for a double fifteen.

The problem was that most of the people on my block print have long since been forgotten. Some of the depicted were old anyways and probably considered deceased long before the 90s.

Okay, I can get past this.

What I can’t get past is that my work was floored. That means it was hung too low to be fully appreciated. The children attending the opening had a great view, but most of them weren’t born fifteen years ago. It would have been nice to see my work without stooping or squatting, which is something you do while camping.

It’s okay. Breath in. Breath out.

This was the first time my art has been exhibited in Dallas. I can learn from my mistakes. No, really I can. I’ll just have to depict departed souls who are a little fresher next time.

Full Disclosure

Michael Roman submitted Dearly Departed, 1994, a 9 x 12 inch linoleum block print, to this exhibit. As an avid reader of Dallas Art News, you should feel compelled to find out where you can obtain a print for your art collection. Cheers!

Phallus Shurzzz by Mary Benedicto

Phallus Shurzzz by Mary Benedicto

Quince Velas by Nancy Ferro

Quince Velas by Nancy Ferro

Coats and Fuses by Scott Johnson

Coats and Fuses by Scott Johnson

Quincenera Alter by Liz London

Quincenera Alter by Liz London

Paisley Day #2 by Steve Prachyl

Paisley Day #2 by Steve Prachyl

 

About M. C. Roman

M. C. Roman, owner and managing editor of Dallas Art News, is a painter, printmaker and photographer. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. M. C.'s art can be viewed at michaelroman.com. Social media friends can find M. C. on Facebook at facebook.com/mcroman.

2 responses to “McKinney Avenue Contemporary Opens Membership Exhibit”

  1. Mr. Holga says:

    Unfortunately, Michael is right. His block print was hung too low. It has a lot of detail. Stooping really takes away from all his effort. Maybe next year. Cheers.

  2. Thanks for the support, Mr. Holga. I still plan to exhibit next year. I’ll just have to make a print worthy of higher hanging.