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Portraits from the Collection and Eric Zimmerman at The Old Jail Center in Albany

Young Girl with Braids by Amedeo Modigliani, 1918

Young Girl with Braids by Amedeo Modigliani, 1918

Face Time:  Portraits from the Collection
Eric Zimmerman: Sixteen Tons
The Old Jail Art Center
September 24, 2011 through January 22, 2012

The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, has two really interesting exhibits opening soon. The exhibits are Face Time: Portraits from the Collection and Eric Zimmerman: Sixteen Tons. Both exhibits open September 24, 2011, and run through January 22, 2012.

Face Time:  Portraits from the Collection

Forty-Two portraits are represented for this first-time, collection survey. Face Time illustrates the depth and breadth of The Old Jail Art Center’s portrait collection and includes work from the 17th century to the present.  The artists represented are among the finest of their generations including: Rembrandt van Rijn, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, John Sloan, Andy Warhol, Andrew Dasburg, Francoise Gilot, Bill Bomar, Wm. Kelly Fearing, Dickson Reeder, Evaline Sellors, Cornelis Ruhtenberg, and Kiki Smith, to mention a few.

Face Time is drawn from the diverse holdings of the OJAC and presents portraits in a variety of styles and media from painting and drawing to prints and sculpture. Over all, the exhibition adheres to the classic or technical definition of a portrait as capturing the facial likeness of a person. However, within the context of this show are included a number of works where the subject’s face is not the primary focus, but assumes a secondary role, or is implicit in the artist’s title. Still, other portraits capture the essence of the subject as interpreted by the artist through gesture or abstract elements while being void of recognizable facial features. Hence, portraiture in the broadest sense, particularly in works with modernist tendencies, is an “anything goes” genre where the intent of the artist is the overarching determiner as to whether the work is considered a portrait.

Eric Zimmerman: Sixteen Tons

Artist Eric Zimmerman explores concepts of utopias, human endeavors, time and place, history, and multiple meanings within appropriated materials in his art.  His media varies from traditional graphite drawings to complexly constructed installations.  As a participant in the OJAC’s Cell Series, Zimmerman will layer his selected themes in the context of the museum’s historic 1877 jail building and its archival holdings. Zimmerman has a keen interest in the American west and the “multiple ways we experience and historicize it” as well as the symbols we utilize to represent and understand it.  In this complex installation, he also explores concepts relating to manifest destiny and our longing to explore and conquer the void.

Sign (Bo Diddley as a Gunslinger) by Eric Zimmerman, 2011 (photo courtesy the artist)

Sign (Bo Diddley as a Gunslinger) by Eric Zimmerman, 2011 (photo courtesy the artist)

Zimmerman’s installation, within the confines of the upper cells of the museum’s historic 1877 old jail building, will involve a variety of media exploring his concepts.  Accurately rendered, graphite drawings of appropriated imagery from magazines, books and other print media are juxtaposed with sound tracks within one of the galleries. These monochromatic facsimiles of art related subjects, magazine articles, pop media, and instructional diagrams take on different meanings when interpreted with the ever-changing sound track.  Zimmerman states the sound pieces “dramatize and manipulate the ‘feeling’ a space has and how that affects how you see the drawings and other works within the space.”

As he sometimes does, Zimmerman produces and incorporates an actual “take-away,” black and white, newspaper into the installation. Titled How the West was Won, it blurs the lines between source material, gallery guide, artwork, and souvenir, as well as truth and myth.

Zimmerman currently lives in Tivoli, New York and received his MFA in 2005 from the University of Texas in Austin.  He has had solo shows at Art Palace and Slugfest Gallery in Austin, Texas and participated in numerous group shows at Capricious Gallery, New York, NY; Fort Worth Contemporary, Fort Worth, Texas; Diverse Works, Houston, Texas; Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas and the Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas.

The Old Jail Art Center

The Old Jail Art Center is located at 201 South 2nd Street in Albany, Texas.

Young Girl with Braids by Amedeo Modigliani, 1918

Young Girl with Braids by Amedeo Modigliani, 1918

Sign (Bo Diddley as a Gunslinger) by Eric Zimmerman, 2011 (photo courtesy the artist)

Sign (Bo Diddley as a Gunslinger) by Eric Zimmerman, 2011 (photo courtesy the artist)

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