Jesús Moroles: Rings of Granite
September 8 through November 24, 2012
PDNB Gallery has always been known for exhibiting important established artists whose tool of choice is the camera. This September PDNB is branching out, exhibiting artists of note that use other media. The fall season kicks off with an important sculpture exhibition by internationally renowned, and Texas treasure, Jesús Moroles*. Known for his large, massive granite sculptures, PDNB will feature recent works of various sizes that include small, approximately 11 inch tall, sculptures from his CORE series. The highlight of the show will feature several large suspended RINGS of granite. The size of the featured image has a 45-inch diameter.
Jesús Moroles was born in Corpus Christi in 1950, and grew up in Dallas. His career spans more than thirty years. His sculptures and installations (works in place) are located around the world including China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. His most visible public sculpture, Lapstrake 1987, is a massive 22 foot tall, 64-ton work located across from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
There are numerous public installations, especially in Texas, including the Houston Police Officers Memorial.
On November 17, 2008, Jesús Moroles was the recipient of the National Medal of Arts given by President George Bush. This award is a presidential initiative managed by the National Endowment for the Arts. He also was honored with the Texas Medal of the Arts Award for Visual Arts in 2007.
Moroles has strong representation in Dallas which include commissions by the Belo Corporation, Stele Gateway, 1995, made with Fredericksburg granite; the Latino Cultural Center, Granite Weaving, 2001 made with Dakota Mahogany Granite; and three works installed at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Throughout his career he has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries. Moroles’s sculptures are in many museum collections including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, Irving Arts Center, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, Palm Springs Museum, CA, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka, Japan.