August 24, 2012 — Coral Gables — A playful mixed-media homage to some of the 20th century’s most influential cultural icons and abstract explorations of the grandeur and fragility of the natural environment are on view in an exhibition of works by University of Miami faculty members Mariah Fox and Bryan Allen Moore at the UM Gallery in Wynwood. Both Fox and Allen are lecturers in the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Mariah Fox’s Alphabet of Heroes is a reminder that cultural icons have inspired social change since the earliest of times. This colorful compilation celebrates the imprint of historical and popular artists, thinkers, rebels, and revolutionaries. From Geronimo to John Lennon, Fox portrays the greatest and most controversial figures of the 20th century by showing them ready for action, in repose, dreaming, alive. Visitors to the exhibit will see playful mixed media displays combining digital prints, paint, clay, and texts honoring the power of the written word.
Bryan Allen Moore’s 10 Years of Thoughts on Landscape represents ten years of work with clay as landscape, with reverence for both the genre of painting and the earth itself. While the artist has been engaged in a conversation about the fragility of the Earth as men have tried to claim ownership over it, the work itself is inspired by the expressive beauty of natural materials both out-of-doors as well as in the studio. The abstractions presented are raw and powerful, but there is also an impermanent futility that goes with any application of unfired clay to such a historical format. The notion of physically taking possession of the Earth is man’s greatest delusion of grandeur.
An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 2 to 9 p.m.; the exhibition closes on September 29. The event is part of the University’s ongoing Taking Flight: The Year of the Humanities and the Arts initiative, which showcases scholarship, creativity, and community outreach in these disciplines throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.
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