‘Counter Narratives’ on display at UNT on the Square

‘Counter Narratives’ on display at UNT on the Square

Pieces of firearms jut from the wall in Angel Cabrales’ series Gun Splatter. Featuring the work of alumni, Counter Narratives is the first UNT exposition of its kind. Matthew Brown | Senior Staff Photographer

‘Counter Narratives’ on display at UNT on the Square
October 11
19:37 2015

Eline de Bruijn | Staff Writer

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Red hair, mass production and firearms. These are a few ideas displayed at “Counter Narratives,” a College of Visual Arts and Design Alumni Showcase on display until Oct. 28 at UNT on the Square. Admission is free.

“For people who are in colleges other than the College of [Visual] Arts and Design, it’s an opportunity to see what those career trajectories can look like as well, and to kind of honor different parts of the university,” said Denise Baxter, associate dean of Academic and Student Affairs.

Chesley Antoinette’s works, Untitled 1 and Untitled 2, help make UNT on the Square’s Counter Narrative exposition a royal event. Matthew Brown | Senior Staff Photographer

Chesley Antoinette’s works, Untitled 1 and Untitled 2, help make UNT on the Square’s Counter Narrative exposition a royal event. Matthew Brown | Senior Staff Photographer

Curator Jessica Ingle graduated from UNT in 2012 with her master’s in art history. She chose artists from a list of works and had to pick up pieces from around the area. Ingle said she drew inspiration for the theme from Jean-François Lyotard’s “The Postmodern Condition.”

“He’s basically saying that we don’t believe in these ideas in universal truths,” Ingle said. “That everybody has to be the same. That we are homogenous. That there is a way to do things or that there’s a ‘normal.’ So the works in this exhibition question that.”

A mannequin is graced with the Goldfish Red Dress by UNT Alum Lucy Dang in the Counter Narratives exposition at UNT on the Square. Matthew Brown | Senior Staff Photographer

A mannequin is graced with the Goldfish Red Dress by UNT Alum Lucy Dang in the
Counter Narratives exposition at UNT on the Square. Matthew Brown | Senior Staff Photographer

She pointed to a woman’s black jacket on a mannequin embroidered in pink flowers, vines and blue birds, describing the alumnus’ approach. Designer Michael Faircloth gets to know his clients and makes one-of-a-kind pieces.

“The artists in this show, this shows the breadth of UNT alumni the impact that they are having, not just in DFW, but also in the entire art scene,” Ingle said. “This exhibition can kind of show in terms of students, what UNT can do for us, what CVAD can do for us as alumni. And also the skills that we can obviously use going forward and what we have to look forward to.”

Among the works shown are fabrics, photography, print, paint, sculpture and weave. Many alumni showcased are teaching or own a business. Most of the artists are represented by galleries and are doing well for themselves, associate dean Eric Ligon said.

“There’s lots of hope, there’s lots of possibility and lots of career choices,” Ligon said. “The arts continue to thrive.”

Director of UNT on the Square and Institute for the Advancement of the Arts Herbert Holl said there can be a dozen alumni shows and the works displayed would not be redundant.

“I think when you look around at the quality, it’s consistent and highly creative,” Holl said. “It really shows just how comprehensive the visual arts program is.”

Featured Image: Pieces of firearms jut from the wall in Angel Cabrales’ series Gun Splatter. Featuring the work of alumni, Counter Narratives is the first UNT display of its kind. Matthew Brown | Senior Staff Photographer

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