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Truth Exhibition

Truth Exhibition

Complementing this year's Common Experience theme, the LBJ Student Center Gallery's Truth exhibition showcases diverse perspectives of the student experience through a creative lens. Through the pairing of performance and gallery works, the exhibition acts as a bridge to discuss  students perceptions on "Truth" and "Truth in Art."


"Truth" Performance by Breana Miller


              

 

EXHIBITION WINNERS

Best in Show "Life As We Know It To Be"  by Ansley Haman

Best in Show
"Life As We Know It To Be"

by Ansley Haman

Best of Theme "Au Naturel" series  by Natalie Ryan

Best of Theme
"Au Naturel" series

by Natalie Ryan

Most Original "Joy, Pain, Discomfort" series  by Hentan Stevenson

Most Original
"Joy, Pain, Discomfort" series

by Hentan Stevenson

              

 


“Life As We Know It To Be” by Ansley Haman

Ansley Haman

 

“Life As We Know It To Be”

8” x 6”

Graphite on paper

 

I now know what you meant when you told me about the future. About how the older we get, the more life keeps slipping through the cracks. Do you remember that day? I know I was still dreaming those days. And I guess I forgot to take notes for your class. I need I now more than ever. But you did tell me. And I didn’t listen. Now I’m living my life and paying for it all. In my time. In my way. With my truth. Watch it fall from my grasp.


Natalie Ryan

 

“Au Naturel” Series (No.1)

11” x 14” each

Photographic print

 

In this series, I wanted to show a beautiful all natural woman with body hair. Women are "supposed" to be hairless and smooth, like babies. Body hair comes naturally to all of us, though, and it doesn't make women any less beautiful or valued.

“Au Naturel” Series (No.1) by Natalie Ryan

“Au Naturel” Series (No.2) by Natalie Ryan

Natalie Ryan

 

“Au Naturel” Series (No.2)

11” x 14” each

Photographic print

 

In this series, I wanted to show a beautiful all natural woman with body hair. Women are "supposed" to be hairless and smooth, like babies. Body hair comes naturally to all of us, though, and it doesn't make women any less beautiful or valued.


Natalie Ryan

 

“Au Naturel” Series (No.3)

11” x 14” each

Photographic print

 

In this series, I wanted to show a beautiful all natural woman with body hair. Women are "supposed" to be hairless and smooth, like babies. Body hair comes naturally to all of us, though, and it doesn't make women any less beautiful or valued.

“Au Naturel” Series (No.3) by Natalie Ryan

“Joy 2017” by Hentan Stevenson

Hentan Stevenson

 

“Joy 2017”

Joy,Pain, Discomfort series

7.25” x 6” x 5.25”

Ceramic

 

Everyone expresses their truths with different emotions. In my work, I look inward to my own life experiences, specific events that have occurred, and how I express my own truths. Twisting clay forms and the use of bold colors, I am representing specific truths of emotions I have felt during significant experiences in my life such as health discomforts, pain, and joy. The resulting works make visible something you can’t typically see.


Hentan Stevenson

 

“Pain 2010”

Joy,Pain, Discomfort series

8.5” x 5.5” x 6.5”

Ceramic

 

Everyone expresses their truths with different emotions. In my work, I look inward to my own life experiences, specific events that have occurred, and how I express my own truths. Twisting clay forms and the use of bold colors, I am representing specific truths of emotions I have felt during significant experiences in my life such as health discomforts, pain, and joy. The resulting works make visible something you can’t typically see.

“Pain 2010” by Hentan Stevenson

“Discomfort 2014” by Hentan Stevenson

Hentan Stevenson

 

“Discomfort 2014”

Joy,Pain, Discomfort series

8.5” x 5.5” x 4.5”

Ceramic

 

Everyone expresses their truths with different emotions. In my work, I look inward to my own life experiences, specific events that have occurred, and how I express my own truths. Twisting clay forms and the use of bold colors, I am representing specific truths of emotions I have felt during significant experiences in my life such as health discomforts, pain, and joy. The resulting works make visible something you can’t typically see.


Chantal Lesley

 

“Truth” Series (No.1)

11” x 14”

Archival inkjet print

 

For this project, the prompt was to delve into memories. Personally, I chose to focus on memories I remember that balance between real and bizarre, the ones I try to forget or the ones that make people say “I would have never done that/let that happen to you.”

“Truth” Series (No.1) by Chantal Lesley

 “Truth” Series (No.2) by Chantal Lesley

Chantal Lesley

 

“Truth” Series (No.2)

11” x 14”

Archival inkjet print

 

For this project, the prompt was to delve into memories. Personally, I chose to focus on memories I remember that balance between real and bizarre, the ones I try to forget or the ones that make people say “I would have never done that/let that happen to you.”


Don Thomas

 

“My Love”

8” x 8”

Photograph on canvas

 

Love is an action verb that should be exercised without conditions. My love is liberating, it is growth inspiring and it has no conditions. My partner doesn’t define my love and my love is not my sexuality. My love is complex. My love is a light and the way I love is the truth, my own at the least.

“My Love” by Don Thomas

“The View From My 2018 Honda Fit LX” by Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts

 

“The View From My 2018 Honda Fit LX”

24” x 36”

Oil on wood panel

 

My relationship with the world around me is predicated by the directions from Google Maps. As someone who engages with rideshare as a primary source of income, my understanding of the city I work in is through the lens of a virtual map giving me the turn by turn directions. In a way I am not navigating a city but following directives from a grid.


Michael Roberts

 

“Second Birth”

30” x 40”

Oil on canvas

 

LGBTQIA+ socialization happens online. What previously was learned from elder queers in bars and scenes is now disseminated online through forum, chat room, and social media feeds. For many their identity is forged in this incubated space online, avatars are explored and the self is realized. I wanted to capture the roughness and grit that transition can feel like, likening it to a rebirth.

“Second Birth” by Michael Roberts

“The Enlightenment” by Ashlin Thomas

Ashlin Thomas

 

“The Enlightenment”

Oil on canvas

36” x 48”

 

In, The Enlightenment, I have exposed to the audience a vulnerable time in my personal relationship with my husband. I constructed the title to be in conversation with the composition to describe the time of better understanding between the two of us where nakedness often represents vulnerability and the composition of our position is a representation of intimacy. The moment of enlightenment came from a conversation we had committed to by slowing our lives down and taking the time to talk to each other about the things that bothered us. It was, for me, a beautiful moment of honest vulnerability that we had not experienced until marriage.


Neftaly Torres

 

“Bubble Boy”

16” x 24”

Screen print

 

This piece represents the bittersweet nature of life. The vibrant colors give the print life while the body language of the figure is more dull and uneasy.

“Bubble Boy” by Neftaly Torres

“Prismatic Hills” by Parker Brocail

Parker Brocail

 

“Prismatic Hills”

9” x 12”

Acrylic and watercolor on canvas

 

Since I can remember, being surrounded by Earth's abundant beauty is where I feel my happiest and purest. Nature reminds me that even imperfect things are beautiful, & that idea has given me peace within myself. I wanted to create a piece depicting the way I visualize the world around me. I'm most in sync with my being when I take the time for myself to appreciate the world around me. I am my absolute true self when I am one with nature because it reminds me that I am beautiful too—in all ways.


TRUTH GUESTBOOK

"Another example of the outstanding talent that our students possess! Thanks for making this available and easy to find." Glynis

"So Proud of the Artists in this exhibition. Great Job!" — Dusty

"Wonderful" Junichi

"Art was amazing" — Cain

"I love the variety of work shown!— Sarah

"You are all brave and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your art!" Lyda