Un/Provincial, refers to the ever present contrast between the simplified view of south Texas promoted by the media and the reality of local artists creating a 21st-century aesthetic on an international level.
These south Texas artists, working in a highly informed and sophisticated way, refuse to be isolated by geography or stereotypes.
Their work is serious, even when presented with humor; serious, sophisticated, deeply thoughtful and highly professional.
By refusing to ignore the provincial and local, the artists find rich source material in the surrounding landscape, languages, and blending, clashing cultures.
Viewers are drawn in by the intricacy, absurdity and mystery of the art only to find upon closer inspection layers of meaning that push the audience to reflect on the complex, tumultuous, constantly changing world of south Texas.
*Un/Provincial is curated by Jennifer Cahn, Ph.D., Head Curator, International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen, Texas.
Exhibit Openning: Saturday June 11, 2016