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McAllen, TX – In a fast-paced society heightened by the busyness of the holiday season, Compulsory Measures, a new exhibit at the International Museum of Art & Science, encourages us to slow down and take time to examine the current world around us. Visitors to Compulsory Measures will see the work of eight outstanding artists and over 30 works of art that entices viewers to pause and reflect on pressing issues faced by our civilization today.
Jorge Benitez, Kristy Deetz, Al Denyer, Joan Elliott, Reni Gower, Steven Pearson, Jennifer Printz, and Tanja Softić explore issues such as environmental crisis and global marginalization through a range of mediums including painting, drawing, collage, and printmaking, prompting museum visitors to take a closer look and let the intricate patterns made through repetitive measures provoke contemplation.
Compulsory Measures saw its birth in the panel of “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder vs Organized Chaos Delivers” co-chaired by Reni Gower and Kristy Deetz for the 2017 Southeastern College Art Conference. As the participants discussed how an artist can provide an antidote to our overstimulated and chaotic present-day world, these eight artists came together over their shared interest in creating complex patterns and representational systems by hand using painstaking methods. These artworks resist visual skimming and invite the viewer to examine them more deeply, both close-up and at a distance. As such Compulsory Measures took off and has been on display at the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery in Westminster, MD, The Art Museum at the State University of New York, in Potsdam, NY, and for the first time in south Texas at the International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen now through May 03, 2020.
Compulsory Measures is included in the cost of General Admission and free for IMAS Members. WIC and EBT cardholders can visit the museum for $1 per person. Admission is free on Sundays thanks to the support of the H-E-B Tournament of Champions. The exhibit is organized by Wylie Contemporary, Inc., and supported by CARATS.
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