Brownsville Four
Carlos Gomez, Noel Palmenez, George Lorio, Alma Delia Rocha
Four contemporary artists from Brownsville, Texas.  Curator: Carlos Gomez
March 9 - April 22 2006
Reception:  Thursday, March 9, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Cal Poly Pomona, W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery
3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona 91768
Contact:  Patrick Merrill, Director
(909) 869-4301, fax (909) 869-4939
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Gallery hours, Tuesday – Friday, 11am-4pm; Saturday, 12-4pm

Noel Palmenez, “Crown of Thorns”, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches.

The gallery is located in front of the Student Union on the campus of Cal Poly, Pomona. 3801 W. Temple, Pomona, Calif. 91768.. Parking is $5. Because of campus construction projects, please call university parking for specific information on where to park. 909 869 3061. The exhibition and reception is open and free to the public.

Not much is known about the artistic activity in extreme South Texas, especially the activity in Brownsville. The city has produced such artists as Julian Schnabel and Kris Kristoferson to name two, but who else or what else? One would think that a region full of Mexican culture would fuel much creativity and thus it would shine. The truth is that the area is remote and with that comes a sense of isolation. Over the past few years, I have been noticing a sense of evolution in the visual arts and my goal is to present specific individuals who are working and developing contemporary art. I concern myself with contemporary art as I think that it is what defines a healthy artistic nucleus. The conservative element exists, but it is infused to commercialism and stagnant.

The Brownsvile School is that voice which influences all other emerging artists in the area and to some extent defines the region. One would think that since Brownsville is a border town that the border would factor in as the defining, dominate element, but it does not. The artist chosen for this exhibition are all different in both personal philosophy and technical approach.

Carlos Gomez: The Unplugged Series consists of reflections, urges and sensations that depict spontaneous ideas. Symbolic images that range in meaning from the very silly to the portrait of murderer John Allen Rubio who decapitated his three children in Brownsville.
Noel Palmenez beautifully rendered drawings, paintings and prints inspired by the shapes and forms of the immediate environment of South Texas.
George Lorio: bio-morphic, iconic, poetic sculptures. He is using metaphors of natural forms to reflect on his life experiences.
Alma Delia Rocha the descriptors of passionate music would apply equally to her large, unframed, color saturated paintings.

For further information please contact Patrick Merrill, Gallery Director at 909 869 4301,
Digital files available upon request

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