Among illustrations of cranes, flamingos and waterfalls lies a lonely metal shark, which was forged by art senior Mark Treviño.
“I invested a lot of time into it,” Treviño said about the sculpture titled, “Hammerhead.” “This is the first time that I’ve actually used the technique of forging. … I tried to achieve something I’ve never done before and the fact that I was able to create this structure, or piece, is something that I’m really, really proud of.”
Treviño and Peter Aguirre displayed their work in “Sublime Nature,” the first senior art show of the semester held April 25 in the Art Gallery at Rusteberg Hall in Brownsville. The show ran until Friday and displayed a collection of 13 paintings and three sculptures created by the art seniors.
“I think my landscape is more of a perception,” Aguirre said of the theme. “I think it’s implied in an abstract way. I tend to add more, you know, religious connotations but I do feel more that nature goes hand-in-hand with religion.”
Aguirre’s favorite work is “Grace Upon Grace,” a painting that displays five flamingos standing in a row.
“I tend to always, like I said, add religious connotations, or meanings, with the number five,” he said. “I think that the birds are very graceful, they can be represented in many ways. To me it’s more of a sublime message.”
Among the more than 40 attendees was art junior John Guerra, who said he wanted to learn about the process of making a senior art show in preparation for his own senior year.
“My favorite piece is called ‘Even After Us, They Still Remain’ by Peter Aguirre,” Guerra said. “He’s always worked with gold, gold leaf. I feel like the way he incorporated the gold with his cranes, he’s also used a lot of cranes. I feel like it really encapsulates his style, like everything he’s been building up to.”
“This is the first time that I’ve actually used the technique of forging. … I tried to achieve something I’ve never done before and the fact that I was able to create this structure, or piece, is something that I’m really, really proud of.
The next senior art show, “Multifaceted,” opens with a reception at 6 tonight in the art gallery and will showcase the work of Araceli Sanchez, Maria Fernandez and Vivian Zapata.
The exhibit will close at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $1.
For more information or special accommodations, call Alejandro Macias, a visual arts lecturer, at 882-7097.