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Houston artists featured in new show at BC Art Gallery

Houston artists featured in new show at BC Art Gallery

Tue Mar 16, 2021

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The Brazosport College Art Gallery is pleased to highlight the talents of Clara Hoag and J. Marie Valdez in the gallery’s newest show, “Refracted Reality.”

The two-person show began March 15 and will run through April 20.

“Refracted Reality” brings together several bodies of work created between 2016 to 2021 by Hoag and Valdez, who are both art professors at Houston Community College.

Valdez is featuring works from her “Commuter Series,” “Harvey Series,” “Uri Series” and a few incongruous pandemic collage reflections. As a whole, her pieces reflect on the complex interrelationships between beauty and hope, juxtaposed with destruction and desolation.

As for Hoag’s art, she builds architectural components onto human bodies and documents the resulting “sculptures” through photography. Individual photographs depict archetypes of human emotions and illustrates the resilience of the human body and mind.

The exhibition title, “Refracted Reality,” speaks to the idea of layers, reflection and the power of abstraction to illuminate deeper truths about humanity. The title is also overtly suggestive of the direction of light, calling to mind both the flickering lights in Valdez’s paintings and the literal reflection of light through Hoag’s camera.

The Brazosport College Art Gallery is located in Room B.126 on the Brazosport College Main Campus. To learn more about “Refracted Reality” or the Brazosport College Department of Art, call (979) 230-3335.