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Martin Museum of Art to Host Phillip Ahnen Ceramics Exhibition, and Printmaking Exhibition Featuring Andrew DeCaen, Dennis Olsen, and Kent Rush

Dec. 2, 2010

The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University will feature ceramics by Phillip Ahnen in Gallery I beginning January 18. This exhibition explores Ahnen's fascination with industrial mechanized objects, and addresses his "form follows function" mantra that guided the development of functional work during his apprenticeship with a master potter. Working in clay for nearly twenty years, his sculptures reference mid 20th century industrial manufacturing and its decline due in part to the development of plastics and the current production ideology of "planned obsolescence." Phillip Ahnen is represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO.

In Gallery II, the Martin Museum of Art will showcase a printmaking exhibition featuring artists Andrew DeCaen, Dennis Olsen, and Kent Rush. As an Assistant Professor of Art and the Printmaking Area Coordinator for the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, Andrew DeCaen has shown his prints, drawings, and paper sculptures both in the United States and internationally. By re-contextualizing the familiar, his images aim to attract and provoke questions about contemporary food science, consumerism, and the mundane act of eating. Dennis Olsen, a Professor of Printmaking, Drawing, and Digital Media at the University of Texas at San Antonio and President of the SRISA Board of Directors, will be presenting a series of intaglio-type prints called Samplings. These prints, which Olsen began as a "tabula raza," meld facial appearances of different races and genders on bank notes from around the world. Kent Rush has spent the past 28 years making art while teaching at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Appropriating photography as a means of making images, Rush collects mundane objects and surfaces on film from urban and suburban sites and presents them in a monumental format using carbon printing. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States in solo, two and three person, group and competitive shows. All three artists have exhibited artwork both nationally and internationally.

The exhibitions will run January 18 - February 26, 2010.

The Martin Museum of Art is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Friday, and 12-5pm on Saturday. The museum is closed during university holidays. Admission is free and all events are open to the public, unless specified. For more information call 254-710-1867 or visit the museum website at www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum.


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