April 27 – July 7, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday, April 27, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artists’ talks at 6:30 PM
Jeffrey Dell’s exhibition, Maquette Moon, features a new series of screenprints that continue his abiding interest in perception, space, color, and pattern recognition. Dell explores the human tendency to read into images for symbols, depth, and promises of pleasure. Mixing the languages of visual graphics and trompe l’oeil, Dell’s images create larger questions about the viewer’s imagination, blurring distinctions between actually seeing and projecting that which we want to see.
As an artist known for painterly/printerly abstraction, Dell’s flaps and portals can resemble moons, spaceships, aliens, the unknown, and various objects of longing. All of the titles for individual works are stolen from titles of science-fiction novels published in the 1970’s – novels for which famed illustrator Chris Foss often did the cover art. Dell acknowledges the influence of Foss from hours spent staring at his images as a child, both projecting himself into those futuristic worlds and consuming the promised pleasures depicted. Maquette Moon echoes the wistful aspirations of these novels.
Jeffrey Dell has headed the Printmaking department at Texas State University for 18 years and currently lives in San Marcos, TX. Recent exhibitions include the International Print Center of New York; The Print Center of Philadelphia; Rochester Contemporary Art Center; Art Palace Gallery, Houston; and Galleri Urbane, Dallas. Dell was commissioned by The LINE Hotel to produce two large unique editions for their newest location in Austin, TX, in 2018. Dell received his MFA from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.