KHFA exhibition archives

Command, Shift, Tab, Return, Delete

November 21, 2009-January 23, 2010
Artist Reception, November 21, 5:30-8:30 pm

KHFA invites you to view a group exhibition entitled Command, Shift, Tab, Return, Delete. The show features acclaimed artists Gary Bishop, Roberta Harris, Yui Kugimiya and George Schroeder. Command, Shift, Tab, Return, Delete is an eclectic blend of iconic photographic images, paper collage works, abstract painting, digital stop-motion animation and steel sculpture.

Gary Bishop's work crosses boundaries, genres and processes. His career has been long and prolific and his art spans an extraordinary range. He began working as a journalistic photographer and has received national and international accolades for his editorial work, including two New York Art Director Club Awards. He's photographed the famous Katherine Hepburn, John Travolta, Ingmar Bergman, Paul Newman and others. From visages of corporate executives situated on their private jets to lonely, haunting images of the disenfranchised and dismissed, Bishop loves his world so much that he strives to explain and capture the marvelous qualities of it all. He sees images as education and thrives on communicating what he knows via photography. In his KHFA exhibition Bishop consorts with portraits, still-life works, abstraction and his latest venture—digitally altered large scale polaroids. His other contributions to the Dallas visual arts community include co-founding the Allen Street Gallery and the Center for Visual Communications, as well as teaching at Collin County Community College for nine years.

The Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist Yui Kugimiya integrates her canvases with layers of paint, faux furs, felt and sometime yarn. She scratches through topical layers of paint to reveal other underlying colors and textures. Her abstraction is aloof, chaotic and schizophrenic, and therein lies its appeal. In 2007 Kugimiya received her MFA from Yale University School of Art-Painting. She is currently exhibiting in Paris, Mexico City and Dallas; with past exhibitions in Miami, New York and Houston she is beginning to garner international attention. Her work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Sagamore collection, Miami, among others. Kugimiya will also be showing a video work of stop-motion animations of her painting process, captured with a digital camera.

George Schroeder will be showing steel sculptures using techniques and disciplines rooted in the "direct method" approach to art. Ambient sounds, movement, and weather, along with abandoned factories, rail cars, and iron bridges are just a few examples of inspiration for the artist. His sculptures and drawings are noted for their raw, bold quality, a result of the direct and immediate application of the artist's hand to the material. Schroeder recently completed his largest commissioned installation to date; titled Synergy, the stainless steel sculpture stands 35 feet tall off a Houston area highway.

In her painting, sculpture and collages, Roberta Harris concentrates on symbols and forms that have been a universal part of culture since the beginning of time. Inspired by her interest in surrealistic, abstract and primitive art, her compositions freely combine simple shapes such as hearts, moons, flowers, birds and plants. These are co-mingled with human and geometric forms to represent the intertwining of all aspects of nature into a oneness. The sculptures and collages in particular, which are highly colored, are playful and exuberant constructions that have been described variously as primitive, passionate, naive, joyous, flirtatious, humorous and intuitive. Harris studied at Parson's School of Design and Hunter College in New York. Her paintings and sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are included in numerous private and corporate collections including MTV Corporation, New York; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York; and Frito-Lay, Dallas. Harris has instructed at Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston. Recently, Harris was honored with a retrospective at the Women's Museum (an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution) in Dallas, entitled ROBERTA HARRIS: "UP" 1985-2009. Harris lives and makes art in Houston, Texas.

Roberta Harris, Touchy Touchy, 30" x 22", mixed media on paper