Playground [group show]
Dates: January 28 – March 2, 2022
Opening Reception: February 11th 5:30 – 7:30
(IRVING, Texas) — Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery at The University of Dallas is pleased to present the exhibition: Playground: Doug Land. and Kevin Perkins
Through sculpture, installation, and painting, Dallas area artists Land. and Perkins use the gallery space as their “playground” to explore relationships between we humans and the world around us.
Doug Land.’s art practice unpacks the uncomfortable exploration of melancholy experiences through the lens of gardening. “For me, the act of gardening is a devotional challenge, forcing me to confront notions of beauty, wealth, class, even death. Using the garden as my muse, allows me to
present the bitter truths of my introspections in pleasant, but ultimately ruining forms. Building site-specific installations, both indoors and outdoors, I highlight our strange sense of societal
values tied to our codependent relationship with Nature.” For Playground, Land. uses forest limbs, dowels, bark, lichen, beetles, earwigs, and moss to create a unique installation that explores these ideas.
Through his satirical paintings, Kevin Perkins challenges us to rethink binary ways of thinking. Comic book style characters are reframed as Hellenistic figures whose comedic struggle and passion dissolve the boundaries of dualistic ideologies into a more transcendent space. The inherent violence associated with the quarreling nemeses of modern comics and the visceral nature of Hellenistic art has been replaced with a more playful narrative that allows viewers to ponder the highly dualistic characters who are a staple of our modern mythic archetypes.
Doug Land. was raised in the woods south of Dallas. He received a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is currently working on his MFA at Texas Christian University. Gardening was once a youthful pastime spent with his grandmother, but as greenspaces have become more rare Land. felt a strong need to cultivate art in conversation with the outdoor experience. Working with living plants, natural materials, and sustainable practices, Land. shares his experiences with nature so that other people may develop their own practice, urban farm, or tranquil reflective spaces.
Kevin Perkins is a Louisiana native living and working in Dallas, Texas. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University School of Art, Kevin holds a BFA in graphic design and is a self-taught artist working in painting and sculpture. Along with his art practice, Kevin has been a secondary art educator for nearly 10 years.
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