Many thanks to Dan Stepp who judged this exhibition!
It was an honor to be asked to jury the exhibition “Texture” at the GFAA.
There is so much quality in all the pieces here, that it was honestly a difficult show to choose from.
The work that stands out to me has balance and integration of form and function.
When the materials, process, and aesthetic choices connect to the conceptual, thematic, and subject choices, art resonates with a viewer more profoundly.
How it’s made relates to what it’s about.
All the tactile qualities of paint, metal, fabric, clay, and mark making embody the work and the viewer retraces every blob, dent, thread, score, or scribble.
It is in this way an audience emotionally connects to the content and ideas in the work.
Every artist in the show should be commended for the way they are consciously or unconsciously uniting material and concept.
Thank you all for a great exhibition and I look forward to seeing more of your creations as they happen.
Associate Professor of Art
Santa Fe College