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Manuel Neri - Reception

  • Hastings College - JDAC 700 East 12th Street Hastings, NE, 68901 United States (map)

Exhibition showing from November 16th-December 11, 2018. Reception on November 16th 6-8pm

700 E 12th Street
JDAC Gallery hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 pm
Wednesday plus 5:00-8:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Gallery viewing is always free and open to the public

Manuel Neri, the consummate figurative artist, has worked with few models. He assiduously learned the details of these women’s faces and bodies, yet his forms are not portraits. They do not communicate narratives, nor are they tethered by the suggestion of a time period. Neri alters his surfaces with gouges, scrapes and bulges juxtaposed with satiny smooth passages, oftentimes with sweeps of pigment that can vary from bold, primary hues to soft yellow washes over at white.
As this creative process unfolds, Neri–the unmistakable Modernist– becomes more and more discernible in the work. It is as though he draws an imaginary circle around the sculpture and himself, shifting from figurative representation to a highly personal dialog between artist and sculptural object.
While Manuel Neri has always worked in interconnected series, one of the most captivating aspects of his practice has been his treatment of each creative endeavor as a distinctive, singular work.
His preparatory drawings are often exquisite. Although they have served as paths for solving spatial or compositional problems, the sculptures stemming from them have tended to evolve into entirely different forms, colors, and attitudes.

Earlier Event: November 16
Score One Smokin'
Later Event: November 16
Bottle Engraving