“Disparate Imgaes” by Javier Chavira, mixed media
August 7-September 7
Opening Reception | Friday August 9 | 6-9pm
Javier Chavira is an artist who has no misgivings about creating images that straddle the line between realism and abstraction. He is as much at home with the technical rigor of academic tradition as he is with the liberating nature of formalism.
Disparate Images is a collection of works created between 2006 and 2013 that highlight his virtuosity of employing various materials and displays a range of representational and abstract forms. Some early work, the portraits of specific heroic and symbolic personages, are influenced by the iconography of his Catholic upbringing while other work, which could be categorized as organic abstraction, is influenced by nature.
Some of Javier’s most current work, particularly the Disparate Unit Sequence is the artist’s attempt to create work that is not explainable other than in the terms of itself. Literally, it is a collection of in-congruent images without a narrative. The sequence is made of pictures that follow a square format that for the most part dictates composition and whose form and color are confined within the walls of the frame. The artist characterizes this collection as “A community of independent individuals who share some characteristics but are also reluctant neighbors.”
Join Union Street Gallery for the opening reception of Javier’s exhibit “Disparate Images” August 9, 6-9pm. There will be refreshments to enjoy along with the art work. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.