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July Exhibits at Rogue Gallery - Third Friday ArtWalk Reception Tonight!

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will have opening receptions for two exhibitions from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on this Third Friday’s Art Walk. Wine from Weissinger Winery, food from Harry and David, and cheese from Rogue Creamery will be served.

Main Gallery exhibit: Bodies for Billions: The Work of Miguel Aragón

July 11 – August 15, Opening Reception: July 18, 5-8pm

The Rogue Gallery presents works of artist Miguel Aragon. Miguel Aragon uses his own method of layered hand drilled prints to create a series of works that address the Mexican Drug Cartel Wars. The large scale works on partially destroyed paper depict violent imagery of death. The affect reflects the fragile nature of life and the deeply spiritual process of exploring perception and memory while coping with images of profound violence.

As a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Texas artist Miguel Aragón grew up surrounded by the fallout of Mexico’s ongoing drug war. In his work, he seeks to deal with violent acts through violent processes. For this exhibit, Aragón enlarged newspaper portraits of victims of narcotics-related violence, mounted them on sheetrock panels, and used a power drill to create precise patterns of holes in the prints, partially destroying them. The resulting pointillist images are displayed in an unsettling juxtaposition that speaks to the nature of traumatic memories and seemingly random bloodshed. Oregon Humanities Magazine – spring issue

Retrato 16 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 16 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 13 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 13 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 10 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 10 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

“I am drawing literal connections between the mediums I use and the idea by making connections such as the lack of ink or color to the absence of life, the absence of moral by the perpetrators and the coldness in which these events are carried on. The original source image gets abstracted due to both, the process and my manipulation of it; through this fragmentation and decomposition of the original, I am pursuing an ambiguity in the image to better demonstrate these ideas of perception and memory and how the mind changes its perception of reality in order to cope with stress…I feel this is the reflection of Mexican society at the moment; we cannot avoid seeing these events but try to continue living a purposeful life; therefore, blurring, breaking up, and trying to erase those unwanted memories.” ~Miguel Aragon

Miguel Aragon is a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He holds a M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan, Romania, and Slovakia. He teaches printmaking at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently is a resident artist at the Till Richter Museum in Buggenhagen, Germany.

Sponsored by Rogue Gallery and Art Center Board of Directors

Community Gallery: Sarah F. Burns, Land That I Love: Southern Oregon en Plein Air

July 18 – August 29, 2014, Reception: July 18, 5-8pm

Sarah Burns uses the process of traditional oil painting to create works that are meditative and sublime. With an uncompromising eye, she depicts familiar landmarks and landscapes of Southern Oregon. The paintings reflect the beauty of the region while maintaining a naturalistic quality.

Kim's Medford, Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns“I have lived in the Rogue Valley for most of my life. I have a strong connection to this land and place which grows even deeper for me through the act of painting. It’s a beautiful area and I attempt to make paintings that are beautiful, that people will want to live with in their homes, but the beauty I seek is a truthful, not romanticized one. I do not edit out the power lines, the aging infrastructure, the history and marks we make on this place, for better or worse.” ~ Sarah Burns

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

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