The Beginning Is An Omen For The Whole

The Beginning Is An Omen For The Whole art show flyer

I’m very excited to announce my first art exhibition at a university. My good friends and fellow Pump Project alumni Aldo Ramos and Gerardo Arellano are coming along for the ride! I’ll be showing my Rooms series, Aldo and Gerardo are working on some new paintings, and we’re creating a collaborative installation as well.

The Beginning Is An Omen For The Whole

St. Edward’s University Fine Arts Gallery
Fine Arts Building
3001 S. Congress Ave. • Austin, Texas 78704*

Opening Reception: Friday, July 25, 7-9pm
Gallery Hours: 10am-5pm M-F through August 29 Closing Reception/Artists’ Talk: Thursday, August 28

Ancient Romans marked the beginning of each month with rituals dedicated to Janus, the threshold god, with the belief that auspices witnessed at the inception of a period of time was indicative of the future. Huichol shamen facilitate the opening and closing of sacred circles for groups of acolytes, acting as guides during their spiritual journey. In The Beginning Is An Omen For The Whole, artists Rachelle Díaz, Gerardo Arellano, and Aldo Ramos examine opposing sides of religious symbols: as talismans imbued with otherworldly power and as crude, meaningless objects. While the artists’ respective work differs stylistically, they share a common exploration of art as a visionary practice, not bound to physical space and linear time. The artists aim not solely to document the development of their own ideas, but rather to create situations in which the viewer can go into these deep places and channel such experiences for themselves.


*Note on parking: The lot directly in front of the Fine Arts Building (FAB) and gallery entrance is closed for construction. To park and access the building from the S. Congress campus entrance, you’ll go through two stop signs. Take a left at the second stop sign. You’ll pass St. Joseph Hall on your left and the drive will loop around to the back of the FAB. Parking is available in a small lot behind Doyle and Premont Halls adjacent to the FAB. There’s a walkway from this area to the front doors of the FAB. You can also continue to follow the drive around the side of Premont Hall to access the lot directly in front of the Fine Arts Building.

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