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3-Artist Exhibition - Opening Reception for Peter Burega, Jerry Cabrera & James Zwadlo at Craighead Green Gallery

| February 18, 2014 | Calendar

Craighead Green presents another 3-artist exhibition opening February 22 for Peter Burega, Jerry Cabrera and James Zwadlo. The opening reception will take place on February 22, from 5:00-8:00 PM. The exhibition is open through March 29, 2014.

Peter Burega presents his third Dallas titled “Ocean’s Edge”. Well established in the Southwest and throughout the nation, Burega’s oil on panel paintings most often reference water, land and sky; Abstracted landscapes offering rich and beautiful color and depth. Burega states “Although my work is abstract, it develops from my experience and interaction with the land. Moments taken from daily life, dreams, experiences, and visual impressions. Studies of my environment - light, shadow, reflection – conspire to inform my work.” Peter Burega was trained as a concert pianist, earned a BA in art history and sociology from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, and a JD in law from Whittier College, Los Angeles, CA.“ The artist has been included in several museums shows and is in private and corporate collection from Los Angeles to New York, as well as London, England.

For his third exhibition with the Gallery, Jerry Cabrera is presenting long, narrow, horizontal and somewhat 3-dimensional canvases that are brightly colored with a neon feel. The inspiration for this body of work was discovered when he visited the concentration camps of Germany and witnessed small slices of light filtering through enclosed spaces. Cabrera states that “With light color exists, and color itself denotes life. Light is also associated with knowledge, hope, warmth and energy”. All of these observations or feelings are obvious in each of his paintings. His sensitivity to the environment and mankind is the driving force of each painting. Cabrera is a native Texan. He received his BFA in Painting from Texas State University in 2001 and received his MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2004. Cabrera has participated in numerous exhibitions including the 9th Annual Young Latino Artists Show. His work has been collected extensively by private and corporate entities; most notably, Neiman Marcus Corporation. Cabrera currently teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

New Yorker James Zwadlo joins the Galley for his Dallas debut. He grew up on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin helping his family feed cows. Zwadlo started his undergraduate degree at UW-Madison, and finished at SUNY-Potsdam, in upstate New York, with a BFA in Fine Arts. The artist lived in New York City for about 20 years, and now lives in Callicoon, about 100 miles north of the City. Zwadlo’s subject is people represented realistically in an abstract urban space, as seen from an imaginary aerial point of view. He titles the series of paintings “Pedestrians” to make it clear that the point of view is the point of the painting; the people are not doing anything special, just walking in the street. As stated by Zwadlo “I lived for many years in New York City, working in office buildings, thinking about how to orient myself. From the aerial point of view, to me, the Manhattan landscape became, literally, a map of itself. The urban space flattened visually into a kind of “found” painting. Being a native Midwesterner, I translated my sense of the flatness of the Midwestern landscape into a solution to how to paint the verticality of the urban landscape.” The aerial view of his pieces compresses space. The spatial flattening of the images intensifies the surface of the painting, and enhances the colors in a unique way. The compressed space is a map, a kind of living map, which shows a way of seeing, and a way of being in the world.

For more information please contact Kenneth or Scot at the Gallery.


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