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Galveston Arts Center
News Release
Friday, May 05, 2017

Galveston Arts Center (GAC) announces the 5th and final event of the season for Conversations @ The Center happening Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 PM. Guest speakers will be Houston-based artists, Adela Andea and Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola. Each artist will give a slide presentation about their work followed by time for questions and discussion. All lectures are held at GAC and admission is always free.

Conversations @ The Center is an informal lecture series that provides insight into the artistic process and engages audiences in dialogue about visual art. The theme for 2017, Intersections: Art, Science and Technology, aims to highlight the synergistic link between creative and scientific ideas, and explore some of the ways professional and artistic practices exist at the intersections of these fields.

May 25th Presentations

Adela Andea
Within the medium of light

Simultaneously inspired by the beauty found in nature and the contrasting aesthetic she finds in technology, Adela Andea’s large-scale light installations explore the concept of natural versus artificial and seek to re-examine the notion of separating the two. In her presentation, Andea will address the influence of these concepts on her work and the use of light as an artistic medium within the new media discipline. 

Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola
My Way Of Seeing + Merging The Analog With The Digital

Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola employs photography, video, projections, text and computers in his multi-disciplinary work. In recent multi-projection performances, he combined analog thinking with digital tools to transform the viewers’ relationship with time and space. Gimenez-Zapiola will discuss how art can enhance life experiences and establish a unique dialogue with each viewer.

About the Speakers

Romanian-born, Houston-based artist, Adela Andea, explores the ambiguous area between reality and a surreal, simulated world with her large-scale light installations and sculptures. Andea’s work is constructed from a cache of unconventional art materials that include LEDs, flex neon and other energy-efficient light sources, plastic elements, fiber optics, and post-consumer electronic parts. Her room-size installations fill the exhibition space with vibrant color and light, and present the viewer with a unique, ethereal and sensory experience. On an intellectual level, the work reflects Andea’s interest in socio-political issues related to industrialization, globalization, ecology, and the overall paradox of environmental preservation and industrial progress.

Andea moved to the United States from Romania in 1999. She settled first on the west coast and later moved to Houston where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting at the University of Houston. In 2012 she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in new media at the University of North Texas. Andea has created significant installations in several museums and her work has been featured at major international art fairs including Scope in Basel, Switzerland, Art Miami, Houston Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and The Dallas Art Fair. In 2014 she created the entrance installation at the Palm Beach Convention Center for Art Palm Beach 2014. In Houston, she is represented by Anya Tish Gallery.

Houston-based artist, Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola, works primarily with photography and video, considering both to be extremely rich media with which to convey certain notions about the world and life in relation to time, the written word, and the concepts signified by language. His experimental, multidisciplinary work can also involve projections, animation, serialization, long-exposure photography, and collage.

Originally from Argentina, Gimenez-Zapiola, received his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires and later gained working experience that led him toward graphic design. These talents, combined with his additional background in photography, provide him with a broad array of creative resources to draw from.

Since moving to Houston in 2002 Gimenez-Zapiola has been very active in the local art community. In 2016, he was a recipient of a Houston Art Alliance grant for his project, Eastext, a series of three live, mobile projections/performances of poetry that took place outdoors in different parts of the East End Houston Cultural District. The events featured text projected onto the environment from a moving vehicle, followed by an artist talk, recitations by participating Houston poets, and additional projections in a gallery space. Seeking to promote community engagement and add to the cultural richness of the historic East End, Gimenez-Zapiola literally used the neighborhood as a canvas for poetry.

Gimenez-Zapiola’s work has been widely and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. Locally he has been featured in exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, the Houston Center for Photography, Project Row Houses, Diverse Works, and Lawndale Art Center.

For more information, please visit The Galveston Arts Center is located at 2127 Strand Street, Galveston, TX, 77550 and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Admission is free at all times.

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