Shifted Perspective works by Michael Villarreal

On view March 3 - March 31 2019

In my current work, I am focused on objects I remember from my childhood. Taking from old photos, found images, and my imagination, I create sculptures and paintings of objects that make up a home to reference memory, time, place and self.

The objects I make are re-contextualized to allow them to transcend their original purpose. Through this, I foster a new narrative for each piece while maintaining the basic visual familiarity. A transformation of material creates a visceral response to the objects being depicted. I want to solicit this response to items I find or know, manipulate or construct, and create connections through the relationship of these objects.

Michael Villarreal received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Texas State University in 2013 and a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 2017. He has exhibited in solo exhibitions at Art Palace Contemporary Art Gallery in Houston, TX and Doane University in Crete, NE. His numerous group exhibitions include Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, TX, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE, LA Artcore in Los Angeles, CA, and DATELINE in Denver, CO. His work has been featured in publications such as Huffington Post, New American Paintings, and recently, Art Maze Magazine Issue 9. Future exhibitions include a solo show at Iron Tail Gallery in Lincoln, NE. He was a resident at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in 2017, as the recipient of the 2017 Lincoln Mayor's Arts Awards - Kimmel Award, and a recent recipient of the 2019 Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Villarreal currently lives and works in Lincoln, NE.

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