JANUARY 15 - MARCH 12, 2015

Thursday, January 15
5:30 - 8:00 PM Opening of R. Eric McMaster: A State of Resistance and Julius Lyles: Black Numinous Delights
6:15 PM The Artist Talks: Julius Lyles in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
7:00 PM The Artist Talks: R. Eric McMaster in the Main Gallery

R. Eric McMaster: A State of Resistance
a 2015 W2S Exhibition
Main Gallery

R. Eric McMaster, A Colored Image of the Scrum, 2014, Inkjet print of athletes wearing custom-made uniforms. 60 x 40 in. R. Eric McMaster, A Passive Form, 2014, 3d printed plastic, epoxy resin, acrylic, paint. 33 x 7 x 5 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist.

R. Eric McMaster's new work focuses on the gap between potential and fulfillment, with organized sports as his manipulated models in which objects are created and activated by a performance. Central to these works is a lens-based project that uses a full rugby team in custom uniforms that have the potential to generate a color gradient; however, since the play constantly demands the repositioning of the players, the gradient will never be achieved. This exhibition is a culmination of the objects, photographs and video that document this performance.

about the artist

R. Eric McMaster received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2003 and a Master's degree in Sculpture from Arizona State University in 2008. He has shown extensively, including exhibitions in New York, Paris, New Delhi, Miami, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle and Phoenix, among others. Recently, his video works were featured at the Hiroshima MOCA in Japan. He is a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, the Ted Decker Catalyst Fund and numerous scholastic grants and scholarships.

Using competitive sports, McMaster explores themes of order, resistance, and the individual versus the collective. His works often involve fabricated objects and installations, video, photography, performance, and/or athletes. Working habits range from solo stints in the studio to productions that involve 20 or more people. R. Eric McMaster is faculty at the University of Texas and currently lives and works in Austin.

Julius Lyles: Black Numinous Delights
a 2015 W2S Exhibition

Julius Lyles, For God and Country., 2014, assemblage, mixed media, 13 1/2 x 42 x 12 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Julius Lyles uses his art to raise cultural awareness about race, which he looks at in terms of African American identity, equality, and the political problems tied to racism. Black Numinous Delights presents the study of the true beauty of individualism from racial identity, assimilation, and unjustified circumstances. His work is exploring properties of the effect of a fear-based social institution that appeal to the viewers' senses, as opposed to the individuals' struggle from themselves. The intriguing works transform the perception of a space to capture the negative meaning, stereotype, and mythical implications of the word (BLACK), apropos of culture, race, politics, environment, economics, and class, through the juxtaposition of assemblage, sculpture, and photographic metaphors.

about the artist

Julius Lyles, Cleveland, OH, is an art consultant/curator, figurative expressionist, multi-media artist and is Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Lylesart.org. His artwork has been described as provocative, inventive, aggressive, colorful, diverse, and complex. The artwork has been exhibited at several galleries in Ohio and in solo and group shows in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. Lyles holds a BA in Studio Arts and Photography from Cleveland State University. Central to Julius Lyles's work is race viewed in terms of African American identity, equality, and its political problems. He also draws upon African American art and its contributions to the field. This new installation, Black Numinous Delights, calls attention to the insidious ways in which history manipulates racial perceptions to reinforce stereotypes. Currently Lyles is obtaining an MA in Art Administration from the University of Akron (2016).

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