Texas Tech University

PRESS RELEASE
09.07.2017

College of Human Sciences to Unveil Ismael de Anda III  Art Installation Celestial Bodies - September 22, 3-6 PM

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, LUBBOCK – The College of Human Sciences and the School of Art in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts present a temporary art installation by nationally recognized artist Ismael de Anda III. The hanging sculpture, entitled Celestial Bodies, will be unveiled in the entry breezeway of the Human Sciences Building on September 22, 2017. A reception will follow the artist's talk and viewing of the installation (3:00-6:00 PM) in Human Sciences Building Room 169. The event is free and open to the public.

De Anda, an artist-in-residency at Texas Tech University, worked with students to create the site-specific installation. De Anda's imaginative concept seen in this piece responds to Lubbock's culture of wind and aviation history as well as his personal interest in science fiction. Thus the name "Celestial Bodies". The installation is composed of a variety of materials including souvenir t-shirts donated by the community. De Anda worked with the sculpture students to construct a monumental bone-like framework for the piece while designer and artist Professor Rachel Anderson worked with apparel design students to repurpose the t-shirts into panels of "skin" affixed to the structure. Together the skin and frame creates a captivating juxtaposition of art that de Anda deems as "mutant practices". This term refers to the variety of techniques and media or materials used in his work.

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Above image, Finished "Celestial Bodies" by Ismael de Anda III during unveiling reception. Photo by Rogelio Saucedo.

De Anda was born in El Paso, Texas, and currently lives in Los Angeles where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. His work also focuses on concepts such as cultural history and political issues that stem from his memories of growing up in a United States and Mexico border town.

Sponsors for de Anda's artist-in-residency and this project come from funding from the Ryla T. & John F. Lott Endowment for Excellence in the Visual Arts administered by the School of Art as well as Landmark Arts in the School of Art whose exhibitions and visiting artists and scholars programs are supported through a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additional funding comes from the College of Human Sciences and the Printmaking, Sculpture, and Art History Programs in the School of Art.

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