|The Uncertainty of Doubt
Works by Benito Huerta
October 8-November 5, 2016
Opening reception Saturday, October 8 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Artist will be in attendance
Kirk Hopper Fine Art is pleased to welcome our first solo exhibition for artist Benito Huerta, titled The Uncertainty of Doubt. This exhibit will feature Huerta's most ambitious works produced from 2006-2016. The exhibition opens Saturday, October 8 with a public reception for the artist from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Huerta's body of work continues to explore the intersection of power and exploits through the act of seduction and destruction. Shock and Awe is one prime example, the painting emphatically depicts Paul Gauguin's Spirit of the Dead Watching but with nuclear detonation as background. Huerta's Shock & Awe references notions of aggression and submissiveness between two distinct cultures in the nuclear age. Between 1946 and 1958, in hopes of perfecting the atomic bomb to deter mankind from future catastrophe, the U.S. advanced nuclear technology with atomic detonations on Pacific islands, inadvertently causing radioactive and cultural fallout amongst inhabitants deemed exotic yet uncivilized. Seventy years later, the nuclear monopoly once controlled by world powers is now being threatened by smaller unstable factions capable of creating the same destruction. Huerta's work investigates the global role we play between arrogance and generosity.
Shock & Awe, 2012, oil on canvas, 49" x 77"
Benito Huerta received a BFA from the University of Houston, and his MA from New Mexico State University. He was co-founder, Executive Director and Emeritus Board Director of Art Lies, a Texas art journal. He is a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington where he has been Director/Curator of The Gallery at UTA since 1997.
The End, 2000-14, watercolor on paper, 30" x 22"
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