Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present Rural Charm/Encanto Rural; a two-person mixed media and assemblage exhibit by James Miller and Lenise Perez-Miller
Rural Charm/Encanto Rural speaks about the times as they relate to James and Lenise—husband and wife—having grown-up in culturally different parts of the United States. James having moved to Texas some 20 years ago from Indiana, brought with him memories, stories, and physical artifacts that speak about who he is. Lenise, growing up Hispanic in a Spanish-Speaking family in Falfurrias and Premont Texas shares many of the same memories and stories as James, as well as shared cross-cultural processes and memories of hard-work by our parents, grandparents and selves.
Lenise Perez-Miller’swork is a reflection of her life growing up as a Hispanic female, catholic but in a predominately Anglo environment. She creates narrative pieces using clay and found objects, then redefines their meaning to conjure up past memories for viewers. This sometimes causes a contradiction, but by combining feminine materials and juxtaposing them with hard, masculine materials, like metal or wood, Lenise is able to define the beauty in memories, as well as, the humor with the sadness, and the innocence with the cruelty. The ideas of what she is supposed to be like or do in her life. The use of these objects channels the symbolism in her work, and all of these combined assist Lenise in constructing my ideas.
James Miller: Simply…James make objects because he likes to problem solve. As a ceramicist and Assemblage artist, his goal is to mine for and appropriate artifacts, images, and language into his works. The more James works with clay and mixed media materials the more secrets they reveal, this in turn affords limitless opportunities in his formative process. James’s decisions are predicated on the fact that many of the source materials that he chooses to work with are made from materials that allows for cold-connections. Cold- connections (nuts, screws, and bolts, or clay, slip, and heat) allow for an archival quality. He also uses materials that are fleeting, in that, left in their natural state they would succumb to natural erosive processes. However, once James rescues them, he uses, and attempts to preserve them in a way that will extend their lives, and in turn invite others see them in a new way.
Join us at the opening reception on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 6:00-9:00pmfor light refreshments and music by FORGED IN FIREfeaturing Sabrina Lopez.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view Monday July, 8th - Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.