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Saturday 20th April 2013NEW EXHIBITIONS OPEN AT WOCA PROJECTS ON MAY 11TH ; WOCA PROJECTS DIRECTOR, LAUREN CROSS RECIPIENT OF ONE OF THE FORT WORTH WEEKLY”s THIRD ANNUAL VISIONARY AWARDS

 

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(817) 901-7135

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Eco-impressionism: The Visual Journal of Coco Rico

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From Black to Daylight: Caricatures, Obscurities, and Cultural Illuminations by Joy Ude

 

Fort Worth, Texas—March 19, 2013— NEW EXHIBITIONS OPEN AT WOCA PROJECTS ON MAY 11TH ; WOCA PROJECTS DIRECTOR, LAUREN CROSS RECIPIENT OF ONE OF THE FORT WORTH WEEKLY”s THIRD ANNUAL VISIONARY AWARDS

 

WoCA Projects will open two solo exhibitions, featuring artists Coco Rico and Joy Ude on Saturday, May 11th. Eco-Impressionism features nature-inspired drawings by Coco Rico, which documents her memories of vegetation, her parents’ work in agricultural and farming industries, and her efforts to capture the impressionistic memories from her cultural environment. Rico calls her work a “visual journal,” in which each work bears symbolic gestures, stories from her personal narrative, and allegorical meanings represented through leaves, branches, birds and small, almost legible, writing. Rico’s work reflects her Mexican cultural background and her influences from other artists, such as Richard Peterson, Matthew Hopson-Walker, David Morrison, and Laura Melancon.

Rico is currently a MFA student in Printmaking at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, and grew up among a proud Mexican community in Los Angeles California. She uses her arts education as a tool to reconstruct her ‘role” within traditional Mexican culture.

From Black to Daylight features a series of provocative installations by artist Joy Ude that helps to illuminate the ramifications of caricature images upon contemporary Black American culture. Ude’s work employs numerous techniques to construct her sculptural forms including hand-drawn sketches, CAD design, and both fiber-specific and metal-specific techniques. Ude’s multi-scaled constructions address important moments in cultural history, such as the Clark Doll experiments, and both historic and contemporary caricature imagery as a root to long lasting issues with self-concept and self-esteem affecting Black Americans as youth and developing into adult life.

Ude is a nationally exhibited, Texas-based fiber artist with prior origins in the fashion industry. She is currently a MFA Fibers candidate at the University of North Teas, and lives and works in Denton, Texas.

All exhibitions will open on Saturday, May 11th  from 6-8 p.m. and will run through June 7th, 2013 Come out and enjoy the opening reception, which will feature light refreshments and drinks. WoCA Projects is free and open to the public.

In March 2013, WoCA Projects director, Lauren Cross, who is a local Fort Worth artist, was a recipient of The Fort Worth Weekly’s Third Annual Visionary Awards. See the Fort Worth Weekly’s profile for more details.

ABOUT WOCA PROJECTS                                                                                                                                                                     

WoCA Projects is a non-profit artspace featuring contemporary art by emerging, mid-career, and established women artists of color, and diversifying the contemporary art landscape through exhibitions and community arts programming.

WoCA Projects is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of WoCA Projects must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The space is located in the budding Riverside Arts District on Race Street, in the Riverside community in Fort Worth. During exhibition runs the gallery is open from Thursday to Saturday from 10-3 p.m. and by appointment. Contact Lauren Cross by calling (817) 901-7135 or emailing info@wocaprojects.com.

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WoCA Projects

2902 Race Street, Suite 100

Fort Worth, Texas 76111

info@wocaprojects.com

www.wocaprojects.gallereo.com

(817) 901-7135

Posted on April 20th 2013 on 03:00am
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