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art by Brian Jobe
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Art by Brian Jobe (top photo) and Judith Cottrell

UTSA Satellite Space hosts MFA exhibits through June 25

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(June 14, 2006)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History presents an exhibit of two master of fine arts thesis projects by Judith Cottrell and Brian Jobe through June 25 at the UTSA Satellite Space. The exhibition is free and open to all.

One group of works uses ballpoint pens to convey a feeling of dense layers through the use of delicate lines. Another group consisting of installation pieces creates artificial landscapes with bag ties, plaster casts and thread.

Cottrell's exhibit, "Just Gel with a Little Bic," is a new series of large works developing her unique combination of minimalist form with delicate, dense layers of linear elements applied with common roller-ball pens.

The pieces explore the perception of space, depth and volume with an expressionist use of color and atmosphere. Her drawings are a visual analogy of the unconscious mind translated into subtle shifts of visual perception.

Cottrell received a BFA degree in 2002 from the University of Houston. She has exhibited her work in San Antonio and recently was awarded Best of Show in the annual juried student art exhibit by Rene Barilleaux, curator of contemporary art at the McNay Art Museum.

Jobe's show, "The Forest Underneath," features two new installations that invite viewers to explore perception within artificial landscapes. He uses zip ties, plaster casts and thread to create detailed monochromatic environments.

He replicates systematic repetition in nature, exposing life's minutiae. He presents a sense of order through an assemblage of materials, and channels compulsive energy into meticulous organization.

Jobe earned a BFA in 2004 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has exhibited locally and will present a show at the Joan Grona Gallery, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center during Contemporary Art Month in July.

The UTSA Satellite Space is at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center Suite 115 at South Alamo and Probandt streets in downtown San Antonio. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, contact gallery director Jasmyne Graybill at (210) 212-7146 or (972) 213-5011.

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