“Uncanny Familiarities” to open at Gallery 23

uncanny familiarities

Gallery 23 at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s University Center is pleased to invite all to experience Uncanny Familiarities—an exhibition of the photography of UTSA alumna Lupe Mendoza. The exhibit runs June 6 through August 12, 2011, and features an opening reception with the artist on June 8, 2011, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Window Lounge.

Uncanny Familiarities is an ongoing series that is an interpretation of the act of reconstructing memory. Viewers will be able to experience this unique, interrupted narrative via largeformat black and white images created from smaller images of the seemingly mundane and commonplace.

“I am most intrigued by the mind’s inability to control how we consciously or subconsciously retain and recall past experience,” said Mendoza. “The challenge of attempting to visualize the subconscious is the inspiration for this series.”

The exhibit’s two-feet by five-feet photo sequences were created with the use of a Holga camera, which allows for control in the overlap or extension of the spatial distance between negatives. The pieces are a combination of a 120mm photographic
process and digital imaging.

Mendoza was born in 1979 in El Paso, Texas. She received a B.F.A. in fine art and communication design from Texas State University – San Marcos in 2007. In 2010, she received a M.F.A. with a concentration in photography from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a recipient of the Emerging Texas Artist Award from the Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation (2006) and The Creative Summit awarded her The Coveted Memorial Ralph Award for her photography. Mendoza is published in Graphis New Talent Annual 07/08 (2007).

She currently teaches digital photography and digital art as an adjunct instructor for UTSA and Alamo Colleges. Mendoza has exhibited at Julia C. Butridge Gallery in Austin; Über Progressive (as part of Political Art Month) Medien Kultur Haus
Wels in Austria; and in San Antonio at the UTSA Art Gallery, UTSA Satellite Space, Stone Metal Press and at San Antonio Art League and Museum. “Gallery 23 is a unique exhibit space that will lend itself well to the format of my work,” said Mendoza. “I am honored to have been selected for this opportunity and hope my work will inspire others to take interest in the arts and photography as they journey through reconstructed memory.”

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