San Antonio (June 8, 2012) – “FM 644,” an exhibition of sculptural narratives from UTSA alumnus Clay McClure is in its final week at Gallery 23 in The University of Texas at San Antonio’s University Center. Free and open to the public, the exhibit ends August 3, 2012. Guests may meet the artist at a closing reception on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Gallery 23.
“FM 644” is a collection of individual sculptural narratives. Combining sculpture and printmaking, the artist’s works are symbols of people and stories from his childhood in North Texas. His sculptures are made from cutting and grafting pieces of furniture. McClure said he chose furniture, “because of its relationship to the human body…chairs have legs, backs, arms, seats.” Banners in the exhibit represent people who are dealing with hard times or set backs in life, and are pieced together from McClure’s own old bills and receipts. The feeling of solitude, loss and rebirth are evident in his work, and each narrative represents a person or story from his childhood—making his work very biographical.
Clay McClure is an instructor at The University of Texas at San Antonio as well as a freelance graphic designer. He received a BFA in Graphic Design in 1994 and in Sculpture in 2007 from Texas State University in San Marcos. In 2010 he completed his MFA in sculpture from UTSA.
Clay McClure manages UTSA’s Satellite Space, an offsite gallery for the Art Department. On his exhibition the artist said, “My goal for this exhibit is simple. I hope to expand the comprehension of narrative sculpture to a wider audience, and help communicate the themes I work with in my artwork”.
About Gallery 23
Gallery 23 serves a vital role in creating a vibrant campus community by offering cultural enrichment, enhancing diversity on campus, and providing an educational opportunity to explore the arts. The gallery serves as a professional space to showcase student, staff, faculty, alumni, and local artists’ works. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery 23 takes its name from its room number—UC 1.02.23.