Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
Jan. 9, 2015
Wesley Ortiz Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Wesley Ortiz’ exhibition, Perdido, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through March 1.
Ortiz was born in Amory, MS in 1975. He works predominantly in the medium of painting and drawing with occasional forays into creating works with three-dimensional materials. Ortiz completed his MFA at the University of Mississippi and has had solo exhibitions at Amory Regional Museum, Meridian Museum of Art and Itawamba Community College. He currently lives in Memphis and is an adjunct instructor at Memphis College of Art.
“Perdido is a collection of paintings and drawings I’ve done since moving to Memphis,” says Ortiz. “They signify a transitional phase in my work and speak toward the acclimation of new phases in life—a new joy, new environment, new friends and new responsibilities. Seldom are these transitions easy or enjoyable. It is easy to feel lost.”
Perdido marks an evolution in Ortiz’ work from representational to non-objective work. “Personally, it’s a journey fraught with uncertainty and wariness; however, it is one that is necessary,” says Ortiz. “Perdido is not the end. It is the wilderness where we can find ourselves in life, work and emotional states. Sometimes it is good to be lost.”
Playhouse’s MCA Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights.
Photo: Wesley Ortiz, “Untitled”, oil on panel, 10” x 7”, 2014
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