The Hutchinson Art Center is presenting an intriguing exhibition of new works by Wichita Artists Hannah Scott, Bernardo Trevizo and Chris Trenary.
“Delineated Perception” exhibit will be on display from July 13- Aug. 5 with the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 13. The public is invited and encouraged to come and meet the artists.
This group exhibition features three very diverse artists with three distinct styles.
I was able to chat with each of the artists about their work.
I see religious imagery in art as a portal to exploring and questioning society and institutions. How are you drawn to religious imagery?
“I wasn’t raised religious, so I wasn’t exposed to that imagery growing up. I think people raised in the church get used to that imagery and it loses some of its importance and relevance. I got into it during my brief stint in art school. I became enamored with the purpose and symbolism of altar pieces and other devotional art commissioned by the church.”
You have mentioned before of your work, that your newer series blends sinners into sainthood. Can you expand on that thought?
"Americans hold awful people in high regard. It’s that rubberneck culture that loves to see the worst in society. That’s why we have such a slew of reality TV shows, TMZ and an inept sociopath as our president. I don’t touch on those aspects of the current human condition too much lately. I feel like it’s low-hanging fruit. I have more of a fascination with cult leaders and serial killers. It’s such a scary and fascinating thing that some can people who lack impulse control can do incredibly horrific things. When it comes to cult leaders, it’s fascinating in its own way to see sociopaths slip into a messiah complex and essentially implode.”
What are you hoping your viewers extract from your exhibit?
“I don’t have any expectations for how I want the viewer to react. I haven’t thought about the viewer much at this point in my art career. I spent a long time trying to get specific reactions, not doing what I wanted to do because I was trying to make it. Anymore I focus on just enjoying the process and painting what I want to see. Anything outside of that is just a bonus. I do fully appreciate being appreciated. But that’s not why I do what I do.”
Trenary’s work is mesmerizing and draws you in by the bright colors and structured composition. You are then left to face your own thoughts about the subject matter, which can be uncomfortable, but fascinating.
Bernardo Trevizo is a Mexican American Artist, born and raised in Wichita.
Trevizo is a painter, illustrator, and works in animation as well.
The art of Bernardo Trevizo shown in “Delineated Perception” includes two series of work. One is the "Memory Interruption" series, where Trevizo confronts childhood memories in empty rooms with various images present in the room. The imagery expresses a specific narrative. These paintings seem simple at first, and often messy, but as you sit with them, they provoke feeling, memory and experience within the viewer.
The second series, "Immigrant Series," depicts famous Mexican figures in everyday situations. These works attempt to deflect the media which often depicts Mexicans as drug cartel or criminals. Showing that Mexicans come from all walks of life just like every other human being is what Trevizo would like to get across.
Many of your older paintings are interior settings and indoor landscapes. What is it that draws you to this imagery?
“The rooms depicted in my paintings are of the house I grew up this series is about childhood memories. The specific imagery in the paintings represents a moment in my life.”
In your newer work, what is your process of choosing the people subjects you paint?
“I chose to depict famous people from Mexican culture to reinforce the idea that Mexicans are not just drug dealers and criminals. I place famous Mexicans in everyday Mexican situations as well as everyday situations in a way that says we are more than this one thing media says we are. We run taco trucks, we influence fashion, and art we can be rich, we can be poor, some of us are hard workers, some us are lazy, we love our families we love life you know we are just like every other human."
Can you tell me a little about your background as an artist?
“I have been an artist my whole life. I'm an illustrator, a painter and an animator. I went to Wichita State University and earned my BFA in Drawing and Painting. I have several projects in the works, stay tuned for those!"
What drew you to painting?
“I have only been painting seriously for about five years I really love drawing more than anything, but I'm drawn to painting because I want to get good at it. I also really enjoy playing with color it adds another character to enhance the stories I'm trying to tell.”
Who are your biggest influencers?
“I'm influenced by the imagery around me, so a lot of my culture is always present in my work. People like my family, friends, and artists that influenced me include William Kentridge, Frida Kahlo, Enrique Chagoya, Diego Rivera, Robyn O'Neil, Gerhard Richter.”
Hannah Scott was born and raised in the Midwest, and currently lives and works as an artist in Wichita.
The body of Scott’s work in “Delineated Perception” focuses on reclaiming the joy of experimentation. She draws facial features in ink, cuts them out and re-assembles the pieces into different expressions that are often exaggerated and awkward. The images are then reproduced as risograph prints, which are playful and random by nature, never quite exact and often do not go as planned. This leaves a ‘whatever happens, happens’ type of result. Scott feels her art serves as a release from the pressure of perfection and lets her play with creativity again.