Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Inc.

Teresa Dunn, Mayuko Ono Gray

Teresa Dunn, Mayuko Ono Gray

Hooks-Epstein Galleries is proud to present 2 solo exhibitions of drawings by Teresa Dunn and Mayuko Ono Gray. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. A Daytime Reception for the artists will follow from 2:00 to 5:00pm. ***PLEASE NOTE: Artists Presentations will be held at 2:00pm***

In Ebb and Ember, Teresa Dunn uses graphite to create surrealistic images in her drawings. Her images show an absurd world where her figures are suspended in time, as they approach points of no return. Precarious situations determine if pushing past the tipping point is beneficial or detrimental. The events occurring in her work, urge her characters to challenge each other and examine their motives. Dunn states, “The people in my work rely on their own wits and question others’ intentions to make sense of incongruous landscapes and environments. Family dynamics and rising sea levels become poetic metaphors expressed as mothers and fathers, children and animals, fire and water, friends and strangers interact in tightly woven communities where intimacy and incompatibility collide.”

Teresa Dunn received her BFA in 1999 from Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University). She then attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and received her MFA in 2002. From 2004-2006, she was an Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Teresa Dunn is presently an Associate Professor of Painting at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

In Hello is the beginning of good-bye, Mayuko Ono Gray’s drawings incorporate her cultural knowledge of Japanese proverbs and Japanese calligraphy. In each work, the calligraphy intertwines to create a single line, which has only one entrance and one exit onto the picture plane. The line usually begins at the top right and ends toward the bottom left of the page, following traditional Asian writing. It is a single line symbolizing a life: one entrance as birth, and one exit as death, representing the two doorways opening and closing our being. She has also woven into her calligraphy, traditional Asian art-forms that have often integrated word and image. In her drawings, she has included images of persons and animals drawn from her familiar experience. Gray states, “Whether through the literary artifacts of traditional proverbs, or through personal expressions in poetry and pictures, these word-images are reflections on human nature, place, self, ephemerality, permanence, and universal wisdom. Simply stated, these drawings are expressions of a unique perspective, where East and West combine.”

Mayuko Ono Gray received her BFA in 2004 and MFA in 2007 from the University of Houston. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the College of the Mainland in Texas City, TX. In addition, she is also the Art Gallery Director of the College of the Mainland Art Gallery.

The exhibitions will continue through April 25, 2015.

For more images, please visit the full exhibition.