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April 30th, 2009
F8TL opening shows ten artists

A work by Diane McGregor shown at last weekend’s F8TL Artists Cooperative opening last weekend.

By ED MIHALKANIN
News Reporter

F8TL Art Studios featured the works of ten local artists in their cooperative at its inagural art show on April 25.

Lora Hufton, a native of Hawkins in East Texas, graduated from Texas State in December 2006 with a BFA in Studio Art – Photography. Hufton’s photography is primarily, though not exclusively, in black and white. Hufton did not take a photography class until she attended Texas State. In high school, Hufton said, she was “pulled to the sciences.” For her, photography combines art with science and permits her to mix “my hands with the chemistry.”

Hufton has eight pieces on display, all nudes that are part of a series still in process. The key concept of the series is for her subjects to wear shoes. Once the models picked their shoes, Hufton and the models would collaborate on setting the shots. Some of the photos were very planned, such as “The Band in the Forest” and “Woman Reading in Bed” while others were very spontaneous such as “Man in Wash Tub”.

Said Hufton, “I feel I got lucky.” She works for Texas landscape photographer Laurence Parent. Hufton’s art ranges in price from $50 to $400, while the photos in this series are $250 per print. To find out more about her art, contact Hufton at Lora.Hofton@gmail.com

Matt Jobson of Buda works primarily in pen and ink. In the recent past, he focused on painting, but he has been drawing all his life and wanted to put his drawings in the forefront of his work at the exhibition.

Generally, Jobson likes his art “to create emotions and self-awareness that people would not expect to have.” The subject matter of his art is eclectic, ranging from fantastic creatures and introspective bears to an almost abstract crowd scene in his pen and ink “Somewhere Else.” Jobson feels that “people should be inspired by the world” and be more active in thinking about it, adding that, “It’s a gift to be alive.”

Jobson’s art ranges from $175 for his pen and ink drawings to $500 for his medium paintings to $2,000 for his large paintings. To find out more about his art, contact Jobson at either Jobsonmatt@yahoo.com or redbubble.com/people/mataki.

Diane MacGregor is the most seasoned artist to be represented at the show as she has been “working and playing” in painting for more than 35 years. A native of San Antonio, MacGregor will graduate next month with a BFA in Studio Art – Painting. Her thesis consisted of nine panels, 11 feet by 11 feet, which she constructed with her husband Norman Bean.

MacGregor’s pieces in the show are representative of her art. She uses a squeegee to apply acrylic paint to panel similar to masonite. She creates her paintings spontaneously in a single painting session as she uses a squeegee “to blend and sculpt the paint.”

The whole concept of MacGregor’s art is chaos – “chaos in our lives, in the world and our desire to find order in the chaos.” When she begins a piece, she has no intention of creating a particular image. She asks the viewers of her art to “seek out their own private meanings of my paintings.” You can discover more about MacGregor’s art by contacting her at dm1275@txstate.edu.

Fransisco Martinez is from Laredo, graduating with a BFA in Studio Art – Painting from Texas State in 2001. Martinez sees his art as being a version of Expressionism mainly because of the colors he uses. He’ll “start a painting from a concept like serenity” and first work on sketches before he paints with spray paint, paint markers and acrylic. He likes to use these types of paints because he can knock out backgrounds more quickly.

Martinez prefers paint markers because they feel more like drawing than painting. Martinez’s art runs from $100 for his small paintings to $500 for his large canvases. Contact Martinez at www.ghastly1.com to learn more about his art.

Tara Spies is originally from Mobile, AL, has lived in San Marcos since 1998 and is a Texas State graduate. Spies’ photographs are usually in black and white, but she does occasionally shoot in color. Spies works also with silver gelatin print and digital. Her work is mostly figurative, using human models as her subjects,  and works well in the traditional imagery of landscape and architecture.

As an Air Force brat, Alex Webb lived in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska and Ohio growing up, but attended middle school and high school in Texas. Webb plans on graduating from Texas State this December with a major in photography. He tries “to have a variety of aesthetics in his photographs” in part due to his evolving artistic interests. Webb started as a drawing major and then moved to art history, sculpture and then to photography. He became “enamored with photography” because it deals with “the realm of images we live in.”

His photographs in the show are a part of a fifteen photograph series: five in black & white, five in color, and five digital. Webb prefers to let the viewers interpret the pieces. One of his earlier photographic series included 70 individual photographs. His photographs run in the $200 range and are negotiable. Also, Webb has made a film short with Dieter Geisler titled “Public Activities.” To view the film and/or learn more about his photographs, contact Webb at bluedune@!gmail.com

Finally Kevin Walsh, one of the founders of F8TL, graduated from Texas State in May 2006 with a BFA in photography. For Walsh, “Minimalism leaning toward the Abstract describes my art best.” Walsh, a native of Buda, “intentionally blurs the line between photography and painting.” He takes multiple pictures of very small compositions of light-refracting material such as jello, hair gel, vaseline, and instant coffee mix, then experiments until he produces images he wants to show.

Walsh rejects the bigger is better school in modern contemporary art. His pieces at the show are the largest prints he’s ever done, since he usually prefers “to make smaller intimate pieces.”

Walsh uses ink jet because it shows the “confluence of photography and painting” he realized that he “was making paintings with light.” You can view his art and contact him at myspace.com/F8TL_studios or at Walsh_Kevin_T@yahoo.com

Walsh said gallery viewing for interested viewers can be arranged at F8TL Artists Cooperative at 829 North LBJ Street, Suite 105. Call Kevin Walsh (512) 216-1547 to arrange a visit.

A work by Kevin Walsh at the F8TL Artists Cooperative opening last weekend.

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