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October 11, 2013
RIO GRANDE — For those in search of a little humor in life, the Esther Allen Greer Museum proudly presents Recent Works by Rocky Horton, which opened Thursday, Oct. 3.
Located on the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College main campus, the Greer Museum gallery will host exhibit free to the public through Oct. 25. The museum is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Horton, an associate professor of Art at Limpscomb University in Nashville, brings an installation-based, experimental exhibit to Rio Grande. His works deal with the liminal, simply the phases of his art. Horton explores the contacts made between art and contemporary culture, as his work flirts with ideas of transcendence and silliness. Found object sculpture and video complement each other throughout this exhibit to break the boundaries of culturally accepted beauty.
“This work is tongue-in-cheek. Its intentionally a little humorous and also transcendently beautiful,” Horton said. “It doesn’t have religious meaning in itself, but it borrows from religious images.”
Horton said at first glance the work “might seem very silly” and even “easy,” but the exhibit forces patrons to re-engage products of our culture in beautiful ways.
“I think the work is really accessible,” Horton said. “I always think about my mom; even if she doesn’t understand the theoretical implications of the work, she can still enjoy it.”
Horton earned his Masters in Fine Arts from West Virginia University.
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