Octaviano Rangel: Was he a beast if the music could move him so?
On view on the third floor of Hamon
This exhibition of recent work by Dallas and Monterrey-based artist, Octaviano Rangel is inspired by Franz Kakfa’s Metamorphosis. On view throughout the third floor of Hamon are a series of cut paper, graphite, and ink collages, as well as a graphite drawing created directly on the library wall. Rangel depicts fragmented human figures that evoke a rhythmic dislocation of the human form. Disembodied hands emerge from tangles of intricate lines and human forms take shape within layers of paper, creating a tension between figuration and abstraction. The exhibition takes as its title, the haunting line from Metamorphosis, “Was he a beast if the music could move him so?” when Gregor Samsa is deeply moved whilst listening to his sister play the violin. It is therefore fitting that Rangel is presenting this series of work amidst the music stacks of Hamon.
Dylan Glynn: An Installation of Selected Films
On view on the second floor of Hamon
The films on view on the second floor of Hamon were previously featured in the Hawn Gallery exhibition, Dylan Glynn: After Order, After Disorder. Glynn, A Toronto-based animation filmmaker and illustrator, has developed an ethereal style that captures a fantastical naiveté and nuanced relationship between new and traditional media. Emotive and rich in narration, Glynn’s films feature expansive landscapes sparsely populated by serene, yet impassioned figures struggling to assert their self-hood. Lyrical movement, as well as the deft manipulation and layering of color, characterize the diverse collection of films on view. Presented amidst the second floor stacks, this installation features a selection of seven of Glynn’s most enchanting and technically adept films.
Featured image: Octaviano Rangel, Detail of Was he a beast if the music could move him so?, cut paper, graphite, and ink on paper; dimensions variable
Blog post: Courtesy of Georgia Erger, Curatorial Fellow of the Hawn Gallery, 2016-2017
Images: Courtesy of Octaviano Rangel and Dylan Glynn