Davison painting on exhibit
in Corpus Christi art museum


Dick Davison, professor of architecture at Texas A&M, shows how he and other artists use various media to create art from a blank canvas at an exhibition now on display at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi.

Davison’s work, “Chronicles II,” is a 5-foot by 6-foot painting he created in the late 80’s.

“It’s kind of an architectural fantasy-type image. It’s as much a drawing as a painting with a lot of variety of texture,” he said.

The painting is part of “Superficial: An Exhibition About the Surface of a Painting,” a display of 20 selections from the museum’s permanent collection.

“The show is about the many different ways artists treat the surface of a canvas,” said Michelle Locke, associate curator of the museum’s permanent collection.

“Some artists use the canvas as a springboard to deal with paint, others use collage elements, others might use foreign objects,” said Locke.

She described “Chronicles II” as a piece that features impasto, or thick, pasty paint, and lots of contrast.

A meet-the-artists reception is scheduled at the museum, located at 1902 North Shoreline Blvd., at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. The show is scheduled to be on display through the end of the year.

There’s a $3 admission fee for students, but if they tell me they’re coming, I’ll waive it,” said Locke.

New visitors to the museum can also delight in discovering the museum’s buildings, designed by world-renowned architects.

The museum’s original building, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Philip Johnson, is a three-level facility constructed with poured white concrete and shell aggregate. The building’s expansive windows give visitors stunning views of Corpus Christi Bay.

A 2006 addition to the museum was designed by Victor and Ricardo Legorreta, widely regarded as Mexico’s most prominent architects.

The addition features 13 rooftop pyramids, is noted for its use of color and light, and includes a café that overlooks the Corpus Christi Bay and ship channel.

For more information about the show, call Locke at 361.825.3503 or visit the museum’s website at http://www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org/index.htm

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“Chronicles II” is on display at a show in Corpus Christi’s Art Museum of South Texas.

The museum features buildings designed by Philip Johnson, at right, and by Victor and Ricardo Legorreta, at left.

Dick Davison

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