In The Gallery Now: Javier Chavira and Jon Casserilla

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Chivira’s work in the D building

Chivira’s work in the D building

Dana Solatka

Dana Solatka

Chivira’s work in the D building

Victoria Phan, Contributing Writer

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This week in the gallery is GSU’s own artists: Javier Chavira and Jon Casserilla.  Chavira is the GSU painting professor and Casserilla is a GSU alumni.  They are part of the gallery’s continuing theme of Mentor/Mentee pairs.

Casserilla studied under Chavira from 2009-2011 receiving a BFA. He continued onto a MFA program at Northern Illinois University. Working in mixed media on paper, Casserilla says his work is about getting lost in the abstract areas of himself. You can see this effort of searching and experimental playfulness in the conversation between the form and color of his work. For this reason, he is more of a modernist painter like Chavira.

Chavira earned both his BFA and MA here at GSU also going onto a MFA program at NIU.  His style blends the thinking of modernists and the mixed technique of old masters. Modernism challenges the idea that art must realistically depict the world, while the old master’s technique he is using, that is, mixed technique (oil over tempera) is used for capturing realism.The technique is considered very academic, typical of Renaissance painting, and what Chavira is teaching painting students here at GSU. Although, Chavira is very realistically rendering people and birds as his subjects, he is departing from reality with the other modernists by going all monochrome. His idea for using monochrome colors comes from the wisdom of his former professor who said that he must use his weakness as his strength and the fact that Chavira is partially color blind.

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Chivira’s work in the D building

Chavira has a few works permanently on display throughout campus. Two works from his undergraduate days: a portrait of Ceasar Chavez and a collaborative mural can be found at A-2110 and the wall adjacent to the main stairs (or elevator) in D building, respectively. More recent works can be found outside E-1541 and E-1528 (collaborative work.)  Check them out to see how his practice has evolved!

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Chivira’s work outside E-1541

 

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Chavira’s work outside E-1528

Visit the Visual Arts Gallery for the artist reception and artist talk this Wednesday, October 11 from 4:30-7:30.  Exhibiting artist, Raul Ortiz will also be joining us to share details about his work that is on display at the CPA box office and the E/F corridor.  This event is free and open to the public.

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