Jeffrey Dell's works on exhibition at Aquabrew

Printmaker Jeffrey Dell will be on display at Aqaubrew until the end of April. At left is his piece "Groom Lake" and at right is his piece "Red Flag Exercise." Dell’s work plays with the ideas of space, color, light, shadow and perspective. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY RACHEL WILLIS

Aquabrew – the downtown San Marcos brewery, bier garden and restaurant – is excited to welcome artist Jeffrey Dell as he opens a two-month long exhibition.

Dell’s work pushes at multiple boundaries of space, color, light and shadow, of the real or the imagined. A professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University since 2000, his legacy at the school and his impact on the printmaking world in the U.S. is well-founded.

From March 1 through April 30, Aquabrew will showcase a selection of eight pieces of Dell’s work that exemplify the way he finds new and unexpected ways to show the flat and the dimensional at the same time.

Perhaps best known for his candy-colored ribbons that cascade, twist, topple and loop, Dell’s work here is selected from different years (2013-2016), including some signature pieces from each batch of exploration. Most of the them, like "KXTA Field" and "Test Site" exercise their folded threedimensional spaces in a large format, while "Floating Stack" is intimate in scale and technically precise. Riddles in light, color and space, his diagrams fight to live in two spaces simultaneously; they make no effort to hide the fact they’re flat ink on paper and yet his luscious spatial constructs make our eyes believe. Full of pop colors and slick varnish coatings, the prints seem more associated with muscle cars and low-riders – all while quoting Pop Art iconography like Thiebaud’s cakes and historical art styles like Trompe L’oeil. Seen together, they feel related and it’s impossible to sort them on a timeline – informed as they are by the print to either side.

Dell's piece entitled "Test Site."

Aquabrew’s resident art curator Adriana “Gigi” Mederos was thrilled when Dell agreed to show his work at Aquabrew – it’s a chance for locals to see Dell’s impressive work up close and to rub elbows with the Texas State University art community at the popular brewery.

Mederos has been organizing and curating group and solo shows since January 2017, with a focus on a large summer event honoring an artist or art movement. This annual celebration began last year with the 110th birthday celebration for Frida Kahlo and continues this year with a July homage to Surrealism that promises to be even better than last year’s wildly successful event.

Aquabrew will host two receptions where the public will have the opportunity to meet the artist. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 6-8 p.m. and the closing reception will take place on Thursday, April 26 from 6-8 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.

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