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Dalton Maroney: Remote Access    May 7 - Jun 18, 2011

Dalton Maroney
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Opening Reception Saturday, May 7th 6-8pm

An exhibition of new sculptures by Dalton Maroney will be on display May 7-June 11 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibition will feature Maroney's signature boat-influenced sculptures, constructed of painted and raw wood, and addressing formal themes of material manipulation and construction, as well as ideas about the natural world and humankind's relationship with it. In describing his latest body of work, the artist comments:

"...it is the impromptu, the puzzle and the re-manipulation that provides my access."

Maroney considers his vessels fictional rather than literal interpretations of boats. As he manipulates the wood to form each sculpture, he concentrates on the physical elements essential for its structure. Cutting from a solid block of wood, he multiplies the parts, deconstructs and rearranges them, and finally re-presents them in a new formation with a new, existence. Intertwining geometric shapes and intricately joined pieces give the sculptures formal integrity, while producing an overall abstraction that situates them in the realm of the imaginary. Many of the sculptures have color-painted, scraped, and re-painted-adding visual complexity and surface manipulation and marking the passage of time. The artist has chosen to leave several of the smaller pieces as raw wood, retaining the material's purest state and emphasizing its inextricable link to the natural world. Maroney remarks: "I think of my sculptures as hybrids containing elements of physical space and material, painterly surface and ironies and ambiguities that play with one's expectations of form, function and representation."

Maroney has a lifelong interest in the environment and humans' impact on it. Consequently, his reverence for primitive cultures and their intrinsic respect for the earth informs his work. While they do not directly reference primitive art, Maroney's sculptures employ universal and abstracted visual components-inspired by geography, ecology, ornithology, camping, and fly fishing-to suggest a connection with nature.

An exhibiting artist for more than three decades, Dalton Maroney has shown work across Texas in Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Galveston, among others. Nationally, his work has been featured in such prominent locations as New York, Aspen, Santa Fe, and at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. Among the juried exhibitions he has been invited to exhibit in are the TFAA National Exhibition in Austin; the 25th Annual Delta Exhibition in Little Rock; and the Excellence exhibition in Dallas, curated by the Texas Sculpture Association.

Maroney has given lectures and workshops at universities and institutions around the state, including Southwestern State University, Texas Christian University, East Texas State University, the Arlington Museum of Art, and the San Antonio Art Institute. He has also traveled to Pittsburg State University in Kansas and Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He has served on the boards of the Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington Coalition for the Arts, and Arts Arlington, in addition to acting as interim director of the Center for Research in Contemporary Art at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dalton Maroney received his M.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. from East Texas State University. He currently holds a post as associate professor of art at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he has taught since 1984.

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.

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