OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma---JRB Art at The Elms presents a holiday group exhibition with work by 25 Oklahoma artists alongside a solo show and installation by Denise Duong. The exhibitions open with a reception from 6:00 to 10:00 pm on Friday, December 4th, 2015, during the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk and continue through Sunday, December 27th.
Denise Duong’s exhibition will occupy the entire Ship Gallery and include the artist’s whimsical black and white drawings, several large scale paintings, and, for the very first time, an in situ artwork on the gallery walls. The exhibition’s title, “Flux,” highlights continuous change: artistic growth, her travels this year in Uganda and elsewhere, the move of her practice between mediums of paint and drawing, ceramic and in situ. In this last month of 2015, her exhibit is a fitting metaphor for the changes we, our country, and the world have faced over the past year – and a reminder that nothing but change is yet to come. As Heraclitus of Ephesos said, “change is the only constant.” Denise’s imagery shows the inevitability of change at an adaptable, inviting, and human scale, as we journey with her characters through their poignantly cartoon-like escapades. In some we see her dog, a charming white bull terrier, anthropomorphized as only a dog lover could do – at once comic and gentlemanly. In other works, the depiction of social relationships belies Duong’s deep grasp of the human psyche – the daily interactions of two people in love, out of love, on a bike ride, doing business or caught in a windstorm. Like Shel Silverstein and Edward Gorey, Denise is able to provide human comfort in charming caricature.