Gallerist Gus Kopriva has long been an admirer of local artist Fernando Casas, who presents “Duality” at Redbud Gallery, one of three concurrent exhibits of Casas’s work in the city. A philosophy professor at Rice University as well as a well-known painter, Casas often explores binocular vision, the way in which humans see the world. Because of the physical placement of human eyes, each gets a unique view; those two views are then merged in the mind to create a third, composite view.
“One eye sees one thing, the other eye sees another, and when you put the two together it’s something else,” Kopriva explains. “I compare [his paintings] to old village scenes where you see people having a gluttonous dinner in one part of the picture, see people under the table with their bellies bloated, then there’s somebody urinating on the side somewhere. Off in the distance, there’s something else going on. It’s all happening at once.
In one image for [this exhibit, Casa] replaces his head...in a mirror with a circle…and a multitude of objects…are coming out of his head, everything from a dog to a combination lock to a hand grenade to a wine stopper to a playing card. It’s all this stuff that’s in our heads, in our minds.”
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Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays. 303 East 11th. For information, call 713-862-2532 or visit redbudgallery.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 1. Continues through Feb. 23, 2014