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April 10 thru May 17, 2003

Michael Ray Charles

"The Property of . . ."


D Berman Gallery is pleased to present the first gallery exhibition in Austin by internationally recognized Austin artist Michael Ray Charles.Charles will create an installation entitled "The Property of ..."which will explore our culture ¡¯s relationship with sports and entertainment, and how people involved in those fields are affected by commodification and the lure of access.
Utilizing symbols from the game of basketball,Charles will construct an environment suggestive of a basketball arena,a jazz lounge,and a vaudeville tent.

"In the areas of entertainment and sports,Charles has found a seemingly limitless source of material.(His works recall)the prevalent image of entertainers who perform for money and must fulfill their audience ¡¯ expectations in order to survive and earn a living...The persistence of stereotypes for all people,whether based on nationality,skin color,economic standing,gender, or numerous other descriptions,continues to be difficult to eliminate.Charles ¡¯s (works)reflect the
idea of the persistence of memory and the unfortunate presence of stereotypes that are seemingly inescapable."

-Cheryl Brutvan,Senior Curator,Albright-Knox Art Gallery (catalog essay)

"Michael Ray Charles is a painter whose carefully crafted and faux-aged canvases and works on paper draw attention to race relations historically and in contemporary society.His concerns range from how tobacco and liquor companies target marketing to minorities to the depiction of African Americans in the entertainment and sports industries to concepts of all-American (i.e.,white)

-Don Bacigalupi in Michael Ray Charles,1989-1997:An American Artist's Work

Charles was born in Lafayette,Louisiana.He graduated from McNeese State University where he majored in advertising and played basketball.He received an MFA from the University of Houston, and has exhibited widely in museums and galleries.Recent exhibitions have been in Baltimore, Brussels,Barcelona,Paris,New York,Dusseldorf,Atlanta,and Cincinnati.Charles is an associate professor of art at the University of Texas at Austin.

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