March 8 - April 14: Eide/Dalrymple Features Alice Leora Briggs' Juárez Works
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery's latest exhibit, "Alice Leora Briggs: Near Impunity," will be on display from Thursday, March 8, to Saturday, April 14. A gallery reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 9, with the Artist's Talk set to begin at 6 p.m. In addition, Alice Leora Briggs will speak at a special presentation on Juárez at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in the Kresge Recital Hall. All events are free and open to the public.
Stark and haunting, this installation of sgraffito drawings by Alice Leora Briggs lingers in the memory. For the past five years, Briggs has focused on Ciudad Juárez, the Mexican border city that has been at the heart of the drug wars devastating the country. She has visited asylums, rehabilitation centers, the "death house," where citizens are tortured and murdered by the cartels, and the city morgue filled with the unidentified victims. Her work, however, is more than just a documentary of social and societal disintegration. She has also met the everyday citizens who survive and live through the chaos — finding strength and courage in daily existence.
The drawings of Alice Leora Briggs are created through the ancient technique of sgraffito, where the artist cuts white marks into blackened surfaces. Her images quote frequently from Italian Renaissance and Baroque masterworks. She marries these traditional forms into her acute commentaries on the social and political iniquities of the day.
Briggs received a B.F.A. from Utah State University, and a M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Her drawings and installations have been exhibited widely across the United States and Europe and she has held numerous prestigious artist residencies and grants including a 2011 Fulbright scholarship for study in the Slovak Republic. She is currently based in Lubbock, Texas.
This exhibition is generously funded in part through the Augustana Mellon Fund and the Augustana International Theme Year "Hunger and Poverty" Grant.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; Noon to 5 p.m., Saturday. The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located at 30th Street and South Grange Avenue in the Center for Visual Arts.
Top right: Alice Leora Briggs, "Club Campestre Juárez," sgraffito drawing on panel, 2010. 8" x 10".
Middle right: Alice Leora Briggs, "Rope," sgraffito drawing on panel, 2009. 11" x 14".
Bottom right: Alice Leora Briggs, detail from "Abecedario de Juárez," sgraffito drawing with acrylic on panel, 2010. 43" x 79" (28 panels 10" x 8", 4 panels 10" x 16").
Director, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery