Department of Art & Art History

EXEGESIS by Michael Menchaca

EXEGESIS by Michael Menchaca

The Department of Art & Art History in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is pleased to present EXEGESIS by Michael Menchaca. The exhibition opens in Biggin Gallery on October 5 and runs through November 3, 2017. The artist will present a lecture on his work on Thursday, October 5 at 5 p.m. in Biggin 005; a public reception in the gallery will follow. This event is free and open to the public, and Biggin Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Michael Menchaca’s work combines a video game aesthetic with imagery drawn from historical and cultural touchstones of Mesoamerica, to create a new image-based vocabulary.  Menchaca’s visual narratives are executed in prints and video installations, and bridge ancient symbols with contemporary materials while infusing them with current socio-political situations appropriated from newspaper headlines. A native to San Antonio, TX, Menchaca earned his BFA in Printmaking from Texas State University, and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design; he is also an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including the traveling exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, as well as solo exhibitions at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery (Provincetown, MA), and the Art League Houston (Houston, TX). His work is in the collections of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL), and Artspace (NYC), among others, and his residencies include the Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY) and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT).


Image: Xenalasy and Dissention (installation view, 2017), courtesy of the artist.

Last Updated: October 04, 2017