Useless Vanities

Christian deLeon

March 29 – May 4, 2014

Reception for the artist
Gallery Night, Saturday, March 29
2:00 until 9:00

All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.

In local artist Christian deLeon’s first solo show, this collection of work explores the relationship between the compulsion to create and the transitory nature of tangible possessions. Including both mixed-media prints and functional ceramic forms, Useless Vanities plays with the questions of why we create, why we experiment, and why we explore. We are a world of architects of cities, engineers of technology, and discoverers of scientific breakthroughs. We are artists in images, words, sounds, and movements. We are aesthetes and amateurs that photograph our at-home creations in food and craft and style for the world to see.

We are travelers and philosophers. We plant worlds in the ground to survive and evolve for hundreds and thousands of years to come. Our most important creations, our ideas, will outlive us. We fail. We are forgotten. All melts into memory, combining and recombining. Hybrids upon hybrids, iteration after iteration, our creations evolve past our control. And yet, we all continue to create.

Useless Vanities combines individual elements of photography and digital drawings. Representations of invention, exploration, objects made to last, and objects destined to fail, inspire deLeon’s imagery. 2D designs evolve into 3D ceramic vessels, mimicking the building blocks of these inventions.

deLeon received his BFA from the University of North Texas in Denton and his MFA from the University of Notre Dame in Southbend, Indiana. deLeon is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Tarrant County College, Northwest, where he also leads the creative work of the Mac Lab and oversees the Permanent Collection of Art on campus. His work has been shown in both juried and solo exhibitions, regionally and nationally, and his video work has been presented at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). He also has a permanent collection of ceramic work in the Undergraduate Office at the University of Notre Dame.

Exhibition Photos