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Artist relinquishes creativity, eclectic work

Painter expresses himself with use of unique crafts, makes designs

By Alexandria Vasquez
On March 3, 2010

  • Delton Demarest, a Denver artist, spray aints a banner for UNC during the “Render Me Stupid” reception Monday at the Mariani Gallery in Guggenheim Hall.

The dynamic works of Denver artist Delton Demarest have breathed new life into the Mariani Gallery in Guggenheim Hall. An opening reception took place last week to welcome Demarest's exhibition titled "Render Me Stupid."

The overall ambiance that is achieved by this collection of art can't be pinned down to just one quality or tone. Each piece, while created to stand all on it's own, seems as if it just happens to harmonize with those surrounding it.

This makes sense because the exhibition's title "derives from the exhaustive, but invaluable time and energy spent by working illustrators to create imaginative realism," according to the artist statement that was handed out upon entrance.
In addition to excelling in the traditional modes of artistic creation, this Denver artist has also produced many creative and innovative pieces, such as a life-sized hole-in-face contraption (the kind one might find at a carnival or state fair). There was also a time-lapse video played in an adjoining room, allowing those in attendance to be a part of the art-making experience and watch as a mural came to life in front of them.

Although the artworks on display showed off the number of art mediums Demarest has been able to master throughout his training, the 28-year-old illustrator does have his favorites to work with.

"My preference is aerosol, as well as oil paintings; although my workload often dictates my media," Demarest said.

His inclination toward  aerosol and oil paints were apparent. There was an entire wall dedicated to small oil paintings decked out with ornate and intricate frames. There were also several large pieces created with aerosol that spanned feet in length.

"He has a great mind; all of his work is extremely creative," said Whitney Hight, a junior art major who said she was encouraged to attend by professors. "It inspires me to make a statement with my art, rather than just something pretty."
Indeed, many of Demarest's artworks are seemingly politically driven. They touch on hot topics, like the issue of health care and the epidemic of homelessness.

"My inspiration comes from my surroundings," Demarest said. "My statements aren't necessarily yelled with a microphone, but they're apparent if you look closely."

Monday also marked the debut of UNC graduate student Nicholas Eubank's artistic work in the field of photomicrography. Eubank had done extensive, explorative study in photography at the microscopic level. Because of the unique style of art Eubank uses,
the artwork will be showcased during the entire month of March in Crabbe Hall.

The eclectic mix of artistry  from Demarest will be on display in Guggenheim Hall until April 2. Students and faculty members are allowed to visit the exhibit at any time during open hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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