Fine Art Gallery

Dale Latta: Transient Icons

September 19 - October 12, 2004.

Opening Reception:
Sunday, September 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Dale Latta PaintingAztec artist Dale Latta will display his paintings in “Transient Icons,” the Artists Invitational show at San Juan College September 19 through October 12 in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery. The exhibit is sponsored by the College’s Fine Arts Committee and will showcase Latta’s post-modern representational paintings. A reception to meet the artist will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 19.

Some images Latta chooses portray anonymous subjects involved in unknown pursuits, conducting the business of their lives against the onslaught of modern culture.   His animal paintings represent a constant in the perpetual flux of reality. Latta says, “I derive meaning from the chaos and alienation of contemporary existence by distilling this experience into iconic imagery.”

Dale Latta Painting - MidwayLatta derives his post-modern representational paintings from photographic imagery. He digitally alters a photograph, resulting in a certain degree of abstraction, then transfers the image to a support, using a grid to maintain proportion and accuracy. He applies color with a thin layer of acrylic, covered with thick, loosely brushed oil in saturated hues. Viewed from a distance, the result appears photographic. A closer standpoint reveals an image breaking up into brushstrokes and color, which gives equal weight to all elements in the composition – a paradox that yields an interesting tension.

Dale LattaDale Latta was born and raised in a small farm town in central Kansas. Encouraged by his talented mother, he began drawing at an early age. Latta studied art in college, then took a hiatus to work at entry-level jobs in construction, farming, sign-painting, and radiator repair. Latta returned to school, earned a degree in special education, and entered the world of teaching in 1983. Seven years later, he acquired a certificate in art education and moved to the Four Corners area of New Mexico to teach with his wife, Deborah.

Latta began producing art and entering and exhibiting in local Dale Lattashows. He started with large graphite drawings, moved to ceramic sculpture, and in 1998, began to paint. He is a founding member of the High Desert Art Association, an artists’ coop that shows in the A. Teasyatwho Gallery in Aztec, New Mexico. In addition, Latta has also shown paintings in the Martin Roll Gallery in Durango, Colorado.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday. For information call (505) 566-3464. Admission is free to the reception and exhibit.




Fine Art Gallery: located in the Henderson Fine Arts Building, across from the box office.Student Gallery: located at the top of the stairs in the new West Classroom Complex.