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Dishman welcomes Gehring's 'Brilliant Corners'

Art by GehringBright pinks, vivid yellows, soft hues of lavender, springtime greens and many more shades seem to leap from the bold abstract art of New York painter Matthew Neil Gehring. Lamar University’s Dishman Art Museum will host an exhibition of Gehring’s recent work, “Brilliant Corners,” from April 2 to May 2.

Gehring will also visit the Lamar campus for an artist’s talk on April 5 as part of the opening reception festivities for the show. Gehring’s talk will begin at 6 p.m. in the Dishman. Light refreshments will be served at the reception that follows. Admission to the talk, reception and the exhibition is free.

“This is Matthew’s first solo museum exhibition, and the Dishman Art Museum is thrilled to partner with him in this endeavor,” said Megan Young, director of the Dishman and assistant professor of art. “We are also thrilled that the artist will be giving a talk about his work, which will be a fascinating opportunity for students and the community to get a glimpse of his creative process.”

Art by GehringTaking inspiration from a combination of the high-modernism movement in the visual arts and the dissonant harmonies of jazz musician Thelonious Monk, Gehring’s paintingscombine minimalist austerity with expressionist color and technique. Gehring took the title for the show, “Brilliant Corners,” from an album by Monk.

Gehring is director of the Flecker Gallery and head of the art department at State University of New York - Suffolk. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware and currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he maintains an active studio practice and exhibition schedule. His work has been featured in Art Journal and Art Review and was reviewed in ArtWeek. 

“We’re so excited to bring this show to Lamar and to introduce Gehring’s art to this area," said Young. "I really think the Southeast Texas community will enjoy Gehring's harmonious works. Although they are abstract, they have immense universal resonance. His works are a lovely combination of planar investigation and the relationships between music, literature, mathematics and art.”

Art by GehringThe Dishman Art Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is located at 1030 E. Lavaca, Beaumont, Texas. Free museum-dedicated parking is available in front of the Dishman during museum hours. Call (409) 880-8959 for more information or visit lamar.edu/dishman.