Haikus & Horizons

September 7th, 2023 - December 20th, 2023

Husband and wife artists Dewane Hughes and Alexis Serio bring an eccentric exhibition to LMFA. Although they are both Professors of Art at the University of Texas at Tyler and share an impressive list of gallery exhibitions across the globe, such as notably the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University and as far as the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Japan, that is where their likenesses ends.

Haikus & Horizons is an exhibition of combining forces and contrasting elements, a Ying and Ying of art pairing. This juxtaposition of Serio’s serene landscapes and Hughes’ welded sculptures creates unique dialogs between the works of art and thus a deeper connection of communication with the viewer.

Abstract landscape artist, Alexis Serio describes her work as, “Reflections of my past, the events that I have drawn out as precious time and the stories of beauty I wish to share with the viewer.” Many of Serio’s expressive and relatable landscapes are in private collections throughout the U.S. and can be spotted hanging in the Houston Airport and Hospitals on the East Coast.

Through the execution of illusion, abstraction and movement of light and color, Serio’s colorful works cultivate a personal experience of remembrance for the viewer. One that has a natural illusiveness of both time and perception.

“My work has always dealt with language,” explained artist Dewane Hughes, on his sculptures.

“It is my contention that all “art” happens in the space between the object and the viewer, and it is from this perspective that I create sculpture to be a manifestation of the space between language and understanding.”

If unspoken words could be measured in weight or by the volume of matter, then Hughes has a lot to say to the viewer. Hughes sculptures are typically large scale and made of steel and other heavy materials. Many of which are permanent fixtures in outdoor sculpture gardens and on private estates. Hughes welds and manipulates various elements in his sculptures creating a linguistic ‘touch to the heart’ similar to authors Ferlinghetti, Huncke and Gibsberg style of writing.