Past Exhibition: May 1, 2020 – May 30, 2020
MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
Omar González: Homebound
Omar González (b. 1986) was born and raised in Kingsville, Texas, where he attended Texas A&M University – Kingsville and received his Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences in 2008 and his Master’s of Business Administration in 2009. Gonzalez later returned to obtain his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 2014 with a concentration in printmaking.
González’s Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidate Omar solo thesis show Homebound showcases highly developed printmaking techniques and installation produced throughout his three-years at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Much of his iconography is autobiographical depictions of rural South Texas, and the contributions expected of González in providing to the homestead.
I’m continuing the exploration of my identity as a person and artist through the lens of my upbringing. To convey this formation, I’m using a combination of large scale works and site-specific installation that dictates how the viewer interacts with the work and influences the perceiver’s art-viewing experience.
González is a sixth-generation Tejano, with strong family ties in Mexico, which allows him to navigate the intergenerational exchanges between family members both inherited and lost. His current body of work focuses on the exploration of identity by questioning the beliefs and expectations passed down through generations. González examines the transmission of multigenerational patterns, rigid gender roles, and the power structure within the framework of the household.