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Art @ the Y


Art @ the Y presents

The Capture of Choice, Change & Coincidence
Assemblage & Photography by Durango Mendoza

At the Y's Murphy Gallery from January 22nd through February 2015
Murphy Gallery Hours: Mondays-Thursdays from 9am to 9pm
Fridays from 9am to 5pm

View images from Mr. Mendoza's exhibition opening on


Humans and what they make, and what nature makes, coexist in the world, giving rise to the term “juxtapose” to describe these close and contrasting relationships. Because these relationships easily become unmade the result is often detritus. The age old questions arise: can relations be reconfigured, is there life after death, can life be extended? To each the answer is yes, although the results may be temporary and ambiguous as well. These leavings, fragmented and scattered, may, through a slow dance process of choice and change, be captured and formed into new entities that owe their uniqueness to their new mix.These new relationships reveal and highlight the memories of each entity because their new configurations raise questions about the what and why of their original states.

Photography, as a way of seeing. makes use of light and color, mitigated by weather, choice and coincidence. A photograph captures what one has seen and felt. A sense of community is created when the evidence of our connectedness among shared surroundings is revealed. My work examines how humanity and what it makes can interact or collide with nature. Some juxtapositions confirm or jostle perceptions and expectations.

The Goal of My Work
When chance leads to choice it can evolve into purpose and change, giving new life to that which is valued. Much is possible when change is embraced.

About the artist: Durango Mendoza is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. He has a BA in English Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and earned an M.Ed in Interdisciplinary Art Education from Columbia College, Chicago. He has participated in several group and individual exhibits in Illinois and Oklahoma. His works are in a variety of collections. Mr. Mendoza lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Art at the Y is delighted to showcase the work of Mr. Durango Mendoza at the Y’s Murphy Gallery from January 22 through February 2015. Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA. All Art at the Y events are free and open to the public. 


All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public. Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign.

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