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Carnegie opens third pop-up exhibit
Sculptures from Dean DeCocker focus of event
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Sculptures created by local artist Dean DeCocker will be featured in the Carnegie Art Centers third pop-up exhibit, which opens Aug. 12. - photo by Photo Contributed

The latest pop-up exhibit from the Carnegie Arts Center celebrating the centennial celebration of the original Carnegie building features work by sculptor and printmaker Dean DeCocker.

The exhibit, Time and Tides, will open in the Carnegie’s historic library space on Aug. 12 and continue through Aug. 21. A reception for DeCocker is planned for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 11 as part of the Art Around Town art walk event that includes six participating businesses in downtown Turlock. Admission to this exhibition is free.

 “Dean’s work, much of it crafted in brightly painted metal and Plexiglas, has the aesthetic of airplane wings, propellers, machinery and architecture,” said Carnegie Arts Center Director Lisa McDermott. “He uses sleek, industrial materials and mounts the works to hover off the walls and pedestals; the lighting and shadows then help create a sense of flight and motion. 

“We are very excited about how this pop-up show connects to our Centennial. Dean was the last artist to exhibit in the Carnegie Arts Center before the fire in 2005,” McDermott continued. “We are excited to invite him back to explore how his work can animate this historic building once again.” 

DeCocker is a professor of Art at CSU Stanislaus and the Director of the University Art Gallery and the Art Space on Main in downtown Turlock.  He received his bachelor of arts degree from Cal Poly, Pomona, and his master of fine arts degree from the Claremont Graduate University. He previously taught art at Claremont Graduate University and at CSU San Bernardino before joining the faculty at CSU Stanislaus in 2003. His work has been shown in 50 solo exhibitions and more than 150 group exhibitions since 1989. His work is included in museum and corporate collections throughout California. 

The pop-up exhibits have focused on the works of four local artists and how they highlight the library’s history and aspects of its period architecture. The exhibits are only up for 10 days each and all of them are in the renovated historic library space. DeCocker is the third pop-up exhibit. The fourth and final exhibit will be from Rob Stevenson and will open Nov. 11.

“Ten days isn’t much time, but we hope that the community will come and enjoy each exhibition in turn; these artists are bringing new perspectives to the space we all love so much,” McDermott said.

The Carnegie Arts Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with extended hours till 8 p.m. on Fridays. It is located at 250 N. Broadway.