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Gabriel Viñas shines at Re:View Contemporary

Gabriel Viñas and Brittany Nassar collaborated on the Apes series.
Gabriel Viñas and Brittany Nassar collaborated on the Apes series.
Alonso del Arte

There are no photographs of homo heidelbergensis, estimated to have lived in Europe 200,000 years ago. But Brittany Nassar's photos of the oil-based clay sculptures by Gabriel Viñas may be the next best thing. Both the sculptures and the photos were shown at Re:View Contemporary last night. “I thought they were real,” gallery director Simone DeSousa said, recalling when she first saw the portfolio CD-ROM as she was choosing seniors at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) for the one-night show.

Viñas has impressed a lot of people, including classmates like Austin Brady. “The work is very solid,” Brady said. The pieces “tackle really interesting issues.” Brady has known Viñas since before he started the Apes series. (Both Brady and Viñas exhibited at Whitdel Arts earlier this year, in the homage to Prof. Gilda Snowden, someone who has taught them a lot).

The show also included artwork by Julie George, Austin Kinstler and James Mussat. The show was a collaboration between Re:View and CCS. After reviewing portfolios, DeSousa visited studios to narrow her selections down to the final five. As these seniors are working to complete their degrees at CCS, most of their upcoming exhibitions will be at CCS.

For more information on the evolution of homo heidelbergensis, see the PBS Nova Evolution page.