Jessica Simorte and Max Manning Exhibition at Central
From Donna Pinnick
Jessica Simorte and Max Manning both hold Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and both have been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. They are now based in Northwest Houston, and Simorte is on faculty at Sam Houston State University.
While the work of both is largely abstract in appearance, the artists are very much rooted in specific time, art practices, and places. Simorte reflects on the deep relationships between people and places, with her work evoking fragments of rooms, windows, or remembered patterns of past places.
Manning seeks to be “retro-contemporary but not retrograde,” interrogating the “timeline of art history with one foot on the past and the other on the present.” His work is particularly influenced by Cubism, with its interest in forcing the viewer to see the painting both as object and as subject matter.