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Art in a big way

Attila Ray Dabasi, a sculptor whose large-scale ceramic works are in corporate and private collections around the country, will give a slide presentation about his art work at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Red Wing Arts Association's Depot Gallery.

Dabasi, who lives in St. Paul and has a studio in Minneapolis, is in residence this month at the Anderson Center at Tower View.

Educated at the University of Montana and the University of Minnesota, Dabasi frequently uses large totemic or geometric forms "in an effort to strive for balance between human imperfection and structural soundness," he wrote in an artist statement.

"A major conceptual component of my work over the past several years is the overt awareness of mortality and time," he said. "Many of my forms are meant to allude to sacred structures and sites, with references to the unknown transformation of life to death."

He strives to show beauty in the cyclical nature of life, he said, as well as the process leading to death.

Dabasi prefers working in large scale because he feels it enables a relationship with the viewer "that is more akin to another human presence."

While in Red Wing, he is exploring ways to expand his works to include more than one component.

Dabasi has received numerous awards and honors, including Best of Show at the Minnesota State Fair.

His work has been exhibited at regional and national galleries, art centers and universities, from the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis to Project Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

Dabasi's presentation, co-sponsored by the Anderson Center and the arts organization, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the gallery at 651-388-7569 or the center at 651-388-2009.