On View September 9 - October 22, 2016 - Opening Reception Friday, September 9, 2016:6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM
ArtFiction: Ten Fictional Modernists from Texas - Curated by Rino Pizzi - John M. O'Quinn Gallery. ArtFiction is a collaborative project developed by Rino Pizzi and involves exchanges between writers, visual artists and actors/performers. This project addresses a broad range of cultural perspectives on the relations between art production and critical narratives and the effect of artists’ biographies on the public perception of their work. Ten writers were invited to write about ten fictional Texas artists supposed to be living and working any time between the 1940’s and the early 1980’s.
Ten actual artists responded by creating work that could be attributed to the imagined artists, and ten actors sat for photographic portraits of the fictional personas. Ten actors studied the biographies and impersonated the artists for photo sessions in photographic styles current with their time and consistent with their personas. There are two distinct contexts for ArtFiction. One relates to the historical experience of art—its institutions, its established professional and intellectual cultures, its modes of production and circulation, and the conflicting claims in terms of value, authorship and historical relevance.
The second is specific to the cultural landscape and the communities where the project will be presented. In the broad landscape of Texas modern art history, the narratives of the various fictional artists will create a symbolic counterpart to for the actual historical experience, which to date is still far from being fully researched and assessed.
Participating writers: Robert Faires, Steve Harrigan, Kirk Lynn, Janis Bergman-Carton, Kurt Heinzelman, Katie Robinson Edwards, Pete Gershon, Saundra Goldman, Mary Mikel Stump, Edward Carey and Annette DiMeo Carlozzi
Participating artists: Sydney Yeager, Jules Buck Jones, Steve Wiman, Liz Ward, Caroline Wright, Stella Alesi, and Rick Mansfield, Brett Brookshire, Leon Alesi and Amy MorrowParticipating actors: Nadine Mozon, Jeff Mills, Jason Phelps, Florinda Bryant, Cami Calys, Teresa Elliott, William Tucker, Jennifer Balkan, Van Harrison, William Hoover and Amy Morrow
Traded - Curated by James Scheuren - Cecily E. Horton Gallery Traded is a group exhibition consisting of artists who have traded works with one another. James Scheuren reached out to a number of artists, who he knows personally and whose work he respects, asking them to propose one artist with whom they have traded works to join the artist roster. In this way, an extended network of artists began to form, and the concrete evidence of these connections exists in the artworks themselves.
For the exhibition, each artist pair presents two works that they have traded with one another. The exhibition presents an artistic sensibility from the perspective of the artist, as opposed to the collector/curator, and also evidences a form of artistic exchange that circumvents the traditional art market. This reflects an interstice, in the sense of a space outside an economic system, which artists have created through trades that preclude the sales of the traded works. The trade elides the commodification of the art object or the art object as financial investment. Moreover, the show bespeaks the importance of artists’ communities, formed through personal and professional relationships, some of which go back many years.
These works on display thus indicate a fuller life around the periphery of the so-called “artworld”—one in which artists support and encourage one another’s work. The exhibition engages the public’s perception of how most artists actually live and highlights how much artwork produced is not sold and often is not originally produced with the impetus to be sold.
Mystic Dumb-Dumb • Joe Wooten Grace R. Cavnar Gallery. Joe Wooten presents a new series of collages in the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery. Wooten’s work exists in the arena of the whimsical and bizarre. His work incorporates repetitively dyed and cut paper and imagery that embraces the ephemeral area of the mind. Skeletons, living creatures, bouquets, masks, and cigarettes, Portrayed in a carootnish style and with an acidic palette, become confrontational and odd.
Idiot Machines/Infinity Loops - Trey Duvall. Project SpaceIdiot Machines/Infinity Loops is a series of work emphasizing humor, futility and failure. Closed loop systems and tools that don’t achieve a purposeful outcome echo the ridiculous humor of quotidian life. Freed from the exhaustion of being useful, these machines and systems playfully exemplify an underlying futility and pointlessness. The works created for the Project Space balance between rational and irrational logics. Drills, pulleys, cranks, toys and tools are manipulated, reprogrammed and repurposed in order to accomplish nothing, and then comically repeat to accomplish nothing, endlessly.