On View September 9 - October 22, 2016
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: Janis Bergman-Carton , Edward Carey, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, Robert Faires, Pete Gershon, Saundra Goldman, Steve Harrigan, Kurt Heinzelman, Kirk Lynn, Mary Mikel Stump and Katie Robinson Edwards
Participating artists: Leon Alesi, Stella Alesi, Brett Brookshire, Jules Buck Jones, Rick Mansfield, Amy Morrow, Jana Swec, Liz Ward, Steve Wiman, Caroline Wright and Sydney Yeager
Participating actors: Jennifer Balkan, Florinda Bryant, Cami Calys, Teresa Elliott, Van Harrison, William Hoover, Jeff Mills, Amy Morrow, Nadine Mozon, Jason Phelps and William Tucker
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Fern Vargas Vargas
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.
Work by Morehshin Allahyari, Sterling Allen, Miguel Aragon, Doug Burns, Marcos Castro, Teresa Cervantes, Collective Task, Corey Drieth , Jonathan Faber, Sally Glass, Julia Haft-Candell, Ronald Hall, Hollis Hammonds, Jonas Hart, Nicole Jean Hill, Bethany Johnson, Christina Kerns, Phil Ladeau, Camilo Leyva, Jonathan Marshall, Francisco Moreno, Lauren Moya Ford,Theo Mullen, Alex Robinson, Anna Winter, William Wylie, Dave Woody, Maria de los Angeles Rodriguez Jimenez,Rachel Stuckey, Maggie Sullivan, Dan Sutherland, Eric Shane Swanson, Sherwin Rivera, Tibayan, Chris Wawrinofsky and Ricky Yanas
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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.
Click here to view the digital pamphlet for Mystic Dumb-Dumb.
God Damn It, Larry, 2016
Idiot 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.