500x Gallery receptions on May 12: Ashley Whitt, Molly Dierks, Justin Strickland, and more…

The following exhibitions will be opening next Saturday May 12th, with a reception from 7 to 10pm

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Mind Loop
by Ashley Whitt
Upstairs / Main Gallery

Mind Loop, a solo exhibition by Ashley Whitt, explores the inability to escape certain memories or thoughts in one’s mind. The artist aims to interpret and make sense out of the absurd through staged tableaux photographs that are displayed as large wall vinyl, GIFs, and sculptural handmade books.

Digital Romance
by Molly Valentine Dierks
Upstairs / Main Gallery

500x presents new work by member Molly Valentine Dierks.

Help I’m Alive
by Justin Strickland
Downstairs / Front Gallery

500x Gallery Member Justin Stickland will be showing a new series of paintings entitled Help I’m Alive, which will be on display in the Front Gallery.

by Audrey Travis
Downstairs / Project Space

GLYPHS is an exhbition of photography, drawings, and sculpture from recent TCU MFA graduate Audrey Travis. This collection of works, displayed in the downstairs project space of 500X, addresses landscape, materiality and mark making.

Extended Play
by Ry Mccullough and Steven Foutch
Downstairs / Member’s Project Space

Extended Play is a collaborative exhibition by Ry Mccullough and Steven Foutch. The show explores a forced intersection of working methods derived from a series of informal conversations related to printmaking, art, and music. The show explores orthodoxy and experimentation within the historical language of printmaking.

Hallowed Ground 
by Allison Jarek
Upstairs / Project Space

This series explores themes related to transcendentalist philosophy and literature, specifically the innate spirituality and purity within nature. In the essay, Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson emphasized the importance of man’s relationship to the land. He stated that there is a common spirit that resides in and connects all living things, which he called the “Over-Soul.” The examination of this connection would lead to the essential truths of one’s existence.

These images were photographed with 4×5 black and white film and painted digitally to illustrate the “Over-Soul” that connects man to the land. This process is also used to emphasize the romantic and idealistic qualities of the landscape to encourage the appreciation and respect of the audience. The resulting images depict surreal, dream-like environments that reflect these themes and question the audience’s perception of reality. Though this work reflects my personal beliefs regarding the importance and the sacred nature of the land, the ultimate purpose of these idealistic depictions is to encourage appreciation and respect for the earth and to provoke the audience to reflect on their own personal relationship with nature.

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