The H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery at El Centro College presents:
“Dwayne Carter: Studies for an irrational.City”
March 19 – April 2, 2015
Reception: Thursday March 26th 4-6 pm
Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery
El Centro College
801 Main Street / Dallas TX 75202
Gallery hours: M-W 10-4, TR 10-7, F 10-3
Dallas-based artist Dwayne Carter has been exploring the spaces in between real and virtual for many years, moving between drawing and painting, photography, video, digital imaging, and graphic design in his ongoing narrative project exploring individual and collective madness.
In his newest project, Studies for an irrational.City, we tour the backdrop of Dallas as a post-apocalyptic city, in which various characters undergo a series of dramatic interactions. Working with expressive oil and pencil paintings, based on both manual and digitally collaged studies, we journey through numerous local landmarks that have fallen into disarray.
No clues are given to help us decide whether ebola, past inequities, or simply apathy have left the Dallas Museum of Art, Dealey Plaza, DART stations and Deep Ellum in ruins. Rebirth emerging out of the ruins is hinted at in a visionary depiction of Fair Park as paradise. Primeval nature is celebrated as an ancillary to the city in ruins. Dante’s trilogy is used as a referent in this series of small painted studies based on the particular features of Dallas.
Studies for an irrational.City is the latest development in Carter’s ongoing Madness photo novella serie, and is a precursor to an upcoming group project that he is curating at the Bath House Cultural Center. This exhibition and the newest of these zines will be available this coming summer. He is a long-time faculty member teaching Multimedia at Richland College in Dallas.
For more information, please contact gallery director Randall Garrett at 214-860-2115.
Image: Dwayne Carter “Study for an irrational.City” (detail) (2015) oil and pencil on wood panel