Nine Artists who collaborate to explore the freedom of extemporaneous art making: Patti Akkesson, Lynn Bassler, Merrilyn Duzy, Myra Gantman, Dona Geib, Midge Lynn, Barbara Nathanson, Anita Segalman, Norma Jean Squires
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 14, 5-8 pm
422 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75212
A conversation with some of the Group Nine members will be held at 7 pm during the opening reception
DALLAS, Texas (December 12, 2016)–Haley-Henman Gallery proudly announces the exhibition of collaborative works by Group Nine, a group of nine artists who have been working in monthly studio sessions of interdependent creativity. The opening reception on Saturday, January 12, from 5-8 pm will feature an artist conversation at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Their collaboration formed out of informal networking sessions among friends in 1995. They mounted their first exhibition, Group Nine: Power in Collaboration, at the California State University, Northridge, in 1998, and since then, have consistently exhibited their works. Haley-Henman welcomes the opportunity to begin 2017 with an exhibition that spans the years of collaborative work from 1998 to 2007.
Karen Schifman, writing in January 2014 (Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art eNews) says, “Collaboration and community have played a significant role in feminist art practices since its beginnings. An outstanding example is Group Nine…women artists who literally painted together for more than 20 years…Their postmodern model of art challenges notions of authorship as well as the idea of a single artist working in a private workspace.”
Although each artist continues their individual practice of art which is distinctive, with no commonality to each others’ work, when they come together to collaborate, they do so by abandoning the ego of ownership and control, and begin the egalitarian process of negotiation and consensus as the work starts and evolves. The social experience of creating together gave then a liberated feeling to go beyond their individual parameters of expression.
Image: Group Nine: Nine Figures in Shifting Positions
mixed media on paper, 9 panels 72 x 36 inches each
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Haley-Henman Gallery at Gallery 422 is located at 422 Singleton Boulevard in the Trinity Groves neighborhood in Dallas. Free parking is at Singleton and Beeville. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, noon to 5 pm and by appointment. Call or text 214-532-3225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and visit the website for weekly updates at www.haleyhenman.com