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Kelli Vance – ‘Sappers and Miners’ opens Saturday 5/13 at CWFA!



Sappers and Miners


Kelli Vance, Sappers and Miners, 2017, oil on canvas, 78 x 90 inches


May 13th – June 17th


Saturday, May 13th

from 5 – 8pm

Kelli Vance
We Provide Our Best Offering to the Universe
2017, oil on canvas, 60 x 36 inches

Cris Worley Fine Arts is proud to present Sappers and Miners, our second solo exhibition with Kelli Vance, opening with an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 13th from 5 – 8 pm.
Sappers and Miners will include a series of large-scale paintings produced in oil on canvas. The exhibition will be on view through June 17, 2017.
Kelli Vance is known for her photorealistic paintings, which explore psychologically thrilling themes from voyeurism to assumed identity. Her work is primarily driven by complex narratives surrounding socially constructed notions of femininity that romanticize alternative forms of beauty.
Working from staged photographs, Vance enhances tension in the subjects of her chosen models through her painterly play with light and textures including hair, rope, cake icing, and wet skin. She muffles provocative shouts existing within her compositions by depicting only portions of their narratives, keeping actions hinted by the titles relegated outside the frame.
In the recent work of Sappers and Miners, Vance suspends her depictions of female figures in tantalizing situations, in favor of subdued rituals. An arsenal of occult magic follows her figures in We Provide Our Best Offering to the Universe (2016) and Sun Eaters (2016) as they attempt to locate their locus of control in preparation for psychological battle. This sublime search for power is echoed by a palette of black and white, erasing any evidence of opulence from Vance’s earlier cinematic scenes. These new works summon viewers to seek serenity when reality becomes chaotic.
Kelli Vance was born in Garland, Texas receiving her BFA from the University of North Texas in 2005 and her MFA from the University of Houston in 2008. She was included in the 2009 Texas Biennale, in 2014 she was a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize, and in 2017 she received a Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant. Vance’s work has been shown widely across Texas as well as in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Mexico.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1845 Levee Street # 110, Dallas, TX 75207
Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

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Murielle White – Mutation opens Jan. 7 at Cris Worley


Murielle White – Mutation
January 7 – February 11, 2017
Opening Reception:  
Saturday, January 7th from 5pm – 8pm
Cris Worley Fine Arts 1845 Levee St. #110 Dallas, TX 75207 214-745-1415 crisworley.com
Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to announce our second solo exhibition with Murielle White, entitled, Mutation. press release: pr-white-mutation

An opening reception for the artist will be held at the gallery, Saturday, January 7, from 5-8pm. The show will
run through Saturday, February 11.

In the spring of 2014, Murielle White was chosen out of 300 applicants to create a mural for the new Student
Union on the University of North Texas campus. Since White was born to a culturally diverse family, it was
important to her that the mural reflects the cultural diversity on campus, a theme already focal to her art
practice. Titled, Ocean of Possibilities, the 4 x 92-foot curved painting was installed on site in January of 2016.

Since that time, Murielle White has worked tirelessly on a body of work that had to wait while she completed the University’s commission. Along with her prevailing obsession with cultural identity, and inspired by recent
personal events, the artist began down a new path of self-discovery. This culminated in the seven new mixed
media paintings found in Mutation. In this body of work, White incorporates themes from her past, popular
iconography and language from the four countries of her grandparents, along with lone figures in silhouette,
that allude to a kind of personal transformation. Of note is the focus on line, lines demarking borders, lines
revealing cracks that at once, form innocuously, and grow into eventual great divides.

White graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Florida with a B.F.A. in Studio Art in 2006 and went on to receive her M.F.A. from the University of North Texas in 2010. She has studied abroad the traditional painting techniques of India and China. White has had solo exhibitions in Dallas, Houston and New Orleans and is in private and corporate collections.

Murielle White
Top of the World, 2016
oil & mixed media on canvas
48 x 60 inches
Murielle White
Beyond Montmartre, 2016
oil & mixed media on canvas
43 x 62 inches

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CADD’s Holiday Happy Hour Dec. 15


Held at a CADD member gallery each month
Join us on Thursday December 15th, from 5:30-7:30 pm for
1845 Levee Street @ Turtle Creek Boulevard
Suites #100 and #110
Dallas Texas 75207 US
Familiarize yourself with the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas! Learn about CADD’s mission, scholarships, annual events, and other educational programs.  Learn about each gallery’s program, meet the gallery owners and staff, meet the gallery artists, and other like-minded, art lovers in the DFW area.

CADD’s 3rd Thursdays are FREE and proudly sponsored by
Brooklyn Brewery and Arts+Culture Texas
Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas | www.caddallas.net

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Anna Elise Johnson: INNER WORKINGS opens Nov. 19 at CWFA



Saturday, November 19th from 5pm – 8pm
Cris Worley Fine Arts 1845 Levee St. #110 Dallas, TX 75207 214-745-1415 Cris Worley, cris@crisworley.com
Cris Worley Fine Arts is proud to announce our first solo exhibition with, Anna Elise Johnson, entitled Inner
Workings. An opening reception for the artist will be held at the gallery, Saturday, November 19th, from 5-8pm.
The show will run through Saturday, December 31st.
Anna Elise Johnson’s three-dimensional collages utilize photographs of political, economic, and diplomatic
meetings to create small-scale, mise-en-scéne containing ambiguous, but striking narratives with characters
frozen in time. Delicate mists of spray paint, photography and India ink, suspended in a box of clear acrylic,
capture a chaotic stillness between figures that are defined by the void that their absence creates. It is unclear if these moments represent the past, present, or act as directive to the future political accounts. Both personal and broader social implications appear in Johnson ‘s work; here she examines the impact of our world leaders’ decisions and how one navigates this ambiguous and complex terrain.
Anna Elise Johnson currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She was a prestigious Core Fellow at the
Glassell School of Art in Houston, TX from 2012 to 2014. Johnson received an MFA at The University of Chicago and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She was granted an artist-in-residence at the Tottenham Hale International Studios in London, England, and was an artist’s assistant to Julie Mehretu. Johnson has been featured in over twenty group exhibitions throughout the nation, as well as internationally, in India, at the University of Chicago’s Delhi Center, in Slovenia, and multiple times in Germany, her birth country. She has also had solo exhibitions in Chicago, IL, Berlin, Germany, and at the Blaffer Museum in Houston, TX.
Anna Elise Johnson
Inner Workings, 2016
23 x 36 x 2 inches
acrylic, resin, archival digital prints, graphite, enamel paint
Anna Elise Johnson
Tête-à-tête, 2015
15 x 12 x 5 inches, diptych
acrylic, resin, archival digital print, spray paint

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PAUL MANES – ‘HAREM’ opens Oct. 15 at Cris Worley


Paul Manes, Tathātā, 2016, oil on canvas, 78 x 84 inches




October 15th – November 12th
 Saturday, October 15th from 5 – 8pm
Cris Worley Fine Arts is proud to announce its third solo exhibition with American artist, Paul Manes, entitled Harem. An opening reception for the artist will be held at the gallery,Saturday, October 15th, from 5-8pm. The show will run through Saturday, November 12th.
Paul Manes, Harem, 2016, oil on canvas, 78 x 104 inches
In recent years Manes’ practice has focused on vast representational subject matter: stacked and tumbling bowls, foreshortened piles of fresh cut logs, reflective pools of raindrops, fighter planes, and rugged swamps. In Harem, we see the development of an idea that was in its seedling stages in his previous exhibition at CWFA. A single painting, 78 x 104 inches, entitled, Hieder’s Balance, now in a private collection in Dallas, would be the springboard for a new endeavor into the elusive, floating web, featured entirely in this latest body of works. Manes explains, “Some of my recent paintings involve a screen or net, which implies a separation between two things. That is the lie. What reveals and what is revealed are the same thing. Without the revealer there would be no revealed.” In fact, this Buddhist philosophy, of the inevitable interconnectedness of all, is a theme well known to the artist and has persisted in various manifestations throughout his oeuvre.
Harem also comes on the heels of a monumental international exhibition in Brussels, Belgium, in September 2016, curated by art historian and filmmaker, Barbara Rose, in conjunction with the City of Brussels, and Roberto Polo Gallery. Paul Manes is one of eight American and eight Belgian artists featured together. Rose firmly establishes that the artists in the Painting After Postmodernism exhibition are making an important contribution to the continuum of the history of painting, asserting that,  “…painting as an autonomous discipline can still make fresh, convincing statements as a living, evolving, significant art form that communicates humanistic values in an increasingly inhuman, technology driven globally networked world.”
Manes has had an extensive career. He studied fine art at both Lamar University in Beaumont, TX and at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Hunter College, New York. Domestically, he has shown cross-country, in museums and galleries alike, including in Los Angeles, New York, Palm Beach, Atlanta, New Orleans, Beaumont, Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Internationally, Manes has exhibited in Milan, Monte Carlo, Rome, Paris, Bologna, Munich, and most recently in Brussels, Belgium, in the epic, Painting After Postmodernism exhibition, curated by Barbara Rose. Manes’ work is frequently collected in both the public and private sectors, and can be found in the collections of: the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas; Yoko Ono and Emeril Lagasse. His monumental work, The Entry of Christ into New York II, was most recently acquired for the lobby of the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), in Brussels, Belgium.
Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1845 Levee Street # 110, Dallas, TX 75207
Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

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