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Sacred: New Works By Justin Clumpner – Reception June 16 at Kettle Art

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Kettle Art Presents: “Sacred: New Works By Justin Clumpner” 

Opening Reception: Friday, June 16, 5-8pm

Kettle Art proudly presents “Sacred: New Works By Justin Clumpner” featuring current illustrations and paintings by the artist, as well as an exclusive, immersive installation, in the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Clumpner’s work continues to explore the implications of America as a “Christian nation.” Working primarily in paint and collage, he depicts symbolic narratives built around portraiture. Using newspaper and advertisements as source material, Clumpner looks to our contemporary existence to find the maddening, the ironic, and the absurd. He uses this imagery to create secular icons of morality inspired by the stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts that were ever-present in his upbringing. Using these same symbolic elements mixed with contemporary imagery, he creates something both new and familiar.

As Clumpner explains:

We have declared ourselves a Christian nation, but problematically the generosity, sacrifice, and love of our Christian saints do not align with the needs of contemporary America. We will need new saints. Saints of greed and division. Saints that tear apart man and nature, looking for every lucrative resource, and then building walls to protect that wealth. With that in mind, I have created this monument.

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Opening Reception: Friday, June 16th, 5 to 8pm

Kettle Art | Deep Ellum | 2650-B Main Street | Dallas, TX 75226

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Founded in historic Deep Ellum in 2005, Kettle Art Gallery is committed to nurturing emerging and mid-career North Texas visual artists.
Over the years, Kettle has been the recipient of numerous awards and designations including: USA Today’s 10 Best Art Galleries in Dallas; Dallas Observer’s Readers’ Choice for Best Art Gallery, most recently in 2016; and Dallas A-List’s Best Art Gallery. In September 2014, Kettle Art’s founder Frank Campagna was named one of “The Dallas 40”, a list recognizing Dallas citizens who have made a remarkable impact on the city, in celebration of D Magazine’s 40th anniversary.

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SHAPESHIFTER | Ryan O’Malley

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Flatbed Press is pleased to present SHAPESHIFTER (April 12-May 31), an exhibition of works by Ryan O’Malley. Join us for an Artist Reception the evening of April 15, from 6-8pm. Conceived as part of an ongoing project entitled The Process of Getting to Know You, SHAPESHIFTER explores the vastness of print media through non-traditional portraiture. Stencil matrices serve as the genesis point; faces of personally significant people are reduced by paper and blade to their most uniquely recognizable shapes. From there the work investigates parallels between the individual and humanity, and how concept meshes with medium and matrix.

The works in SHAPESHIFTER include laser-cut amalgams of individuals grouped to form totemic beings. The pieces removed from each edition of stencils are arranged to form abstract compositions, strangely recognizable or suggestive of elusive symbols. By transmuting between traditional and technology-driven print media, the works contrast static and dynamic properties, and navigate the spaces between precision and imperfection, between the ephemeral, fixed, and perpetual.

Flatbed is located at 2830 East MLK Jr Blvd in Austin, Texas 78702. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, noon-5pm.

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Performing Likeness opening at FWCA Oct. 23

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Performing Likeness 
Eleana Antonaki, Jeremy Bailey, Alma Haser, 
Letitia Huckaby, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, James Quin
October 23 – December 19, 2015
Opening reception, Friday October 23rd, 6-8pm
Traditionally the main function of portraiture was to produce a likeness of the sitter. But today, at the heart of current facial politics sits a complex interrogation of beauty, memory, surveillance, augmentation and display. The artists in this group exhibition engage with and yet resist conventional codes of portraiture to offer a fresh look at the representation of people in the digital age. By subverting the pageantry of vanity that is a contemporary life lived in social media, the artists question the role and relevance of portraiture in the 21st century.
How do portraits perform in the process of creating our identity? Is likeness enough anymore, or has the performance involved in posing for a portrait superseded its memorial functions? Does the portrait merely exist as a receipt of experience? Several works in the exhibition act as a type of anti-portrait or critical riposte to the ephemeral nature of self-aware digital portraits and selfies.
Painter Eleana Antonaki approaches themes in portraiture and representation of the body through a study of historic medical and scientific imagery. In her large canvas She didn’t know she wasn’t flawless (2014), cosmetics mogul Max Factor is seen using a “beauty micrometer” on a female test subject. The scrutiny of the device, invented by Factor in the 1930s to locate flaws on the female skin that cannot be seen by the naked eye, reflects a continued cultural obsession with facial beauty and physical perfection in the Photoshop era.
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Eleana Antonaki, She didn’t know she wasn’t flawless, 2014

Self-coined “Famous New Media Artist” Jeremy Bailey explores the relationship between contemporary technology and the body. Using augmented reality, customized software and video to objectify and playfully critique his own body, Bailey creates self-portraits that blur the lines between the roles of patron, performer, protagonist and author.
Play is also apparent in the work of photographer Alma Haser whose Cosmic Surgery portrait series relies on the handiwork of origami. Sitters’ faces are broken down into geometric planes and then reconstituted as new photographic subjects, resulting in a game of dimensional peek-a-boo.
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Alma Haser, Cassie, 2012-13

Letitia Huckaby is an artist who uses photography, fabric and traditional sewing methods such as quilting to create portraits that suggest a personal collage of identity, history and memory. For Huckaby, such photographic works – – like East Feliciana Alter Piece (2010), a composite portrait of her 93-year old Grandmother – – are a poetic conversation about materiality and methods of documentation and display.
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Letitia Huckaby, East Feliciana Alter Piece, 2010
In a new work that he has made available through open-source software, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer draws attention to the mass kidnapping of 43 male students who disappeared from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in Iguala, Mexico on September 26, 2014. Level of Confidence uses facial-recognition and a system of algorithms to search an identity database of the students in a (fruitless) attempt to match gallery visitors’ faces to the disappeared.
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Painter James Quin sees portraiture as a continuous challenge to the ubiquity of self-image and portrait representation in digital culture. For Repetition (2010), an installation of 300 drawings depicting the back of a woman’s head, Quin repeated an initial drawing from memory, over and over again.
James Quin, Missing, 2009

During the exhibition Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is hosting a series of live events that are free and open to the public:
  • Saturday, October 24th, 2pm: exhibition tour with curator Sara-Jayne Parsons and participating artist Eleana Antonaki
  • Thursday, November 5th, 7pm: performance lecture by artist Jeremy Bailey
  • Wednesday, November 11th, 7pm: Artist talk by Letitia Huckaby
Please note Fort Worth Contemporary Arts will be closed for Thanksgiving Break beginning Monday, November 23rd and will reopen December 2nd.
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Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is located at 2900 W. Berry St. on the edge of the TCU Campus, Fort Worth, TX 76109. Gallery Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 5 pm, and by appointment. Admission is free.
For more information about this exhibition, images for press, or details about other activities of the Art Galleries at TCU, please contact Sara-Jayne Parsons, Curator, s.j.parsons@tcu.edu, 817-257-2707, or Devon Nowlin, Gallery Manager, devon.nowlin@tcu.edu, 817-257-2588.

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Inspired Texans opens April 1, with Reception April 9

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Miller “Breaking Earths Bonds”

 

Plein air, still life, and portraits will be on exhibit at Keller Town Hall during the month of April. Irma Ward has brought together the award winning artistic talents of Texans Tina Bohloman, Shirley Kinworthy, Lynn LaRose, Steve Miller, TK Riddle, and Randy Saffle. Oils, watercolor and acrylic are the media for the show which will run from April 1st through the 29th, Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkwy, Keller, TX 76248. A special reception with the artists will be held on Thursday evening, April 9th from 7 to 9 pm. The show is free and suitable for all ages. Please come and join us. For more information please contact 817-743-4000 or publicarts@cityofkeller.com. www.cityofkeller.com/publicarts.

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Still Life with Sunflowers and Lemons

 

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