NIGHT FORTRESS | Keri Oldham opens Aug. 25

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August 25 – September 22, 2018

Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to announce our upcoming solo exhibition for artist Keri Oldham entitled Night FortressNight Fortress, Oldham’s newest series depicts haunted-house looking fortresses and female warriors that draw on medieval art, folk stories and quilting traditions.The show opens on August 25 and runs through September 22, with an opening reception from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m.

Keri Oldham’s paintings often depict chained citadels, a cross between castles, crime scenes and haunted houses. These structures are storybook like and act as metaphors for fear and our often haunted past. The artist is interested in storytelling and draws on a variety of folk stories, symbols and biblical illusions including the Tower of BabelJudith and HolofernesBluebeard, and tarot.

In particular, the show explores traditions forged by women and their influence on communal histories especially in the form of quilting. As quilts took time to make, were often created in social groups, and were passed down to family members both as objects and techniques, they have a particular resonance with the establishment of home and tradition. Many of the paintings in this series include quilt-like borders to represent homemaking, healing, and protection.



Originally from Dallas, Texas, Oldham has exhibited her work throughout the country, including, the Dallas Museum of Art, Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas, Lazy Susan Gallery in New York, Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, Honey Ramka Gallery in Brooklyn, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington.  She has received awards including a 2010 Fellowship with BRIC Arts in Brooklyn and a residency with Central Trak in Dallas.


Oldham also co-founded Field Projects, a project space and gallery in Chelsea. Her work has been spotlighted and reviewed by the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, Paper City, Texas Monthly, Beautiful/Decay, Gawker Arts, Bad at Sports, Glasstire, D Magazine, San Francisco Weekly, KERA Art & Seek and others.

Kirk Hopper Fine Art is located at 3008 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75226 in the Deep Ellum neighborhood.

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