(hanging) Lorraine Tady, BTT-TAR (96B), 1999, charcoal, ink, acrylic on paper; (tabletop) Professor Otto Poertzel’s Carrara marble bust previously discussed here
Lorraine Tady may seem a bit shy or reserved in person, but her work is not. I am not very good about using words to describe why I love a work of art, but I will try. This piece for its small size is packed with rich energy. The details and use of structural elements, which I have dealt with while restoring the inside and outside of my little home, speak to me. It may seem chaotic, but there’s a plan, there are layers, it’s going to work and why not have fun while we’re at it.
In Tady’s own words: In my work mechanical-like systems are subjected to or are participants in an indirect and formal examination of structure; or a subverted diagrammatic, engineering process. Parts are extracted, analyzed, and re-translated, using both digital and analog tools. I propose questions in the investigation and set up specific games, parameters and rules to respond to in the work’s progression. The language of line propels the work, and I use it to help make visible the parts, and to find the answer to ‘what connects to this, how is this connected to that, etc.
I own two more pieces by Tady which I blogged about in a previous post. They were part of a larger group, but I could only afford the two. They were created in 1995 and have a different sensibility from the one shown above.
Getting to Know You #1
Terri Thornton’s Getting To Know You opens tonight at The Reading Room. This exhibition of drawings and related material will explore the idea of how we acquire knowledge and the diverse sources, visual and textual, that we learn from. The title is taken from the musical The King and I. Tonight’s opening reception is from 6 to 9 pm, and the show will extend through April 14, 2013. There will be an artist talk Saturday, April 6 at 5 pm.
Thornton lives and works in Fort Worth where she is Curator of Education at the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth. Thornton recently curated where is the power at TCU’s Fort Worth Contemporary Arts. Her own work has recently been shown in November House, Modern Ruin, at Brand 10 and The Old Jail Art Center/Albany. Other past exhibitions include Ether at testsite/Austin (a project of Fluent~Collaborative) and things held and never understood at Free Museum of Dallas.
Kris Pierce’s Missed Calls
Tonight at The Reading Room, Kris Pierce’s Missed Calls will open with a reception from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The Reading Room is located at 3715 Parry Avenue.
Using three separate phone numbers which will be posted in diverse geographic locations of the city, Pierce will output the data from the calls into one continuous scrolling printout in the gallery. The data will then be compiled into a book. The exhibition, which continues his investigation of technology and information and its influence on human behavior and quotidian activities, continues through February 2.
Kris Pierce is an artist, designer and animator who lives and works in Fort Worth where he is co-founder of the experimental art collective Homecoming! He has recently shown at Conduit Gallery‘s Project Room, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts‘ where is the power and Eastfield College. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and is currently Art Director of video content for Funimation Entertainment.
Image: eteam, still from Track One (2011), video, 1:37 min. Co- Re-Creating Spaces will present eteam’s related, participatory project with live video, 100 meters behind the future, in its U.S. premier.
Co- Re-Creating Spaces, a group exhibition curated by Carolyn Sortor and Michael A. Morris, will survey how artists are questioning and subverting existing contexts or spaces and contributing to their re-imagining and re-creation. The exhibit recognizes that “reality” itself can be both art medium and art object, and speculates how developments in the virtual and the actual might affect one another.
The opening reception is Saturday, November 17, 8-10 pm, at CentralTrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency, 800 Exposition Avenue. The exhibition will run from November 17, 2012 to January 5, 2013.
The exhibition will feature videos, performances, installations, and other works by: Morehshin Allahyari; Nadav Assor; Amy Balkin; Aram Bartholl; Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler; Linda Bilda; Irina Botea; Martha Colburn; Michael Corris; eteam; Cao Fei; Yevgeniy Fiks, Olga Kopenkina, & Alexandra Lerman; Institute for Wishful Thinking; Greg Metz, Kristin Cochran, & Cassandra Emswiler; Martha Rosler; Dread Scott; Yes Lab/Steve Lambert; Karen Weiner/Celia & Frank Eberle; The Yankee Doodles and more.
Brandon Kennedy’s Exit For Sale
At The Reading Room, Saturday, November 17 from 7pm to 9pm, is the opening of Brandon Kennedy’s Exit For Sale. This exhibition will include slightly absurd sculpture and confused signage and will continue through December 22. A conversation between Kennedy and Peter Simek, Arts Editor for D Magazine will take place on Sunday, December 9 at 3pm.
Kennedy received an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University and a BFA from the University of North Texas and is a DeGolyer/Kimbrough Award recipient from the Dallas Museum of Art. His work has been featured in The Art Foundation’s Fountainhead exhibition this spring, at And/Or Gallery, Plush, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, University of Texas at Dallas as well as PAWNSHOP, an e-flux exhibition in New York City. He lives and works in Dallas with his wife and son.
For more reading, visit Peter Simek’s post on FrontRow.
The Reading Room is located at 3715 Parry Avenue between Exposition and Commerce.