Contemporary Art

At The Reading Room

Photo courtesy of The Reading Room
Photo courtesy of The Reading Room

by Lucia Simek
at The Reading Room
3715 Parry Avenue/Dallas
September 5 — October 3, 2015
opening reception September 5 from 6 to 9 pm

OCCIPUT by Lucia Simek opens tonight at The Reading Room. This solo show OCCIPUT, which means the back of the head, features short films, images, objects, and a pair of socks. Themes of exile, instability and insecurity found within daily life are seen through the lens of nature and the sublime.

Simek is an artist, writer and curator based in Dallas. Her work has been shown at Dallas Contemporary. Simek is co-founder of the artist collective The Art Foundation which organized Boom Town at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2013 and Fountainhead in 2012. She completed a MFA in sculpture at Texas Christian University in 2014.

Contemporary Art

At The Reading Room


Asteroid Belt of Trash Blocking Transmissions of Love
The Art Foundation for the Texas Biennial 2013 at
The Reading Room, 3715 Parry Avenue in Dallas
September 7 through November 2, 2013
Opening reception: September 14, 7 to 9 PM

Drawing inspiration and content from Jonathan Lethem’s novel Chronic City, The Art Foundation will create a series of broadsides referencing the slow revelation of layered truths embodied within a city. Utilizing pop-culture, esoterica, and cinematic reference the works will be a layered series of pasted graffiti style “advertisements” covering the gallery wall. Considering the city as a willful entity, often suppressing transparency of intent behind emotive distraction and conspiracy, the exhibit introduces far-flung fragmented ideas as the channel from which truth is revealed, though often mistaking fanciful simulacra for the real and reality for myth.

Take-away fliers/propaganda will be available in an attempt to expand the tangled revelations beyond the gallery in an effort to mirror and permeate the city. Additional programming, including readings and lectures, will be announced during the run of the exhibit as details are confirmed.

The Art Foundation (established in 2012) is an artist collective based in Dallas, with current members Ryder Richards, Lucia Simek and Andrew Douglas Underwood.

The Reading Room (recently chosen D Magazine‘s Best Art Space) is a project space which features monthly exhibitions, readings and performances that involve text and image and is located at 3715 Parry Avenue in Dallas.

The Art Foundation and The Reading Room are participating organizations in the Texas Biennial 2013.