Jeff Gibbons & Stephen Lapthisophon
Date: Thursday February 20, 7PM
Jeff Gibbons & Justin Ginsberg
Date: Thursday February 27, 7PM
In conjunction with the current exhibition Let the Drip From the Ceiling Become an 8 Foot Hole in the Roof CentralTrak will host several Tête-à-Tête interviews to be led by artist Jeff Gibbons. The first discussion will take place on Thursday February 20 featuring Stephen Lapthisophon, multimedia artist, writer, and professor at the University of Texas of Arlington. An additional interview will be held the preceding week, Thursday February 27, with Justin Ginsberg, Gibbons collaborator and co-creator of the artist collective Apophenia Underground. Ginsberg is a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Texas of Arlington. Each interview will be followed by a short question and answer session.
Jeff Gibbons received his MFA in Intermedia at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has most recently received the Dallas Museum of Art: Art Ball Prize. His work was exhibited at the Dallas Art Fair and included in the silent auction at the DMA’s sold-out fundraiser, the Art Ball. He has notably started artist collaborative Apophenia Underground with fellow artist Justin Ginsberg, who have received a great deal of attention for their curatorial projects in vacant retail spaces in Deep Ellum. Gibbons has had solo exhibitions at Oliver Francis Gallery, The McKinney Ave. Contemporary, and 500x and has participated in several group exhibitions through various venues, including the Texas Biennial, the Dallas Biennial (online), El Centro College, and Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Stephen Lapthisophon is a multimedia artist and writer whose work addresses questions of language, history, and cultural memory. His work has been seen at Artists Space in New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, in Chicago at Gallery 312, N.A.M.E., and Randolph Street galleries, as well as exhibitions in Berlin, at Zagreus Projekt, and in Barcelona at El Escaparate. Lapthisophon is also represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Lapthisophon received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979 and went on to study comparative literature and theory at Northwestern University. He has taught at Columbia College in Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently teaches art and art history at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington. Lapthisophon has also given several guest lectures at various institutions including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Recent solo exhibitions include “Photographs in situ and seasonal fruit” at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, in 2010; “The Construction of a National Identity” at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Illinois; and “Spelling Lesson” at Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas—both in 2011. Lapthisophon is represented at Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
Justin began working for the Art and Art History Department at the University of Texas of Arlington in 2009 while pursuing his Masters in Fine Art Degree there. He continues to be a faculty member as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Head of the Glass area, while also focusing on his own creative practices and research. Justin shows his work nationally at galleries, including recent solo exhibitions at the PEEL Gallery in Houston TX in 2012 and Ro2 Art: Downtown Project Space in Dallas, TX in 2013. He has also been included in Museum exhibitions, through the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, and The Corning Museum of Glass in New York. Most recently Justin’s work was accepted for the third time into New Glass Review an international annual publication produced by the Corning Museum of Glass of the top hundred artworks, that incorporate glass. His work is also included in publications such as Architectural Digest, Modern Luxury, and ArtLies.
Most recently, Justin is co-curating a series of exhibitions in Dallas, titled Deep Ellum Windows, a collaborative project with Jeff Gibbons, under the name Apophenia Underground. Justin will also be traveling to Berlin in the summer of 2014 for an artist in residence fellowship, concluding with a solo exhibition, and he has been invited to present his work at the EHSM conference in Hamburg Germany.