CentralTrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artist Residency Presents:
Between Here and Cool: Creative PhD Exhibition
The photographs of Diane Durant
Date: Opening Reception: Saturday July 6, 7:00pm.
Runs through July 27
Special Event: Poetry Reading
Thursday, July 25, 7-9pm, CentralTrak
Featuring Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, Alan Birkelbach, 2005 Texas Poet Laureate, and Diane Durant, PhD.
Jack Kerouac said it: "The road is life." As Americans, we drive; and the road trip, as both freedom and exploration, is a very American notion. Like the great documentarians and postmodern storytellers who have gone before, Diane Durant explores the relationship between image and text, between the road and the weary traveler, in this creative PhD exhibition. Based on her doctoral research of the American road story and her own 18-day trip around the country—from Cool, Texas to Cool, California to Cool, Iowa and home again—Between Here and Cool takes the viewer along for the ride, displaying photographs, coffee mugs, a punctured tire, and other road trip ephemera as documentation of the experience and proof of Durant's interaction with the American landscape and the American Dream. This is a true road story. Exhibition runs through July 27.
Diane Durant is a writer and photographer from Weatherford, Texas. She is a member of the Ghost Town Arts Collective, The Junior Ward, and 500X Gallery in Dallas. Diane is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Texas at Dallas where she recently earned her Ph.D. in Humanities – Aesthetic Studies with a concentration in the history of photography; the aesthetics, culture, politics, and movements of the 1960s; and postmodern fiction. Her dissertation research focused on photography and image-text in the American road story. In 2011, Diane received the Graduate Research Grant in Aesthetic Studies from UT- Dallas, which sent her around the country for 18 days to photograph the American landscape and the American dream as further research for her dissertation and the current exhibition, Between Here and Cool. Diane’s creative writing has appeared in Sojourn, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, di-verse-city, RiverSedge, Stymie, the 2012 Texas Poetry Calendar, and is forthcoming in the 2014 Texas Poetry Calendar. Her critical essays on the work of Christian Boltanski and Vernon Fisher appeared in Afterimage in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Diane is a former editor of The Grass Burr, The Rope, Sojourn, and Reunion: The Dallas Review. She is a graduate of Baylor University (BFA 2001), Dallas Theological Seminary (MA/BC 2004), and UT-Dallas (MA 2007, PhD 2013). She currentliy lives in Fort Worth with her daughter Andie, their growing collection of vintage cameras, and a multitude of stray cats.
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CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts. As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts. While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion gallery encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.
CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.