CentralTrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artist Residency
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“Sadie Hawkins” Opening Reception
Date: Saturday October 26th, 7:00 pm
The exhibition runs until Dec 14
Gallery hours are Saturdays, noon – 5pm and by appointment.
800 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX
First popularized by the Li'l Abner comic strip in 1937, Sadie Hawkins Day is an American folk event that celebrates role-reversal and female empowerment. Celebrations of this decades-old tradition continue to this day at high schools and college campuses around the country, where women choose their date to the annual dance of the same name. In honor of this kitschy and dated tradition, CentralTrak will display "Sadie Hawkins," a group show curated by Leigh A. Arnold consisting of women artists whose work focuses on challenging traditional gender expectations, role-reversal, and Feminist/post-Feminist sensibilities. Participating artists include: The Bridge Club, Celia Eberle, Linda Finnell, Susan kae Grant, Margaret Meehan, Nina Schwanse, and Faith Wilding.
Leigh A. Arnold
Leigh A. Arnold is a curatorial fellow at the Nasher Sculpture Center and consulting curator for the forthcoming exhibition "Robert Smithson in Texas" opening at the Dallas Museum of Art November 2013. She has previously held the position of research fellow at the Dallas Museum of Art for the special project "DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present," which culminated in an exhibition and online publication in the spring of 2013. Arnold is currently working on her PhD in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas where she plans to write on Robert Smithson's relationship to Texas.
The Bridge Club
The Bridge Club is a contemporary visual and performance art collaborative consisting of artists Annie Strader, Christine Owen, Emily Bivens and Julie Wills. The Bridge Club’s interdisciplinary installation, video, live performance and digital media works are site- and context- specific, and each work investigates specific local histories, populations, contexts, stereotypes, expectations and conflicts. Performances and installations have taken place in both traditional and nontraditional venues, incorporating and responding to sites such as a hotel room, a city bus or an abandoned storefront in addition to the traditional gallery or museum space.An anonymous collective persona inhabits each of The Bridge Club’s works, with each member artist donning wigs, shoes and a variety of carefully selected garments that relate directly to the site and concept of a specific work. The collective presence of the four costumed member artists lends an unsettling normative air to odd or uncomfortable situations, while costuming and object choices create a historical ambiguity of era that addresses change and continuity of gender and interpersonal histories, roles, expectations and behaviors.
A 2011 nominee for the Arthouse Texas Prize, a 2010 featured artist in the book Texas Artists Today, a 2007 resident at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and a 2002 Dozier Travel Grant awardee from the Dallas Museum of Art. Eberle is the veteran of numerous solo and group exhibitions, including most recently, "Beasts and Bunnies" (2011) at the MAC Dallas; Texas Biennial (2009) at Women and Their Work Austin; "Survey of Texas Art and Artists" (2007) at the Wichita Falls Museum; and "New Embroidery" (2006) Contemporary Crafts Museum Portland, Oregon.
Fort-Worth native Linda Finnell (1948-1999) received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and both a master of arts in education and a master of fine arts in photography from Southern Methodist University. A Dallas resident since 1976, she exhibited her photographs and photo-related book art widely during the 1980s, participating in group shows from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., to Camerawork Gallery in San Francisco. Locally Finnell showed at the former DW Gallery, where she served on the board during the early years when it was a women's cooperative. Finnell was part of the all-female artists collaborative, Toxic Shock, that produced controversial works addressing issues of gender and politics during the 1980s.Other artists in Toxic Shock include Frances Bagley, Julie Cohn, Debora Hunter, and Susan Magilow. Finnell died of ovarian cancer in 1999.
Susan kae Grant
Received an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1975 she has produced 13 limited edition handmade books. Grant has lectured at museums and galleries internationally and has exhibited her work in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa and Japan. She is represented in numerous collections,including The George Eastman House, The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The New York Public Library, and The Victorian and Albert Museum National Library. She is represented by Conduit Gallery and also teaches at The International Center of Photography in New York City.She taught at Wayne State University from 1979-1981 and joined the Faculty at Texas Woman’s University in 1981 where she is currently Professor and Head of the Photography area. She is on the staff of the International Center of Photography where she teaches bookmaking workshops. In 2003and 2005 she was the recipient of the Society for Photographic Education “Freestyle Crystal Apple Award” and “The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award” in 2004 from the Santa Fe Center for Photography.
With images of feral behavior, medical anomalies and barren landscapes, Margaret Meehan’s work lets the innocent collide with the monstrous, evoking questions of race, gender, and cultural memory. She is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Texas, sometimes in Austin and sometimes in Dallas. Inspiration and insight can be found
at upliketoast.blogspot.com. Her work has been shown at Soil Gallery in Seattle, David Shelton Gallery in Houston, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Dallas Art Museum, Barry Whistler and Conduit Gallery in Dallas among others. This fall she is a resident at The Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, New York and will be a summer resident at Artpace in San Antonio in 2014.
Nina Schwanse (born Los Angeles, CA) is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New Orleans. Employing character and humor to enact narratives of physical and psychological trauma, she typically uses herself as the actor/model. Often appropriating A and D-list celebrity personalities and historical figures, she explores the intersection of public and private life as it relates to fantasy, desire, obsession, and anxiety. By enacting roles both humiliating and empowering (often simultaneously), she creates alternative histories of cultural regression and transcendence through acts of re- representation. Schwanse holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA in digital media from The University of New Orleans. Schwanse has been included in screenings and exhibitions internationally and is a member of Good Children, an artist-run gallery in New Orleans.
Emigrated to the United States in l961 from Paraguay. She received her MFA at CalArts where she was a founding member of the Feminist Art Program. Wilding is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work addresses aspects of the somatic, psychic, and sociopolitical history of the body. Recent publications, lectures, exhibitions and performances focus on issues of cyberfeminist (women and technology) theory and practice, with particular emphasis on biotechnology. Wilding has exhibited and lectured widely in the USA and Europe. Her audio work has been commissioned and broadcast by RIAS Berlin; WDR Cologne; and National Public Radio, USA. Wilding has published in MEANING, Heresies, Ms. Magazine, The Power of Feminist Art, and other books and magazines. She is the recipient of two individual media grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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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.
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