Date: May 28 - June 25
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 28 from 8pm - 10pm
800 Exposition Ave
Dallas- Join CentralTrak on Saturday, May 28th from 8pm to 10pm for the opening reception of "WELCOME STRANGER" by former CentralTrak resident Jim Nolan. In 2007, the New Musuem opened at its new location in New York’s Lower East Side with the influential sculptural assemblage exhibition Unmonumental, which featured artists such as Sarah Lucas, Urs Fischer, and Isa Genzken. Jim Nolan was living in Brooklyn at the time, but kept his focus in the studio rather than on exhibiting. Because of this, Nolan wasn’t in dialog with peers or the public about his minimalist/post-minimalist sculptural work. It occurred to him that this concentrated time alone might be creating a conversational vacuum, but these concerns were dispelled once Nolan visited Unmonumental. The humble materials on display resonated with Nolan, revealing that he was part of a Zeitgeist in contemporary sculpture.
Filmmaking and music had led Nolan to sculpture. One of his key influences was artist Dan Flavin, who spent most of his visual art career working with florescent lights. Nolan found this self-imposed stricture, this limitation of materials, both radical and absurd. Nolan himself was working with tube socks as a decidedly un-monumental art material. With this radical and absurd choice, he challenged the art world to take him seriously, as many historically important artists have done.
Another humorous innovation in Nolan’s work is the use of the stereo speaker as a proxy for the minimalist cube. This signals to his background as a musician and fan of music ranging from The Minutemen to Hank Williams Sr. In fact, the artist references punk music as the inspiration for his particular mode of working: stripped down, direct, and lo-fi.
Besides the painted, collaged, and manipulated objects in the gallery, Nolan has created a fanzine as part of the exhibition that will include inspirational reference images, an essay by fellow Centraltrak alum Sally Glass, and an insert by Houston-based artist Emily Peacock (Peacock has a show running concurrently @ Beefhaus, an artists-run space near CentralTrak). The exhibition WELCOME STRANGER will also feature a soundtrack by Nolan’s long-time collaborator Jeff Byrd, as well as a choreographed performance from the Dallas art duo Chuck & George.
After exhausting the east coast, having lived in Richmond, Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, Jim Nolan moved to Texas in 2009 and currently lives in Nacogdoches. He was Artist in Residence at CentralTrak in 2013 and Lawndale Art Center in 2014. He has had solo shows at The Soup Factory in Minneapolis, Art Moving in Brooklyn, and Art Palace in Houston. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA from Massachusetts College of Art.
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.
Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226
Hours: Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 during exhibitions, tours available by appointment call (469) 232-7298.
Images courtesy of Jim Nolan