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Ross Bleckner Black Monet, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery, NY

ROSS BLECKNER

15 JANUARY - 12 MARCH 2017

Ross Bleckner is known for painting a spectrum of subjects—from pulsating lines in his resurrection of Op art in the 1980s to the magnified cellular structures of autoimmune diseases in the 1990s and newer contemplative works from the past few years. Bleckner’s Dallas Contemporary exhibition takes its title from a fortune cookie. Under this prophetic umbrella, the artist presents paintings of landscapes, crowds, flowers, architecture, and birds, all from the last two years. Together they function as memento mori—a meditation on memory and loss.

 

Bleckner explores the space where the architecture of place meets the architecture of the sky—revealing phenomena of paint and light—in an oeuvre teetering between a call for salvation and a silent abyss. It is this philosophical query around the physical and the absent that animates Bleckner’s newest artworks. They are activated through a tension between materiality, physicality, and the sublime.

 

Recent abstract landscapes are both a natural evolution of his painting process and a summary of historical paintings from the past sixty years. Engaging in this neo-romantic landscape tradition, the works present tranquil and serene visions driven by color and composition. The wide variety of flower works continues Bleckner’s examinations of landscapes, abstraction, and the history of art. Bleckner draws upon the deep symbolism of flowers seen over diverse time periods and geographic locations.

 

Central to the artist’s practice is the layering of paint onto the canvas and then subsequently scraping it away—a perpetual process of creating and editing, adding and subtracting. Bleckner compares his creative process to the manner in which an architect constructs a building. He achieves a depth of color by gradually layering paint onto the canvas. For example with his series of bird compositions, at one point in the creative process, the surfaces are entirely covered in paint, until Bleckner carves the birds out of the accumulated layers. The birds are defined by their absence.

 

Born and raised on Long Island, Bleckner is a native New Yorker who splits his time between the city and the country. He studied at New York University, where he now teaches. Several of his art works are in the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

SUPPORTED by:

 

Shelley + Phil Aarons   ROBERTA MODEL AMON   Lael + Peter Brodsky

Rebecca + Ken Bruder   Calvin Klein Family Foundation

Joanne Cassulo   Suzanne + Bob Cochran   Heidi + Bill Dillon

Tom Fagadau   Michael Forman   Mark Giambrone

Tammy Cotton Hartnett   Lisa + Peter Kraus   DENISE LEFRAK

MUFFIN + JOHN LEMAK   Marilyn + Bill Lenox   KAREN + WALTER Levy

Antony Loebel   Bob McClain   MR. + MRS. F. A. RIDDICK III

Sally + Bob Rosen   Lisa + John Runyon

 

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John Houck Raking Light, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and On Stellar Rays

JOHN HOUCK

The Anthologist

15 JANUARY - 12 MARCH 2017

Los Angeles-based artist John Houck has developed a practice bordering on the scientific method. Photography functions as the vehicle used to create distinct bodies of work consisting of diverse media and techniques, including: computer code, simple props, pigment printers, paint, and personal objects. Houck does not take pictures, he makes pictures. His systemic process is combined with and complemented by an intentional schism—a simple fold, paint, or repeated layers of imagery creates multiple perspectives or disorienting shadows. The resulting image pulls the viewer into the picture, demanding inspection to discern between what is real and what is perceived.

 

The Anthologist is John Houck's first solo museum exhibition. The title is taken from a novel by Nicholson Baker in which a poet struggles to write the introduction to an anthology. Houck’s work seeks to reconcile opposing forces—order and chaos, rational thought and emotions, function and creativity, intention and play. He establishes meaning by utilizing personal objects or items that have been given to him by friends and family, such as the driftwood log that decorated his home or the tape measurer from his grandmother’s sewing kit.

 

Throughout his practice Houck uses a feedback loop, a system that recycles output for further input—resulting in imagery and techniques that cross over to other bodies of work. Houck developed a fascination with painting during a 2008 residency in Skowhegan, Maine. Initially, the messy exercise of painting, even mixing the paint, functioned as a mechanism to balance the precision of constructing photographs. The experimental output was not made with the intention to be exhibited, until now. Houck presents three of these paintings back-to-back with photo-based works. Though the related works cannot be seen simultaneously, their proximity and similarity establishes a conversation between the individual works and the artist’s overall practice—revealing additional layers to Houck’s intellectually complex and intuitive creative process.

 

Curated by Pedro Alonzo, Adjunct Curator

 

SUPPORTED by:

 

CLAIRE DEWAR   SUSAN GOODMAN + RODNEY LUBEZNICK

TAMMY COTTON HARTNETT   KCM FINE ARTS   ELLIOT KERN FINE ARTS

MIHAIL LARI + SCOTT MURRAY   JULIE MENERET

CAROLE SERVER + OLIVER FRANKEL   PATTY + HOWARD SILVERSTEIN

 

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Bruce Weber Kate Moss, Vietnam, 1996. © Bruce Weber

BRUCE WEBER

Far From Home

18 SEPTEMBER - 12 MARCH 2017

Bruce Weber’s longstanding career has produced some of fashion’s most iconic images. A 1978 editorial shoot for SoHo Weekly News with water polo player Jeff Aquilon first brought Weber’s work into prominence. The photographer went on to produce a series of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren campaigns with male athletes—spearheading the muscled, sporty ideal for male models within the industry.

 

The prolific photographer has since collaborated on numerous campaigns for such iconic brands as Versace, Louis Vuitton, Moncler, and Abercrombie & Fitch. He has also collaborated on editorials and cover shoots for most major fashion publications, recently CR Fashion Book and Vanity Fair.

 

Over the past four decades, Weber has traveled the globe to produce groundbreaking and occasionally controversial imagery for the fashion industry’s leading publications and brands. From Vietnam to South Africa, Morocco to Brazil and beyond, Weber has consistently imagined his fashion sittings as the starting point for a broader exploration of each locale’s vibrant culture and unique occupants. In addition to over 300 photographs—a majority of which have never been exhibited—Far From Home features a selection of Weber’s travel-related short film works.

 

Weber (b.1946 Greensburg, Pennsylvania) has published 39 books and his work has been featured in more than 60 exhibitions worldwide. Notably, he was included in the 1987 Whitney Biennial, which presented Weber alongside artists Julian Schnabel, Ross Bleckner, Barbara Kruger, Terry Winters, Jeff Koons and Peter Halley. Solo exhibition venues have included the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Parco Exposure Gallery, Tokyo. His photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, Paris. Weber has also produced a number of films and creative shorts including the Oscar-nominated Let's Get Lost, released in 1988.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

PRESENTING SPONSORS:

NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS

 

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SUPPORTED by:

 

 

JOYCE GOSS   GEORGINA HARTLAND   TAMMY COTTON HARTNETT

STANLEY LIGHT   MEGHAN LOONEY   JAN MILLER + JEFF RICH

NIVEN MORGAN + SHELBY WAGNER   JESSICA NOWITZKI

AMY PILKINGTON + CHRIS BYRNE   HARRIS POLAKOFF   LEIGH RINEARSON

MAXINE + BEN TROWBRIDGE   SHARON YOUNG

 

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Dallas Contemporary is supported by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs

Shepard Fairey Rise Above, 2012. Singleton Avenue, Dallas, TX. Photo by Colleen McInerney

SHEPARD FAIREY

Citywide Street Mural Project

ONGOING

Dallas Contemporary has invited Los Angeles based street artist Shepard Fairey to create more than 12 murals throughout the city with a focus on West Dallas. Known for his iconic designed President Obama HOPE poster, Fairey has worked as an artist creating works on the streets and globally in public spaces using posters, stickers, wheat paste and painted murals.

 

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El renombrado artista callejero de Los Ángeles Shepard Fairey fue invitado por el Dallas Contemporary para crear más de 12 murales a lo largo de toda la ciudad con un énfasis especial en el oeste de Dallas.

 

CLICK HERE to view mural location map.