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Traditional women’s costume, district of Tinta, province of Canchis, Cusco, Peru 2007.
Copyright Mario Testino.

 

MARIO TESTINO
Alta Moda

EXHIBITION DATES
21 SEPTEMBER - 21 DECEMBER 2014

This September Dallas Contemporary presents Alta Moda, a series of photographic portraits by acclaimed photographer Mario Testino.

Alta Moda — or “high fashion” in Spanish — documents Peruvian people wearing the traditional and festive dress associated with the mountainous region of Cusco. From 2007 - 2012, Testino frequently visited Cusco after discovering an archive of costumes from the region. The photographs draw inspiration from the work of Martin Chambi, one of the first indigenous Latin American photographers. Testino worked closely with Chambi’s grandchildren and recreated backdrops from the archive of the late Peruvian photographer.

While Alta Moda appears to reference the tradition of ethnographic photography, Testino captures multiple stories within each photograph. “I usually try to capture the moment,” says Testino. “But with this series, I wanted to do something very different—not just with my own work, but also with the practice of photography. I tried to fit as much time and history into each frame as possible—from the traditional and festive clothing to the Chambi backdrops to the Peruvian people in them. Alta Moda is quite different from the portraits I am perhaps best known for.” The exhibition is a bold departure from Testino’s popular work in fashion magazines.

 

EXHIBITION SPONSORS



Nancy C. & Richard R. Rogers

 


Untitled (Tears of Blood), 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

 

PIOTR UKLANSKI

EXHIBITION DATES
21 SEPTEMBER - 21 DECEMBER 2014


In his first museum show in Dallas, Piotr Uklanski presents a selection of works from his “blood” or “ink drop” paintings—a premier presentation of an ongoing series that began in 2007. While abstract, the works reflect numerous pop culture references that echo throughout Uklanski’s practice, such as the blood-soaked exploitation thriller films of Dario Argento and the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960’s. Varying in material and scale—using Japanese sumi inks or more saturated shellac inks on gesso—the canvases are made using a tedious, hands-on process. Some works are highly structured in a grid-like pattern with limited allowances for the human hand while others are expressive in the tradition of all-over painting. Uklanski’s obsessive and painstakingly repetitive process is rich with allegorical meaning. Layered with the macabre imagery of splattered blood, Uklanski’s ink paintings become a beautiful yet eerie meditation on the passage of time and the inevitable specter of death.

 

EXHIBITION SPONSORS




Joanne & Mark Giambrone

 
 


Cassandra Emswiler Burd

 

CASSANDRA
EMSWILER BURD

My dreams will pull you through this garden gate

EXHIBITION DATES
21 SEPTEMBER - 21 DECEMBER 2014


Cassandra Emswiler Burd designs flooring tiles in response to the ideological origins of the mundane and predictable motifs found on mass-produced flooring. Her photographic prints question how wilderness can be grafted onto symbolic, orderly space and trained to fit within a grid, resulting in strangely controlled flourishes and emblems that have become part of our collective memory.

Through her tile designs, Emswiler Burd quietly combines traces of her own biography and family mythology with her concerns for the public built environment and representations of space. Her installation at Dallas Contemporary will elaborate the pattern from the kitchen floor in her childhood home through the plan of a symmetrical enclosed garden. Variations of the pattern are combined with a wide range of photographic imagery relating to the family and the city of Dallas.

Cassandra Emswiler completed a two-year residency at CentralTrak in Dallas, Texas in 2011 while earning an MFA from The University of Texas at Dallas. Her work has been exhibited throughout Texas, including the 2011 and 2013 Texas Biennials, Eugene Binder in Marfa, and Oliver Francis Gallery in Dallas. In 2008, she was awarded the DeGolyer Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art.

EXHIBITION SPONSOR



John Clutts & Dr. Sami Arslanlar

 
 

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.

CLICK HERE to view mural location map.
Shepard Fairey mural. Courtesy the artist.

 
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