November 2011 | Matthew Clark & Bruce Monroe

  In the MAIN GALLERY:

 

Golden 
New work by Matthew Clark explores what is underfoot with an installation of sewn felt works that reference the repetitive nature of road construction, the beauty of utilitarian design, highlights the spaces between pedestrian and vehicular designation as well as lays the groundwork for the viewer's own personal journey in regard to the popular culture of the past. 

Bruce Monroe

Bruce Monroe Variations on a Theme

AIDS forms the core of my being and therefore the core source of much of my work.  In an attempt to dominate the virus while bringing peace, strength and order to my life, I make prints, photographs, and objects about its structure, pathology, and relationship to the human body. Seduced by the beauty of its viral spread throughout the smallest parts, systems, and resulting whole of my body, I envision their symbiosis in my work. My work engages and implicates others, not only through the virus itself, but issues generated from and through it.

Besides its physical impact, AIDS possesses social, political, and financial implications that have become virtually invisible in contemporary media discourse and among the general public. Paradoxically, such misconceptions offer inspiration for my work, particularly in the struggle against the presumed obsolescence of a virus that remains quite real. My work counter-proposes the notion that AIDS art is a late 20th Century genre and I intend to fill a niche that I feel is under explored today by reigniting the ongoing battle with AIDS as a valid and re-examined contemporary subject matter.

 In the UPSTAIRS GALLERY: 

On Stage

Tim Best and Tom Leininger - On Stage

Tim Best, a Dallas based artist, stages dramatic emotive scenes. His work presented is from his "making a scene" project that includes photography, video and a book release. The setting is blackness as if it were the mind void of thought. Then a spotlight illuminates a figure doing nothing but expressing emotion, that uniquely human behavior that inspires both constructive and destructive action. The drama is about to unfold but instead of live performance, Tim Best captures this with a still camera.

Tom Leininger is a Denton based photographer whose work is rooted in reality and based on private moments individuals are able to carve out for themselves at public events. The color photographs are found rather than staged. They are part of his ongoing series "Sidelines". The events at which the images were first made may have been staged, but the images are not about the events, rather those on the side who are watching.

 In the PROJECT SPACES:

Upstairs-
Laura Doughtie and Brian Christopher Glaser
The Workers Can Eat Their Prestige

Downstairs-
Nick and Natalie Hutchings
Phantom Umbilicus