A group exhibition in collaboration with Dallas gallery, 500X, will serve to introduce this discourse. It features a diverse group of noted and emerging artists including: Christopher Blay, Michelada Think Tank, William Sarradet, Terri Thornton and Giovanni Valderas.
March 18 - April 2
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 18, 2017 7-10PM
A collaboration with Dallas gallery, 500X, will serve to introduce this discourse and features a diverse group of noted and emerging artists including:
Christopher Blay is an artist, writer and curator with a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University. He has worked as curator for the Art Corridor Gallery at Tarrant County College Southeast for the past seven years and also reviews art for the Fort Worth Weekly Magazine. His work incorporates photography, video, sculpture, and performance. His most recent work, “KWTXR,” is based on the fictional character Kara Walker Texas Ranger and responds to historical violence against African Americans. Other recent projects include The Seven Deadly Things at 500X Gallery, Satellites, at Centraltrak Gallery, Machine Time at the Mckinney Avenue Contemporary, and two ongoing public art projects in Dallas’ Coombs Creek Park and East Rosedale Avenue, Fort Worth. In 2013, Blay received the SMU Meadows museum’s Moss/Chumley award for his “proven track record as an active community advocate for the visual arts,” and the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Artist Microgrant in 2015. Blay is the Spring 2017 Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections, from April through June.
Michelada Think Tank (Noé Gaytán, Mario Mesquita, Shefali Mistry, Darryl Ratcliff, and Carol Zou) is a multi-state group of socially conscious artists, educators, and activists of color hosting conversations with other people of color (PoC) and allies who are interested in creative ways of making change happen. MTT is interested in facilitating conversations and creating community around issues faced by people of color while promoting action beyond the discussion. Initiated in Los Angeles, MTT grew out of a need for artists of color in an MFA program to support one another, and quickly realized the issues faced in graduate school were similar, if not the same, to issues artists of color face outside the context of the educational institution. MTT is now in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, and New York
William Sarradet is a digital marketing consultant in Dallas Texas. During the past three years, he has organized, curated, and performed new media happenings across the DFW region, including video screenings and intermedia performances. Current projects focus on the opacity of design intention that lies between the designer and the user. His concerns of the current day pertain to the flow of information, and data literacy among the public. He is a participant in the society of something, a liquid organization of speculation, an informal initiative to analyze critical and rhetorical works.
Terri Thornton is an artist living and working in Fort Worth, Texas where she has been Curator of Education at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth since 1994. Thornton’s work is conceptually based with serious attention to its visual and visceral impact. She received a BFA from the University of North Texas in 1980, and MFA in 1992 from the University of Dallas. Solo exhibitions include November House, a project with artist Christine Bisetto and Subtext Projects in Fort Worth; Binary System at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, and Getting to Know You at The Reading Room in Dallas, Texas. Thornton also curated where is the power, featuring the work of Alejandro Cesarco, Liam Gillick, Mona Hatoum, Robert Kinmont, Glenn Ligon, Josiah McElheny, Cornelia Parker, Kris Pierce, Chris Powell, Fred Sandback, Valeska Soares, Richard Wentworth, and John Wilcox at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.
A native of Dallas, M. Giovanni Valderas is the Assistant Gallery Director at Kirk Hopper
Fine Art. He also served as an appointee by Dallas City Council as Vice Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission, under Mayor Mike Rawlings. Previously he was the Gallery Director at Mountain View College. Valderas graduated from the College of Visual Arts & Design at the University of North Texas with a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing & Painting. His work has been featured in the 2013 Texas Biennial, New American Paintings Magazine, issue #108 and Impossible Geometries: Curated works by Lauren Haynes at Field Projects in New York City. His most recent work incorporates mixed media of indigenous fabrics, duct tape, paper, acrylic paint, wood, and drawing. I pull from my culture, history, and origins to produce three-dimensional paintings that address the tattered relationships between his Guatemalan, Mexican, and American ancestry.