2017-18 at the Pollock Gallery
"Acts of Aggression: An Exhibition About Community"
Opening reception: Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; lecture at 4 p.m.
With objects, images, texts and social projects by 12 contemporary artists from Guatemala, Acts of Aggression considers the many ways we construct and process experiences of community, especially within dystopic day-to-day realities. From affective processes of remembrance, solitude, play, misunderstanding, collaboration and care, we experience myriad forms of encounter in our interactions with others. Through these shifting points of contact, connection and disconnection, we outline the (ever-changing) parameters of our communities and define our own situations within them. Working 20 years after the official end of Guatemala’s civil war, the artists in Acts of Aggression navigate the reconciliation of historic with ongoing violence, challenge political amnesia, care for themselves and others, and build strategies for working through and around disastrous systemic failures. Acts of Aggression looks to small gestures, conversations and ways of being to suggest their deep political relevance and argues that our attempts (and failures) to connect to each other constitute a resilience that has significant ramifications for how we might face the aggressive present. The exhibition is curated by Laura A. L. Wellen, Ph.D., and is accompanied by a bilingual (English/Spanish) catalog.
Opening reception: Friday, November 3, 5-7 p.m.
Since the late 1800s, Dallas has imagined itself as the center of economic trade, equidistant to major ports and hubs throughout the United States. The Port of Dallas, a vision for an inland port stretching from Dallas to Houston via the Trinity River, was a topic of conversation for over 125 years. The massive engineering feat of rerouting the river around Dallas’ city center was embraced by Dallas visionaries regardless of its environmental effects on the community and ecosystem. Eventually, the creation of the port failed upon the approval of DFW Airport, diverting investment toward a new vision for trade through the skies. With the Port of Dallas’ failure came the scarring of a landscape, with capital divested and reinvested into new infrastructures. Wide Open explores the historic precedents and free market visions established in past centuries that have helped form today’s landscape in Dallas. The exhibit is a multimedia installation with completed video works from local, Texas and international artists in conversation with historical documents from SMU archives about the Port of Dallas. The exhibit is co-curated by Pollock Gallery Curator Sofia Bastidas and artist Guillermo Leon Gomez as part of the ongoing research of Port to Port, a curatorial initiative interested in the economic and political networks created by the trade industry and their effects on the built environment in global container port cities.
"Let's See Action"
Opening reception: Saturday, February 3, 5-7 p.m.
Let’s See Action considers the uniquely cooperative and internationally oriented approach to the creation and dissemination of contemporary art that has been a characteristic of Japanese art practice, post-war to present day. The exhibition focuses on a group of artists active within Japan and abroad over the past 10 years; however, the exhibition is rooted in, and in some cases directly influenced by, the practice of historical collectives such as Jikken Kobo/ Experimental Workshop (1951-58) and High Red Center (1963-64). Let’s See Action will feature work in a variety of media and will be tailored to the specific context of a university gallery; the exhibition aims to present an entry point to understanding a contemporary Japanese aesthetic and its history via the presentation of contemporary artists engaged in playful experimentation with the very notion of such an aesthetic. The exhibit is curated by MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo (Jeffrey Ian Rosen + Misako Rosen).