Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions

Information/Object: Late 20th - Early 21st Century Artists' Books

February 1 - March 8, 2019
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 12-5 p.m. Sat.; 2-9 p.m. Sun.

Opening reception: Friday, February 1st, 5 - 7 pm

Gallery Talk: Friday, February 1st, 5:45 pm


Hawn Gallery/ Hamon Arts Library
FREE; for more information call 214.768.3813.

The contemporary artist's book is a cultural phenomenon that has changed the landscape of artistic production. It has now replaced the livre d'artiste — a luxury item combining images with poetry or fiction — with works that are inexpensive, formally innovative, modest in scale, and frequently self-made by artists.

Contemporary artists who explore the book format have challenged the form of the book as an information package, extended the idea of the book as object, and introduced a new medium of artistic expression. The tremendous explosion of titles of artist book works and zines has made the artist's bookwork an accessible and affordable work of art, introducing key contemporary artists to an alternate audience. The resulting dialog between the artist, the page, and the reader is consistently up for grabs, expanded and transformed through unexpected formats and novel, timely, and often controversial, content.

Drawing upon SMU Libraries’ collections, publishers, and collectors of artist's books, this exhibition surveys the recent history of one of the most important cultural trends in contemporary art.

 

The Illusion of Being: Photographic Works by Lynné Bowman Cravens, Ross Faircloth, and Ashley Whitt

March 22 – May 19, 2019
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 12-5 p.m. Sat.; 2-9 p.m. Sun.

Opening reception: Friday, March 22nd, 5 - 7 p.m.

Hawn Gallery / Hamon Arts Library
FREE; for more information call 214.768.3813.

The Illusion of Being is a three-person exhibition of photographic works by DFW based artists Lynné Bowman Cravens, Ross Faircloth, and Ashley Whitt. Each artist utilizes lens-based media to investigate notions of reality as perceived by the self. 

Segmenting and focusing on different body parts, Lynné Bowman Cravens creates abstract origami sculptures, which show a multiplicity present in our physical forms, and a disconnect with our mental selves. Through the use of mirrors, she invites the viewer to perceive themselves within layers of constructed compositions, enabling a reflection on where one begins and the other ends.

Utilizing a Sony PS4 and the game, Grand Theft Auto V, Ross Faircloth submerges himself into the uncanny valley of Los Santos. These images are captured in a documentary style throughout the large ‘sandbox’ style gameplay with the characters’ phone cameras. The images are printed with archival methods in the darkroom to add permanence to an image originating from what is normally an impermanent medium.

Ashley Whitt explores the inability to escape certain memories or thoughts in one’s mind. Through self-portrait, still life photographs, and GIFs, Whitt seeks to subvert the viewer’s perception of reality and the rational. These images and moving stills aim to rationalize the irrational and complicate the viewer’s perception. The images invite the viewer to become immersed in an optical illusion, possibly serving as metaphors for everyday experience.