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Our next exhibition will open October 15, 2016 / 6-9pm

Gray Matters Gallery is proud to present:


Image: Stacey Fisher

Not Monumental
Curated by Jimmie Hudson
October 15-November 23, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15, 6-9pm
Gallery hours: Saturdays / 1-4pm and by appointment / 214-824-7108.

Three contemporary artists extend the notion of materials, the found object, and the tension between individual authorship and cultural ownership. Josephine Durkin, Stacy Fisher, and Jay Henderson investigate the power of the small object. Oddity and quirkiness characterize the mishmash of diverse materials in these artworks at Gray Matters Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

Josephine Durkin builds relief sculptures by combining studio leftovers. Formerly discarded wooden cutoffs, negative shapes from the cutting of linoleum drawings, and plastic casts of leftovers like sewn paper and bubble wrap provide the pool of shapes, volumes, lines and palettes for these new constructions. There is a cultural ownership in these materials; most can be purchased from the local hardware store. The result is a uniformed cohesion in high relief, made harmonious by Durkin’s designer color schemes.

Stacey Fisher makes sculpture that has a solid relationship to the floor and wall. Though small and vulnerable, the forms appear forceful and confident. They are deceptively simple, yet unique, carefully constructed through a combination of hydrocal, burlap, wire, mesh, and house paint. Though abstract in nature, the forms reference something familiar, like a common domestic symbol. Little effort is made to disguise the earthy and commonplace materials of these quirky small works.

Jay Henderson encases found objects, random papers, and trash into cohesive objects by the use of a hot glue gun and metallic leafing. The glue is the subject matter. Like Fisher, he does not attempt to the conceal materials, and the process of encasement is the artwork’s power. Henderson unifies the disparate into a whole. These objects, either free standing or mounted as relief, are true eye candy--sensual and enticing.

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Past Exhibitions

2016

Ticka Arts 3rd Gallery Exhibition
February 6-March 19, 2016

For the next month Ticka Arts marks its third gallery exhibition with our artists by exhibiting works at Gray Matters. Images presented by our artists vary in content. Our artists are not only commenting on motherhood and age, but also the complexities of the social media dialogue. Defining who we are as a society - every artist has taken a role in presenting works that are not only thought provoking and poetic, but also raw and sometimes emotional.  Each artist has taken their own path to discovering how we exist in this world, and they have done so like many photographers – with the click of a shutter.
Artists: Hannah Leeber; Tytia Habing; Tiffany Smith; Anna Marcell; Trish Simonite; Ashley M. Jones; Lyndsay Carroll; Danielle Khoury; Melinda Hurst Frye; Eliana Cetto; Ashley Whitt; Jamie Carayiannis; Ross Faircloth. 

2015

Chirality: Defiant Mirror Images / Curated by Charissa N. Terranova 
October 24-December 12, 2015

Panel discussion with artists and curator – Thursday, October 29, 7 pm

Artists – Ellen Levy, Jeff Gibbons, Luke Harnden, Trent Straughan, Alan and Michael Fleming, and Steve Oscherwitz.

Art meets science in Chirality: Defiant Mirror Images. This exhibition plays out the unique agency of chiral forms – their asymmetrical symmetry, how they look alike and act differently, and their ability to spin light out into space (or optical activity) – when introduced to the realm of art.  Invoking “agency” in terms of the dynamics of chiral form, the exhibition sets in relief new models of form-making, individuation, and social action.

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A Flexible Arrangement, a group exhibition featuring works by Sterling Allen, Kalee Appleton, Josh Rios, Barry Stone, Kevin Todora, and Casey James Wilson, curated by Nathan Green. 

March 28- April 26, 2015

Close to a trillion photographs will be taken in 2015.  The proliferation of the image within our ever-connected society has undoubtedly impacted our perception of reality, as well as reality itself.  We consume hundreds, if not thousands of images on a daily basis searching for truths, fully knowing that the photographic image can lie.  The act of photographing is fraught with subjectivity and the photograph itself is not an accurate depiction of things as they actually exist- the camera changes everything.

Now more than ever before, we are aware of the ways that a photograph can exaggerate, mask, and distort reality.  The artists in "A Flexible Arrangement" celebrate the distortions.  They explore the potential of the medium, as well as the failures, slippages, and fractures in photographic representation by physically or digitally manipulating the image, re-photographing it, or making it into sculptural form.  A Flexible Arrangement embraces the endless possibilities of manipulating the photographic image.

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"Ergo; Superergo" New work by Vance Wingate
February 7 to March 21, 2015

Yes, Vance owns Gray Matters Gallery, and is doing a show of his own work, therefore the name.

Some drawings, some paintings, some collages. Going back over 20+ years of artwork developed, some shown, many not, I found images and forms that resonated in new and different ways with the distance of time and changes wrought by age, attitude and circumstances. The reviewing of these earlier works prompted a reconsideration of them in my current work, brought on thoughts of entropy and passage of time, what is important now and what can still be viable in my current work and thought processes. The works presented are the beginning of that review and renewal of earlier ideas, techniques and avenues of investigation. My fascination with materials and formal elements is still forefront in every work, as well as indulgence in found materials and objects and repurposed images as basis for certain series of works. 

2014

"The Stuff of Legend", March 15 to May 10, 2014.
Curated by Margaret Meehan.

This exhibition brings together a diverse range of artists who reference mythic figures, evoking gender, fame, popular culture and politics. Using sculpture, painting, photography, works on paper and video these artists ask: how do we understand our world in an age of constantly changing, copied, pasted and linked information? Does historical context have a place in an ever-evolving present when most of what we see, hear and read is based on a subtle mix of truth, distortion and lies? The show will include the melancholy glam rock performance of Glitter Chariot; uncomfortably humorous and horrific work by both Libby Black and Lauren Woods; and sculptures by Gregory Ruppe and TJ Hunt, who reference art historical icons. All eight artists ask us to pause in the space between fact and fiction, playing on the assumed distance between collective memory, reinvention and pure imagination.
Featuring work by:

Libby Black / San Francisco, CA
Glitter Chariot
/ Los Angeles, CA & Tampa, FL
TJ Hunt
/ Austin, TX
Jim Nolan
/ Houston, TX
Carlos Rosales Silva
/ New York, NY
Gregory Ruppe
/ Dallas, TX
Samantha Scherer
/ Seattle, WA
Lauren Woods
/ Dallas, TX

2013

“The Artists’ Commission”

Curated by Sally Warren

November 1 to December 14, 2013.

Dallas/Fort Worth and national artists examine the multiple legacies of the 1963 assassination of JFK, scrutinizing topics such as cultural violence, mourning, collective denial, identity and celebrity.

Participants include: Mary Wallings Blackburn, Christopher Blay, Celia Eberle, Heyd Fontenot, Ann Glazer, Annette Lawrence, Susan Magilow, Louis Mallozzi, Francisco Moreno, Kurt Mueller, Ruben Nieto, Savannah Niles, Laray Polk, Ryder Richards, Vincent Ramos, Carolyn Sortor, Noah Simblist, Susan Teegarten, Terri Thornton, Vance Wingate. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, on November 8th, beginning at 7:00 p.m., there will be a panel discussion entitled “Welcome to Nut Country” at CentralTrak, UTD’s Artist Residency and Gallery at 800 Exposition Ave., Dallas, TX 75226.

The discussion will feature professors Tom Stone, Southern Methodist University, and Michael Phillips, Collin County College, and will be moderated by exhibition curator Sally Warren.

Gray Matters Gallery is located at 113 N. Haskell Ave., Dallas, TX, between Elm and Main in East Dallas, near Deep Ellum.

"The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state.” – John F. Kennedy

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"Made In Oak Cliff"
George Green, Jack Mims, Jim Roche, Bob Wade, Mac Whitney

Organized by Bob Wade, Leigh Arnold & Vance Wingate

June 1 to August 30, 2013 

“Made in Oak Cliff”, an exhibition featuring members of the Oak Cliff 4 group who were instrumental in bringing national arts attention to Dallas in the 1970’s, were influential in the development of many institutions that still exist in the DFW area as well as many artists who still work and reside in Dallas and surrounding areas.
The group of artists, George Green, Jack Mims, Jim Roche, Bob Wade and Mac Whitney worked in a loose community based in Oak Cliff, where cheap, spacious studios and living spaces could be found. The work reflects the humor and free-wheeling spirit of the time, using found imagery in photographs to comment on how the West was perceived by most people outside of Texas (Wade), paintings and collages that used humorous news items from well meaning deities (Mims), drawings of cockroaches and reptiles as denizens of an alternate world (Green), clothing from K-Mart and western wear enshrined in acrylic (Whitney) and humanoid cacti sculptures (Roche). Together the work made pointed commentary on historical as well as current events in Dallas, in Texas, and the United States at the time.


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"Road Agent @ Gray Matters"

Curated by Christina Rees

March 11 to May 10, 2014

Christina Rees curated work by Peter Ligon and Corbett Sparks, two artists she represented at her gallery Road Agent, for a tremendous exhibition of work with understated impact. Ligons paintings of landscapes in Vermont, and ink drawings of iconic Dallas "landmarks" juxtaposed uniquely with Sparks "portraits" of animals, which focused only on their open, snarling mouths.


2012

"Duplicity"

The Art Foundation (Joshua Goode, Ryder Richards, Lucia Simek, Andrew Douglas Underwood)

October 27 to December 15, 2012

The Art Foundation presents Duplicity, an examination of the alterego as haven for artistic experimentation. Concerned with the increasing burden of reputation stultifying/stymieing the creative process, the exhibit considers the artist choosing the notorious path of the doppelganger or other, under which all sins are parody and morality can be seen as mere psychological foibles. As a consciously created other used to fuel a subconscious desire the alter-ego allows for psychological freedom from the known ‘self’ in which the brave/cowardly may pursue paths often much more playful, interesting or outspoken. In true artist fashion many participants in “Duplicity” question or justify the need for this schizophrenic role within a post-Fordist, capitalistic economy, while others revel in the freedom to explore intellectual quandaries, experimental media, and display methods outside of their traditional gallery practice.

Theoretically, the alter-ego’s multiplicity is an artificial duality promoting unfulfilled desires by negating recognized identity as a qualifier. This anonymity leaves only objects and embedded concept as the artist sheds associated status. Capitalizing on this highly democratic method of exhibiting The Art Foundation has invited a range of internationally famous and virtual newbie artists to participate in the exhibition. Recognizing the internet as a primary source of avatar dissemination we will also provide a partner online exhibition.

Within the paradox of multiple identities, often the response to the other becomes primary, in essence overshadowing and consuming the original identity. Nodding to this phenomena fame as persona will also be examined through the artistic lens. 

The Art Foundation is a Dallas-based art collective that aims to cultivate rigorous artistic dialogue and innovative art exhibition stragedies. Joshua Goode, Ryder Richards, Lucia Simek, and Andrew Douglas Underwood are The Art Foundation.

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