Stratiforms features the work of three artists who examine layers in the natural environment through photography, sculpture, and painting. These artists demonstrate acute observations of place, process, and materials, specifically in reference to wood and water. Robin Dru Germany portrays waterways in her recent series, titled Surface Tension, through photographs that reveal the parallel systems between water and air. Navigating the creeks, rivers and lakes from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast, Germany reveals these intertwined environments that are laden with implications for our future. Jason Makepeace excavates miniature kayaks and oars from whole logs in his Moldable Subtractions series. As an avid kayaker, these works honor the shape and form of the vessels he often uses to navigate our coastal waterways. Page Piland’s trompe l’oeil paintings reveal mirrored surfaces painted from the cross sections of reclaimed wood taken from sites he encounters in his daily life. These works examine our place in the natural environment and the origins of their materials and subjects, while excavating divisions between what is seen and imagined.
Robin Dru Germany (BA Tulane, Philosophy, MFA University of North Texas) was born in Houston, TX, and grew up further south in the small town of Friendswood. She has taught photography at Texas Tech University in Lubbock since 1996. Her work has been exhibited at the Society for Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, MO; at the New York Hall of Science; at Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; and at the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi. She has photographs in the collections of the Center for Photography Woodstock, The Boise Art Museum, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ.
Jason Makepeace is a sculptor living and working in League City, TX. His work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Texas, including pubic art projects at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Discovery Green, Houston. He received his BA from Charleston College, Charleston, SC, and MFA from the University of Houston. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Sculpture and Program Director for the Art & Design Program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Page Piland lives and works in Houston, TX. He was born in Austin, TX, and received a BFA from the University of Texas. While at UT, he served as art editor of student publications and worked at the Harry Ransom Center. Piland’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout Texas. His 2016 public art commission, Houston’s Tall Forest, is installed at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Artist Talks: Robin Dru Germany, Page Piland, and Jason Makepeace
Trained as a sculptor and painter, Chance Dunlap’s recent practice has focused on his passion for handmade fishing lures. Best Chance features a selection of Dunlap’s hand-crafted lures, along with examples of folk art lures from the artist’s personal collection. These works mirror Dunlap’s own experience and interests as a fisherman, collector, and maker of lures. Created with the utilitarian and hopeful gesture of attracting something you can’t see from the surface, Dunlap’s tackle making possesses the formal qualities of form, texture, and color, while also harboring a relationship to place.
In conjunction with the exhibition, visitors are invited to participate in an ongoing lure swap. Bring a lure and trade it for a selection of bait made by the artist.
Chance Dunlap was born and raised near Lubbock, TX, where big skies, cotton fields, and rural experiences have shaped his life and work. While in high school, his family moved to Sherman, TX, where, in the summer of 2003, he made his first sculpture in the backyard of his parents’ house – deciding instantly to become a practicing artist. Dunlap completed his undergraduate work at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK, just north of the Texas/Oklahoma border, and received an MFA in sculpture at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. His work continues to take clues from his rural roots, experiences, and personal interests. Dunlap is a proud member of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club (NFLCC) and regularly attends trade shows to educate others on the subject. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Tyler Museum of Art, the Bathhouse Cultural Center, Dallas, TX; and Fort Worth Community Arts Center. He is represented by Ro2 Art Gallery in Dallas, TX.
The Trinity River Project is a collaborative exhibition by Marcos Lutyens and Laray Polk, seeking to provide an opportunity for viewers (as readers and contemplators) to become uprooted in their perceptions of the Trinity River, then re-rooted in the spirit of new possibilities. This project began with a series of ten essays, recounting the complex history and relationship between Dallas and the Trinity River from pre-colonial times to date. The essays, published by D Magazine, were followed by a weekend of guided meditations conducted by Marcos Lutyens, and a physical exhibition at the Liliana Bloch Gallery in December, 2016. The presentation of this project at GAC traces the river from Dallas to the mouth of the Trinity River at Galveston Bay.
Marcos Lutyens’ practice has centered on the investigation of consciousness to engage the visitor’s embodied experience of art. Exhibitions of infinite scale and nature have been installed in the minds of visitors. His investigations have included research with social groups such as the third-gender Muxhe, Raeilians, synaesthetes, border migrants, space engineers, and mental architects to explore how unconscious mindsets shift across cultures and backgrounds. Lutyens has developed projects that involve our external surroundings. Works include interactions with pedestrian flows, social media dialogue, air quality levels, animal and biological intercommunication.
Lutyens has exhibited internationally such as at DOCUMENTA(13), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Royal Academy, the National Art Museum of China, and MoMA PS1. He worked in alliance with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev on the 14th Istanbul Biennial, where he also created a large-scale installation on a ship, as well as preparing the public program Thought Forms and Brain Waves: Neuro-Aesthetics and Art, which included some of the world’s leading neuroscientists. Lutyens recently launched his book Memoirs of a Hypnotist: 100 Days. Present and recent work includes projects at the Guggenheim Museum, NY, the Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, the Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, the Armory, NY.
Laray Polk is a multimedia artist and writer. Her interests include politics, media analysis, nuclear nonproliferation, and climate change. Her articles have appeared in print in The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, In These Times, and online at Rural America In These Times, Common Dreams, CounterPunch, Pacific Free Press, Sri Lanka Guardian, and Znet. Her multimedia exhibitions include Gaza Zoo (a project centered around the politics of captivity); and The Beautiful Obstacle (a history of the military-industrial complex at MIT). Research projects include the study of Cambodian palm-leaf manuscripts at Cornell University, interviews with Navajo Code Talkers in New Mexico, and travel to living Mayan communities and archeological sites in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve.
Polk and Noam Chomsky co-authored the book Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe in 2013. A second book on sea-level rise is forthcoming.
These exhibitions are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.