JULY 14 – August 19, 2018
Opening Reception Saturday, July 14, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artists’ talks at 6:30 PM
Timothy Harding’s exhibition Unfurled includes works that explore the fluid relationship between pictorial space and the three-dimensional realm through hardedge geometric patterns and manipulated surfaces. Harding’s work navigates spatial relationships between drawing, painting, and sculpture, through dimensional paintings and sculptural installations. His work engages the viewer through the familiarity of controlled line and shape, while containing gestural and physical distortions that evoke a sense of something gone awry.
Timothy Harding received his MFA from Texas Christian University and BFA from Texas Woman’s University. His work has appeared at venues including Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX; The Power Station, Dallas; Florida State University Museum of Art, Tallahassee; SCENE Metrospace, East Lansing, MI; The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX, Box 13 ArtSpace, Houston, TX; And Gallery, Jackson, MS; and 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX. He was a founding member of the collective Homecoming! Committee and has participated in residencies at the Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art; the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, where he received an education fellowship. Harding was a 2009 recipient of Kimbrough Fund Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art and 2016 Artist Microgrant from the Nasher Sculpture Center. He is Assistant Professor of Art at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. He is represented by Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas.
Susannah Mira uses commercial side-stream as her starting point, transforming piles of excess material into sculpture. In manipulating repetitive, geometric units into organic shapes, Mira reinstates the logic of nature into a production cycle that emphasizes profits over planetary stewardship. Her installation, Lighter than Air, employs the metal mesh of used air filters in pieces that appear to float exuberantly in space. The artist adds depth to these delicate forms by employing the brash palette used to designate various workplace hazards. For Mira, these elements serve as a signal to remain conscious of environmental issues, particularly in a political landscape that diminishes their importance.
Susannah Mira earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Art at the University of Art & Design Helsinki (now Aalto University) in 2008, however, she considers her experiential education, gained by living and working at Arcosanti, the Chinati Foundation, Earthship Biotecture, and other aesthetic outposts equally important. Mira has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and has been awarded close to two dozen artist residencies throughout North America, including opportunities at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and with Signal Fire. Born in San Francisco and raised in a nondescript Philadelphia suburb, she has been based in Houston since 2013, where she maintains a studio at BOX 13 ArtSpace.
Kalee Appleton’s work deals with the nature and materiality of photography through the enduring tradition of landscape photography. Supplementary Scenes explores the objectivity of idealized landscapes and utopian worlds depicted in the photographic backdrops commonly used in mainstream photography studios. Like many photographs throughout history, these objects force viewers to question truth and contemplate the mechanical nature of photography, as the pure purpose of these backdrops is to exist as a false contextual object in the aid of transporting a sitter to an idealized world. The imagery produced not only acts as a supplemental scene to a portrait, but also exists to fulfill the desires of the commissioners and sitters of the portrait.Appleton skews and distorts perceptions of space, transforming these backdrops into the sculptural subjects of her photographs. The medium is further pushed into the sculptural realm with irregularly shaped frames. Imagery either responds to the grain of the wood frame or follows the perimeter of the folded landscape, pulling the photograph from the gallery wall while depicting the 3D altered landscape on a 2D surface.
Kalee Appleton is a photography-based artist and educator living in Dallas, TX. Originally from Hobbs, NM, she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and received a BFA in Photography in 2005. After graduation she worked as a corporate and aviation photographer, and she later attended Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she received an MFA in 2014. Appleton exhibits her work regionally at Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas and has exhibited nationally at Filter Photo, Chicago, IL; Houston Center for Photography; and Fotofest International, Houston, TX.