Dirty New Rococo by Homeland Security
DATES: May 24- June 21 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday- May 24, from 4:00pm to 10:00pm
LOCATION: Lindsey and Patrick Collins’ Cedars Home
1415 Beaumont St
Dallas, TX 75215
CONTACTS: Eli Walker, Curator email@example.com
Kelly Kroener, Curator firstname.lastname@example.org
Homeland Security is pleased to invite you to Dirty New Rococo; a group-show comprised of nine local and national artists. The artists have been selected for their aesthetic sensibilities to the 18th century, French movement and their correlation to contemporary art practices. Homeland Security proposes that the Rococo period was less about being decorative and more of an indication of lavishing the wealthy in a time of political turmoil. Art practices have arisen to echo this sentiment through different forms of irony, spectacle, adornment and an overall acceptance of post-modernism.
The artists selected represent a contrast to this state of affairs by diligently working from within and outside of the current art structure. Many of the artists run their own studio spaces as an alternate strategy for escaping a market model- the same model that can be recognized as restrictive to a progressive dialog for burgeoning forms of art. All of the artists have overcome difficulties to advance their career by embracing and celebrating their own unique vision. Special thanks goes to Lindsey and Patrick Collins for opening their Cedars property and for their advocacy to art production in the Cedars neighborhood.
In the spirit of Larry Rivers and Frank O’Hara:
“Embrace the Bourgeoisie. One hundred years of grinding our teeth have made us tired.”
-How To Proceed In The Arts (1955)
Homeland Security presents Dirty New Rococo:
Edmund Chia was born in Singapore and now lives and works in Chicago where he operates PEREGRINEPROGRAM- an influential artist-run gallery. He is also currently a faculty member of the painting department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he gets to share his love and knowledge of painting.
Alex DiJulio grew up in Philadelphia and received his BFA for sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art. With his art partner, Samantha McCurdy, he is a founding and active member of SCAB collective in Dallas. Together they also run That That Studio, a live/work/gallery space in Fair Park. DiJulio’s sculptural practice involves found materials and often uses site-specific elements for installation.
Heyd Fontenot was born in Louisiana and now lives and works in Dallas. He currently is the director of UNT’s CentralTrak, an artist residency in the Fair Park area of Dallas. Fontenot produces a very distinct and prodigious body of figure drawings and paintings that are often sexual and playful. As well as creating his individual work, he also has curated many shows around Texas.
Matthew Jansen grew up in Minnesota and received his BFA from the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul in 2005, where he later held positions as assistant gallery director and sculpture technician. Jansen received his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He now lives and works in Baltimore and has shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art as a finalist for the 2010 and 2012 Sondheim Prize. Jansen describes his work as “Baroque constructions that coyly celebrate tragic facades of excess and indulgence while confronting the loss of Modernist ideals.”
Brian K. Jones has been collaborating for 20yrs with Brian K Scott as the “Art Duo” Chuck & George since their graduation from UNT in Denton. They were both trailblazers of the Bishop Arts area in Oak Cliff, Dallas and were fundamental to its cultural community. He and his art partner Brian K. Scott were both recipients of 2013 Masterminds award from the Dallas Observer.
Samantha McCurdy grew up in Philadelphia and received her BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. Along with DiJulio, she is a founding and active member of SCAB collective in Dallas. She runs That That Studio, a live/work/gallery space in Fair Park. As well as painting, McCurdy also maintains her social practice of organizing events in their studio.
Rueben Melendez recently received his BFA from the University of Texas in Arlington for sculpture. Melendez mixes his sculptural practice with his experience in bodybuilding to address various notions of masculinity and sexuality.
Easton Miller was born in Indiana and received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. While in Chicago he ran a popular artist-run gallery called Thrones. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he is a frequent contributor to Beautiful/Decay magazine. Miller describes his work as ‘portraits of circumstance’ and often utilizes three-dimensional materials to interact with the painted patterns he creates.
Brian K. Scott has been collaborating for 20yrs with Brian K. Jones as the “Art Duo” Chuck & George since their graduation from UNT in Denton. They live and work in the Bishop Arts area in Oak Cliff, Dallas and were fundamental to its community. Scott and his art partner Brian K. Jones were both recipients of 2013 Masterminds award from the Dallas Observer.