Join us this summer as we look back and enjoy a collection of works that explore meaning through abstraction. Doug Gray’s avian forms reduce nature to its essence in both shape and spirit. Arranged in groups, these ceramic birds portray—and evoke—human emotion, as they confirm the enduring power of human connection in the face of adversity. Johannes Boekhoudt similarly distills a range of emotions in his black and white drawings. He attacks the paper with forceful, aggressive lines, some of which coalesce into self portraits of an artist in a passionate struggle to find his place in the world, while others reveal a seemingly inescapable conflict between rich and poor, rulers and ruled, the elite and the common. In contrast to the explosive, spontaneous strokes of Johannes’s works, the lines in Kenneth Burris’s drawings are finely drawn and meticulously detailed. The images they convey, however, are no less expressive and no less powerful. Kenneth presents urban landscapes that combine realistic imagery (skyscrapers, power lines, satellite dishes) with fantastical details (pyramids, thorn trees, fishermen) that force us to question how we perceive our own “real” worlds. Each of these artists shares an ability to see past the surface and to express the essence of his subjects.
JM Gallery is excited to work with photographer and teacher Frank Lopez in presenting an exhibition of works by local photographers who explore the limits of technology and chemistry through experimental processes that challenge our notions of how photographs are made. These artists use a variety of processes—some old, some new, and some in combination—to create images that cannot be reproduced using standard methods. Frank, for example, scratches, tears, and bleaches exposed Polaroid film and then scans and retouches the images to create abstract works that illustrate the process itself. Susan Sponsler-Carstarphen offers cyanotype images on fabric that recall ancient “wanted” posters, but present portraits of men and women standing up for victims of racial profiling and police brutality. Amy Holmes George’s ziatype prints are still lifes composed of babies, duckies, ring toys, and children’s clothing that appear at once concrete and dreamlike; familiar, yet strangely haunting. Kathy Lovas presents Police Blotter, an artist’s book in which Polaroid pinhole photographs of newspaper crime reports, school photos, and encyclopedia texts are layered to pose the questions: “Who will become a criminal?” and “Who will become a victim?” And Peter Blackburn works with gum bichromate printing, a 19th-century technique that produces rich, painterly images, to capture the energy of dance.
JM Gallery is pleased to present a collection of porcelain assemblages by Linda Gossett. Starting with a curious cache of found objects, Linda recasts and playfully reassembles her material into talismanic figurines that appear both familiar and absurd. Mass-produced, plaster tchotchkes become refined collectibles in the style of 18th-century European ceramics—refined but nonsensical, as hands emerge from birds’ breasts, shoes grow out of a duck’s head on a deer’s body, and children’s legs run away with an eagle. This is an imagery of contrast meant to challenge our preconceptions. Where we normally expect to see cheap plaster knickknacks, we see light, fragile porcelain; but then, where we expect to see elegant subjects, we see new forms of absurdity and incongruity. With such contrasts, Linda questions cultural values—what do we value, what do we desire, and where does the desire for possession enter the conversation? As she explains, “I offer my art as a springboard for the imagination.”
During his adrenaline-filled career as a military photographer, Jeremy Lock documented battles, disasters, and everyday life in Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, Haiti, Mongolia, and many other locations. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for distinguished service in Iraq, and was named Military Photojournalist of the Year seven times. Though no longer in the military, Jeremy’s intense vision and passion continue to motivate and inspire him and his work. He travels constantly, documenting landscapes that evoke the frightening power and awesome beauty of our world and capturing images of the people who occupy it that evoke the essence and reality of humanity at its finest and its worst. As he explains, "Not only do I get to live my life, but I've been able to live the lives of those I photograph, even if it was just for a moment. I thrive on sharing those experiences." For this show, Jeremy shares his experiences with a collection of aerial landscapes and portraits from around the world. The vistas and people, though far-flung and diverse, are united in his photographs by pattern, shape, color, and texture. African deserts, Alaskan tundra, an old man’s face—all very different, yet with so much in common, if we know how to look. These photographs help us to see past our differences and understand how much of the world and our human experience within it are held in common.
Black & White
JM Gallery opens its third year with Black & White, an exhibition of drawings by Johannes Boekhoudt. Johannes is an internationally acclaimed artist whose works have shown in galleries and museums in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States. He is best known for large, expressionistic paintings that reveal social injustice and lay bare the suffering and loss caused by hatred, intolerance, and arrogance. The works in this show explore similar themes, but on a different scale. Here, Johannes offers drawings, primarily in black and white, that are smaller and more personal—but no less expressive and impassioned—and his presence is felt in each forceful stroke. We sense not only the power of their messages, but also the intensity of the artistic and spiritual force that created them. In this way, Johannes exploits the power of drawing as a medium. As he explains: “The pencil gives way to a powerful freedom of expression, which expresses the traces of each movement of the hand. With longing, I dream that this sense of freedom is able to reach those who feel trapped and anxious in a world without freedom.” That dream is realized through the purity and immediacy of the black and white drawings that evoke both the struggles and hopes of life in an often troubled age.
Jay Bailey, Doug Gray, and Susan Perkins work in different mediums, but they share a powerful aesthetic and vision. Each expresses volumes with just a few simple gestures. The vision they express with those gestures is one of hope in a world where people too often feel threatened and alone. In Jay’s paintings and drawings, line and color coalesce into uneasy, conflicted figures that we see as embodiments of the “other” but also as reflections of ourselves—despite perceived differences, the human condition is shared. Doug creates dramatic narratives in ceramics, using abstract avian forms to express the power of human connection in the face of anxiety and the unknown. And Susan weaves fiber and paper into clean, calligraphic forms that both represent and embody the interconnected nature of our community; a community that is at once beautiful and damaged, yet inextricably bound together. We invite you to come enjoy the works of Jay, Doug, and Susan and to share with us in their vision.
JM Gallery presents the work of two women who find beauty in unexpected materials. Lesli Robertson fuses concrete and textiles in provocative objects that force us to question the boundaries between brutal strength and refined delicacy. In works featured in this show, Lesli uses detritus from her life and studio, including woven pieces, broken forms, and pieces cut from earlier works to create “Remnants,” a series of new forms that document and comment on the material objects that define the work of her hands. Shayema Rahim transforms drab wax into brilliantly colored encaustic paintings, full of emotion and spirit, that reveal her passion and let us share it with her. Painting in encaustic combines beeswax, resin, and pigment into deep, complex layers and allows Shayema to create lyrical works whose textures, colors, and patterns evoke the rhythm and tone of music and to express the emotional struggles and joys that have defined her as a person and an artist.
JM Gallery is proud to present a show featuring work by Kenneth Burris and Sam Watson who both seek to explore the process of creation. Kenneth exploits the control and human intimacy of drawing in a collection of dystopian landscapes that question what it means to be “real” in a digital world. His drawings investigate the unrest and alienation felt in relation to mental, social, and physical landscapes in the contemporary world. Sam brings the inside outside in his bronze figures by literally opening them up to reveal the secrets of the casting process and allowing us to see familiar objects with new eyes. Tools used but normally discarded become essential elements of design. His sculptures make us stop and realize the essential beauty of the mundane structures that hold our worlds together.
JM Gallery presents a solo show of sculpture by Jason Mehl that embody and reveal the morphology of recollection. Jason appropriates basic forms and reinterprets them using the language of erosion, decay, growth, and the passage of time to create moments of discovery, points of interest that grab our attention and appear at once familiar but undefined. Jason started his artistic career with a studio in Seoul in 2008, and his works embrace a unique blend of Eastern and Western influences. He returned home to continue his endeavors in Dallas in 2013 and has exhibited widely across Texas as well as internationally.
To celebrate its first anniversary, JM Gallery presents a collection of abstract, multilayered vistas by Michael Sutton and Diana Antohe that appear familiar yet exotic. Michael works in glass and steel. Inspired by the urban environment, he sees beauty where others see decay, and he shares his vision with us in a collection of works that evoke satellite views of a radiant earth. Diana’s hand-colored etchings offer intimate views of a dream world. Some are filled with graceful, balletic lines; others call to mind craggy desert plains; all are sublime and glow with color.
JM Gallery is excited to open the year with an exhibition featuring three artists whose works embody contradictions. Ann McIntyre translates the shapes of discarded trash into multicolored and richly textured prints that reveal the overlooked beauty of the world around us. Rob Aikey explores the relationship between predictability and random chance with paintings that appear both carefully composed and spontaneous. Scott Shubin offers steel forms that appear industrial and elegant, stable and unsteady, powerful and intimate. To paraphrase Walt Whitman, the works in this show are large; they contain multitudes.
JM Gallery presents Kyle Hobratschk and Shelley Scott, two artists who challenge our perception of space. Kyle offers a series of intimate, aquatint prints and monumental oil paintings of architectural structures that call to mind cornerstones, headstones, ancient temples, barns, warehouses, and silos. But these are not actual buildings. Rather, they are imaginary constructs that are viewed equally as powerful structures or containers of vacant space. Kyle presents them from multiple perspectives and orientations, creating juxtapositions that animate and give new meaning to the spaces they both occupy and define. Shelley’s sculptural images blend our perception of two- and three-dimensional space. Solid objects appear to be flat, two-dimensional drawings. Two-dimensional drawings appear to have solid, three-dimensional form. And the solid/flat objects merge with the flat/solid drawings to challenge the way we make visual sense of the spaces around us.
JM Gallery presents a juried exhibition of sculpture by members of the Texas Sculpture Association (TSA). The exhibition begins with an opening reception on September 19, from 5:00 to 8:00, and runs through October 31. A panel of three distinguished judges–Mark LaRoe, Jed Morse, and Gail Sachson–chose the works in the exhibition and will determine which ones will be awarded Best in Show, Runner Up, and Honorable Mention at an event to be held on October 16, in conjunction with the Aurora Festival. Since 1983, the TSA has been offering programs and events aimed at educating sculptors and their collectors and promoting the role of sculpture in shaping the spirit and character of our urban environment. Its members have helped inspire an excitement for the arts in North Texas and they have shown at numerous local and national venues. JM Gallery is pleased to collaborate with the TSA in advancing its goals through the presentation of this exciting exhibition of their works.
Featured Artists: Rebecca Boatman, Jim Bowman, Karmien Bowman, Jim Brightwell, Reba Browning and Glen Spelis, Michelle Crider, Jerry Dodd, Antoaneta Hillman, Rebecca Low, Jim Mace, Roberta Masciarelli, Jill Nonnemacher, Nan Phillips, Stephen Potter, Carlyn Ray, Marco Rubino, Breanne Schwarz, Cathy Shepherd, Scott Shubin, Shelley Smith, Robertus Van der Wege, Sam Watson, and Carole Wolanow.
JM Gallery presents works by three women whose art transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Melanie Millar is fascinated by ornamental forms and the universal human impulse to embellish. She extracts interlace and floral forms from their context as elements of fabric design and recontextualizes them in her paintings as “pure” form. The resulting images signify and at the same time embody the pleasure-producing forms of “mere” decoration, forcing us to reconsider the distinction between “art” and “decoration.” Sasha Baskin draws on a loom, weaving beautifully detailed portraits from silk and tencel. The shading and tonality of her images are created by variations in the woven structure that create patterns of light and shadow. Through her process of weaving as drawing, Sasha creates a dialog between the tonality and apparent spontaneity of the “art” of drawing and the process-oriented and structured “craft” of weaving. Fari Rahimi creates deceptively simple geometric forms from steel, glass, and paint. Long rectangular bands cut through raw, heavy steel, reveal colorful forms that dance behind fragile glass rods. As Fari explains, this imagery suggests the eye slit in a traditional purda, or burqa, through which many Islamic women view the world, and it represents how women interact with narrow segments of their worlds through the physical and metaphorical barriers that surround them.
JM Gallery is pleased to present the works of Shawn Saumell and Doug Gray, artists whose works challenge the way we see the worlds around us. Shawn explores how photography shapes the way we perceive reality. His “landscapes” are otherwordly scenes researched, designed, sculpted from various materials, assembled from found objects, painted, composed, and then photographed. Elements of the natural world exist somewhere between fantasy and actuality, as the familiar and unfamiliar are joined to create dream worlds made real and credible by photography. Doug is a ceramicist who shows us hidden beauty in everyday realities we often take for granted. His works capture and display the natural beauty of his clay medium, which he molds into curved, flowing canvases for the subtle colors and patterns that emerge during the firing process.
JM Gallery is proud to present three artists who bring new life to traditional forms. Jay Bailey and Ryan Rankin paint in watercolors, and Delaney Smith who crumples, folds, and binds paper into sculpture. The works in this show play with relationships between material and meaning. Ink and paint appear as abstract line and color, but they also coalesce, as if by magic, into classical nude figures and nocturnal forests. Bound sheets of wrinkled paper are unmistakably pages from books, but at the same time they are appealing as abstract, geometric forms. By so openly blending media with subject matter, the artists force viewers to actively engage with their works, making them see familiar forms with new eyes.