UTD students and graduates collaborate for group art exhibition in September
by Meg Furey of The Assignment Desk, DFW, Pegasus News
DALLAS — 14 +1 art collective is making its Dallas debut next weekend with a unified performance called HELLO! The inaugural event of this freshly-formed collective will consist of works by local artists. In its manifesto, the 14+1 collective aims to incorporate various artistic mediums to “release the latest currents of thought and inspiration” by pulling apart and putting together their respective works, concepts, and points of view.
Performing and exhibiting at the event are Andy Amato, Emily Loving, Robin Myrick, F Kites, Frank Tringali, Hillary Holsonback, Paul Snelson II, T.J. Griffin, Val Curry, Willie Baronet, Yaseen Benhalim, and Danielle Georgiou and two art writers/historians: Leigh Arnold and Sandi Edgar. Together, these 14 attend or attended the University of Texas at Dallas where they studied art and humanities, in the disciplines of aesthetic studies, art history, or art and technology. They have all decided to come together to promote the arts in Dallas, specifically the creative process. Their aim is to “document the evolving process of producing work.”
Each artist will display three pieces of original work that could stand alone or be interpreted by the viewer as an integrated sum of parts brought together to make a whole, thus altering the experience of viewing art entirely. Works on display will consist of sculpture, photography, painting, and performance.
As for the + 1, well, that’s the audience, the alternate viewing collective that becomes a part of the work by virtue of being present.
Artist Danielle Georgiou has created a dance installation called “bien dans sa peau” (translated to “comfortable in one’s skin”) that will be performed at various times throughout the evening. Her aim is to introduce dance theatre in an alternative space. It is an interactive piece that will happen in and around the crowd at the gallery. Playing on the concept of “a happening,” once popularized in the mid-to-late 1960s as a multi-disciplinary performance that can take place anywhere with active participation of the audience, it is an effort to make the audience a part of the art. Georgiou cites her performance as one that keeps with the collective’s manifesto in that it “seeks to catalyze discussion and extend your mental problematic,” according to the manifesto. What does that mean? The collective can function as separate artistic entities or come together to create one piece of art, she explained.
Georgiou says the audience can expect an eclectic show that will introduce them to each artist but will also show that a diverse group of artists can work together toward a common goal and display a cohesive collaborative spirit.
The show is Saturday, September 10 from 5-8 p.m. in the Design District. Free drinks will be provided by Armadillo Ale; donations are welcome.
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