Mar 192014
 

In Memory 36x24

In Memory, 2014, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches

Kelli Vance – Myth Maker
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5th, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: April 5th – May 10th, 2014

Cris Worley Fine Arts is excited to announce our first solo exhibition of work by Houston-based artist Kelli Vance. Myth Maker opens Saturday, April 5th from 6 – 8pm with an artist’s reception and will run through May 10, 2014. Vance’s painted female figures have the air of a psychological thriller. The women in her paintings are in mysterious yet tense situations, their poses sometimes provocative or suggestive, but there is always an element of the unknown to the scenes created. Vance wants the viewer to become involved in her scenes, to make them feel as though they walked into a room while these events are taking place.

Myth Maker was inspired by Vance’s current living situation, a fourplex apartment building shared by 3 other single women. The old building has created interconnectedness between these women as they can often hear each other through the thin walls, and the aging nature of the building itself creates odd situations that the women share. This living arrangement has interested Vance in how space and circumstance inform the development of identity through a complex web of experiences.

Kelli Vance graduated from the University of Houston with her MFA in 2008. In 2009 her work was selected for a solo exhibition in the Texas Biennial in Austin. Vance’s work has shown across Texas as well as in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Mexico.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Feb 012014
 

the world in a shallowed shoreweb

the world in a shadowed shore, 2013, gouache, flashe, and thread on found paper, 12 x 12.5 inches

Maysey Craddock: the land is already shadow, the land is already sea
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 22, 5 – 6pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: February 22nd – March 29th, 2014

Cris Worley Fine Arts is excited to announce the land is already shadow, the land is already sea, a solo-exhibition by artist Maysey Craddock which will include an artist talk on February 22nd from 5 – 6pm. Craddock began her large-scale gouache paintings on deacidified found paper in 2003 and has since continued her exploration of both architectural and natural ruin. “[T]he object-ness of the bag, the wrinkled terrain, the history of use” are part of what attracts Craddock to her surfaces. These surfaces connect to Craddock’s work “focused on architectural ruin as a visual exploration of themes of impermanence, mortality, memory, and entropy.” However, the work for the land is already shadow, the land is already sea is based off of Craddock’s interaction with and documentation of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Craddock says of her latest subject: “I have been going to this place my entire life, and have seen the way it has changed in my lifetime, not to mention the 200 years or so since it has been settled. The works in this show are based on my own photographs which document the tiny stretches of natural coast that are left. The trees are grasping to hold it together, stitching land and sea. Ghosted husks of a fading world, they are like memorials to the memory of another land.”

Maysey Craddock currently lives and works in Memphis, TN and received her MFA in 2003 from Maine College of Art. She exhibits frequently throughout the United States and has been included in exhibitions at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, The Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, and the Dixon Museum of Art. Craddock has received many fellowship awards and has participated in artist residencies both in the US and Germany. Her work is also part of many public and private collections such as the Brooks Museum of Art, Federal Express, Nordstrom, and Pfizer Corporation, among others.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Jan 042014
 


Kaneq, 2013, flex neon, various plastics, LED, power source, 52 x 40 x 24 inches

Adela Andea: Zero Degrees Celsius
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11th, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: January 11th – February 15th, 2014

Cris Worley Fine Arts is excited to announce its second solo exhibition with new media artist Adela Andea. Romanian-born Andea is known for her elaborate light installations that create an all-encompassing visual experience for the viewer. The impetus for this exhibition, Zero Degrees Celsius, came from Andea’s recent trip to Alaska. After viewing the momentous glacier formations, Andea was inspired by the hues of white and glowing pastels of the ice and sought to simulate their ancient forms using modern technology.

For this exhibition, Andea continues to experiment with her medium, combining technical materials, such as magnifying lenses, LED lights, flex neon, and power sources, with organic motifs to construct otherworldly forms. Her purpose is to visualize the uncanny relationship man has with technology, a relationship that involves knowledge of the familiar and swift adaptation to ever-changing systems. The vibrant colors and varied textures create a playground for the eyes, allowing them to dance across Andea’s compositions with spontaneity and access the viewer’s personal experiences for interpretation.

Andea currently lives and works in Houston, Texas and received her MFA in 2012 from the University of North Texas in Denton. She exhibits frequently throughout Texas and her work was part of last year’s noted Texas Biennial. Andea’s work has been featured in many art fairs, including Scope Miami, the Dallas Art Fair, Art Miami, and the Houston Fine Art Fair, among others. Andea has also created site-specific installations for the Gensler architecture firm in Houston, the Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas, and will soon be participating in a group exhibition at the Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Nov 082013
 

Studio Dream, 2013, cast bronze, 17.5 x 18 x 16 inches

Harry Geffert: Studio Dreams

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 23, 6 – 8pm. Artist in attendance.

Exhibition dates: November 23, 2013 – January 4, 2014

Cris Worley Fine Arts is proud to announce its second solo exhibition of one of Texas’s leading bronze sculptors and founders, Harry Geffert. This exhibition entitled, Studio Dreams, explores Geffert’s obsession with the natural world through his unmatched ability to replicate its delicate details in fine bronze casting. This exhibition houses just that: the physical manifestation of Geffert’s remembrances of nature.  While some pieces are gnarly tree formations isolated atop pedestals to illustrate their status, others are flat wall- mounted compositions made of cast broom clippings and quinoa, that create large color field paintings of, in fact, large colorful fields. In recent years, Geffert has begun to blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture and Studio Dreams exemplifies his exploration of painting a picture with bronze.

Texas born and raised, Harry Geffert received his B.S. from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and his M.A. from New Mexico Highlands University in 1961. Geffert’s legendary reputation establishes him as an expert sculptor, educator and major contributor to the continuum of Texas art. In his fifty year career, he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the state, an NEA grant, and a Legend Award from the Dallas Visual Art Center. Geffert also established the sculpture department at Texas Christian University and fostered many aspiring artists there through 27 years of teaching. In the 1980’s Geffert left academia and started his own Green Mountain Foundry in Crowley, Texas. There he produced impeccable bronze castings for artists Joseph Havel, Linda Ridgway, James Surls, Vernon Fisher, Frances Bagley, Ken Little, Clyde Connell, and others and soon established his as the foremost foundry in Texas. Twelve years ago, Geffert closed the foundry to other artists to focus solely on his own artistic interests.

Harry Geffert’s work is housed in major public collections including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Modern Museum of Fort Worth.  Geffert’s work is also part of many exemplary private collections such as the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Nona Barrett and the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Hanley, both of Dallas.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com.  Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Oct 102013
 

Falling (detail), 2013, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

Charlotte Smith – Fall
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12th, 6 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 12th – November 16th, 2013

Cris Worley Fine Arts is proud to present new abstract paintings by Charlotte Smith in a solo exhibition entitled, Fall. This show will mark Smith’s sixth solo show curated by Cris Worley.  Smith’s dedication to abstraction allows the viewer to explore her compositions through their own library of images and experiences, leaving the subject of each painting up to one’s imagination. Over the course of her career, Smith has constantly pushed the boundaries of her medium beginning with layering drops of paint on canvas.  Before long, her layers evolved into spiky stacks of paint drops, then grew into long strings projecting from her canvas’ surfaces and, eventually, left the canvas to become three-dimensional sculptures.

Fall is specifically marked by Smith’s latest investigation into the juxtaposition of dark and light.  While some pieces seem to glow and are grounded through the use of deep navy, others seem much more ephemeral using off-whites and light pastels to give them a diaphanous quality.  Known for her “dot paintings”, Smith has pushed her dots into amorphous shapes, letting them layer in cloud-like formations that dance across the canvas while leaving her backgrounds more open and light.  In other works, Smith’s dots have transformed into drips, falling over the surfaces of the canvases to create veils of color that intermingle with each other.

Charlotte Smith received her MFA from the University of North Texas in 1999. Since then, she has had twenty solo shows in Texas and California and has been selected for nearly twenty juried exhibitions, often receiving awards. Recently, Smith was included in the travelling show, Obsessive Worlds, organized by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont.  Smiths’ work has been featured in two books, Texas Artists Today (2010) and The State of the Art: Contemporary Artists in Texas (2012). Her work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Southeast Texas, the South Texas Institute for the Arts, and several Neiman Marcus stores, as well as many significant private collections throughout the country.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com.  Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Sep 052013
 

Bamboo, 2013, archival photographic reconstruction, 37 x 37 inches

Rusty Scruby – He Sells Seashells
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 6 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 7 – October 5, 2013

Cris Worley Fine Arts is proud to present He Sells Seashells, a solo exhibition of recent work by Dallas-based artist, Rusty Scruby. He Sells Seashells will feature several of Scruby’s innovative reconstruction techniques where he breaks apart photographs, drawings, and objects and uses mathematical equations to find new and exciting ways to reassemble them into brilliant sculptural artworks.

Scruby’s interest in remembering and reconstructing one’s past history is a recurring theme that has laced through much of his work.  Continuing in this vein, Scruby has begun to use family photographs from outside of his family, and place them alongside his own.  The title of the show, He Sells Seashells, partially refers to Scruby’s experience growing up on Kwajalein Island and the large amount of time spent with his family at the beach, however seashells are also very symbolic for the artist and his process.

As seashells grow, they slowly expand from their center, adapting to and encapsulating the environment around them.  Because of this, the life history of the animal inside can be read through their shells.  To Scruby, this construction of past histories knit together and solidified into an object is significant.  By exploring his past through photographic reconstructions, Scruby is attempting to reweave his history and strengthen his connection to his past while, simultaneously, relating to others through the shared and universal medium of the family photograph.

Rusty Scruby has exhibited both nationally and abroad including exhibitions in Miami, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Philadelphia, Chicago and Seoul, South Korea. In 2010, Scruby received an National Endowment for the Arts grant for his solo exhibition presented by Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont.  His work is in major public collections including: the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Stephen Pyles Restaurant, Microsoft Corporation, Capital One, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com.  Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Jun 142013
 

Artist’s Statement (detail), 2013, urethane resin, approx 120 x 120 x 18 inches

Simeen Farhat – Word Play
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29th, 6 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: June 29th – August 3rd, 2013

Cris Worley Fine Arts is thrilled to announce Simeen Farhat’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, Word Play, opening June 29th, from 6pm-8pm and continuing through August 3, 2013.  Pakistani-born Farhat received her MFA from Texas Christian University in 2000, and currently lives and works in Texas.  Farhat uses the characters of various texts to invent calligraphy-like abstract forms out of cast resin.  She then entwines the resin pieces to create her amorphous sculptures.

For Word Play, Farhat has created several sculptures, including a large wall-based installation. This installation uses the words of her artist statement, which discusses her interest in “represent[ing] women’s inherent right to be expressive” and her process and intent as an artist.   Other works incorporate text from email and text communication, a subject Farhat is intrigued by as the sender’s intention can be masked by the cold format of the phone or computer screen.  Farhat’s multiculturalism is also highlighted by sculptures whose form is derived from the poetry of Rumi, Ghalib, Khyaam, and Fitzgerald (written in Farsi, Urdu, and English) chosen by Farhat because they “speak eloquently about life, death, love, freedom of thoughts, and philosophy.”

Simeen Farhat has exhibited frequently oversees including in Pakistan, London, the UAE, India, Finland and Germany.  In the United States, she has shown throughout Texas and in California, Chicago, Louisiana, and Philadelphia, among others.  Farhat has also received many awards and honors including several artist residencies both domestically and abroad.  Recently, she was asked to participate in the BT ArtBox project where artists from across the globe created sculptures based on the British telephone booth, to be displayed through the 2012 London Olympics and auctioned off for charity.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com.  Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Apr 252013
 

Shadow #4, 2013, oil on canvas, 36×48 inches

Ruben Nieto – Shadow Paintings
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18th, 6 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: May 18th – June 22nd, 2013

Cris Worley Fine Arts is excited to announce Dallas-based artist Ruben Nieto’s latest solo exhibition, ‘Ruben Nieto – Shadow Paintings’. The exhibition will open Saturday, May 18th from 6pm – 8pm with an artist’s reception and will continue through June 22nd, 2013. Comic books, Abstract Expressionism, the Pictures Generation, Pop Art and technology all converge in the work of Ruben Nieto. Since being exposed to American comics at an early age in Veracruz, Mexico, Nieto has been fascinated with popular imagery and culture. While earning his BFA from the Universidad de Guanajuato and his MFA in Arts and Technology from The University of Texas Dallas, Nieto was exposed to the masters of Modern art who have shaped both his aesthetic and process such as Jackson Pollock’s controlled drip technique, Robert Motherwell’s graphic cubist collage, and Willem de Kooning’s bold sense of color, among others.

Nieto uses Photoshop to digitally deconstruct comic book pages down to basic shapes and forms and uses those shapes to compose his canvases. Once completed, he sends the digital images overseas to be transformed into oil paintings by assistants, carrying on a longstanding tradition in the history of art of utilizing a workshop. He then, personally, adds the finishing touches to his canvases in his studio. Ruben Nieto’s Shadow series expands upon his theme of deconstruction and reconfiguring, creating an intriguing new narrative from seemingly unrelated imagery. He no longer integrates comic book characters or figurative forms into his visual lexicon, but the explosive use of color, graphic use of black, and animated motion all refer back to Nieto’s creative catalyst, the comic book.

Ruben Nieto has exhibited extensively throughout Texas as well as Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Canada, Mexico and the United States. He lives and works in Dallas, Texas and is currently a PhD candidate in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Richard Brettell, professor of Art History at UTD, Impressionism scholar, and former McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, will be writing a forward to an accompanying brochure on the exhibition.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Mar 232013
 

Surrogacy (detail), 2013, oil on canvas, 30×40 inches

Isabelle du Toit – New Paintings
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6th, 6 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: April 6th – May 11th, 2013

Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to announce Isabelle du Toit – New Paintings opening on April 6th, 2013 with a reception from 6pm – 8pm and continuing through May 11th.  While this will be du Toit’s first solo exhibition with Cris Worley Fine Arts, she has been a prominent part of the gallery and has shown with Worley since 2000.

Du Toit’s photorealistic portraits of animals (birds, mammals, insects, fish) and babies visualize the plight of man versus nature using wit, empathy and respect.  The smaller canvases portray animals alone in clean, dark voids very different from their natural habitats.  Du Toit’s detail is so fine that you can see each individual feather on the birds or the fine hairs of an animal’s coat.  In her larger works, life sized babies are juxtaposed next to her animals and the two connect through their isolation and vulnerability.  The artist heightens the effect by using chiaroscuro, which is the perfect vehicle to show illustrate her technical prowess.  Du Toit is greatly interested in wildlife conservation and frequently paints endangered species because of her concern regarding the destruction of wildlife by mankind.

Isabelle du Toit was born in Strasbourg, France and studied printmaking at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa.  She lived in Texas for many years and now lives and works in Fort Myers, Florida.  Du Toit’s work has exhibited nationally in Texas, California, Chicago, New York, Colorado, Seattle, and Florida, among others.  Internationally, her work has been shown in London and Panama City, Panama.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com.  Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.

Mar 232013
 

Fetus, 2012, Italian alabaster and marble, 3x12x8 inches

Celia Eberle – motherf
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6th, 6 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: April 6th – May 11th, 2013

Cris Worley Fine Arts is excited to announce Celia Eberle’s motherf opening with an artist reception Saturday, April 6th from 6pm – 8pm and continuing through May 11th, 2013.  Eberle is a well-known Dallas-based multimedia artist who describes her artistic pursuit as both “inexorable” (that which cannot be changed) and “inevitable” (that which always happens).   She employs natural materials such as bone, wood, coral, and stone into her works that frequently examine the relationship between man and nature.

In motherf, Eberle created a body of work that explores the idea of Mother Nature as an abused woman.  Aesthetically, Eberle’s work almost feels like something out of Grimm’s classic fairy tales, combining a mixture of the fantastical, whimsical, and sinister.  From castle turrets carved from bone, to a massive sculpture shaped like a human foot and made of newsprint, Eberle is interested in mankind’s need to control the natural order and for disposability, both of which negatively affect the world we live in.  There is another underpinning that can be found throughout the exhibition; the great equalizers, death and decay, are represented through many of the natural and fragile materials used in Eberle’s work.

Celia Eberle has exhibited extensively throughout Texas as well as in Chicago, New York and Oregon.  Her work is currently in the collections of: The Dallas Museum of Art, the J.Wayne Stark University Gallery at Texas A&M, and the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, Texas.

Cris Worley Fine Arts is located at: 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207. Our contact information is – Telephone: 214.745.1415, Email: inquiries@crisworley.com, Website: www.crisworley.com.  Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.