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Freeze by Kathy Lovas

Terrain Dallas

Kathy Lovas


July 10  – August 13, 2022

From July 10 - August 13 Terrain Dallas will host artist Kathy Lovas’ Freeze, an installation in response to climate change.  Lovas’ is a multi-disciplinary artist working in photography, sculpture, and installation. Her projects reference current and past events using familiar objects or words and she often draws on personal experiences in her narrative work. 

In Freeze, Lovas has transformed the remains of several Pittosporum bushes which were lost during the February 2021 freeze into sculptural omens. Their bare limbs, painted white, recall skeletal figures and sit starkly against the backdrop of the green lawn at Terrain Dallas.  The skeletal forms are situated amongst other familiar yard objects in the installation including a ceramic sun and moon with human features. These objects stand in silence over the ghostly sculptures, adding a layer of warning within the guise of whimsical yard art.

Normally a hardy evergreen flowering hedge adapted to the Texas growing zone, the Pittosporum skeletons highlight the fragility of organisms subjected to extreme and unusual weather resulting from global warming.  Lovas’ installation turns the landscape at Terrain Dallas into a graveyard, hinting at the coming effects of climate change and serving as an early warning that without human intervention, things will only get worse.

Kathy Lovas is a photographer and visual artist based in Dallas. She holds a B.S. degree in biology from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana and an MFA in photography from Texas Woman's University in Denton. She is a 1995 recipient of a Mid-America Arts Alliance National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in photography, and was a 1991 fellow of the American Photography Institute National Graduate Seminar at New York University. Selected solo exhibitions of her work include Lawndale Art Center, Galveston Art Center, Women and Their Work, and Liliana Bloch Gallery, Dallas. She has been a resident artist at Project Row Houses in Houston and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout Texas.  Kathy's work is represented by Liliana Bloch Gallery in Dallas. 

Founded by local artist and curator Iris Bechtol, Terrain Dallas is a public exhibition space located in Elmwood, a historic neighborhood in Oak Cliff - Dallas, TX. Terrain Dallas focuses on exhibiting temporary interventions by emerging artists in and around the landscape of a suburban home. Offering artists a place to experiment within an alternative setting, Terrain Dallas functions as a site of connection, exposing the community to new ideas and experiences through challenging works of contemporary art. 

Terrain Dallas is located at 1122 Elmdale Pl, Dallas, TX 75224
Viewing Hours: Seven days a week, daylight hours during exhibitions.

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