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WAKE: Ian Weaver

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts - The Art Galleries at TCU

There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, September 9th, 6-8pm and the artist will give a talk in the gallery on Saturday, September 10th at 2pm as part of the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association Fall Gallery Walk. 

Ian Weaver’s interdisciplinary artistic practice explores memory and considers how individuals and communities construct their own identities. His attention is particularly focused on the communities of the Near West Side of Chicago, specifically the “Black Bottom” area. Large parts of this multi-ethnic community were destroyed in the 1950s to construct an expressway, and as a result, residents lost much of their material history. From this point of loss, Weaver has constructed a fictional community including a fictitious group, the Black Knights. Merging his interest in medieval heraldry and black activism, Weaver presents the group as a symbolic force of social and political power in the fight for survival amidst displacement and regeneration.

At Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Weaver continues his imaginary construction of this shattered community, and responds to “wake” with a selection of objects that collectively weave together intersecting concerns of memory and identity. In reference to Christina Sharpe’s writings on representations of Black life, Weaver considers multiples understandings of “wake” – the temporary and ephemeral path behind a boat, a social ritual associated with funerals and a celebration of the dead, and the idea of awakening or becoming conscious. Referencing historic maritime culture, his new works include the skeletal frame of a boat hull, an anchor, and the fragment of a lighthouse. He also includes photographic portraiture and a film that documents the wake of a boat.

About the Artist: Ian Weaver is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College, South Bend, IN. He received his BA in Liberal Arts at Columbia College in Chicago (1993) and his MFA in Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis (2008). Solo exhibitions include: DePauw University Gallery, Greencastle, IN (2020); Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (2015); Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, IN (2014); and Saint Louis Museum, MO (2010). Group exhibitions include shows at the Illinois State Museums, Chicago; the Kemper Art Museum and White Flag Projects, both in St. Louis, MO; Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA; and, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA. Weaver has been a recipient of numerous residencies, including the Bemis Residency, Nebraska; Ox-Bow, Michigan: the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York; Yaddo and the Millay Colony, New York; and, Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL. He has received awards from Artadia, NY; the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY; the Illinois Arts Council; and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL. Weaver’s work is included in public collections including the Saint Louis Art Museum, MO; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and the Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL. His work can be found in several private collections in New York, Los Angeles, Saint Louis and Anniston, Alabama. www.ianweaverartist.com

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