September 8 - October 10, 2020
Virtual Gallery Talk by Nic Nicosia: Wednesday, September 23, 12:30 p.m.
Virtual Gallery Talk by Hillerbrand+Magsamen: Thursday, October 8, 12:30 p.m
The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present an exhibition by Hillerbrand+Magsamen (Houston) and Nic Nicosia (Dallas) on view at the University of Texas at Arlington from September 8 through October 10. Utilizing a variety of mediums, from drawing and sculpture to photography and video, these artists share a cross disciplinary inventiveness in the creation of their works. According to curator Benito Huerta, "The idea of invention and reinvention, and of artists blurring the lines between subject and object, process and product were the unifying factors in bringing this exhibition together."
Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the artistic collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Together they create sculpture, installation, performance, video and photographic works they call "Suburban Fluxus". The artists use their home as both their studio and their medium, creating and recreating works with the people and things within. Often including their two children Madeleine and Emmett in their work, the family critiques and playfully scrutinizes contemporary suburban life. As their artist statement explains, "Nothing in our life is left untouched in our art-often quite literally as sofas, bedroom walls, and dinnerware come under physical attack. We are the photographers and the photographed, our home is the canvas, our actions are the content, and our family is the subject. We are interested in how our relationships are constantly changing as we grow older."
Nic Nicosia is recognized as a pioneer of the staged photograph movement that came into prominence in the early 1980's. He received a BS degree with a concentration in motion pictures, and his film education subsequently influenced the creation of his famous cinematic still images. His new work exemplifies reinvention in that not only is it very different from the photographs for which he is well-known, but also in his utilization of multiple forms - drawings that serve as backgrounds for sculptural objects that are also the subjects of the photographs he creates. As his gallery press release for a recent show states, his artworks "document Nicosia's emotional states and imagery from his dreams or imagination. Deep (or not-so-deep) thoughts, ideas, opinions, wishes, and other content from his stream of consciousness generate drawings, which then produce sculpture which beget photoworks."
In association with the exhibition, the artists will discuss their work in virtual hour-long gallery talks starting at 12:30 pm. Using the Microsoft Teams live event format, Nicosia will speak on Wednesday, September 23 and Hillerbrand+Magsamen will speak on Thursday, October 8. Please see the gallery website at www.uta.edu/gallery for links to the events.