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Analize Minjarez, Concentrate, Try Again

Terrain Dallas

Terrain Dallas is proud to present Analise Minjarez’s installation, Concentrate, Try Again, on view March 28 – April 25, 2021.

Analise Minjarez is an interdisciplinary artist from El Paso, TX, living and working in Dallas, TX. Minjarez’s sculptures, drawings, and videos question physical and psychological barriers. She incorporates textile binding and basketry processes in her work to reflect on tensile strength and the tension of boundaries. 

In Concentrate, Try Again, Minjarez attempts to understand her past, present, and future through memory, landscape, and a converted Magic 8 Ball. Her childhood experiences playing in/around her home in El Paso, TX and work completed in her 2020 Rio Grande field research, inform her newest work at Terrain Dallas. 

In Minjarez’s field research, she visited TX HWY 178/Artcraft Road, which is a highway built over the Rio Grande in the 1990s.  Minjarez grew up observing the construction and imminent changes in the riverbed, a place that “holds some of her core memories of play and sand drawings.”  In an action that examined these early memories and her physical presence in the Rio Grande, Minjarez wrapped the overpass columns of TX HWY 178 with orange flagging tape, mapping out her physical relationship with the riverbed and recalling the early construction of the highway.  

It is through these memories and continuing examination of barriers that form Minjarez’s installation at Terrain. A Magic 8 Ball becomes a  guide, rocks become contemplative devices, and flagging tape wrapped around stakes serves as a reminder of movement, home, and change. 

Minjarez received her B.F.A. in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2013. She is currently an M.F.A. 2022 candidate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Minjarez has taught classes at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas Contemporary, Latino Cultural Center, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Oil and Cotton, SAY Sí, and the Southwest School of Arts. Most recently, Minjarez has exhibited work at the Xolo Gallery in El Paso, TX and at the Nasher Sculpture Museum in Dallas, TX as part of the 2020 Nasher Windows Series.

Founded by local artist, educator, 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 dwelling. 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, 10 am - 6 pm during exhibitions.

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