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Laura J. Lawson and Morgan Grasham in Conversation with Jordan Roth


The MAC

THE MAC DALLAS is pleased to announce Laura J. Lawson and Morgan Grasham in conversation with Jordan Roth. Lawson and Grasham will discuss their solo exhibitions currently on display at the MAC, 1503 S. Ervay St, Dallas, TX 75215.

The artist talk will be held from 5 - 6 PM on October 8th, 2022.

A closing reception for "Memory Beast," "Welcome to the Enclave" and "Venus and Mars: Climates in Dialogue" will be held immediately after, from 6 - 9 PM.

The gallery is open weekly, Wednesday through Saturday, 12 - 5 pm.

In her newest exhibition, "Memory Beast," Morgan Grasham designs a fully immersive experience, combining video, sound and built environments. This exhibition continues ideas explored by Grasham in previous work, compelling the viewer to reconsider their relationship(s) to non-human animals. Grasham’s surreal, imaginary “Memory Beast”—an abstracted cow-esque holotype—provides grounds for telling new stories alongside our bestial companions.Laura J. Lawson’s abstract renderings of astral topographies, made on acrylic and polypropylene (a material used in waterproof maps), evoke the playful use of scale in astronomical imaging. Coming off, at first, as abstract expressionist paintings reminiscent of Helen Frankenthaler, the work in Venus and Mars: Climates in Dialogue combines the sublimity of cosmic scale with the precision of cartography and climate data.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Morgan Grasham is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is informed by years of experience practicing taxidermy across Texas. Grasham is a Collaborating Artist with Meow Wolf, currently making an installation for the new Grapevine location opening May 2023. Since graduating with her MFA in 2020, Grasham has been an Adjunct Professor of Sculpture at University of North Texas, and Lecturer at the School of Art, Technology and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. She was Artist-in-residence at Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project and won 2nd Place at the Texas Juried Exhibition at Artspace 111 in Dallas. Her collaborative work with ceramicist Eric Grasham won them Work of Distinction from the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and the subsequent exhibition Clay + Things at Site 131 earned a position as Top 5 exhibitions state-wide by Glasstire. Grasham spoke on animals in art at Experts Talk on the Carter: The Art of the Wild at the Amon Carter Museum for American Art.

Laura J. Lawson is a Dallas-based artist who uses maps and environmental data to explore and subvert the tradition of landscape art. She is a graduate of Austin College (BA) and The University of Memphis (MFA). She was awarded a two-month residency at the Centre d’Art Marnay Art Center in Marnay-sur-Seine, France, and was selected for the first cohort of studio artists at the Cedars Union art incubator in Dallas. Her TEDx talk at Austin College discussed the importance of better standards for time and space to do creative work. Lawson teaches art at Dallas College and Tarrant County College.

THE MAC MISSION
Founded in 1994, The MAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization that stands as an advocate for creative freedom and visual art in all its forms. It supports emerging-to-established local, regional and international artists by offering the opportunity for experimentation and by facilitating a forum for critical dialogue, while promoting inclusivity and diversity as core values. The MAC is located in the single-story baby blue building at the corner of Ervay and Sullivan next door to Ro2 Art. Parking is available behind the gallery off Sullivan St. and on the street.

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