Over the course of several months, ex ovo’s Allison Klion and four local artists—Trey Burns, Harris Chowdhary, Finn Jubak, and Jonathan Molina-Garcia—engaged in a series of in-depth conversations about Dallas’s history, legibility, aspirations, and encrypted realities. The resulting exhibition, Next Exit, consists of the manifested footnotes from these discussions and draws on shared research and development of ideas around Dallas’s myths, landscape, and the built environment. Trey Burns presents a collection of interactive video and image objects; mining familiar landscapes and the banality of everyday encounters, while at times augmenting fictions. Harris Chowdhary’s commercial furniture catalogs likewise borrow from the everyday—this time the domicile of North Texas suburbs—to facilitate uncanny encounters with the imitation products of his childhood and family upbringing. Both Jubak and Molina-Garcia explore the glass armament of the Dallas skyline to various ends and propositions. Jubak’s color photographs take on the vantage point of a pedestrian, condensing the sprawl of downtown into glimpses that expose overlooked lines of sight. Molina-Garcia presents Omni Hack, a scaled replica of the Omni Hotel, programmed with his own messaging-- creating a parallel and more inclusive signage that challenges the assumed universality of the Omni’s voice. Both artists’ work can be accessed via ramps that contain Burns’ photographs, videos, and sound works.
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12 | 6 - 9 pm
Walkthrough and Discussion with Artists: Sunday, October 13 | 12 pm
Extended Hours for Art Walk West: Saturday, October 19 | 11 am - 7 pm