The end of the 1990s in Texas is marked by a number of emerging and mid-career artists who, although living and working in the state, are not defined by its geography, myths or a common artistic view. The exhibition features the work of eleven of these artists who transform ordinary objects and materials into extraordinary works of art. A sofa-bed arranged to represent the archaeological site where the remains of prehistoric “Lucy” were discovered, late-nineteenth century display cabinets filled with hay, feathers and gold lamé paint used to define the gallery’s spaces, film containers arranged into a monumental ramp, and other transformative works of art are included in the show
Taking the tenets of Dada, Surrealism and the Pop Art movement as sources, the catalogue examines the work of Helen Altman, Todd Brandt, Zoë Charlton, Brian Fridge, Francesca Fuchs, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Rebecca Holland, Chris Sauter, Brent Steen, Erick Swenson and Mel Ziegler. Includes essays by Lynn M. Herbert and Paola Morsiani; and documentation on the artists’ careers.