Month: May 2018

Episode 13: Nic Nicosia

Nic Nicosia is an internationally-recognized artist who recently returned to Dallas after ten years in Santa Fe. Nic gained notoriety in the early eighties as one of the leaders of the staged photography movement. He has been selected for the Whitney Biennial twice – once for his photography and once for a film. He has also been selected for participation in Documenta, the Kassel, Germany-based art exhibition which gathers the best of the art world for site specific works every five years. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, amongst many others. He has been the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston hosted a 20-year retrospective in 1999 which subsequently travelled to other venues; and in 2012, a major retrospective of his life’s work was published by the University of Texas Press. Nic is represented in Dallas by Erin Cluley Gallery.

I recently sat down with Nic at his home studio where we discussed growing up in Dallas, studying filmmaking, being part of a movement, the changing art world in Santa Fe, the willingness to continue to try new things, and the measurement of time.

Website: nicnicosia.com

Instagram: @nicnicosia

 

     

Episode 12: Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe is a Mexican-born artist living in Dallas who utilizes miles of vibrantly-colored sewing thread to create soaring installations that evoke a sense of viewing rays of light. The breadth of his work revolves around the use of sewing and embroidery materials to explore issues of pain, equality and gender roles, but it’s his highly popular Plexus series of installations that has garnered him acclaim worldwide. Gabriel obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico before moving to Montreal to pursue a career in graphic design. In 2008, he relocated to Dallas where he obtained his MFA from the University of Texas – Dallas and was part of the highly-touted Centraltrak residency program. Over the last eight years, Gabriel has installed temporary or permanent works in over 35 private and public institutions worldwide, including the Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art where his Plexus 34 is on display in the Philip Johnson designed space until September 2, 2018.

I recently sat down with Gabriel at his Dallas studio where we discussed his childhood in Mexico, his grandmother’s influence, his life as a graphic designer in Canada, the importance of Centraltrak, experimenting with glass, and his discomfort with heights.

Website: gabrieldawe.com

Instagram: @gabrieldawe

 

   

      

Episode 11: Debora Hunter

Debora Hunter is a Dallas-based photographer who taught art and photography at SMU for 40 years. A native of architecturally-rich Oak Park, Illinois, her work reflects an acute awareness of architectural space and the ability to capture the unique characteristics of a specific place. Deborah obtained an undergraduate degree from Northwestern before obtaining her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied under photography giants Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. She has been part of group exhibitions at a variety of institutions, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Light Factory, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and MOMA, as well as solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the George Eastman House.

I recently sat down with Deborah at her home studio in Dallas where we discussed her childhood riding the “L” to the Art Institute, the emergence of photography as an area of arts study, her love of Taos, planting roots in Dallas and what it’s like to be a classically-trained photographer in the age of Instagram.

Website: deborahunter.com

Instagram: @debora__hunter