STATE­MENT PIECES

The Dallas Morning News - - Arts & Life - Danielle Avram

It’s been an on­go­ing trend for many young artists to make art that col­lapses to­gether myr­iad sub­jects, his­to­ries and method­olo­gies. There’s a deft­ness (per­haps bor­der­ing on glib­ness at times) and un­wa­ver­ing hon­esty that per­me­ates this par­tic­u­lar gen­er­a­tion’s way of ex­plor­ing the grow­ing weird­ness of con­tem­po­rary cul­ture. These are artists who grew up with the in­ter­net at their dis­posal, cell­phones in their pock­ets, and big box stores on ev­ery cor­ner; for them, mak­ing art is about find­ing the per­sonal in the truly ubiq­ui­tous. Case in point, two of the re­gion’s best emerg­ing artists each have new ex­hi­bi­tions stem­ming from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences swathed in lay­ers of art his­tory, pop cul­ture, crit­i­cal the­ory and mytholo­gies. Iva Kin­naird’s “A Two Page Pa­per on Im­passe” (The Read­ing Room, 3715 Parry Ave., through Mar. 24) is a hu­mor­ous look at the oft-Sisyphean rou­tine of art-mak­ing, while

Ben­jamin Terry’s “Lim­er­ick” (Ro2 Art, 1501 S. Er­vay, through March 17) spins a child­hood grudge into a ru­mi­na­tion on po­etry and space.

Sculp­ture/Iva Kin­naird

Ben­jamin Terry

Lim­er­ick by Ben­jamin Terry

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