And/Or Gallery Press Release #13|
Period: November - January 2007
And/Or Show #13
Dates: November 30th - January 5th
Opening: November 30th, 6pm - 9pm
w/ performance by Florene at 8:30
Join us Friday, November 30, in celebration of And/Or Gallery's 13th exhibition
featuring new work by artists Michael Bell-Smith, Curtis Jackson Davis, Lauren Gray,
Wendy Red Star, Amy Revier, John Salvest, and Lee Walton. A miscellany of textiles,
animation, mixed media, film and photography, these artists offer a spectrum of
interpretations on the everyday object or experience.
About the Artists:
Michael Bell-Smith is a digital artist whose work incorporates animation with cerebral
sound loops and motion graphics. Often deliciously colorful, these animated clips have a
simplistic beauty, yet also unfold deeper themes on time, space, and the infinite. Michael
Bell-Smith has exhibited in galleries and museums across the US and internationally including,
Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Foxy Productions, NY, MoMA, New York, and the
Dallas Center for Contemporary Art.
"CJ" Davis is a mixed media artist who explores formal positive and negative relationships.
Against referring to himself in his work, instead CJ Davis is interested in art as the creative
process of time, energy and effort. CJ Davis is a Dallas artist and has exhibited in galleries,
colleges and museums around the state. He has been showcased at 500X, Conduit Gallery, And/Or,
The Mac, Gray Matters, and Commerce Street Artist Warehouse in Houston.
Lauren Gray is co-founder of And/Or Gallery and a student at University of Texas at Dallas.
Her most recent work combines sensuality and abstraction through photographs of dishes and other
shifting bricolage sunken in water. Her work is created through a process of layered Polaroid pictures,
scanning, re-printing, and cropping to get the desired image. Hailed by the Dallas Morning News in
her recent exhibitions at UTD, And/OR Gallery is excited to showcase this provocative new series.
Sharply satirical, Wendy Red Star draws on humor to help investigate complex topics such as identity
and cultural perception in her work. Originally from Montana, Wendy Red Star grew up on a Crow Indian
Reservation. Her work focuses on her complex cultural heritage of being half Crow Indian and half Irish.
Using photography, collage, and mixed media; Wendy Red Star pokes fun at cultural perceptions and fantasies
creating a thought-provoking clash between beauty and illusion.
Amy Revier's work is apart of an interdisciplinary dialogue between sculpture, new media, performance and
installation. Her recent textile sculptures concentrate on exchange, sleep and absorption as a form of language.
Amy is currently an undergraduate at Southern Methodist University, studying visual arts and women's studies.
She is also founder of REVIER, a collection of editioned garments and R House, a space in Dallas that hosts
installations, videos, performances and kitchen inspired works.
With a profound ability to breathe meaning into even the most mundane objects;
John Salvest’s mixed media
objects and installations are pure poetry. Items such as coffee filters, abandoned lids, blown retreads and
other found objects become the subject of musings on the nature of existence. John Salvest has exhibited in
museums and galleries though out the United States, he has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts
Fellowship twice, and is Professor of Sculpture at Arkansas State University.
A self-proclaimed “experimentalist,” Lee Walton’s work can be described as performance art, on-site projects,
theatrical happenings, or all of the above. His work offers reflections on how people interact spatially and
privately within a city center or community. His new work, on display at And/Or Gallery, are a series of
insightful and often comedic video clips including “Relocating,” and “Just Walk Away.” Lee Walton lives in
Greensboro where he is also Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina.