frame 4 frame 2018
August 24, 2018 - November 18, 2018
Frame 4 Frame is an annual art, film and music festival. For the festival, the Arlington Museum of Art hosts a local/regional art exhibit. This year we are proud to feature one exhibit by Associate Professor of Art at UTA, Marilyn Jolly, one exhibit by Associate Professor of Art at TCU, Adam Fung and one exhibit of 8 UTA art students.
Big Empty Head
by Marilyn Jolly
Artist statement: I feel a strong connection to the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, sometimes described as an appreciation of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete and is often centered on the idea of transience.
Fragility, directness/essence of a thing, repetition, structure, imperfection, process and time, observation of the natural world; these are some of the influences on my work.
It is second nature for me to notice the way things are structured and I am compelled to incorporate elements of focused organization or structure in much of my work.
Attention to my breath, noticing/present awareness in my mind and body and the world around me inform my work. I am reminded to have a sense of humor about my own imperfections and discomfort in my human condition as I pursue my art practice. Elements of this are reflected in the awkwardness in some of my forms and the ‘imperfect” or layered surfaces of found materials and paint in my work. I am curious about materials and various processes and attracted to surfaces that seem to reflect a sense of time and use.
nature by adam fung
Arctic cartography often depicts the lines of latitude ending at the Arctic Circle leaving only an X marking the North Pole. As I traveled the Arctic in the summer of 2016 as a participant on the Arctic Circle Artist Residency and Expedition this map-territory relationship stuck with me. At the time I was immersed in a stark, rocky, frozen world as we traveled aboard a sailing ship. I approached this trip with a list of words to speak to the landscape and the intent of creating a film using a drone and underwater camera. Upon completion of my film project, an immersive three channel endeavor paired with a voice that speaks to/merges with the landscape, I returned to my trove of imagery from the Arctic with the intent of forming a new series of paintings.
This series of paintings is executed with deliberate attention to surfaces, in paint application, in variety of linen textures, or the use of absorbent grounds. The imagery shifts across the Arctic sea and landscape employing a pale monochromatic palette that speaks to the light and disorientation of the Arctic summer’s endless day. Each image is rendered directly from photographs that I took during the residency in the high Arctic, including an image of the pack ice edge at 81 degrees north, about 500 miles from the north pole. These seas, glaciers, icebergs hover in a moment of static illusion that must be negotiated by the formal presence of an X. Each image presents a visual quandary for the viewer as the X reinforces the painted surface but its transparency allows the viewer to re-enter the painting as a window into another world. These landscapes no longer exist as depicted, having shifted in the duration a year of winter’s snow and summers melt. The larger question at hand is- in what form will these places exist, if at all, in the coming years, decades, or millenniums?
In addition to the 2017 paintings of the Arctic, I have created a new body of work depicting our attempts to depart our planet. I was struck by the February 2018 Space X launch of the most powerful rocket in history, the Falcon Heavy. Along with the promise of large, Mars-bound payloads this launch deposited more pollution into the atmosphere. How do we catalog these new advancements? With wonder – as two of the three rocket’s boosters simultaneously returned to land, upright on their respective landing pads? With trepidation- as the sight of the power to take us to new planets may suggest we need a backup plan to earth? These new paintings are a meditation a significant moment in human history while also a study in muted color, surface, and the power of images.
These new paintings are positioned alongside Arctic sea and landscapes X’d out, and the uncommon, a film shot in the Arctic Circle with drones. Whether seen as advancements of technology, explorations of the unknown and known universe, potentially colonizing, or human ingenuity- I believe these images further mire us firmly in the Anthropocene’s precarious future.
Made in Italy
UTA Art + Art History professors Kenda North and Gregory Scott Cook took eight students to Florence, Italy this summer for a month long residency. Their photographs and artists’ books will be on exhibition. Their work offers very unique responses to their study abroad experience. The participating artists are:
Vincent Lamont Williams II
“Our study abroad in Florence, Italy, was a complete immersion into the Italian culture and way of life. We lived in Italian apartments, shopped local food markets for authentic food, sourced traditional artisans for our bookmaking materials, wandered the winding quaint neighborhoods and scenic piazzas capturing, through the eye of the camera, intimate glimpses into Italian life, and spent time at SRISA university, infusing that wealth of information and experiences into hand-crafted art and photography books. Much of our time was also spent soaking in the rich culture of art and architecture born in Italy, such as the Duomo by Brunelleschi, famous art works by Dante, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and the like. It was a surreal experience to see face to face things that an art major would normally only read about. Italy’s artistic accomplishments are majestic and profound; and makes one wish they were born during the birth of the Renaissance. The time we spent as a study abroad “famiglia” was special. We left touched, creatively inspired, and better artists and humans for it.”