Free Museum of Dallas | Things Held But Never Understood

REBECCA CARTER

TERRI THORNTON

SALLY WARREN

ThingsHeld

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2011

5:00 – 7:00 P.M

FREE MUSEUM OF DALLAS

 

A text, a photograph, a rock, a narrative, a person, a memory, a place, a trauma: any number of things may enter within close proximity, coming close enough to be “held,” intimately handled and unquestioned, preserved without understanding. The act of holding bears testament to their meaning.

Is there value in allowing a thing to retain it’s mystery, impenetrability, or refusal to be understood?

What is the process of crossing the bridge to understanding?

How does subjectivity shift when we refuse to accept the other as Other and therefore unknowable?

What about processes of misunderstanding that claim knowledge or authority by eliminating the unfamiliar?

The artists’ works respond to these questions in ways that reflect our divergent and overlapping practices.

Rebecca Carter lives and works in Dallas.  Her work explores the dimension of intimate space through multiple media, notably the groundless thread drawing and video.  Recent works have focused on the expressive gesture in text as visible in handwriting, machine printing, and hand painted signage that emulates machine-made font.

Terri Thornton is a Fort Worth based artist with a longstanding interest in how we “know” which she has explored through a variety of media and presentations over the past decade. For this exhibition Thornton responds to a letter from friend and curator Gavin Morrison on the behavior of language.

Sally Warren lives and works in Dallas. Current projects examine distance and intimacy through the lens of landscape, with particular interest in gestures of holding and the experience of place. She makes photography-based prints, collages and constructed objects.