Monthly Archives: December 2011


Benjamin Terry  and Giovanni Valderas

January 11-March 29, 2012


Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
artist reception: Thursday, Feb. 9 from 4-7 PM

Richland College presents Fragment, new art installations by artists Benjamin Terry and Giovanni Valderas. Expanding their unique styles of painting and figure/ground abstraction the artists embrace the challenge of working on two curved walls in the Lago Vista Gallery. Both artists currently explore notions of loss and erasure through layering, providing persistent figurative content as a platform for conceptual and formal inquiry. The exhibition will run from January 11th through March 29th, 2012 with an artists reception on Thursday, February 9th from 4-7 PM.

giovanni-full3 Valderas focuses on personal relationships and situations to generate his imagery. After rendering  the figures Valderas builds up heavily textured areas with paper and collage techniques, eradicating detail while enhancing focus on the fragmented content. Similarly, Terry draws a series of self-portraits, carefully obliterated and cautiously revealed to present a disrupted narrative. At once densely layered yet achromatically subtle, the works reveal only fragments of face, garment, and intent. Benjamin Terry and Giovanni Valderas are both completing their MFA in Painting at University of North Texas, Denton.

Fragment and all related events are free and open to the public. The Lago Vista Gallery, located in the Library at 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, is open from 9AM-9 PM Monday through Thursday, 9AM-4PM Friday and Saturday 12-4PM.

LAGO VISTA MAP  _ BenjaminTerry_statement-resume2011   _  GiovanniValderas_resume-statement2011


Art and Seek


Dwayne Carter: Midway to Madness

Midway to Madness
Dwayne Carter

Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
Jan9 – Jan 27, 2011
Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 12-1 PM

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Richland College’s Brazos Gallery presents Midway to Madness, a series of large scale digital prints by Richland Faculty Dwayne Carter. The banner size images blend photography and digital painting into narrative compositions, echoing their origin from Carter’s self published photo novella: Midway to Madness #2. Copies of the zine will be available during the exhibition and at the reception on Thursday, January 26 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. The exhibition will run from January 9th through January 27th, 2012.

page17Referencing madness in contemporary society, the story focuses on groups and individuals competing for power. Non traditional in approach, the works utilize a pop culture format handled with a painterly style to convey conceptual and emotive resonance. Characters in the narrative experience betrayal and torment as they compete for control of the fictional circus midway serving as an analogy for social order. The edgy narrative reflects Carter’s long term interest in story telling and his continued work with the figure.

Dwayne Carter has exhibited his digital art, figurative paintings, animations and videos in the Dallas area for almost thirty years. Carter has participated in recent art events and exhibitions at the Latino Cultural Center, Kessler Theater and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Midway to Madness and all related events are free and open to the public. The Brazos Gallery, located at 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, is open from 10 AM – 4 PM, Monday- Friday with extended viewing hours by appointment. For more information please contact Gallery Coordinator Ryder Richards at (972) 238-6339 or

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REVIEW: Dallas Arts Revue “Can Painting be Saved?” by Michael Helsem

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Smudge Studio

In the Interest of Time
an installation by Smudge Studio

Brazos Gallery, February 2- March 2


Reception: Brazos Gallery, Richland College,  Monday, Feb. 13th, 2012 from 4-6 PM
Artist talk: McKinney Avenue Contemporary,  Monday, Feb. 13th from 6:30- 7:30 PM

Richland College’s Brazos Gallery presents In the Interest of Time, an installation by Smudge Studio, NY.  Investigating and documenting instances of convergence between humans and the land, Smudge Studio offers a reconsidered, holistic relationship of human/land interactions within a geologic time scale. Displaying photos and videos, as well as a geo-architectural field guide to New York City, the installation provides a consideration of “deep time” through projects mapping lake beds from the Pleistocene that now hold suburban tract housing and visits to several nuclear testing sites in America.

For the past six years Smudge Studio, comprised of Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth, has practiced a version of what Nicolas Bourriard in The Radicant called “the journey form.”  According to Bourriard, “the journey has become a [contemporary art] form in its own right . . . a compositional principle.” Smudge states that, “For us, the journey form has been a means to access, traverse, and feel for ourselves, a number of sites where the geologic and the human converge with intensity.  At such sites, we have used the journey form, along with the concept of deep geologic time, as compositional principles for creatively responding to the complex of forces (natural, built, historic, social, strategic and the imagined) we encounter.”


Recently Smudge Studio received a “2012 Architecture, Design and Planning Grant” from NYSCA for Repository: A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure and their geo-architectural field guide to New York City, Geologic City, was funded in part by a grant from Brooklyn Arts Council and was included in the exhibition Mapping the Surface at Central Booking, NY. Exhibiting nationally and published in the New York Times, Smudge has also given presentations in Oslo, Norway, Madrid, Spain, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Los Angeles, and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jamie Kruse is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn. She has a BFA in Visual Communication and an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York.  Elizabeth Ellsworth is a Professor of Media Studies at The New School in New York. She has a Ph.D. in Communication Arts, Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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In the Interest of Time and all related events are free and open to the public. The Brazos Gallery, located at 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, is open from 10 AM – 4 PM, Monday- Friday with extended viewing hours by appointment.

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REVIEW: “In the Interest of Time” at Brazos Gallery, by Colette Copeland (PDF)