Reception for the artists: Friday October 28th, 7-10 pm
'Cecil Touchon: New Works and Old Favorites' Opens next Friday!
Opening Reception: Friday, October 28th, from 7 - 10 pm RSVP Here Exhibition Dates: October 28 - December 3, 2011 EMILY AMY GALLERY is pleased to present our second fall exhibition, Cecil Touchon: New Works and Old Favorites, featuring renowned collage artist, Cecil Touchon. The show will include new collages on paper as well as works on panel and canvas from the breadth of the artist's own personal collection. Cecil Touchon: New Works and Old Favorites is Colorado-based Cecil Touchon's first solo exhibition, and second time exhibiting at Emily Amy Gallery. Touchon views collage as directly reflective of his personal experience. He states, “This fleeting quality of papers and messages and the images they contain seems a fitting material for the contemplation of our temporal condition--of our brief sojourn in this world.” Please join us in celebrating the opening reception of this exhibition, Friday, October 28th, from 7-10 pm.
Touchon’s ultimate goal in his art-making is to address notions of beauty through purely visual communication. In this body of work, he does just that. Instead of trying to invent new and fresh concepts and “ism”’s within his own artwork, he pays homage to the last century. Following this idea, Touchon begins to re-examine various avant-garde movements of the last 100 years, including but not limited to Synthetic Cubism, Constructivism, and Fluxus. He views his role as somewhat of an excavator, bringing to light many once dismissed artistic viewpoints for further consideration. Working abstractly through collage and painting, Touchon remains tied to the past by hinting at traditions and practices utilized by the modern masters.
Employing classic color schemes and compositions akin to that of Mondrian, Touchon creates collages that recall the past and harken the future. By delicately shading and manipulating lines, he often creates a trompe l’oeil painting. In his collage process, he deconstructs and then reconstructs elements, which is where his artistic genius lies. Physical objects are distilled down and re-contextualized as shapes, lines, and colors that result ultimately in a beautiful abstraction that speaks to a broad audience. In his hallmark works of typographical nature, pieces of letters and words, once recognizable, take on new meaning as they become single elements of design. The result of all of this manipulation is a visual language of beauty, which celebrates the true essence of Touchon’s oeuvre.
Born and raised in Texas, Touchon attended North Texas State University in Denton and the University of Texas at Arlington. The highly acclaimed artist has exhibited in galleries and museums in Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Boston, Houston, St. Louis, and Atlanta. International exhibitions include venues in Paris; Amsterdam; Berlin; Cuernavaca, Mexico; and Italy, where he participated in the Venice Biennial in 2009 and 2001. Touchon’s work appears in the collections of several major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Tate Modern in London. His works are found in many corporate collections including those of IBM, HBO, American Airlines, American Express, Citibank, Las Vegas’ Bellagio Hotel, Neiman Marcus, Hallmark and the Sanyo Corporation. Touchon is the founder and director of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction and co-founder of the International Post-Dogmatist Group. He has been featured in dozens of national magazines, design books, and scholarly publications.
I was invited to do a workshop this past weekend with the Collage Society in Atlanta. The workshop had 18 participants and I enjoyed meeting everyone. Here is one of the demo collages I made during the workshop using some of Lance Carlson's papers. (6x6 inches)
fluxus language/taoist geometry
Cecil Touchon/David Carlson
Opening Reception October 15, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Exhibition dates: October 15 – November 12, 2011 fluxus language/taoist geometry is an exhibition pairing the interaction of paintings and works on paper by artists David Carlson (Arlington, VA) and Cecil Touchon (Pagosa Springs, CO). In 2009, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presented The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860 – 1989, an exhibition that demonstrated the historic impact of Asian art, literature, music and philosophical concepts on American art. These works of art by Touchon and Carlson show that the Asian influence didn’t end in 1989, rather, that its impact has continued and flourished in the formal and conceptual development of American contemporary art. Cecil Touchon is widely recognized throughout Texas and the United States and has played a major role in the fine arts arena for well over two decades, exhibiting in galleries and museums in Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Boston, Houston, St. Louis, and Atlanta. International exhibitions include venues in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Cuernavaca, Mexico and Italy, where he participated in the Venice Biennial in 2009 and 2001.
Touchon is the founder and director of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction and co-founder of the International Post-Dogmatist Group. He is also a member of the Massurrealist Society and founder of the La Sociedad Massurrealista de Mexico. He has been featured in dozens of exhibition catalogues, magazine articles and scholarly publications. The most recent was published in 2010 and is titled Masters: Collage—Major Works by Leading Artists (Lark Books).
Touchon’s work appears in the collections of several major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Tate Modern in London. His works are found in many corporate collections including those of IBM, HBO, American Airlines, American Express, Citibank, Las Vegas’ Bellagio Hotel, Neiman Marcus, Hallmark and the Sanyo Corporation.
A Texas native, Cecil Touchon was born in Austin and attended both North Texas State University in Denton and the University of Texas at Arlington. He is newly represented by Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas. David Carlson has had 17 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows from 1988 to the present. His paintings, digital video and digital photographs are included in national and international collections. Since 2000, David has shown his Digital Videos at venues in Senegal, Egypt, Washington, DC, South Africa, Belgium, Turkey, Illinois and Texas. He has participated in international exchanges with artists from Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Germany, Morocco, and West Africa. Carlson has taught design, drawing and painting for 21 years at Marymount University and other local art programs including the Corcoran School of Art+Design and EEI Communications. He continues to collaborate with international artists and in 2007 he joined with German artist Pit Brussel and Egyptian composer Ashraf Fouad to create the installation 'Firewave'.
For more information about fluxus language/taoist geometry or for more information about Cohn Drennan Contemporary, please go to www.cohndrennancontemporary.com or call 214.708.8051 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gallery is located at 1107 Dragon, Dallas, TX and hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
"Write Now: Artists and Letterforms" is a major exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, that showcases a diverse range of recent works by more than 60 artists utilizing letters and text in a wide array of mediums.
Featuring primarily existing work, along with some exhibit-specific installations, the artists exhibited are predominantly, but not exclusively, Chicago-based, and range from well-established to neophyte. Among the expansive survey of styles and mediums is painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography and video.
Joel Ross lights up the exhibition with his Torture Sounds Incredible LED installation; Chicago photographer Doug Fogelson presents a new work titled Dissolve; Aviva Alter presents Shield, a textile work made of recycled materials; Jason Messinger presents Nine Letterfields, a ceramic work consisting of 2”x12” tiles and glazes on wood backer frames; and Dan Grzeca presents a silkscreen image titled @MayorEmanuel. Rick Valicenti, recipient of the 2011 National Design Award for Communcations Design from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, presents Sumi Calligraphy, an extraordinary ink on paper artwork.
The Fluxus/Visual Poetry Project is showcased in one section of the exhibition, featuring work by more than 100 artists from international Fluxus and Mail Art communities who submitted artwork via the postage system.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 30 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Chicago Rooms. The event is free and open to the public.
Artist Talk: Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m. " Write Now" artists Mike Genovese, Christine Tarkowski and Bernard Williams will led an artist discussion in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center. Admission is free.
Artists include: Actual Size Artworks, Nick Adam, Teresa Albor, Dylan Allread, Aviva Alter, Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes, Catherine Bouzide, Drury Brennan, Stephanie Brooks, Tom Burtonwood, Derek Chan, Erik DeBat, Louis DeMarco, Michael Dinges, Dzine, Ken Fandell, Samuel Feinstein, Doug Fogelson, Mike Genovese, Aron Gent, Mario Gonzalez Jr., Dan Grzeca, Matthew Hoffman, Jo Hormuth, Cody Hudson, Industry of the Ordinary, Matt Irie, Carol Jackson, Kathleen Judge, Amos Kennedy, Chad Kouri, BJ Krivanek, Jason Lazarus, Harold Mendez, Adelheid Mers, Jason Messinger, Eddwin Meyers, Ray Noland, Todd Palmer, Jason Pickleman, Jaume Plensa, John Pobojewski, Karen Reimer, Bud Rodecker, Matt Rose, Joel Ross, John Santoro, Zach Shrey, Matt Siber, Nicholas Sistler, Buzz Spector, Christine Tarkowski, Scott Thomas, Michael Thompson, Tom Torluemke, Cecil Touchon, Rick Valicenti, Nathan Veach, Daniel Warren, Ian Weaver, Ian Whitmore, Bernard Williams & Fluxus Mail Art and Concrete Poetry.
Keep yours eyes open for ongoing artist talks and other happenings through the run of the show. The first one of which will be an artists talk with Mike Genovese, Christine Tarkowski and Bernard Williams on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 6PM at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center.
At the beginning of July we decided to move back to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We used to live here from 1993-98. By the end of July we had the house ready to sell, by Sept we sold it and were able to move into a wonderful home by Sept 15th. Now we are in the process of unpacking. Moving the household, studio and museum is quite a complicated and arduous task. But I believe it will be worth it. Pagosa Springs, while somewhat remote, is an amazingly beautiful place. It has been able to remain a small town because of its remoteness being 4 hours from the closest major airport. The township has a population of about 2,000 full time residents with a swell in population during the Summer and early Fall months because of people who have summer homes or resort timeshares here but otherwise live in a distant city. Below are a few photos from the back door...