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The Illusion of Being: the artists’ interview with Cravens, Faircloth, and Whitt

Thank you to each of you for your willingness to participate in this interview. This exhibition, The Illusion of Being, is a captivating exhibition in the Hawn Gallery and I hope that many more visitors at the university and in the arts community take advantage of seeing it before it closes on May 17th. It has been phenomenal to have this installation in the Hawn Gallery at Hamon.

To begin, each body of work by the three of you has a very strong affiliation with the concept of illusion. Could you discuss how this concept, whether through its creation in photography or other design, served as a lodestar in the development of your work?

Lynné: My work in The Illusion of Being is a culmination of 10 years of research and exploration.  It is hard to say how this work will influence the art I make next, but I can definitely see how I got to this point.  I have been working with origami and photography for quite some time now.  I am interested in how the combination of the two mediums transforms both the image and the form into something new.  With the work in The Illusion of Being, I added another layer with the introduction of the mirror.  I like how the mirror creates a horizon into another dimension, showing a different side and perspective to the objects.  I was also interested in the fact that the viewer could see themselves in the mirror, essentially becoming part of the piece.  This work not only morphs, distorts, and changes my body; but it also incorporates the body of the viewer. 

When creating artworks, I am always translating my emotions and personal experiences into a physical object.  What I am essentially doing is translating what it means to be human into an object.  When Ross suggested the title for the show as The Illusion of Being, I thought it fit perfectly with the concepts all three of us continually make work about.  It really sums up what we do.  These objects are only simulations, they are not the actual experiences.  However, through these objects we can approach these emotions and experiences from a different vantage point.

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FREE: Material Horizon Workshop: Digital Negatives – May 3rd at 11 am

Digital Negatives
with Ross Faircloth, Artist & Ashley Whitt, Artist and Director of Visual Resources

Friday, May 3rd
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Darkroom, OFAC 2625

Using Adobe Photoshop, participants in this workshop will learn how to create digital negatives which will then be used to make silver gelatin prints in the darkroom.

Computers, software, and materials provided. No prior experience required.

Space limited, 10 participants  – Sign-up sheet located outside of the Darkroom, OFAC 2625

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Illusion of Being (on view until Sun, May 19th) in the Hawn Gallery and co-sponsored by the Hamon Arts Library. Lunch for participants will be provided courtesy of the Student Art Association

Thank you to Ashley Whitt, Ross Faircloth, Eileen Maxson, Senior Lecturer in Photography; Jonathan Garcia-Molina, Visiting Lecturer in Photography; and Mike Morris, Artist, for their collaboration and organization of this workshop.

Hawn Gallery presents: Information/Object: Late 20th-Early 21st Century Artists’ Books

The Hawn Gallery presents

Information/Object: Late 20th – Early 21st Century Artists’ Books

On view: February 1 – March 8, 2019
at the Hawn Gallery, located in the Hamon Arts Library, SMU

Public opening reception Friday, February 1st, 5 – 7 pm
Gallery Talk at 5:45 pm

The contemporary artist’s book is a cultural phenomenon that has changed the landscape of artistic production. It has now replaced the livre d’artiste – a luxury item combining images with poetry or fiction – with works that are inexpensive, formally innovative, modest in scale, and frequently self-made by artists.

Contemporary artists who explore the book format have challenged the form of the book as an information package, extended the idea of the book as object, and introduced a new medium of artistic expression. The tremendous explosion of titles of artist book works and zines has made the artist’s book-work an accessible and affordable work of art, introducing key contemporary artists to an alternate audience. The resulting dialog between the artist, the page, and the reader is consistently up for grabs, expanded and transformed through unexpected formats and novel, timely, and often controversial content.

Drawing upon SMU Libraries’ collections, publishers, and collectors of artist’s books, this exhibition surveys the recent history of one of the most important cultural trends in contemporary art.


Featured image: Courtesy of LaGail Davis, General Operations Manager, Hamon, and curatorial assistant

Hawn Gallery presents: ARK: Featuring New Experimental 35 MM Film by Mike Morris

The Hawn Gallery presents

 ARK

Featuring a New Experimental Film by Mike Morris

 

On view: August 20 – November 4, 2018
at the Hawn Gallery, located in the Hamon Arts Library at SMU

Public Opening Reception Friday, September 14, 5 -7pm
Mike Morris will give a gallery talk at 5:45 pm

ARK is a cinematic installation featuring a film by Michael A. Morris made from archival 35mm film prints held in the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection. This work is installed on a looping film system devised by the Collection’s Jeremy Spracklen and Scott Martin, and in conjunction with Brad Miller from Film-Tech Cinema Systems. The looping film is a new mosaic of images and sounds created by contact printing and hand processing of short lengths of films selected from the archive. Highlighting the mechanics of projection typically hidden from the viewer, the space of the Hawn Gallery performs as a small cinema. The metaphor of both Noah’s Ark and the Ark of the Covenant serves as a parallel for the archive as it rescues hundreds of films from the deluge of time. These films are reactivated by bringing them back into the light and onto the screen in a new looping film installation. Such assemblage embodies our cinematic heritage.

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Remixing the News – KERA’s Frame of Mind & the Jones Film & Video Collection event

Join the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection for an advanced screening of an upcoming episode of KERA’s Frame of Mind – Remixing the News on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:30 pm in the O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center, SMU. This long-running, local series features a collection of independent documentaries and shorts highlighting Texas-based artists and filmmakers working just outside of the mainstream. The program, now in its 25th year, is produced, curated, and hosted by artistic director for the Video Association of Dallas, Bart Weiss, and it offers a platform to creators whose work and vision might never be seen.

This particular episode of Frame of Mind features work by local artists, including Moving Image Curator for the Jones Collection, Jeremy Spracklen, and former adjunct instructor at SMU, Michael Morris. Culled from over 100 hours of 16mm footage from the Jones Collection’s WFAA Newsfilm archive, these shorts reappropriate, recontextualize, and deconstruct media images of the 1960s and 1970s as a way to not only understand the radical cultural and historical shifts of this tumultuous era, but also to spotlight how the media processes and presents these changes.  

Following the screening, Weiss will host a Q & A with several of the contributing artists to discuss their work.

Films and filmmakers include:

2,000 Hours in Dallas by Jeremy Spracklen

The Story of Jane X by Christian Vasquez

Dallas Circle by Justin Wilson

Lawmen & Cowpokes by Gordon K. Smith

History Lessons by Steve Baker

Beyond 10 by Carmen Menza

Glass by Madison McMakin 

Poofs are New by Blaine Dunlap

Divided by Michael Thomas & Dakota Ford

The Night in the Last Branches by Michael Alexander Morris

Echoes of the Past by Jeremy Spracklen


Blog post: Courtesy of Jeremy Spracklen, Moving Image Curator, G. William Jones Film & Video Collection, Hamon Arts Library, SMU
Image: film still of Spracklen’s Echoes of the Past, courtesy of Jeremy Spracklen

How the News Got Made: A Rare Look at SMU’s WFAA Newsfilm and a Conversation With the People Who Created It

Learn how the news was captured and shared, and gain a new appreciation for the hard work and ingenuity that went into making the WFAA nightly news throughout the 1960s and ’70s. A panel of notable WFAA staff, including on-screen personalities and behind the scenes personnel, will present clips from SMU’s Jones Film and Video Collection and share stories of their experiences together while making the news. Click here for ticketing information.

Saturday, October 22, 2016  5:15-6:45 pm       

Angelika Film Center and Cafe – 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas 75026

Arts Management students tour Bywaters Special Collections

I have the pleasure of working with the International Arts Management graduate students here in Meadow’s Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship (AMAE) division. They represent a diverse mix of academic backgrounds and nationalities – coming out of film, theater, visual art, performing arts, or humanities backgrounds and originating from the United States, Europe, Canada, South America, Central America, Asia, and Australia.  These students are in Dallas only for the first semester of their program before traveling to study at HEC Montreal and SDA Bocconi in Milan with a two-week stopover in Bogota, Columbia.  Taking in everything they can from every place they study, they are obviously determined to gain a wide variety of experiences, and their visit to Hamon Arts Library was no different. Continue reading “Arts Management students tour Bywaters Special Collections”

Open Access Week in October

Central University Libraries and Southern Methodist University present and invite you to Open Access Week 2016 at Southern Methodist University

Open Access Week at SMU will take place on October 24 – 28, 2016, in the Fondren Library. Three speakers will be highlighted in the Foyer of the Fondren Library on Oct 25, 26 and 28 and an informational table will be placed in the Collaborative Commons area,
Monday through Friday from 11am to 2pm. Continue reading “Open Access Week in October”

Pictorial: WFAA ID Launch Party – Crowdsourcing event at Hamon

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