SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Artpace
announced the Fall 2017 International Artist-in-Residence exhibition opening featuring artists Heyd Fontenot (Dallas, TX), Lili Reynaud-Dewar (Grenoble, France / Geneva, Switzerland), and Martha Wilson (New York, NY). All three artists were chosen by Guest Curator Michael Smith. An artist himself, Smith lives in Brooklyn and Austin and teaches at The University of Texas at Austin. Smith rounds out a year of practicing artists selecting residents for the International Artist-in-Residence.
Drawing on backgrounds in theater and performance, our fall resident artists are bridging gaps between different modes of creative expression, said Artpace Executive Director Veronique Le Melle. Guest Curator Michael Smith had a clear vision for how these artists work would intersect with one another, and their exhibitions reveal the collaborative spirit weve seen throughout their residencies.
In addition to new work including film, video, and photography from all three artists, Fontenot activated his exhibition with what he calls an occupied installation the evening of the opening. Wilson, a pioneering feminist artist, presents a series of new work including a video portrait of the artist as Melania Trump, an extension of her ongoing portraits of First Ladies. Reynaud-Dewar unveiled the trailer for a new short horror film created in Marfa, Texas about gentrification and the privatization and commodification of art, land, ideas, and freedom.
Heyd Fontenot (Dallas, TX)
At the heart of Heyd Fontenots artwork is a protest of dominant cultural perceptions concerning sexual responsiveness and the human machine. He recognizes that mass media exploitations and religious dogmas are designed to manipulate the public by provoking anxiety and encouraging shame. The concerted efforts of both corporations and churches effectively create a false sense of value and morality and Fontenot responds to these damaging effects with humor, empathy and defiantly gleeful images. Fontenot is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas and by Inman Gallery in Houston.
Lili Renaud Dewar (Grenoble, France/Geneva, Switzerland)
Lili Reynaud-Dewar lives and works in Grenoble, France. Her solo exhibitions and projects have been presented at Tate Modern, London (2017), New Museum, New York City (2014), Index, Stockholm (2014); Outpost, Norwich, England (2014); Frieze Projects, London (2013); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2013); Le Magasin, Grenoble (2012); and Kunsthalle Basel (2010). She cofounded the feminist journal Pétunia with Dorothée Dupuis and Valerie Chartrain in 2011, the same year she also cofounded the experimental school Baba with a group of collaborators; in 2013, she was the recipient of the Prix Fondation dentreprise Ricard. Since 2010 she has held a professorship at Haute école dart et de design, Geneva.
Martha Wilson (New York, NY)
Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and art space director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s. In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works. She is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York. Martha Wilson received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2013. She has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; a Lifetime Achievement Award from Womens Caucus for Art; and the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.