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FuNcTiOn: Big Space, Big Art at Corinth Park Warehouse

FuNcTiOn: Big Space, Big Art
Corinth Park
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009

Tour open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reception 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On November 21st, Dallas artists Cathey Miller, Diane Sikes, Jonathan Brooks, Nicole Arendt, Oliver Bradley, Patrick Dowdy, Stephen Hartzler, and VET will be exhibiting new work in a group show entitled FUNCTION, curated by Nicole Cullum Horn and Scott Horn, and produced by Herschel Alan Weisfeld and Sarah Jane Semrad. The event will be held at the CorinthPark warehouse located at 1837 Corinth at Park. It is a part of the Cedars Open Studios Tour and will be open during the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the tour and again from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for an artist’s reception on Saturday, November 21, 2009. More information is available at www.corinthpark.org.

FUNCTION is an opportunity for artists to create large-scale or experimental work in an alternative space. We will focus on creating a night of visual art, sound, and spectacle that will be worth remembering. Playing on the many aspects of the word function; the event will be both a celebration, and a chance to open windows onto the many ways art permeates our lives. Be it the physical reality of a geometric space, the metaphysical wonder of a painted surface, or the practical relationship to cultural and economic life, the viewer will come away with a broader sense of art’s function. Complimentary beer and wine will be served, and Ishi, Blixaboy, and special guests will provide the soundtrack for the evening. Admission to the show is free and the art is open to the public for viewing for one day only; private showings can be arranged after the event.

About the Artists

Cathey Miller is a 1985 graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena CA. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City where she worked as an illustrator. In 1988 she moved to Dallas and established her own art studio that catered to the design industry, branching out later into theatrical backdrops, and painting for film and television. Since 2001, the subject of Miller’s personal artwork has been the mythical Planet of Cathedonia, which appeared to her during an extended nervous breakdown. Her paintings are portrait-based explorations into a symbol rich outer space environment. These images are metaphoric, and communicate cathedonian ideals of truth, beauty, desire, and romantic heroism.

Diane Sikes: “I recast found objects to illustrate the transitory nature of memory, thought, and time. The objects are marked, scarred and imperfect with inscrutable elements. The work is the progression of forms and materials that reference an internal journey.” Diane Sikes earned an MFA in Studio arts in 2000 from Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee in 1997 where she earned a BFA with an emphasis in sculpture. Recent shows include the Broadway Gallery in New York, the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland, the Contemporary Art Month in San Antonio, Texas and “Parallel Perpendicular” in the Art Corridor Gallery at Tarrant County College. Sikes exhibitions include shows at Plan B Gallery, Gallery 509 and the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee, the Art Institute Gallery and the Johnson Art Gallery in Kenosha, WI, and at Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Jonathan Brooks is a Texan who transplanted himself to New York City for about ten years to act, create music, and explore every avenue of artistic expression that he could get his hands on. Three years ago, he returned to his homeland of the great Lone Star State and found what he’d been looking for, painting. “Intrigued and amazed by the human form and all of it’s manifestations, as well as human nature and all of it’s dark corners, I try to capture the opinions or thought processes and emotions that are created or provoked inside of me while looking at photographs of the inhabitants of this world.”

Nicole Arendt is a New York based photographer, sculptor and video artist. She earned her M.F.A. from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University. Her work often inhabits a psychological or dreamlike space where the use of sound, color and iconography provide an entryway into an emotional and conceptual exploration of femininity, sexuality, control and the overwhelming power of the institution. She has exhibited in New York City, England, South Korea, Australia, Berlin, Texas and Boston. She has taught video classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and photography classes at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Oliver Bradley is a Dallas based artist working on both private and public works. With a diverse background in Photography, Printmaking, Carpentry and Skatepark Design, Oliver is capable of working on projects of varying scales and complexities. Born in Derby England, Oliver specializes in sculpture using environmentally sensitive materials. He is particularly interested in creating pieces that engage, inform and involve the viewer as participant as much as spectator.

VET: Recent recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Award, VET worked on a collaborative multi-disciplinary performance and exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. She is a native Texas artist who incorporates recycling awareness and arts education within her projects and residencies. She received her Bachelors of Arts and Performance at the University of Texas at Dallas. She currently teaches and exhibits throughout the state of Texas. Her affiliations include the Texas Commission on the Arts, North East Texas Library Systems, City of Dallas Neighborhood Touring Program, City of North Richland Hills, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Children’s Museum, Irving Art Center, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, A.R.T.S. for People, Junior Players, Young Audiences North Texas/Big Thought, Young Audiences Houston, Young Audiences Northeast Texas, Youth Services Council, Good Shepard Episcopal School, Booker T. Washington School of Visual and Performing Arts and numerous other local arts organizations.

About the Venue and Producers

Herschel Alan Weisfeld’s “CorinthPark,” located at 1837 Corinth, at Park Avenue in the Cedars is just two blocks from Dallas Heritage Village and is another venture supporting the local artistic/creative community from a bohemian perspective. CorinthPark is a mixed use Creative/Live/Work Space with exhibition areas, studios and workshops as well as housing. This is a balance to “SOTA”, Weisfeld’s ‘State of the Art’ building, which is a mixed use work space within a museum/gallery environment and the Sara Ellen & Samuel Weisfeld Performing Arts and Conference Center which is an award winning performing arts facility in Downtown Dallas. He is also the only two-time award winner in the history of Preservation Dallas for his adaptive reuses of older buildings for which CorinthPark is a prime example. Herschel, an extensive art collector is the former Vice-Chair of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and also sat on the City’s Public Art Committee. Details of the show and driving directions are available at www.CorinthPark.org.

Sarah Jane Semrad has owned and operated several entrepreneurial art ventures since 2003 in Dallas including IR Gallery and Pigeon-Stone Project. Currently she board president for The Art Conspiracy and executive director of La Reunion TX, a non-profit artist residency forming in Oak Cliff. Sarah Jane is the original curator for CorinthPark and after curating exhibits the past few years, it was time to mentor more and curate less. FUNCTION is an independently produced art show that further realizes Semrad’s vision of making the art scene in Dallas interesting and accessible.

Nicole Cullum Horn curates the Magnolia Gallery with Scott Horn, and has previously co-curated the Sozo and Zeo galleries in conjunction with Pigeon-Stone Project. She is involved with the Art Chicas Unidas 2009 art installation show that promotes a mentor-apprentice relationship with the Girls Scouts of America. Nicole is currently working on a series of paintings that explore anthropomorphism and human beings’ tendency to impose emotions on nature.

Scott Horn is a Dallas based artist, event planner, and co-curator of the Magnolia Gallery. Past affiliations include Sozo Gallery, Art Conspiracy, La Reunion, and Red Balloon To Do in Lawrence, KS. Horn earned a BFA in scenography from KU in 2004, and moved to Dallas the same year. “Using wire sculpture, found objects, and other materials, I attempt to elevate and bring attention to every day objects, manufactured and natural.”

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