The FOCUS exhibition series is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Curator Andrea Karnes for the Museum’s Director’s Council, a group that supports acquisitions at the Museum. Each FOCUS exhibition presents work by an emerging contemporary artist. FOCUS exhibitions are open to the public and are included in general Museum admission: $10 for adults; $4 for seniors (60+) and students with identification; free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members.
Focus: Erik Parker
December 5, 2010-February 6, 2011
Erik Parker has described his work as “fragmented samples of our culture.” His complex fantasy portraits elicit the poignant, melancholy, grotesque, psychological, provocative, and almost always comical and surreal, baggage of our time.
Swirls of pinks, blues, yellows, oranges, purples, and whites make up his meandering images. The subjects are often set against a black background, accompanied by a word or phrase nestled somewhere in the lower half of the canvas. Suggestive titles such as Half Made Man, Player Hater, Betty Fords, Drama, Crime, Hoax, Why Me, Think Twice, and American Apparel, for example, seem to label and supplement the state of each sitter. The words, when juxtaposed with the portraits, clearly speak to the present day. At the same time, the imagery calls to mind the elaborate inner workings of humanity in general.
Erik Parker lives in Brooklyn, New York. Born in 1968 in Stuttgart, Germany, Parker grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He received a BFA in 1996 from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his MFA at SUNY Purchase in 1998. His work has been shown internationally in both solo and group exhibitions.
Focus: Robert Lazzarini
February 13-April 17, 2011
Guns, knives, and brass knuckles, convincingly realistic, yet distorted, have been recent subjects for artist Robert Lazzarini. Lazzarini reconfigures his subjects by scanning the objects into a computer and mathematically distorting them. He then creates the work based on those distortions. His objects are the scale and material of the original sources, but they are warped and bent with purposefully hidden wall mounts and produce no shadows. As a result, they mimic meticulously rendered drawings or paintings. Surreal and hyperrealistic, Lazzarini’s work challenges both our visual perception and our understanding of the physical world.
Robert Lazzarini was born in New Jersey in 1965 and currently lives in New York City. He received his BFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1990. His work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Focus: Teresita Fernández
April 24-June 19, 2011
Sculptor Teresita Fernández creates work in response to nature. Reminiscent of clouds, rain storms, waterfalls, and stars in the night sky, Fernández’s mercurial works shimmer, float, and undulate before our eyes. The artist is interested in making works that generate an intimate experience. As she has put it, “What I’m after is a lingering, ephemeral engagement. Slow, quiet, and with enough depth kinesthetically to be recalled by the viewer after the work is no longer in front of them.”
Teresita Fernández was born in 1968 in Miami, Florida, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA at the Florida International University, Miami, in 1990; and her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth, Richmond, in 1992. She has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.
The Director’s Council
The Director’s Council was formed in 1985, and assists the Museum with acquisitions through the FOCUS series. This series features three solo exhibitions organized annually by Curator Andrea Karnes. Each exhibition opens with an exclusive cocktail reception for Council members, an opportunity to meet the featured artist and discuss his or her work. One work by each artist is chosen by the Museum to be part of the final selection for the Council’s Purchase Meeting, the climax of the FOCUS season. This format provides members with an in-depth understanding of the Modern’s acquisitions process and offers a spirited and popular series of events. The annual dues, $525, include all the benefits of a Family membership and invitations to exclusive Director’s Council events.
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