MAY 13 - JUNE 17, 2017
Cris Worley Fine Arts
1845 Levee St. #110, Dallas, TX 75207.
Gallery Hours are
Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.
Cris Worley Fine Arts is proud to present Sappers and Miners, our second solo exhibition with Kelli
Vance, opening with an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 13th from 5 – 8 pm. Sappers and
Miners will include a series of large-scale paintings produced in oil on canvas. The exhibition will be
on view through June 17, 2017. Kelli Vance is known for her photorealistic paintings, which explore
psychologically thrilling themes from voyeurism to assumed identity. Her work is primarily driven by
complex narratives surrounding socially constructed notions of femininity that romanticize
alternative forms of beauty. Working from staged photographs, Vance enhances tension in the
subjects of her chosen models through her painterly play with light and textures including hair,
rope, cake icing, and wet skin. She muffles provocative shouts existing within her compositions by
depicting only portions of their narratives, keeping actions hinted by the titles relegated outside
the frame. In the recent work of Sappers and Miners, Vance suspends her depictions of female
figures in tantalizing situations, in favor of subdued rituals. An arsenal of occult magic follows her
figures in We Provide Our Best Offering to the Universe (2016) and Sun Eaters (2016) as they
attempt to locate their locus of control in preparation for psychological battle. This sublime search
for power is echoed by a palette of black and white, erasing any evidence of opulence from
Vance’s earlier cinematic scenes. These new works summon viewers to seek serenity when reality
becomes chaotic. Kelli Vance was born in Garland, Texas receiving her BFA from the University of
North Texas in 2005 and her MFA from the University of Houston in 2008. She was included in the
2009 Texas Biennale, in 2014 she was a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize, and in 2017 she received a
Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant. Vance’s work has been shown widely across Texas as
well as in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Mexico.
Sappers and Miners, 2017
oil on canvas, 78 x 90 inches
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