Willam Cannings - Vetted
October 14 - November 11, 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 is proud to present her sixth solo exhibition with William Cannings, opening with an
artist’s reception on Saturday, October 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Vetted will include small-scale, steel
sculpture. The exhibition will be on view through November 11.

William Cannings spent time in his youth working in automotive shops where he familiarized himself
with the tools and equipment needed to support his practice and satisfy his hands-on approach
to art making. Today, the artist has mastered an innovative process of working with flat steel and
automotive paint. Each finished sculpture looks buoyant despite its heavy material, creating a
dichotomy of hard and soft, weightless and hefty. Cannings creates seductive forms and visual
trickery that entice, provoke, and demand to be touched.

The work in Vetted takes on a more personal narrative than seen in the recent past. Though he has
lived in the United States for 17 years, Cannings just gained final US Citizenship, and while it was
not necessarily a conscious decision to focus on this event, many unconscious choices appear in
the work, including the exploration of certain literal objects: a boat, popsicle and
pistol. Likewise, the choice of certain color schemes and abstract forms harken back to the
popular culture of the 1970’s, when the artist was a young child.

William Cannings is originally from Manchester, England and currently lives and works in Lubbock,
TX with his wife, also a fine artist, and his two daughters. He received a BFA from Virginia
Commonwealth University and an MFA from Syracuse University. He is Professor of Sculpture
at Texas Tech University. In 2004, he helped to reinvigorate the Texas Sculpture Symposium, a
brand of the Sculpture Network of Texas, where he continues today as an active member.

Cannings exhibits frequently across the United States including in New York, Miami, New Mexico
and Texas. He was one of four artists chosen for a solo exhibition at the 2009 Texas Biennial. His
works are seen publically in the permanent collection of the new William P. Clements, Jr. Hospital
at UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Likewise, he is featured in the canonical publication, Texas
Artists’ Today.
William Cannings  - Lollipop, 2017
inflated steel and automotive paint
33 x 15 x 3 inches
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Willam Cannings - Vetted
October 14 - November 11, 2017
Cris Worley is proud to present Dreamscape, her eighth solo exhibition with Dallas-based artist,
Charlotte Smith, opening with a reception on Saturday, October 14, from 5 to 8pm. Dreamscape
will include abstract paintings in acrylic on canvas. The exhibition will be on view through
November 11.

Charlotte Smith’s artistic practice has culminated in 20 years of exploration into pure process-
driven abstraction. Over the course of her career, Smith has constantly pushed the physical
boundaries of painting, through the arduous building and layering of drips, drops and strokes.
Layer upon layer builds and extends across the canvas’ terrain, creating dynamic compositions
that engage the eye to move and explore.

In Dreamscape, Smith explores her materials in a large-scale format, allowing her further
opportunity to extend and grow the possibilities of her materials. Smith’s desire to “go big”
came from two recent works: a 192-inch painting, The Stars at Night are Big and Bright, now
housed in the Professional Office Building II at UT Southwestern and a 144-inch commission
for the new law office of Gardere, Wynne and Sewell, LLP, both in Dallas, TX. Charlotte Smith
received her MFA from the University of North Texas where she studied under the tutelage of
Vincent Falsetta. Immediately following, she spent four years with the prestigious artists’
cooperative, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX.

She has mounted thirty solo exhibitions and has been selected for more than twenty juried
exhibitions, often receiving awards. Smith is firmly entrenched in Texas Art History - she was
recently included in the following publications: Global Corporate Collections (2015), Texas
Abstract (2014), The State of the Art: Contemporary Artists in Texas (2012), and Texas Artists
Today (2010). Her work can be found in the collections of the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical School, the Museum of Southeast Texas, the South Texas Institute for the Arts, and
Neiman Marcus stores nationwide, as well as many additional significant private and
corporate collections throughout the country.
Charlotte Smith - Lacy Lulu, 2017
acrylic on canvas
24 x 38 inches