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Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas is pleased to announce the opening of Reflect, by Austin-based sculptor
Margo Sawyer. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, November 18, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The
exhibition continues through February 3, 2018.

Throughout her career, Margo Sawyer has created installations which translate sacred spaces into a
contemporary vocabulary. The central actor of Sawyer's art is color.  Reflect 2017, is a large-scale floor
installation that converses with the architecture in an ever-changing way, with the play of light and
reflection moving throughout the space and uniting an array of complex and unexpected unions of color.
Reflect, holds fragments of a career long fascination with glass, its optical color play, how transparency,
reflectivity, luminosity, physicality, materiality, perceptual, material and shape affect the psychological
effects of color, as a window into our emotions. Elements of the work were produced by the artist in
residence at Pilchuck Glass School and more recently at Franz Mayer of Munich, Germany in 2106.

Sawyer often equates the work to a quilt of color, responding to the unexpected color compositions, the
multi-cultural and gender associations as in the Gee's Bend quilts, the symbolic use of form and color of the
De Stijl movement, and the work of Piet Mondrian. Don Bacigalupi, Ph.D., Founding President of the Lucas
Museum of Narrative Art, referenced Sawyer's work in 1999, "Perhaps Mondrian comes closest to providing a
precedent...think of Broadway Boogie Woogie and the way in which its composition has been read as a
jazzy improvisation of a New York City streetscape, seen from above."

Sawyer was born in the U.S., although her formative years were in England.  She received a B.A. Honors
Degree (1980) from University of the Arts London/Chelsea College of Art, formerly the Chelsea School of Art,
London, attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1980), and received her M.F.A. in
Sculpture from Yale University (1982). She is a Professor of Sculpture & Extended Media in the Department of
Art & Art History at the University of Texas at Austin (1988-Present).

Reflect celebrates the artist's third solo show with Holly Johnson Gallery. Sawyer has also been included in
many national & international exhibitions such as; Play House, San Antonio, TX (2017), Art Museum of South
Texas, Corpus Christi, TX (2016), El Paso Museum of Art, EL Paso, TX (2015), Umlauf Sculpture Garden and
Museum, Austin, TX (2014), McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX (2010), The Blanton Art Museum, Austin, TX
(2008), Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX (2005), Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX (2004), Mattress Factory,
Pittsburgh, PA (2001), ArtPace, San Antonio, TX (2000), Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX (1998), Sagacho
Exhibit Space, Tokyo, Japan, GalleryGallery, Kyoto, Japan (1996), P.S.1. Museum, Long Island City, NY
(1989), and Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY (1989, 1991).

The artist has received numerous grants, fellowships, and awards. Most recently, Sawyer was appointed as
the Texas State Three-Dimensional Visual Artist Laureate (2015) and was awarded the Dora Maar Fellowship
(2016) from the Brown Foundation & the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Sawyer has been an
Artist-In-Residence at Pilchuck Glass School (2001, 2013). She was awarded, the Louis Comfort Tiffany
Foundation Award (2001), a Japan Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship (1996), two Fulbright Research Awards
- a Senior Research Fellowship to Japan (1995-96) and to India (1982-83), the Rome Prize (1986-87), a
National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Individual Artists (1987), and the New York State Council for the
Arts Grant for Public Art (1986).
November 18 - February 3
Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas is pleased to announce the opening of, Drawing: Attn, an
exhibition of new ink drawings on canvas by John Adelman. An opening reception will be
held for the artist on Saturday evening, October 14th from 5 to 8 p.m. This exhibition
continues through Saturday, December 23.

Drawing: Attn is Adelman's fifth solo exhibition with the gallery and it continues to explore the
material qualities of ink. Accumulative and compulsive, his compositions are strictly defined by
a series of rules that the artist sets for himself. The works are diverse in scale, subject, and resources,
and all created in a formula driven manner. The use of gel ink and the excessive layering of it
produce rich, luxuriant surfaces transcending the utilitarian material. With his use of
unconventional materials and his meticulous method, Adelman's work could easily be
dismissed or overly simplified, if it weren't for the understated beauty in the results.

John Adelman received an M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas,
Denton, Texas (2006) and a B.F.A. in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from The Ohio State
University in Columbus, Ohio (1992). He currently resides in Houston, Texas.

His works have been included in exhibitions in cities such as Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Istanbul,
Turkey; Galveston, TX; Austin, TX; Brno, Czech Republic; Venice, Italy; Sante Fe, NM; Marfa, TX;
Jonesboro, AR; and Beverly Hills, CA.

Adelman's work will be featured in the upcoming issue of New American Paintings. Additional
publications include; the Houston Press, The Dallas Observer, ModernDallas.net, Art this week,
Houston Chronicle, Aether Magazine, Glasstire, and The Dallas Morning News. Adelman has
also been a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize, awarded by Hunting PLC, in 2009, 2012, 2014.
Drawing: Attn
October 14 - December 23
John Adelman, 38,307, 2017, gel ink on canvas, 46 x 42 inches
© John Adelman. Courtesy of Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Margo Sawyer, Reflect (detail), 2014, Mixed media floor installation.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Austin, Texas.
Photography credit: Paul Bardagjy.