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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 Wherefore & Hence, an
exhibition of ten recent paintings by David Aylsworth. This is the artist's fifth solo exhibition with
the gallery. An opening reception will be held Saturday, January 6, from 5 to 8 pm. The
exhibition continues through March 24, 2018.
David's Aylsworth has spent years cultivating his painting practice - with exuberance, quirkiness,
and imperfections embedded in his method. Refinement has never been an Aylsworth goal, yet
in Wherefore & Hence he reveals a certain restraint evinced by more simplistic compositions.
When describing his work,art historian Sandra Zalman states, "Where there are brushstrokes, drips,
clotting and scraping... it is evident in the almost discursive way that shapes coalesce to articulate
a larger story of meditation- the fine line between form and figure, or plane and ground, which
speaks to the very human quality of finding opportunity in uncertainty, near connections,
qualifications, and do-overs. The paintings may play, and tease, and flirt, but their force
derives from the quiet, unassuming way they confront these larger concerns."
David Aylsworth (born 1966, Tiffin, OH) earned a BFA from Kent State University (1989) and was
an artist resident at the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, (1989-1991). Aylsworth
was the subject of a ten-year survey exhibition, David Aylsworth: Either/And, organized by the
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX, and traveled to the Galveston Arts Center (2017).
Other recent solo exhibitions include Sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet tea, Inman Gallery (2016);
David Aylsworth, Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY (2014); Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Holly Johnson Gallery,
Dallas (2013); The Reverses Wiped Away, Inman Gallery (2012); That Thing That Makes Vines Prefer
to Cling, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, (2010); and Fugue for Tinhorns Sound Like Frère Jacques,
Ellen Noël Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa (2008). His paintings were included in
Painting: A Love Story, curated by Bill Arning at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2014)
and alsoWorking in the Abstract: Rethinking the Literal, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine
Arts, Houston (2011). The Galveston Art Center mounted a ten-year survey of his work, So Elsa
Maxwellish. It traveled to Texas A&M University in Commerce and the University of Arkansas in
In 2010, Aylsworth received an Artadia Award Houston. Many articles about his work have been
published in noteworthy publications such as; Art Lies, Art in America, The Dallas Morning News,
and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
the Dallas Museum of Art, The Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, The Art Museum of
South East Texas in Beaumont, and the El Paso Museum of Art. He currently resides in Houston.
WHEREFORE AND HENCE
January 6 through March 24