|HOLLY JOHNSON GALLERY // MAY13 // 5-8PM
|Holly Johnson Gallery
1845 Levee Street @ Turtle Creek Blvd
Gallery hours are 10 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.
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|Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of, Michelle Mackey: Double Take,
an exhibition of new paintings that explore dream like landscapes in relationship to time and
memory. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, May 13th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This
exhibit marks the artists' second solo show with the gallery it continues through August 12th.
Within Mackey's art there is a palpable sense of multi-dimensionality and spatial transference -
where settings and imagery fragment and converge. She uses light and its power to confuse
structural logic, so that these paintings suspend between the known and the unknown.
Michelle Mackey: Double Take reveals the power of the unexpected in these compelling
and complex visions.
Mackey approaches her work in a physical way - and it shows. The works are tactile, with textures
created by layering copious amounts of joint compound on thick wooden panels. The surfaces
are then sanded, slicked with shellac, wiped off with wet rags, realized with vinyl paint, and
often all over again. The paintings in Double Take have layers and traces of alterations that are
a consistent part of her oeuvre, but there is a circular motion within these works that spin the
viewer into a new atmosphere. This circular movement along with a keyed-up color palette
invites the viewer to scrutinize this glowing - almost fluorescent terrain.
The artist received a Master of Fine Art degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (1999) and a
Bachelors of Arts degree from Furman University, Greenville, SC (1997). She has studied in Cortona,
Italy and Taos, NM for extended periods, and has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center.
She currently divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Dallas, TX. When in New York she works
as a scenic painter - heavily influencing her interest in the power of fake and real environments.
When in Dallas she has taught painting, drawing and foundations at Southern Methodist
University and the University of North Texas.
May 13 - August 12, 2017
|Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of, William Betts: COLOR SPACE, an
exhibit of new paintings by the Miami-based artist. An opening reception will be held April 1st from
5-8 p.m. The exhibition continues through June 10.
William Betts studio practice has always veered back-and-forth between representation and
non-objective painting. While working with photographic and video based imagery, he became
increasingly interested in how software and systems translated and rationalized pictorial
information and started exploring these nuances and the possibilities of the technology as an
aesthetic generator. The COLOR SPACE paintings are a visual representation of a technology
process. The artist uses color and varying degrees of transparency to create the picture. The
free-form shapes used to create the space provide a contrast to the uniformity and consistency of
the patterning used to render the color transitions."
Since 2001, Betts has focused his practice on software-controlled processes he developed for
applying paint. Using digital technology and industrial processes Betts produces paintings that are
both visually captivating and technically innovative, reflecting on the possibilities for an analog
medium in a digital age. Though automated, the technique is exacting and time consuming and
any given painting may contain up to 100,000 individually applied drops of paint.
Claudia Schmuckli stated in 2008, "Unlike other artists of his generation who have incorporated
painting machines into their work to signal their critical or ironic engagement with the history of the
medium and the role of the artist, Betts embraces the machine as the only tool that will produce
the aesthetic and quantitative results he is after."
Betts was born in New York City. In 1991 he graduated from Arizona State University Cum Laude
with a Bachelor of Arts degree. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions
throughout the U.S. and recently at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Praha, Czech Republic and
in Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany. He was selected by 1800
Tequila for their Essential Artists series (2013), New American Paintings' Second Annual Prize (2012),
First Place at the Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art (2008), a Hunting Art Prize
finalist (2007 & 2010), Best in Show in the Biennial Southwest at the Albuquerque Museum (2006),
and included in the Texas Biennial in Austin (2005 & 2007).
Articles on his work include reviews in Artsjournal.com, San Antonio Express-News, Artlies, Glasstire,
Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, The Boston Globe, Albuquerque Tribune, Chicago Tribune and
|W I L L I A M B E T T S
April 1 - June 10, 2017