|HOLLY JOHNSON GALLERY // JUNE24 // 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 in Dallas is pleased to introduce, Michael Young: Updrafts, an exhibition
of new paintings by the Austin-based artist. An opening reception will be held Saturday evening,
June 24th from 5 - 8 pm. This exhibition marks the artists' first show with the Dallas gallery and it
continues through October 7th.
Over the last 30 years, Michael Young has developed a diverse and kaleidoscopic body of
abstract geometric paintings, drawings and installations. Central to his work is an emphasis
on facture, an attunement to the methodologies of making or constructing his paintings. His
painting procedures are adapted from different sources such as geology, scientific
documentation and architectural production, and result from the use of specific materials
to construct the surfaces. For example, past installations and paintings have been
distinguished by the use of sand collected from deserts, reflecting the mineral color
of the geology of their place.
Young's recent body of work, Updrafts, uses graphite, CNC fabricated drawing templates and
multiple layers of transparent acrylic medium. His individual formal language is drawn from a
lexicon of interrelated subjects such as Mimbres pottery, tantric art, geology, seismographs,
modernist and colonial architecture, stereotomy, desert landscapes, petroglyphs, Japanese
pottery, Native American design languages, textiles, microphotography, bee hives and the
study of pollen.
The artist received a MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT (1977) and a BFA
from The University of Texas at Austin, TX (1975). He has participated in the Independent Study
Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as, the Skowhegan School of Sculpture
and Painting. He was recipient of the Alice B. Kimball Travelling Fellowship from Yale University
and has received several grants and awards including a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National
Endowment for the Arts; a Mazer Faculty Development Grant from Brandeis University, and
a Creative Arts Program Grant from New York State Council for the Arts. Young was born in
Houston, Texas and currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.
Young's works have been included in numerous gallery exhibitions throughout the U.S. and
abroad at galleries such as; Blum Helman Gallery, Pace Prints, Daniel Weinberg Gallery,
Annina Nosei Gallery, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Lorence Monk Gallery, Betty Cunningham
Gallery, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Nohra Haime Gallery, Michael Kohn Gallery, and CDS Gallery.
Prestigious museum institutions have also exhibited the work such as; The Museum of Modern
Art, Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Whitney Museum of American
Art at the Equitable Center, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Museum,
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
His works are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY;
Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Museum
of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Berkeley Museum, Berkeley, CA; The Denver Art
Museum, Denver, CO; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Neuberger Museum of Art, S.U.N.Y.
at Purchase, NY; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Santa Barbara
Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; and the Seibu Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
Articles on his work include reviews in; The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America,
Artforum, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Flash Art, Art & Auction, Tema Celeste,
Next, The Village Voice, artsmagazine, and Bomb Magazine.
Young is artist-in-residence and collaborator with Pollen Architecture & Design. He taught
in the graduate painting program at the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as at
Princeton and the University of Texas at Austin. Young is also an accomplished speaker
and has lectured at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art,
the American Academy in Rome, Pasadena Art Center, Brandeis University, Cornell University,
Yale University, Rhode Island school of Design, and the Massachusetts College of Art.
June 24 - October 7, 2017