|HOLLY JOHNSON GALLERY // OCT14 // 5-8PM
|Holly Johnson Gallery
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|Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas is pleased to announce the opening of, Crystal Cities: New Paintings and
Sculptures by Tommy Fitzpatrick. This exhibition marks the artist's fourth solo show at the gallery. An opening
reception for the artist will be held Saturday, September 9, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition continues
through November 4.
Architecture has been the subject of Fitzpatrick's paintings for the past twenty years. The current exhibition,
Crystal Cities is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's 1940 project of the same name set for a Washington D.C
suburb that was never built. This unrealized project, bold in scale and breathtaking in its aesthetic vision
inspired Fitzpatrick to create this new body of
Since 2013, Fitzpatrick has been creating sculptural motifs in the studio that stand in for architecture in
his paintings. These assemblages resembling ruins are constructed from transparent plastics that can be
arranged and rearranged. Based on ideas set forth by the Russian constructivists, Fitzpatrick describes
his sculptures as a fallen utopia of modern materials. The new paintings are in still life format - a way for
the artist to push his postmodern sculptures into a traditional format of illusionistic space. The new works
in Crystal Cities, while representing our past also point to the future.
Fitzpatrick has shown in numerous exhibitions in cities such as; Houston, Madrid, New York, London, Dallas,
Berlin, and Seoul. An exhibition catalogue was published for his Seoul show titled City Faces in 2009. Also
that same year he participated in Geometry in Reflection with Margo Sawyer at the University of Texas at
Arlington. Christina Rees, currently editor-in-chief of Glasstire, noted in the catalogue, "Fitzpatrick exposes
the science-fiction element of modern architecture, to be sure, one that evokes Orwellian totalitarianism
or Philip K. Dick, as well as the bloodless unregulated capitalism that's led to our current economic crisis..."
His work was also documented in catalogues for Bridge, a 2006 solo show in Berlin, and Object Lessons, a
seven year survey of Fitzpatrick's work curated by Clint Willour of the Galveston Arts Center that traveled
to Texas A&M in Commerce and The Arlington Museum of Art.
Born in Dallas in 1969, Fitzpatrick received a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Texas in Austin in 1991,
followed by an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art in 1993. His paintings are in the collection of the
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Art Museum of South Texas in
Corpus Christi, and the Menil Collection in Houston. He is currently an Associate Professor of painting at
Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He resides in New Braunfels, Texas.
|C R Y S T A L C I T I E S
Sculptures by Tommy Fitzpatrick
September 9 - November 4, 2017
|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.
October 14 - December 23