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|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 present Joan Winter: Edge of Light, an exhibition of new
paintings, sculptures, and prints by the acclaimed Dallas-based artist. An opening reception will
be held Saturday, February 18 from 5-8 pm. The exhibit continues through April 29.
Joan Winter explores the relationship between the visible and invisible. In a climate
often reflecting chaos and crisis, she invites the viewer to engage in moments of quiet
and serenity. Her current show, Edge of Light, is grounded in an inquiry of time, memory,
movement and light. In the new paintings series, Skylight, Winter examines the illusive
calming light in the sky after storm clouds transform to white light. Winter's work is both
timeless and immediate.
Layering copper plates or screens, she prints on handmade paper or linen, building
surfaces that fuse color and texture. Working in multiples or in series, she thinks of her
prints as three-dimensional - looking through space. An intense physical presence is
registered in the etching series, Deep, an investigation of water movement from inside
a waterfall. Her prints are typically large scale with a subtle sense of color. Winter's
three-dimensional work is made in wood using a band saw as a drawing tool and
often cast in translucent resin to capture an ethereal sense of light within the form.
Winter was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She studied art and architecture at Texas Tech University and
then worked within the architecture field for ten years, most notably working for the firm
coordinating on the Kimbell Art Museum where she met the
architect Louis Kahn. His philosophy of elevating form beyond its materiality has
had a lasting influence on her work. She completed her MFA at Southern Methodist
University Meadows School of the Arts in 1993, focusing in sculpture and printmaking.
She began exhibiting in the mid 1990's and has recently shown her work in Kyoto, Japan and
Arequipa, Peru as well as recent solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Austin.
Joan Winter: Edge of Light marks the third solo exhibition at Holly Johnson Gallery. In conjunction
with an international conference in Japan, she spent time studying Japanese architecture. She
experienced firsthand "the spiritual quietness and connection to nature". These studies remain vital
to her work and offer continuing inspiration.
Winter won first place in Print TX, 2013 at the Museum of Printing History in Houston. Her prints have
been selected for juried exhibitions by curators from the Museum of Modern Art in NY, Whitney
Museum of American Art, Berkley Art Museum, CA, and High Museum, GA. Her work is in major
museums, public and private collections both nationally and internationally. Most recently, five of
her prints were acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
|J O A N W I N T E R
EDGE OF LIGHT
February 18 - April 29, 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