|CRIS WORLEY FINE ARTS // FEB24 // 5-8PM
|Celia Eberle – Unintended Garden
February 24 – March 31, 2018
|Cris Worley Fine Arts
1845 Levee St. #110, Dallas, TX 75207.
Gallery Hours are
Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.
|Cris Worley is proud to present our third solo exhibition of Dallas-based artist Celia Eberle.
Unintended Garden opens with an artist’s reception Saturday, February 24, from 5-8pm, and
will run through March 31, 2018. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception.
Throughout her 30+ year career, Celia Eberle’s work has reflected eternal themes that pervade
the course of time. With almost childlike innocence, history repeats itself. All of the knowledge
we have acquired over the years cannot seem to stop us from our basic instincts. The
Unintended Garden looks at man’s relationship with his subconscious self, and in turn,
Eberle expands on man’s fateful relationship with nature in works like, “Moss Grotto”, a large-
scale, ceramic “cavern” intended to provide respite for contemplation. Its shaggy, green glaze
evokes dampness from an invisible source. The figure of “Neptune,” acts as a physical chimera
of mythologies, conflating classical and Christian motifs into one “idol.” Themes of fetishism, loot,
and plunder are underscored by the use of natural and often precious materials, and further
illuminating our conflicting relationship of simultaneously worshipping and destroying mother
nature. The Unintended Garden, is an elegy for processing this paradox.
Celia Eberle has exhibited extensively throughout Texas as well as in Chicago, New York and
Oregon. She was invited to first exhibit “Moss Grotto” at the Silos during Sculpture Month Houston
in the summer of 2017. In 2015, she received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Recipient.
Likewise, she was an inaugural recipient of the Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Microgrant.
In 2014, Eberle’s mid-career retrospective, In the Garden of Ozymandias, debuted at
the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Her work is currently in the collections of: The Dallas
Museum of Art, the J. Wayne Stark University Gallery at Texas A&M, and the Longview
Museum of Fine Arts.
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|Kristen Cliburn – Color as Light as Air
February 24 – March 31, 2018
|Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to announce our second solo exhibition of minimalistic paintings
by Houston-based artist Kristen Cliburn. Color as Light as Air, opens with an artist’s reception on
Saturday, February 24th, and will run through March 31th, 2018. The artist will be in attendance
for the opening reception.
In this recent body of work, Cliburn continues to explore color through subtle and minimal
gradients, with particular attention to contrasting density and lightness, stillness and motion.
In her own words, “Color floats, form dissolves, and time idles while a solitary experience of
subtlety comes into view.” The ephemeral quality of each work is underpinned by provocative
titles such as With Peace, Double Bind, Sub Rosa that may lead the viewer to the artist’s
intentions. Each individual work exists as though emerging from air, as though pulled from
nothingness into form, balancing light and color.
Kristen Cliburn received her BFA in Painting at the University of Texas, Austin and her MFA in
Painting from the University of Houston. She has participated in over 50 group and solo
exhibitions, including several juried shows. Selected jurors include Rock Hushka (Curator
of Contemporary & Northwest Art – Tacoma Art Museum), Irene Hofmann (Director & Chief
Curator – SITE Santa Fe), Dave Hickey (Independent Art Critic), Larissa Harris (Curator – Queens
Museum of Art), and Miranda Lash (Curator of Contemporary & Modern Art – New Orleans
Museum of Art).