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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 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