Fort Worth, Texas, August 9, 2016
Much like Robert Frank’s Tocquevillian catalog of American culture, — American Perspectives is an exhibition that highlights the distinct viewpoints of three first generation American visual artists as they filter their diverse cultural environments. Each artist explores themes of home, memory, identity, and intimacy emphasizing quotidian scenes and materials. All navigate both foreign and familiar landscapes, hearkening and giving voice to generations past, while asserting universality and their own perspective differences. This three-person show, curated by Art Tooth co-director Dee Lara and Deep Red Press founder and director Raul Rodriguez, presents work in a variety of mediums including photography, video, painting and installation
Houston native Brenda Edith Franco explores relationships, psychology, and the experience of being a first generation American with Mexican and Honduran heritage through the use of photography in video. In her series Hija (En Casa), she collaborates with her parents in order to create heightened moments of intimacy to further understand the dynamics of their changing relationships. Franco received a BFA in Photography and Digital Media with a Minor in Art History and Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Houston in Houston Texas.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Woodland Hills, California, Ting Huang is a photographer who currently lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a Bachelor in Music from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and is a professor of photography at Tarrant County College. A self-described portrait and documentary photographer, Huang’s series House of Days seeks to reassemble idealized and fragmented childhood memories as well as to reconcile the passage of time. Of her work, she says, “I want it to be a love letter to my parents, my grandparents, and to the town that we all once called home.”
Fabiola Valenzuela is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Arlington, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Texas at Arlington. Valenzuela’s work concentrates on identity and cultural memory, often manipulating household objects and material belongings to express personal origins and familial journeys. She was recently selected as the winner of Gallery 76102’s 6th Annual Juried Art Competition by judge Stephen Lapthisophon.
Opening reception Saturday, October 22nd from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM will feature spoken word performances by poet Malak Abda.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Malak Abda is a young Palestinian woman who has spent time in Egypt and the Gaza Strip. She began writing and performing her poetry at the age of sixteen in hopes to reach out to others in abusive homes and relationships. In her work, she discusses injustices towards women and minorities, poverty, Palestine, mental illness and recovery. She currently resides in Arlington, Texas and studies fashion design at the University of North Texas.
Opening reception Saturday, October 22nd 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Exhibition dates Saturday, October 22nd through Saturday, October 29th by appointment only.
Closing reception Saturday, October 29th, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.
The Grackle Art Gallery is located at:
4621 El Campo Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Telephone: 817) 615-0681
Thank you for your support of the arts community in Fort Worth, TX!