May 4 - May 26, 2018
Reception: May 4, 2018; 6 - 9pm
The Fort Worth Community Art Center is proud to present Educators featuring David Conn, Ann Ekstrom and Jim Woodson. This show features the work of three celebrated Fort Worth artists who have dedicated much of their career to educating young artists.
David Conn specializes in hand-pulled, fine art prints and large-scale paintings. His work has been shown in more than 100 exhibitions in the U.S., Central and South America, Japan, England and Europe, and is showcased in permanent collections of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Modern Museum of Art in San Paulo, Brazil, and the Bureau of Art Exhibitions in Lodz, Poland. It can also be found in corporate and university private collections, including Southwestern Bell, GTE Corporation, American Airlines, Texas Christian University (TCU), The University of Texas at Austin, University of Dallas, The University of Texas at Tyler, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ann Ekstrom’s paintings are a lot like looking into a drawer full of vintage bakelite and celluloid buttons, pins, baubles and beads – just magnified to a grand scale. She preserves pieces of costume jewelry, tiny toys, highly collectible forms of wearable art and other odd bits of ephemera by enlarging them on canvas, then expertly combines these objects for creative and unusual still lifes, giving her subjects a new life of their own. Her highly trained eye for color, pattern and texture is evident in her meticulous arrangements of small objects. Her paintings beg to be examined to fully absorb the delicate nuances in story telling. Expertly controlled, her palette, her shading technique and understanding of light and form make even her small canvases take on a presence of their own.
These paintings draw inspiration from the high deserts of the southwest, mostly in Texas and New Mexico. These “outer” landscapes are modified by “inner ones”. The inner concerns are a dialogue with dreams, memories, thought fragments and streams of consciousness. By the contextual placement or overlay of inner and outer, I hope to convey my own thoughts about the nature of imagination: to achieve a sense of the imagination’s movement (tempo) against a relatively unchanging environment (duration).
I’m interested in calling attention to the act of painting as well as to how one understands visual conventions by combining self-referential marks and forms with more traditional rendering. I hope that these juxtapositions enliven the surface and create an ambiguous space that causes the viewer to question his/her notions about perceptional space. I would like to provide the viewer choices that lie between dualities like cultural and natural, perspectival and encompassed, near and far, representational and abstract, mythic time and geologic time, movement and stillness, order and chaos. I want the landscapes to be understood as a “verb” rather than a “noun”.