February 29 - March 28, 2020
In Material World, Darcie Book invites visitors to share the sense of discovery she experiences in the studio, where she develops innovative processes to explore acrylic paint as a sculptural material. Her work pushes the boundaries and possibilities of painting by navigating the realms between the two- and three-dimensional. The sculptural paintings preserve the vitality wet paint possesses as raw material. Paint protrudes into space and defies gravity, appearing to ooze or flow as it makes its departure from the two-dimensional picture plane. While her work embodies a sense of the otherworldly, Book is interested in how the heightened physicality of the paint may generate corporeal resonance, and elicit desire or longing.
Material World showcases artifacts from Book’s material experiments, with a focus on intersectional realms (material/ethereal, painting/sculpture). The viewer-participant is rewarded for physically moving around the works: hidden details are revealed upon closer examination, and the paintings’ compositions change when viewed from different vantage points.
Darcie Book (Austin, TX) is a sculptural painter and installation artist whose work explores paint as object and architecture through innovative processes using acrylic paint. Book’s extensive exhibition history includes the Baltimore Museum of Art, Fort Works Art (Fort Worth), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Los Angeles), DiverseWorks (Houston), and Women & Their Work (Austin). She has been published in Sculpture magazine and the Manifest International Painting Annual. Artist residencies include the Vermont Studio Center and the Facebook AIR Program. Book is a member of ICOSA Collective, an artist-run non-profit cooperative gallery in Austin, TX. She recently completed her first outdoor public artwork Wavelength, commissioned by the City of Austin, Art in Public Places. www.darciebook.com
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, 76107 TX