July 25 - September 25, 2020
“Dandelion & Rose, a 34-foot site-specific vinyl installation is viewable from the inside and outside of the gallery, and will be up from July 25 – September 25, 2020. The installation plays off the meme titled Dandelion vs. Rose, which first originated about 6 years ago. The artist describes, “What interested me about this meme was the fine point it put on human intervention in cultivation and breeding, its powerful influence and unintended consequences. As a weed, a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is growing vigorously, dandelion comes from dent de lion, French for the lion’s tooth.”
As background Liz states, “Michael Pollan wrote The Botany of Desire, a book about human selection, breeding and genetic modification of plants to suit certain desires, in 2001, the year I graduated from high school. I have long wanted to create a mural on the scale of Rauschenberg’s Barge, and this mural – Dandelion and Rose – uses this lens of plant cultivation as an opportunity to resist and challenge out modeled value systems. It is also my way of thinking about net culture and its poetics in addressing current issues of politics, race, and class”.
In addition to the large mural featured at the gallery, Trosper created ‘Google doc paintings’. These adhesive pieces can be seen on the bottom of the windows facing Cole Street. “The small Google doc paintings contain excerpts from my 2020 journal. As a painter, dealing in abstraction, I have felt taken apart. These paintings are an attempt to compose in the wake and face of destruction. They are small—literally and metaphorically—attempts to answer the question: How can abstract painting–so defined by exclusion and inaccessibility—access the personal and the political in our world?” Trosper discusses. When visiting the gallery, Dandelion and Rose, as well as her Google docs paintings can be viewed from both inside and outside the gallery in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines and for those who feel more comfortable viewing from their vehicle during the pandemic.
On the gallery’s entrance window, there is a QR that visitors can scan in order to pull up a digital copy of Liz’s catalogue and comments. Liz’s piece titled, toothy zip (neon: ochre) recently became apart of the permanent collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art after her inclusion in their exhibition titled, “Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art”.
Trosper lives and works in Dallas. She currently teaches at the University of North Texas.”
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