January 16 - February 15, 2021
From Erin Cluley Gallery:
“The history of using dye has been one of endless discovery; through exploration, invention, and experimentation. In (Un)Controlled, Erin Cluley Gallery will feature works by Chivas Clem, Catherine MacMahon, and Delaney Smith. With dye being the common thread running throughout the work, these three artists are using processes of intention, control, and resistance but at the end of the day, the final result comes at the mercy of the medium.
About the Artists
A native of Paris Texas, CHIVAS CLEM is a graduate from the prestigious Whitney Independent Study Program. During more than a decade in New York, Clem is known for launching the influential artists space The Fifth International, which championed the work of Aaron Curry, Alex Bag, Jonathan Horowitz and others.
Clem’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe including Deitch Projects in New York, Dallas Contemporary, and Galerie Almine Rech in Paris. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, The Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and private collections in the United States and Europe.
CATHERINE MACMAHON‘s installations, sculptures, and drawings embody universal themes of memory, repetition, and form. There is a sense of in-betweenness in MacMahon’s work. Though neither figurative nor narrative she suggests abstract liminal states, which question polarities, certitude, or fixed narratives, in favor of delicate deviances. Her practice involves the exploration of and sometimes rejection of the feminine identity ascribed to materials and structures. She rigorously challenges what constitutes an interior space, how that is formed, and what social constructs are latent within it.
MacMahon received her Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco (2006) and was an All-College Honors Award recipient. She completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (2002) where she received several endowed scholarships and awards. She also received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin College of Business Administration (1999). She attended the Textile Society of America Study Tour Fibers of Japan with Yoshiko I. Wada. She has participated in the Gallery Lab Program and in The Great Create both at The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. MacMahon’s work has been exhibited at A.I.R. Gallery, Dieu Donne, and The Wassaic Project in New York; Two x Two for AIDS and Art, and Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, TX. And in 2019, MacMahon debuted her first solo show, LINES, at Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, TX. MacMahon currently lives and works in Dallas, TX.
DELANEY SMITH is a visual artist, designer and educator. She primarily works with handmade paper to create sculpture, and explores text and typography within her work. Her interactive books emerge from the inherent qualities of material and develop as the viewer alters the pages. As a result, each book is a unique story of marks based on unpredictable outcomes. In the same vein, she alters common materials in her sculptures, such as tracing paper and receipts, creating rich landscapes with incidental textures.
Delaney received her BFA in Graphic Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 and her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2013. Delaney was an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2013-14. She teaches art and design workshops at art centers such as Oil and Cotton in Oak Cliff, TX, and recently taught a week long paper casting workshop at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, TN. As a designer for Make Art with Purpose, she creates publications such as Let’s Talk, a zine series focused on increasing knowledge, understanding and empathy across communities through stories.”
Reception: January 16, 2021 | 12–4 pm
150 Manufacturing Street, Suite 210
Dallas , 75212 Texas