April 17 - May 15, 2021
From the gallery:
“Ro2 Art is proud to present a thin place, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Krista Chalkley. The show will run from April 17 through May 15, 2021. The exhibition will open with a reception at Ro2 Art the Cedars located at 1501 S Ervay St, Dallas, TX and will take place from 12-5 PM. Through transparent textiles and voids, Krista Chalkley creates passageways to spaces where malice is replaced with reverence. a thin place is in reference to a mysterious realm found in ancient Irish folklore, geographic areas where the veil between realities is thin. This “thinness” holds for latent possibilities of ways to relate to each other beyond past and current sociopolitical strife. Softness in texture and hue are aesthetic critiques of rigid thinking. Layers and gradations act as subtle metaphors for the fluidity of gender and the social construction of identity. Through meticulously worked pellucid fibers, Chalkley creates portals to invite viewers into this realm of potential.
My work depicts a universe that is beautifully, gleefully fluid. It celebrates the inbetween, the unusual, the flawed, and the authentic. Bigotry, judgment, and selfconsciousness are non-existent. All that matters in this universe is the diverse identities of its inhabitants and the connections between them. Influenced by the collage medium’s potential to present the multiplicity of truth and perspective within a single plane, my work reflects the complexity of existence. The use of transparent media and my intentional exposed evidence of process are tributes to sincerity. The materials’ ephemeral qualities resemble the innate ambiguity and fragility that exists in humanness, and their tactility incites our own yearning for touch. Through my work, I honor individuality and depict a world that I wish to see– full of tender empathy and with its heart on its sleeve.
About the Artist
Krista Chalkley (b. 1994) received a BA in Visual Arts from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2018. After graduating, Krista audited studio classes and partook in exhibitions at the graduate level to continue their education. Their work has been exhibited locally at venues such as 500X Gallery, Artspace111, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Ro2 Art, and in the Rising Star Exhibition at the Turner House, in which local gallerists nominate participating artists. In addition to being an artist, Krista has volunteered and worked for several museums and galleries in Dallas assisting with education and programming of both public and commercial art spaces, as well as contributing to local arts organizations. In 2019, The Dallas Design District recognized them for these efforts and granted Krista the annual Young Apprentice Award. Currently Krista is the Assistant Director and Manager of Operations at Erin Cluley Gallery and lives and works in Dallas, TX.
About Ro2 Art
Ro2 Art is a contemporary fine art gallery with spaces in The Cedars Neighborhood and Downtown Dallas, representing a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery, founded in 2010 by mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and Cedars Union., and maintains an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer’s Best Art Gallery and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The gallery’s art fair program has included the Dallas Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Art Aspen. More info: http://www.ro2art.com
All works will be on view April 17, 2020 – May 15, 2021. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 17, 12-5 PM at Ro2 Art in the Cedars, located at 1501 S. Ervay St, Dallas TX 75215. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 738-7971.”
On View: April 17, 2021 | 1–5 pm
1501 South Ervay Street
Dallas, 75215 TX
(214) 803-9575Get directions