March 4 - May 20, 2023
“Dallas artist Keer Tanchak’s initial desire to reject painting on canvas was further inspired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s practice of reworking traditional Ex-Voto and Retablo paintings on tin. Tanchak often paints on irregularly cut aluminum sheeting that stands in stark contrast to her expressive, yet delicately rendered, portraits and vignettes. Her subjects are mined from art history books, magazines, and movie stills. Appropriated and recontextualized, the images often depict women and interiors throughout history that reflect on pleasure and wealth, the redirection of the male gaze, and traditional portraiture. The shaped paintings are experienced differently within changing environments and context. The OJAC’s jail cells are a prime and provocative venue for the interaction.
The 2023 Cell Series of Exhibitions is generously supported by McGinnis Family Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, National Endowment for the Arts, and Kathy Webster in memory of Charles H. Webster, with additional funding from Lucy & Fowler Carter, Margaret & Jim Dudley, Jenny & Rob Dupree, and Dr. Larry Wolz.”
On View: March 5, 2023 | 12–5 pm
201 S. Second
Albany, 76430 TX