September 22 - October 16, 2023
“Contracommon is proud to present The Mind is a Fertile Field, an exhibition of works by Aubree Dale from September 22nd to October 16th, 2023. The opening reception will be held at Contracommon on Saturday, September 23rd from 6-9 pm. In addition, Contracommon will host a closing reception for the exhibition on Saturday, October 14th from 6 – 9pm, featuring a special performance by the artist at 7 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
Artist Aubree Dale is a Fort Worth, TX based multi-disciplinary artist. Her solo and group exhibitions include locations throughout Texas including the The Fort Worth Art Center, the 2nd Floor Gallery at Austin Public Library, Black Lagoon Gallery, and Cloud Tree Gallery. In 2010, she earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The University of North Texas and she studied Architectural & Ornamental Welding at ACC.
The Mind Is A Fertile Field is a creative pursuit examining large group dynamics and commodity culture in the domestic sphere. Dale created a fake MLM (multi-level marketing) company, Visions Bizcorp, that is presented through a series of performances, maximalist paintings, sculpture and installation fabricated from steel, embroidered silks and homemade bioplastics. Themes of entitlement, predatory behaviors, and sunk cost fallacy, resonate throughout this tongue-in-cheek exhibition that lambasts the growing prevalence of MLM companies in the gig economy.
“Through a lens of humor, I am navigating a bit of hostility towards entities and individuals who continue to take advantage of vulnerable populations with empty promises of entrepreneurship and wealth. Business models based on recruitment principles that often lean cultish… I take a maximalist approach to painting as a means of preliminary world building to document medleys of memory, wish, and hang-ups. Oil paintings depicting figures surrounded by luxury goods are supplemented with sculpture and installation made from homemade bioplastics, silks and steel. Performance pieces based on aggressive recruiting tactics further entangle storylines with entitlement, social hierarchies and desperation.”
The Mind is a Fertile Field will be on view in the Contracommon gallery from September 22nd to October 16th. The gallery is open to the public Friday through Sunday from 12-6 pm, and private viewing appointments during the week can be scheduled at calendly.com/contracommon.
For more information, or to make donations, please visit contracommon.org.”
Reception: September 23, 2023 | 6–9 pm
12912 Hill Country Blvd f140
Bee Cave, 78738 Texas
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