The title of the exhibition comes from artist Georgia O’Keefe, whom after moving away from New York City to the southwest, began signing her letters to friends with the phrase “from the faraway nearby”. This oxymoronic statement seemed to capture the spirit of the artists that curator and Assistant Professor Chris Ireland chose to feature in the TSU gallery. All of the artists featured in From the Faraway Nearby use art to figure out the complicated ways in which place can shape and affect us. Included in the exhibition are photographic landscapes that are traditionally beautiful (showcasing sunsets, lakes, country roads) to ones that utilize personal narrative, digital alteration, and visual metaphors. Some of the artists find inspiration in our network of highways and signposts, while others celebrate the wilds of nature. Others investigate the personal stories that are embedded in their interpretation of the land.
Jesse Morgan Barnett is a Dallas based artist who received his M.F.A. (Intermedia) from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011. His work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and featured in such publications such as Adbusters, Flash Forward, and Semigloss. Barnett co-founded the Dallas Bienniel and is a member of the collaborative group Dick Higgins.
Diane Durant is a writer and photographer living in fort worth, tx. she recently graduated with her PhD in humanities from the university of texas at dallas where she also serves as senior lecturer in photography.
Leigh Merrill received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM in 2001 and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2009. Merrill’s work has been a part of exhibitions throughout the United States in venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the diRosa Art Preserve, The Lawndale Art Center, the Tremaine Gallery, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Merrill was a part of the 2011 Fotographia Festival Internazionale di Roma at the Galleria Gallerati in Rome, Italy. Leigh Merrill lives and works in Dallas, Texas where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Adam Neese (b. 1985, Longmont, Colorado) was raised in Grapevine, TX, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth. His photographic works explore the relationship between memory and image; challenging the assumed notion of photograph as a factual document. Adam’s work has been exhibited throughout the US and abroad, including at The Rourke Art Museum (MN,) Louisiana Tech University, and De Fotohal (Amsterdam.) Adam holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Master of Fine Arts from The University of North Texas where he currently teaches photography.