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April 11, M. Kate Helmes installation at FORTY FIVE TEN.
April 19, Opening Reception for Meaty, painitngs by Chisum Justus, 6-9 pm.
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April 24, Happy Hour at the gallery 5- 7pm.
New Location Opening, April 19, 2014, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
Meaty, paintings by Chisum Justus
Opening Reception April 19, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates, April 19 – May 31, 2014
Please join Cohn Drennan Contemporary to debut the new gallery space at 4118 Commerce with an exhibition of paintings by Chisum Justus. Justus’ current series of paintings is titled Meaty and addresses the concepts and symbolism of meat as subject and signifier in relation to art and society. This series addresses meat’s cultural importance as a representation of the domination we seek over culture – not as individuals, but as members of a society that places value on that power.
“Meat presents itself as a sign of both strength and mortality, displaying the dominance of one living creature over another, namely, mankind over nature. The primal act of killing, gutting, slaughtering and preparing raw animal flesh for consumption is brutal. The juxtaposition between this inherent brutality, related to the image and the vivid application of media results in a painting that is equally alluring and unsettling in its lusciousness.” – Chisum Justus
Chisum Justus, Grade A American, 2013, latex and acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 inches
In Texas, particularly in the Texas panhandle where Justus is from, historical legacies and family fortunes have been built on mountains of cattle carcasses. And many communities rely on the income provided by the beef industry, which is ever-present in our homes, at our eateries and in the permeating mass-food marketing that surrounds us. This should not surprise anyone. Flesh has dominated our representation of deference and reverence through sacrificial slaughtering for millennia, continuing through in the current sacrament of the Eucharist performed throughout the world every Sunday.
Chisum Justus, Gray Meat (Ghost Drawing), 2013, charcoal on paper, 48 x 36 inches
Is meat as a representation of power and dominance in decline? In cyberpunk literature, meat is inferior unless it is augmented. In an era where the National Security Administration mines our data, while Google and Facebook monitor our search histories, transactions and (it seems) our keystrokes, is our current or future sacrament not just our identity but our knowledge? In exchange for the safe keeping of our flesh, do we make sacrifices of our privacy and character?
Chisum Justus is native to the Llano Estacado Plains of West Texas, where working the land was a means of living. This would later lend inspiration to the forms present in his work. Chisums’ work has progressively moved further into the third dimension while simultaneously attaining direct references to painting, becoming a self-rhetorical discourse of the two mediums. The properties of paint have become the vehicle for research in his studio; accumulation, layering and the character of the paint drive his practice. Chisum works primarily in a cross-disciplinary mode, producing work that straddles the barriers which typically divide Painting and Sculptural practice. In 2008 he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. In 2011, he received his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He taught at the University of Florida, Gainesville and Flagler College, St. Augustine during his stay in Florida. He currently works and resides in Lubbock, Texas. Please join Cohn Drennan Contemporary in welcoming Chisum to Dallas.
The new location of Cohn Drennan Contemporary is 4118 Commerce, Dallas, TX, 75226.
Starting April 19, hours of operation will be Thursday – Saturday, noon – 7pm.
For more information about Meaty, paintings by Chisum Justus, or for more information about Cohn Drennan Contemporary, please go to www.cohndrennancontemporary.com or call 214.708.8051 or e-mail email@example.com. The gallery is located at 4118 Commerce, Dallas, TX and hours of operation are Thursday – Saturday, noon – 7pm.