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FORT WORKS ART


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Laura Wilson: Photographs In The West
Byrd Williams IV: Memory, Imagery, and Mortality

Exhibitions on Display: November 2-December 30 2017

Reception: January 5, 2017, 6 - 9 PM

Artists: Laura Wilson & Byrd Williams IV

Fort Works Art (FWA) announced today details of its captivating first show of 2018 - a dual exhibition featuring two of Texas's most recognized and critically-acclaimed photographers, Laura Wilson and Byrd Williams IV. Described as a "show about the west but a far cry from a western show," by FWA gallery owner Lauren Childs, the exhibition will showcase the complex and highly individual perspectives of each renowned artist while exploring the themes of contrast and juxtaposition through gripping pictorial essays.

FWA's sleek bi-level architecture offers an ideal setting for this play on contrasts. The venue's downstairs walls will feature Laura Wilson: Photographs In The West. Praised for her ability to capture the bleak beauty of the contemporary American west, the show will include a selection of over 20 photographs from her impressive collection. In a career that has spanned more than three decades, Wilson's works have appeared in many national and international publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, English Vogue, London's Sunday Times Magazine, among others. Wilson has a vast catalog of published work, featured in Watt Matthews of Lambshead, Hutterites of Montana, Grit and Glory, Avedon at Work, That Day: Pictures in the American West, and From Rodin to Plensa, published by the Meadows Museum. Her photographs serve as a history of the West, exploring and preserving the majesty and fragility of the region.

Juxtaposing Wilson's imagery, the gallery's upstairs space will feature the riveting work of renowned Texas photographer Byrd Williams IV. Titled Memory, Imagery, and Mortality, the collection includes more than 30 works that depict the scope of the aging process. A darker, in-your-face, exploration of the realities of growing old, the collection showcases a variety of photographic mediums and techniques, including palladium collage and 19th Century film development practices.

Offsetting both exhibitions, Marshall Harris saddle prints will be available in the venue's satellite gallery. These gorgeous, limited edition hand signed leather masterpieces will further lend a distinctly Texan element to the show and give a nod to the wonderful history of the Stock Show and Rodeo taking place at the same time.

Laura Wilson: Photographs In The West and Memory, Imagery, and Mortality run January 3 - February 3, 2018 at Fort Works Art. For more information, visit www.fortworksart.com. An exclusive opening night Reception will take place on January 5, from 6-9 pm and both Laura Wilson and Byrd Williams IV will be on-hand to meet guests and sign books.

Exhibition Details:
Laura Wilson: Photographs In The West | Memory, Imagery, and Mortality
Fort Works Art (2100 Montgomery St, Fort Worth, TX 76107)
January 3 - February 3, 2018

Opening Reception:
January 5, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Laura Wilson and Byrd Williams IV will be in attendance for the opening reception.

ABOUT FORT WORKS ART
Fort Works Art is committed to bringing life, vitality and energy to the art scene in Fort Worth, TX. They are a resource for both seasoned collectors and the everyday individual. Existing somewhere between a gallery, a cultural center and a museum, Fort Works Art strives to continually evolve into its own entity, free from the traditional labels of the art world. They exist to support the arts, to give back to the community and to inspire youth.

ABOUT LAURA WILSON
Laura Wilson is a photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ Magazine, English Vogue, London's Sunday Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, and Wallpaper. For six years, Wilson worked as an assistant to famed photographer Richard Avedon, a period which she chronicled in photographs and journal entries that were later published in her book Avedon at Work (2003). Further publication include, That Day: Pictures in the American West (2015), Hutterites of Montana (2000), Watt Matthews of Lambshead (1989), and Grit & Glory (2003). Wilson is currently working on two projects: Writers, which will become a book and exhibition for the Ransom Center at the University of Texas and Making Movies that documents directors, cinematographers, actors, and all those people who contribute to the magic of movie making. She is the recipient of many awards and accolades including: election to the Philosophical Society of Texas (2013); Dallas Historical Society Award for the Creative Arts, Royal Photographic Society of England Book of the Year (2004); Golden Light Book of the Year Award (2001); Texas Institute of Letters Carr P. Collins Award for Book of the Year (2001); San Antonio Conservation Society Citation (1990); Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association Best Art Book (1990); Southwestern Booksellers Association Best Non-Fiction Book (1989), and National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Wrangler for Best Art Book (1989).

ABOUT BYRD WILLIAMS IV
A fourth generation photographer, Byrd is best known for his urban work in the U.S. and Europe. He produces extremely detailed photographs, usually as triptychs, using a very large format view camera. He is currently working on a project about cultural violence and religion in Texas. Williams has been teaching photography for 26 years and is the chair of the photography/graphic design department at Collin College. He is a published writer and international artist whose work has been shown and collected at the Amon Carter Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Stadt Museum of Trier Germany as well as many publication and collections throughout the U.S and Europe. In 1997, Williams was selected as an artist in residence in Bad EMS, Germany and lived at Wagner's castle, the "Schloss Balmoral." His work on the civic use of German, French, Belgian, English, and Dutch street corners was featured on television and exhibited in several west German cities in 1997 and 2007. Williams' work can currently be seen at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
 

2017 EXHIBITION CALENDAR

Cordelia Bailey Cordelia Bailey: One Last Shot Feb 21 - March 18, 2017
Dontrius Williams: One More Shot Feb 21 - March 18, 2017
Photography show featuring local artists Cordelia Bailey and Dontrius Williams






28Grams 28Grams March 23 - May 20, 2017 (Reception: Sat, March 25, Noon - 9pm)
#28Grams is a blockbuster show featuring 28 of the most successful artists today culled from Instagram






Crystal Wagner Crystal Wagner May 24 - June 24, 2017
Crystal Wagner (b. 1982) creates sculptural paper works that mimic natural forms. Her work utilizes elements of craft and assemblage presented with an organic and fluid sense of being and movement.





Betsy Price High School Art Competition May 24 - June 3, 2017

Jay Wilkinson Jay Wilkinson June 28 - July 29, 2017 (Reception: Sat, July 15, 6 - 9pm)
Jay Wilkinson is a Fort Worth based painter and sculptor. This is his first official solo exhibition and the massive paintings and sculptures will comprise the entire gallery. Prior to the show, Wilkinson will complete a residency at Fort Works Art





Ben Willis Ben Willis: Candy Land Aug 2 - Sept 2, 2017 The bright colors and resin surfaces of Phoenix based artist Ben Willis are instantly recognizable. Willis investigates patterning through geometry, color relationships, layering and texture.






Candy Castle Candy Castle Aug 2 - Sept 2, 2017 Group sculpture show curated by Ben Willis will feature heavy hitters from around the country.







Friday Night Friday Night: Lights Out Sept 7 - Oct 14, 2017 (Reception: Sat, Sept 9, 6 - 9pm) A retrospective of the work of Greg Ploetz - Fort Worth artist and former football player whose life was cut short by CTE. Friday Night: Lights Out examines CTE and brings up questions about how the future of contact sports will change.





Knowledge Bennett Knowledge Bennett Oct 18 - Nov 25, 2017 (Reception TBD) Knowledge Bennett uses familiar pop references to create a new image making a statement about our culture.

New Pop Oct 18 - Nov 25, 2017 Tax Collection will curate an exhibition featuring a new form of pop art being dubbed New Pop.









 
About FORT WORKS ART

FORT WORKS ART: Fort Works Art is committed to bringing life, vitality and energy to the art scene in Fort Worth, TX.  They are a resource for both seasoned collectors and the everyday individual.  Existing somewhere between a gallery, a cultural center and a museum, Fort Works Art strives to continually evolve into its' own entity, free from the traditional labels of the art world.  They exist to support the arts, to give back to the community and to inspire youth.

Mimi Clemons
Gallery Coordinator
O 817.759.9475 C 817.235.9656
2100 Montgomery St
Fort Worth, Texas, 76107
https://www.fortworksart.com/

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