West Texas: Feast and Famine: Reception

Friday, January 15, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue: AS 1.1
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Artist: ATEC MFA student Mitzi Hallmark

Reception: Friday, January 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In the installation West Texas: Feast and Famine, organic sculptural forms, photographs, and haunting sounds together create an immersive experience for viewers. The oil and gas business in West Texas has been booming. While the economy flourished, the natural environment remained under siege. The introduction of hundreds of miles of pipeline, hydraulic fracking, and other assaults on the landscape are destroying habitats and water sources for families and wildlife. The starkness of the sculptures, complemented by a photographic panorama, evokes an unavoidable and palpable urgency. One witnesses an intensity that is symbolic of the current situation in West Texas, a landscape that in its present-day condition represents a disparity of feast and famine.

Bio: Mitzi Hallmark is a Dallas based artist, published author, and West Texas native who has exhibited her photography throughout North Texas. To expose the relationship between the vulnerability of the economy and the fragility of the environment, over the past several years she has been spending time in West Texas, studying and documenting the changing landscape. She is pursuing the Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.



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