On Thursday, March 20th CentralTrak artist-in-residence Jeff Gibbon's will introduce a conversation between Bruce Lee Webb and Kimberly Alexander, two creatives who have a common interest in the practice of Vodou. The spiritual practice of Vodou and the art practice can both imbue objects with great power and meaning. Special guest Bruce Webb has studied occult practices and their relationship to fraternal orders’ ritual, performance and visual art. He has co-authored a book on the subject to be released by University of Texas Press in 2015. The conversation will be followed by a short question and answer session.
Jeff Gibbons is a current CentralTrak artist-in-residence and received the Dallas Museum of Art: Art Ball Prize in 2013. He has notably started artist collaborative Apophenia Underground with fellow artist Justin Ginsberg, who have received a great deal of attention for their curatorial projects in vacant spaces in Deep Ellum. Gibbons has had solo exhibitions at Oliver Francis Gallery, The McKinney Ave Contemporary, and 500x and has participated in several group exhibitions through various venues, including the Texas Biennial, the Dallas Biennial (online), El Centro College, and Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Tx.
A self-taught painter who holds a Master of Arts in Humanities, Philosophy, Literature and Art History from The University of Texas at Dallas. Her approach to painting is observational and narrative-based, a form of writing, and more directly linked to the lineage of Haitian art than it is to U.S. art. In January 2014 she made her third trip to Haiti, visiting Marianne Lehmann’s vast collection of Haitian Vodou objects, interacting with various Haitian painters, and observing several Vodou rituals.
Bruce Lee Webb
An artist, avid collector and art dealer who owns and operates the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas. Webb's study of occult practices in relation to fraternal ritual, performance and visual art has led him to co-author a book about fraternal order ephemera which is to be published and released by University of Texas press in Spring 2014.
“Tête-à-Tête” is an interview series presented by CentralTrak that allows for rare public access to intimate conversations between artists, writers and curators.
CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts. As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts. While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion gallery encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.
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