Tete-a-Tete: HOMETOWN ARTISTS: An Interview between Christopher Blay and Anthony Mariani

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: CentralTrak
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

CentralTrak is excited to announce the kickoff of its 2014/2015 talk series “Tête-à-Tête”, one-on-one interviews and discussions with innovative, inspiring, and revolutionary artists. On Thursday, September 18th, CentralTrak artist in residence, Christopher Blay and Anthony Mariani of the Fort Worth Weekly will discuss Blay’s immense artistic background and the overlooked significance of artists who work and exhibit where they live. This discussion includes the formulation and impact on hometown culture, the struggle to support oneself and the simultaneous struggle to support other artists in the community.



Christopher Blay is a North Texas artist with a B.F.A. in photography from Texas Christian University. He founded the Group f8 photography collective in Fort Worth in 2000 and works primarily as an installation artist, with an eye towards institutional critique.  His work incorporates video, sculpture and performance, (notably as Frank Artsmarter and DJ lo rez).

Blay recently received a Fort Worth Public Art commission for the Rosedale/ Evans Avenue neighborhood, to be completed in 2015. Among his other works, The Ark on Noah Street (a NEA funded work in the Historic 10th Street district of Dallas) will be presented at the 2014conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in Nova Scotia. Other recent projects include Dear House, The Artists Commission at Gray Matters Gallery story projects in Haltom City, Keller, and Southlake, and “Machine Time” at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. In 2013, Blay received the SMU Meadows museum’s Moss/Chumley award, given to artists whose works intersect with both the arts and their community. Blay is currently curator of Tarrant County College’s Art Corridor Gallery.


Anthony Mariani is the associate editor of Fort Worth Weekly, where he also serves as chief art/architecture critic. Over the years, his criticism has earned him a handful of Lone Star Awards, given annually as part of a statewide competition presented by the Houston Press Club. His freelance visual arts writing has been published by The Art Newspaper (London), and he is a former associate editor of Architecture magazine (New York City).



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.


CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.




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