Artist Panel Discussions at Centraltrak: Susi Brister, Francesca Brunetti, Shannon Duncan

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Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: CentralTrak, 800 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226
Season: 2016-2017

Moderated by curator Marilyn Waligore. The discussion will feature Susi Brister, Francesca Brunetti, Shannon Duncan. Gallery hours are Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and by special appointment. Susi Brister received her MFA in photography from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada in 2008 and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in studio art and cultural anthropology from the University of Texas in 2001. Brister's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including solo shows at Parisian Laundry in Montréal, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, and Women & Their Work in Austin. Her photographs were featured in the 2011 and 2013 Texas Biennial and are included in private collections in both the US and Canada. Brister has been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Visual Studies at St. Edward's University in Austin since 2013 and will be a resident artist at CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas’ Artists’ Residency, during the fall of 2016. Francesca Brunetti was born in Rome, where she studied Philosophy at La Sapienza University of Rome. At the beginning of her studies in Philosophy she explored thinkers connected to the Enlightenment such as Descartes, Kant and Hegel. These early studies later helped her to appreciate and understand philosophers who stand in opposition to Enlightenment principles, such as Schopenhauer, Dostoevsky, Freud, Heidegger and Vattimo. What these intellectuals have in common is the critique of exasperated rationality and the idealized modern Cartesian self. This topic informed her current artistic production. After pursuing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy she moved to Scotland where she studied Art and Design at the Edinburgh College of Art and earned a second Master’s in Communication Design at the Glasgow School of Art with a focus on Illustration. During her studies in Scotland she developed her visual language. At the Design Department of the Glasgow School of Art she concentrated her artistic exploration on the simplicity of composition, aiming to be strongly communicative while at the same time employing a limited number of elements and colors. Currently she has settled in Dallas, where she is pursuing a PhD in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her decision to do a PhD in Visual Art is motivated by her intention to create a dialogue between her Philosophical and Artistic Studies. During her doctoral studies she wants to proceed with her artistic production and at the same time, develop an academic understanding of her visual work and of the material that inspires it. She aims to proceed into the exploration of philosophical topics in order to get a better understanding of them and to employ these reflections and materials in her future artistic production. She has participated in exhibitions in Scotland, Italy, Japan and USA, and since August 2016 she is a resident at CentralTrak Gallery in Dallas. Shannon Duncan is a location-specific photographer and installation artist with an interest in social documentary. Duncan received her BA in Studio Art and Sociology at Wesleyan College and her MFA at the University of Houston. In early work, she created a five-year documentary project of Little Five Points, Atlanta. Once in Houston, the focus of her lens moved past individuals to the objects they discard. Duncan is currently the Photography Coordinator at Rice University, an instructor of Photography/Digital Media at the University of Houston, and Houston Center for Photography. Duncan’s work has been exhibited in Houston, Texas at Art League Houston, Lawndale Art Center, Houston Center for Photography, Box 13 Artspace, Caroline Collective and Community Artists’ Collective.
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