December 18, 2012–
February 17, 2013
Bethany Johnson and Ann Tarantino both utilize elements of chance and explore the intricacies of systems in their works. In this exhibition the artists explore unfamiliar and novel techniques of drawing.
Austin-based artist Bethany Johnson’s practice revolves around the study of complex systems and the visual representation of information. Ranging from extremely detailed renderings of landscapes to loosely composed drawings made by captured rain, Johnson proposes different methods of interpreting and recording phenomena. She investigates various methods of science, cartography, philosophy, poetry and visual art. On view for this exhibition are Johnson’s two types of rain drawings that utilize nineteenth century scientific practices of determining rain accumulation.
Ann Tarantino, based in Pennsylvania, will create two site-responsive works for this exhibition. For an installation in the Driscoll Villa sun porch, Tarantino will adhere panels laser cut with abstract patterns directly to the windows, creating what looks like an stained glass installation. Throughout the rest of the Villa, she will draw directly on the wall, utilizing methods of pouring, dripping, and blowing ink onto a surface to create intricate patterns. Referencing the organic patterning of nervous tissue, the emotional ties revealed through contemporary social networks, or the labyrinthine streets of ancient cities, Tarantino abstracts systems that are old and new.
ShapeShifting: New Methods of Drawing by Bethany Johnson and Ann Tarantino is organized by AMOA-Arthouse and curated by Rachel Adams, associate curator of exhibitions and public programs.
Bethany Johnson received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Exhibitions include Moody Gallery, Houston and an upcoming solo project at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas. Ann Tarantino received her MFA from Pennsylvania State University in 2001. Exhibitions include Mixed Greens, NYC; neutron tokyo, Japan; and Curator’s Office, Washington, DC.
IMAGE: Ann Tarantino, Detail of A History of Snow and Ice, 2012, Laser-cut drawing on paper, 30 x 22 inches, Courtesy of Curator’s Office, Washington, DC, Photograph by Cody Goddard.