April 14-15, 2012
Opening reception Saturday, April 14, 6-9 pm
The Gibson Company Lofts, 824 Exposition Ave. #6, Dallas
For its inaugural curated exhibition, Fountainhead, has solicited the alteration of various photographic iterations of Marcel Duchamp’s readymade, Fountain, by a number of local and international artists. The altered images have been compiled in an outsized book that will be exhibited during the weekend of the Dallas Art Fair, April 14-15, alongside a small exhibition of art objects that explore themes of authorship, receptivity, deception and manipulation.
Referencing the prankster quality of Duchamp’s decimation of the existing art structures of his time, Fountainhead parrots the language of the traditional exhibition structure while reveling in the paradoxes and latitudes allowed in our current poly-post-ism of art. Flexing ideas of attribution, the works presented in Fountainhead alternately specify and misconstrue authorship, as a means of bothering the leveled readings of the objects and actions presented in the exhibition.
Contributing artists featured in the Fountainhead book include: Frances Bagley (Dallas), Jesse Morgan Barnett (Dallas), Laetitia Benat (Paris, FR), Richie Budd (Fort Worth), Rebecca Carter (Dallas), Steve Cruz (Dallas), Matt Cusick (Dallas), Laura Doughtie (Dallas), Erika Duque (Fort Worth), Celia Eberle (Dallas), Cassandra Emswiler (Dallas), Teresa Gomez-Martorell (Barcelona, SP), Brenton Good (Harris, Pennsylvania), Sara Hignite (Dallas), Kelly Lynn Jones (San Francisco, CA), Gerald Lopez (Corpus Christi, TX), Stephanie Madewell (Brooklyn, NY), Sam Matineau (Brooklyn, NY), Lindsay McCulloch (Washington, DC), Ruben Nieto (Dallas), Tom Orr (Dallas), Sara Pringle (Brooklyn, NY), Teresa Rafidi (Dallas), Adam Raymont (Berlin), Enrico Riley (Vermont), Gregory Ruppe (Fort Worth), Gretchen Schermerhorn (Washington, DC), Shawn Smith (Austin, TX), Ian F. Thomas (Slippery Rock, PA), Karen Weiner (Dallas), Jonathan Whitfill (Lubbock, TX), and Zero (location unknown).
Exhibited art objects by Jesse Morgan Barnett (Dallas), Brian Jobe (Knoxville, TN), Kelly Lynn Jones (San Francisco, CA,) Brandon Kennedy (Irving), Gerald Lopez (Corpus Christi,) Jeff McMillan (London, UK), James Sullivan (Dallas), and Carla Nicolás (Zaragoza, Spain).
Exhibition hours: Saturday, April 14, 12:00 pm – 9 pm; Sunday, April 15, 1-4 pm.
Update: The large format book Fountainhead has been accepted into the Nasher Sculpture Center permanent collection and will be displayed at the Nasher from Sept. 29, 2012- Jan. 13, 2013 in conjunction with the exhibit Sculpture in so many Words.
October 2017 through February 2018:
Fountainhead is on display adjacent to the exhibition Paper as Sculpture exhibition at The Nasher Sculpture Center.
Portfolio of exhibiting artists: Fountainhead-artists 2012
_ “Is the Dallas Art Fair becoming a Local Art World Catalyst?” Peter Simek for D Magazine Front Row.
Art this Week_ Video Interview withThe Art Foundation founder Andrew Douglas Underwood.
“Four’s a Charm: Rounding Up the Fall-Out from the Dallas Art Fair.” Peter Simek, D Magazine Front Row.
_ “The Nasher’s Big Book of Urinals” Peter Simek, D Magazine, August 2012, pg 45-46