My Life As a Doll by Tara Conley – A Collaboration with Tria Wood
January 30, 2015 – March 29, 2015
4807 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77004
Artist Talk | January 31, 2015 – 4:00PM
A walk through installation experience that is a meditation on the status of women. Seductive aspects of a built fantasy world slowly give way to reveal the perils for a woman living her life as a doll. By exploring personal spaces and narrative elements of this character’s life, viewers entering the installation will encounter a dialogue about power structures, childhood expectations and gender distinctions that take root early on and continue to shape us as adults.
Engraved limestone phrases border the quadrants of the courtyard, while stainless steel pipes create a lighted archway beckoning the viewer with both grace and power. The iconic and bronze bear and stainless steel bull stand alongside the trajectories created, akin to their respective market trends. Six bronze regional commodities icons line the courtyard’s inner circle.
Each phrase is from Conley’s collection of text-based works, and inspires contemplation on integrity, business, and success. The artists constructed the archway of more than 200 pieces of stainless steel pipe with 240 bends that follow one another in perfect alignment then diverge and extend into distinctive lit tendrils floating in the air. In keeping with Barrington’s work, the bull and bear are fabricated with individually formed plates over an armature. The glow of uplighting creates a spectacular view from the second floor and beacon-like effect from a distance. A head-to-toe viewing experience, this installation establishes a space where art, architecture and achievement intersect.
The “Word for Word” exhibit beginning on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Laura Rathe Fine Art will open with a conversation with artist Tara Conley, interviewed by Catherine Anspon, Fine Arts Editor with PaperCity Magazine at 5PM and followed by the Opening Reception from 6PM to 9PM. The exhibit will continue at Laura Rathe Fine Art gallery through April 23, 2011.
The photography exhibit beginning on Saturday (12/4) will feature Mr. Sanchez’s portraits of Texas artists Tara Conley, Thedra Cullar-Ledford, Wendy Wagner,Omar Perez, and Darrell Troppy. Additional artwork by the named artists will be on display. The exhibit will run during the first three Saturdays on the month and wi…ll also be available by appointment until January 5th, 2011 First 3 Saturdays in December from 1 to 5pm. Gallery Opening Event Friday December 17th, 7 to 10pm.1504 Enid Street, Houston, TX 77009 – 713.774.1890