Artist Statement:

My work investigates the imagery of the American Mythic West and its impact on cultural and visual language. In particular, I am interested in how regional iconography spills out into an array steadfast American convention associated with cinematic texture, theatrical depictions, and literary drama.

The critical element in my work is the association of a setting with its human attachment, or simply the romance of place. Paintings may feature bombastic casino signs reduced to simple hand-painted shapes on a featureless color field. Some work uses nostalgic family-album style photos in screen-print-style paint on canvas. Other works present images of the crowded intersections of L.A. boulevards while elegant palm trees remind us that we are in the Golden State, or is it just Tinsel Town? In 2008, I drove from Texas to Santa Monica, California and digitally recorded the entire trip, unedited, from a camera mounted on the passenger seat of my vehicle.

Specific locations have both logistic and cultural underpinnings that enable their identity. For instance, Las Vegas—as a place—is often presented as a magical arena of potential treasure and adventure. There are countless cinema narratives that have capitalized on the rich veneer of the Vegas Strip. In most cases, the city is cast as itself much like a supporting role. In 1988’s Rain Man, the character of Las Vegas provides a kind of Deus ex machina that resolves a major narrative conflict and delivers high redemption for the protagonists. Indeed, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and the landscape of the southwest are, from a cultural perspective, far more than physical locations; they provide a mythic cultural substrate from which a type of secular transcendence can prevail. While New York City, Chicago, and the rust belt are commonly depicted as places from which to escape, the West remains mythic, and very much worthy of a journey to—as so elegantly posited by Jack Kerouac in On The Road. In general, the theme of the West as a place to move through, to, or in, is present in all of my creative research and artistic endeavors. 


Johnny Robertson



brand 10 art space presents

House Party a film and performance by After School Special

April 26 – May 24, 2014

Reception: Saturday April 26 from 6– 9pm and Performance at 7pm

Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday 1pm – 6pm

NEW! Location: brand 10 art space


brand 10 art space

3511 Locke Avenue

Fort Worth TX 76107

Email: Kathy Webster

Phone: 817.377.3636


April 7, 2014


FORT WORTH, Texas - brand 10 art space is pleased to present House Party a film, performance and installation by the collective After School Special opening on Saturday April 26th from 6-9pm with a performance at 7pm. The creator of the film series, Dallas artist Elissa Stafford, inspired by themes and narratives of educational programming that aired on television in the 80’s and 90’s, wrote The Adventures of Cherry and Dickhead, focusing on worst-case scenarios to mimic the story models presented in these specials. The series is told through the diary of its main character Cherry, a fifteen-year-old girl played by Stafford. Adding to the richness of the narrative, the viewer is shown another point of view in the stalker logs. The juxtaposition of these opposing perspectives illustrates the wide gap between Cherry’s view point and reality. Through convoluted and manipulated plot lines, the viewer is led through a coming of age tale plagued with bitter endings.


After School Special lingers in a grey area between art and film/television. In the tone of John Waters, Todd Solondz, and Harmony Korine, After School Specialtouches on topics taboo in popular culture. The masks, made by Stafford, are utilized as a visual distraction adding an element of comedy and lightness. While the series touches on issues still troubling the youth of America, the characters, with their big plush masks, seem to undermine the moral of this story with their playful cartoon appearance.


After School Special group members are Elissa Stafford, Greg Frost, Jerrad Trahan, Steve Ray, Kate Colin, Matthew Moulton, Jared Parrish, Heyd Fontenot, Timm Wright, Wanda Dye, Danielle Georgiou, Hilly Holsonback, Liz Trosper, Lauren Kirchner, Paul Wallington, Scott Horn, Alec Corona, Andy Taylor, John Neil. Special Thanks goes to Thomas Riccio, Motel 6, Juan Lerma, Nicole Horn, William Stafford.


For the opening reception:

After School Special will be recreating scenes from the episode House Party.  Don’t miss your chance to party with After School Special at Cherry and Dickhead’s first high school house party. If you miss the opening performance, please come during gallery hours to see the film and installation.


Check out the After School Special teaser at:

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October 28, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas – and x art space and Homecoming! Committee are pleased to
present MacGuffin which runs from November 8, 2013 through January 18, 2014 with
an opening reception to be held on Friday November 8 from 5 - 9pm.


:an object, event, or character in a fictional story that serves to set and keep the plot in
motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance.

Scenario a) at the center of the room there is a body of water, an object of desire, a
stage on the x and y of a complex plane. from its well bubbles celestial oscillations of
(non)desire and (non)monuments. a burning ship fractal, a snap-shot of muscle
beach with a cocoa butter scent. a portal to cat hair, BIN bottles, strobing lights,
cumulous forms, voyeur channels.

Scenario b) at the center of the room there is only sound, intervals originating from
the intersection of neural signals. a sonar mapping of oceanic timbre, sonic chatter
combinations of cochlear and neural melodies, chirps, groans, bubbling oozes,
primordial lasers, bells, greens, blues, performed services, electronic fibers, aural

Scenario c) at the center of the room there are no doors or windows. when explored,
its walls extend further into x as its ceiling and floor fall into y. is this ever a room?
destination-less travels and fictional dramas. water wood concrete camera rock wood
mold paper channel water waste plastic signal acid light rock dirt tone camera.

VISIT for special video feeds.

Note: and x art space is Closed December 20 and 21, 2013.

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August 27, 2013


FORT WORTH, Texas - brand 10 + and x art spaces are pleased to announce the

show “Moving Pictures” which runs from September 7 – October 26, 2013 with an

opening reception to be held on Saturday September 7 from 1 - 9pm at both

locations, highlighting video works by Frances Bagley, Tim Best, Rebecca Carter, Mark

Collop, Colette Copeland, Matthew Cusick, Liz Hickok, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Wura-

Natasha Ogunji, Kerry Pacillio, Liz Rodda and Nina Schwanse. Video works by the

artists in this exhibition will be shown at either brand 10 or and x space, visiting both

venues is a must!


Image: Cassie Kruemcke, 2013

Moving Pictures” is organized by the brand 10 + and x art space founders and team of

artists/curators/friends who collaborate on all exhibitions and they are: Heagan Bayles,

Christine Bisetto, Matthew Clark and Kathy Webster.

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forever eve


March 18, 2013


FORT WORTH, Texas -  brand 10 art space is pleased to present a solo show forever eve by Georganne Deen which runs from April 5 – May 25, 2013 with an opening reception to be held on Friday April 5 from 5 - 9pm.  forever eve highlights new paintings and writings of Georganne Deen an artist, poet and musician whom the LA Times described as fierce. 


Dear eve. Understand. Nobody’s blaming you for what you did. We’d do the same thing if we thought it would make us smarter. I myself have eaten forbidden things that didn’t even promise that.  AND shared them with my boyfriends. We hardly ever listen to God either, if at all. But understand – ever since you took that bite and started thinking about what was wrong with the world, we haven’t stopped thinking either.  It’s pretty much all we ever do, that and trying to figure out ways to make ourselves feel better and stop thinking so much.

Thus begins the essay accompanying her elegant, sad and often hilarious portraits of eve as everywoman imprisoned by indecision, pride, meanness but ultimately by the inability to quit thinking so much.

Born in Fort Worth, Deen studied at East Texas State University with printmaker Lee Baxter Davis who fostered a small group of artists devoted to the experimental narrative, which included underground comics and their incendiary, highly nuanced documentation of human nature. In 1980 Deen moved to Los Angeles to attend the California Institute of the Arts. The rich trappings of the California lifestyle: new age and glamour marketing, pulp illustrations and commercial graphics of all epochs coalesce with her own distinctive visual sensibilities to form a vocabulary that is both intimate and deliberately universal. Reporting on the depths and heights of consciousness, where we’ve gone wrong, what’s holding up progress and the occasional glimpse of paradise, has been a constant project for Deen, one that doesn’t lend itself to formulas or processes. The results can be painstaking, messy affairs at times but they convey experiences charged with splendor and turmoil.

Deen has had solo exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto, The MAC, Dallas, The Dunedin Museum, New Zealand, Van Horn, Duesseldorf, Smith-Stewart, NY, Studio Camuffo, Venice and Christopher Grimes, Santa Monica. Group exhibitions include LACMA, The Drawing Center, NY, ENTWISTLE, London, The Aldrich Museum, Conn, The Blanton Museum, Austin, Museum for Contemporary Art, New Orleans, Mary Boone, Villa Merkel, Esslingen Germany, Museum de Fortuny, Venice, La Halle St. Pierre, Paris, The Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas. She lives in Joshua Tree. This is Deen’s first show in her hometown of Fort Worth. 

Image: if I wanted forgiveness, I'd ask – eve, 2012 - Oil & graphite on paper, 12" x 9"

forever eve by Georganne Deen is organized by the brand 10 + and x art space founders and team of collaborative artists/curators and they are: Heagan Bayles, Christine Bisetto, Matthew Clark and Kathy Webster.

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