December 16, 2011


FORT WORTH, Texas - brand 10 art space is pleased to announce Town and Country which runs from January 13 – February 25, 2012. The exhibition features work by a collection of Texas-based artists: Mark Collop, Josephine Durkin, John Frost and David Willburn and two artist collaborations by Joel Kiser + Todd Hayes and Benito Huerta & Janet Chaffee.


Town and Country traces the terrain where urban merges with rural and explores the distinctions that define one from the other or where they blur. How does living in a town or out in the country affect work and leisure time and thinking about the world in a larger sense? For those who live in the city or suburb, is the notion of a town romantic or the countryside nostalgic? Is it a luxury or a burden to live in either scenario? Does one long for open spaces of nature or for the company of others in the urban center? 


Utopian ideas of civic planning have tried to balance both town and country with varying degrees of success and failure.  The artists in Town and Country live and work all over the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in suburbs, mid-cities, and on the cusp of urban sprawl. Their work investigates isolation and privacy (Hayes + Kiser), intimacy and domestication (Willburn), cooperation and communication (Durkin), constructive and destructive forces (Frost), the beauty of ambiguity and anticipation (Collop) and physical and psychological boundaries (Huerta & Chaffee).  

IMAGE: by Josephine Durkin

 Town and Country is organized by the brand 10 art space founders Heagan Bayles, Christine Bisetto, Matthew Clark and Kathy Webster. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 13 from 5pm – 9pm.

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