FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2008
FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Jade Walker
Director, Creative Research Laboratory
EXHIBITION DATES: January 24 - February 7, 2009
CLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, February 7, 6 - 9 pm, featuring a performance by Carlos Rosales-Silva at 7 pm
GALLERY HOURS: 12-5 pm, Tues. - Sat.
For information about the Department of Art and Art History at the University
of Texas at Austin,
contact Carolyn Porter
phone: (512) 471-3379.
A STRANGE LAND:
An evolving project-based exhibition exploring themes of citizenship, urbanization, landscape, and
cultural modification presented in collaboration by the Creative Research Laboratory and the Blanton
Museum of Art
January 24 - February 7, 2009
The Creative Research Laboratory presents A STRANGE LAND, featuring work by Beili Liu, Lynn
Richardson, Cauleen Smith, Chris Taylor, and Mapping Exchange Austin-Argentina Residency artist,
Erica Bohm. The evolving exhibition rotates around the phenomenon of cultural modification to diverse
societies and geography with a focus on issues of displacement and the blending of ethos, landscapes,
and personal histories in a foreign land.
The exhibition provides a unique opportunity for this diverse group of artists and architects to
collaborate and explore his or her visions of cultural crossings and changing landscapes through the
creative production of an evolving art and work space.
Beili Liu, current UT Assistant Professor, transforms spaces through the exploration of materials,
creating ethereal landscapes that combine her interests in spatial composition and texture with
personal history crossing borders from East to West.
UT alumna and Assistant Professor at Keene State University, artist Lynn Richardson investigates the
conflict with the industrial and natural environment through minimalist architectural forms, tackling
issues such as the effects of corporate intervention on the natural landscape.
Cauleen Smith, Acting Associate Professor at University of California San Diego, works in multimedia,
film and photography. Smith presents visual narrations of the urban landscape, exploring themes such
as gender, culture, race and identity.
Chris Taylor, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech University, will be creating a large scale drawing utilizing base maps and
photographs as a means to unearth connections between the unforeseen future of the spatial
geomorphology of the basin of the Great Salt Lake Desert and the socio-political history it contains.
Argentinean artist-in-resident, Erica Bohm, sponsored by the Blantonís Austin-Argentina Residency
program, lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina and graduated from the School of Fine Arts
Prilidiano Pueyrredon in painting. Working in photography, Bohm investigates the extremes of visual
representation, memory and color through manipulation of the photographic process to create
supernatural landscapes that challenge notions of visible and invisible realities.
Carlos Rosales-Silva, a student in the Department of Art and Art History and Okay Mountain staff,
utilizes performance to investigate cultural boundaries, social constructions and race. He will perform
during the closing reception, Saturday, February 7 at 7pm. In addition, UT faculty and visiting artists
will participate in a panel discussion on Sunday, February 1 at 2pm. Specific details regarding this event
The exhibition A Strange Land is organized by the Creative Research Laboratory of the Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The AA Residency is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art in collaboration with Creative Research Laboratory and Proyecto Nexar Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of Mapping Exchange: Artists' Residencies Programs at the University of Texas. The College of Fine Arts, the Barbara Duncan Centennial Endowed Lectureship and Rodrigo R. Monteiro de Castro provide the funding for these programs.
The Creative Research Laboratory (CRL) presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions, featuring work by students and faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. The CRL is located in East Austin at 2832 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, inside Flatbed World Headquarters. There is ample free parking and bus service available on Capitol Metro's Route 18. The activities of the Department of Art and Art History and the Creative Research Laboratory are free and open to the public.