Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to
announce the opening of, MARGO SAWYER: Cloud of Unknowing, a new site-specific installation in
parts. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
coinciding with the Dallas Art Dealers
Associations Fall Gallery Walk. The exhibition continues through October 15, 2005.
Creating a mysterious field and sky
space, Margo Sawyer has employed the modernist grid and a language of pure form in an attempt to
transform the physical environment of the viewer within the confines of the gallery. Inspired by the
book of contemplation titled The Cloud of
Unknowing, Sawyer places us within an environment familiar in its links to early modernism, making
reference to the abstractions of Piet
Mondrian and the non-hierarchical structures of Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt). Inspired by contemplative
traditions, Sawyer asks us to confront
the here and now with an intuitive arrangement of forms seemingly of the moment. According to Sawyer,
Throughout my career, I have
devoted much time to the observations of the major historic and contemporary sites of sacred architecture.
particularly interested in how the relationships between space and transcendence functions, where architecture
and ritual converge in
creating installations that instill contemplation. In the past number of years, my work has revealed
a commitment to creating spaces that focus
on an equivocal nature of space, where installation art, architecture, and time converge.
The artist was born in the United States
and brought up in England. She studied at the Brighton Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design and
received a B.A. Honors Degree from Chelsea School of Art in London. Her interest in contemporary American
art led her back to the U.S. where
she received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1982. She currently lives and works outside Austin
and has been a Professor of Art at the
University of Texas since 1988.
Margo Sawyer has had recent solo exhibitions
at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Blaffer Art Gallery at the University of Houston, ArtPace in
San Antonio, Austin Museum of Art in Austin, and Sagacho Exhibit Space in Tokyo. The artist has also
been a recipient of numerous grants,
fellowships, and awards from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fulbright-Hays Research Grant
to India, The American Academy in
Rome, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, New York State Council for the Arts Grant for Public Art,
Travel Grants Fund For Artists - a joint
project through the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts International, Fulbright Senior Research
Fellowship to Japan, Japan Foundation
Visual Arts Fellowship, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.
Holly Johnson Gallery is located in
the Dallas Design District at 1411 Dragon Street near the intersection of Cole. Gallery Hours
are 10 a.m. to 5
p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information please call 214-369-0169, or email email@example.com,
or visit the gallery
website at www.hollyjohnsongallery.com.