Ex Ovo presents "Next Exit" opening reception
"Next Exit" is an exhibition of photography-based work by local artists, Trey Burns, Harris Chowdhary, Finn Jubak, and Jonathan Molina-Garcia. Through analog and digital photographs, videos, and sculpture, it takes Dallas as its subject and object.
Over several months, Ex Ovo’s Allison Klion and artists Trey Burns, Harris Chowdhary, Finn Jubak, and Jonathan Molina-Garcia engaged in a series of in-depth conversations about Dallas’s history, legibility, aspirations, and encrypted realities. The resulting exhibition consists of the "manifested footnotes" from these discussions, and draws on shared research of ideas around Dallas’s myths, landscape, and the built environment. Reflecting this collaborative approach, the exhibition design includes supplemental “gallery infrastructure," including viewing platforms, alcoves, and wallpaper, that permit access and passageway between artworks.
Burns presents a collection of interactive video and image objects; mining familiar landscapes and the banality of everyday encounters, while at times augmenting them with fictions. Chowdhary’s commercial furniture catalogs likewise borrow from the everyday, this time the domicile of North Texas suburbs, to facilitate uncanny encounters with the imitation products of his childhood and family upbringing. Both Jubak and Molina-Garcia explore the glass armament of the Dallas skyline to various ends and propositions. Jubak’s color photographs take on the vantage point of a pedestrian, condensing the sprawl of downtown into glimpses that expose overlooked lines of sight. Molina-Garcia presents Omni Hack, a scaled replica of the Omni Hotel, programmed with his own messaging - creating a parallel and more inclusive signage that challenges the assumed universality of the voice that the Omni projects. Both artists’ work can be accessed via ramps that contain photographs, videos, and sound works by Burns.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through December 7.