Holly Johnson Gallery will present Rendition, an exhibition of recent collage works and altered book pages by Dallas artist Matthew Cusick. Rendition is the artist's first solo show with Holly Johnson Gallery.
In his newest body of work, Cusick expands his use of collage materials to include security envelopes, medical records, archaic texts, insurance bills, Conan the Barbarian comics, and pharmaceuticals. The work is informed by the polysemantic meaning of rendition as a way to access information and formulate opinions. Through the visual strategies of inundation and redaction, Cusick illuminates the chasm of misconceptions that fuel individual and cultural discrimination, dogmatic hypocrisy, covert foreign policies, and cryptic domestic agendas. Cusick also examines his own identity with work that unveils the erratic thoughts, superstitions, and disillusions he contends with. The resulting body of work reveals patterns of erosion in the façade of the unfamiliar and the erroneous renditions caused by the fear of what we do not understand.
Using collage as his primary medium, Cusick's process involves the dissection, archiving, and reconstruction of maps, bibles, textbooks, engravings, and other related printed matter. His meticulously crafted collages are informed by both the contextual and formal characteristics of the material he employs. The seamless, inlaid surfaces of his collages reveal densely layered references to the complexity and vulnerability of the human condition. By assimilating myriad fragments of assorted ephemera, Cusick's work provides a visual portal to reassess the past as we contemplate the present.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit continues through November 14.