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Kirk Hopper Fine Art presents Alice Leora Briggs: "The Scent of Reason" opening reception

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Image courtesy of Alice Leora Briggs.

Kirk Hopper Fine Art presents Alice Leora Briggs: "The Scent of Reason," an exhibition that records what it is for Briggs to touch, smell, taste, watch and listen to splinters of the world.

Parts of Briggs remain still in Juárez, locked into sexenio de la muerte when former president Felipe Calderon sent 10,000 federal forces into the city. But now she travels very little. She reads Natalie Diaz's Postcolonial Love Poem, the book of Revelations. She listens to accounts of depravity unfolding as plagues rage across Medieval Europe, accompanied by my brother's evangelical soundtrack. She kicks a 40-year-old friendship to the curb when a conspiracy theorist coyly slips her mask off again and again, while visiting her mother on her 100th birthday. And the daily news just seems to magnify human lunacy.

Briggs draws along edges between insanity and sanity, seams between what is known and what is imagined, margins between nations, joints in the world, where vulnerabilities and articulations continually shift. Human frailties center her work. Each mark in her sgraffito drawings cuts a flash of light into dark territory. Decades ago, all of her work was on paper. She recently rekindled her love of engraving into deckled sheets of cotton and include a half dozen of these new works in the exhibition.

The Scent of Reason acknowledges Briggs' efforts to adapt to uneasy parameters - among them a pandemic, a ruthless world of political misanthropes and digitized hyperbole - as she cares for her 101-year-old mother.

The exhibition will remain on display through January 14, 2023.

Kirk Hopper Fine Art presents Alice Leora Briggs: "The Scent of Reason," an exhibition that records what it is for Briggs to touch, smell, taste, watch and listen to splinters of the world.

Parts of Briggs remain still in Juárez, locked into sexenio de la muerte when former president Felipe Calderon sent 10,000 federal forces into the city. But now she travels very little. She reads Natalie Diaz's Postcolonial Love Poem, the book of Revelations. She listens to accounts of depravity unfolding as plagues rage across Medieval Europe, accompanied by my brother's evangelical soundtrack. She kicks a 40-year-old friendship to the curb when a conspiracy theorist coyly slips her mask off again and again, while visiting her mother on her 100th birthday. And the daily news just seems to magnify human lunacy.

Briggs draws along edges between insanity and sanity, seams between what is known and what is imagined, margins between nations, joints in the world, where vulnerabilities and articulations continually shift. Human frailties center her work. Each mark in her sgraffito drawings cuts a flash of light into dark territory. Decades ago, all of her work was on paper. She recently rekindled her love of engraving into deckled sheets of cotton and include a half dozen of these new works in the exhibition.

The Scent of Reason acknowledges Briggs' efforts to adapt to uneasy parameters - among them a pandemic, a ruthless world of political misanthropes and digitized hyperbole - as she cares for her 101-year-old mother.

The exhibition will remain on display through January 14, 2023.

WHEN

WHERE

Kirk Hopper Fine Art
1426 N Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
http://www.kirkhopperfineart.com/current.html

TICKET INFO

Admission is free.

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