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Artpace Announces New Works by International Artists-In-Residence

Scott Williams |

Fall residents Heyd Fontenot, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, and Martha Wilson reveal dynamic new work through exhibitions rooted in performance.

SAN ANTONIO, TX (November 1, 2017) – Artpace is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 International Artist-in-Residence exhibition opening featuring artists Heyd Fontenot (Dallas, TX), Lili Reynaud-Dewar (Grenoble, France / Geneva, Switzerland), and Martha Wilson (New York, NY). The public opening will be held on Thursday, November 9 from 6 – 9 p.m. All three artists were chosen by Guest Curator Michael Smith. An artist himself, Smith lives in Brooklyn and Austin and teaches at The University of Texas at Austin. Smith rounds out a year of practicing artists selecting residents for the International Artist-in-Residence.

“Drawing on backgrounds in theater and performance, our fall resident artists are bridging gaps between different modes of creative expression,” said Artpace Executive Director Veronique Le Melle. “Guest Curator Michael Smith had a clear vision for how these artists’ work would intersect with one another, and their exhibitions reveal the collaborative spirit we’ve seen throughout their residencies.”

In addition to new work including film, video, and photography from all three artists, Fontenot will activate his exhibition with what he calls an “occupied installation” the evening of the opening. Wilson, a pioneering feminist artist, will present a series of new work including a video portrait of the artist as Melania Trump, an extension of her ongoing portraits of First Ladies. Reynaud-Dewar will unveil the trailer for a new short horror film created in Marfa, Texas about gentrification and the privatization and commodification of art, land, ideas, and freedom.

Artpace’s Fall 2017 Resident Exhibition Opening is free and open to the public, and attendees can enjoy free drinks from beverage sponsor Real Ale and food for purchase from Rita's on the River.

About the Artists

Heyd Fontenot (Dallas, TX)
At the heart of Heyd Fontenot’s artwork is a protest of dominant cultural perceptions concerning sexual responsiveness and the human machine. He recognizes that mass media exploitations and religious dogmas are designed to manipulate the public by provoking anxiety and encouraging shame. The concerted efforts of both corporations and churches effectively create a false sense of value and morality and Fontenot responds to these damaging effects with humor, empathy and “defiantly gleeful” images. Fontenot is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas and by Inman Gallery in Houston.

Lili Renaud Dewar (Grenoble, France/Geneva, Switzerland)
Lili Reynaud-Dewar lives and works in Grenoble, France. Her solo exhibitions and projects have been presented at Tate Modern, London (2017), New Museum, New York City (2014), Index, Stockholm (2014); Outpost, Norwich, England (2014); Frieze Projects, London (2013); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2013); Le Magasin, Grenoble (2012); and Kunsthalle Basel (2010). She cofounded the feminist journal Pétunia with Dorothée Dupuis and Valerie Chartrain in 2011, the same year she also cofounded the experimental school Baba with a group of collaborators; in 2013, she was the recipient of the Prix Fondation d’entreprise Ricard. Since 2010 she has held a professorship at Haute école d’art et de design, Geneva.

Martha Wilson (New York, NY)
Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and art space director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.” In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works. She is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York. Martha Wilson received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2013. She has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women’s Caucus for Art; and the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

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ABOUT ARTPACE:

Artpace is a non-profit contemporary art residency located in downtown San Antonio, Texas that supports the creative process and engages audiences with the most innovative art and artists from around the world.

Since 1995, Artpace has welcomed hundreds of artists through its renowned International Artist-in-Residence program. Annually, Artpace hosts three residencies, which each feature one Texas-based artist, one national artist, and one international artist, who are selected by a notable guest curator. Each eight-week residency culminates in a two-month exhibition on site. The mission of the program is to provide artists with unparalleled resources that allow them to experiment with new ideas and take provocative risks. For more information, visit us at www.artpace.org.