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Duets 2.0 Closing Reception

  • Fort Works Art 2100 Montgomery Street Fort Worth, TX, 76107 United States (map)

Please join us for the Holiday Closing Reception for DUETS 2.0 on December 20th from 6-9 pm! 

DUETS 2.0, currently running through December 30, 2017, is a reemergence of 2016’s exhibition Duets A Comparison of Realities, showcasing 7 sets of artists working in similar mediums, themes, or styles in an effort to take the audience through an exploration of comparative works. DUETS 2.0 is a mixed-media juxtaposition that highlights artists from all over the country whose work has been featured in Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz, VICE, and more. 

DUETS 2.0 is paired with highly-acclaimed artistic platform and curatorial team Tax Collection’s exhibition New Pop -- a pop culture-inspired exhibit showcasing visual artists whose work often portrays sociopolitical undertones through mixed mediums, playful techniques, and vibrant colors.

DUETS 2.0 Artists: 

Ben Willis and Arthur Brouthers create deeply layered, vibrant forms from acrylic paint and resin. Willis was recently published in Create Mag after successful solo shows at Fort Works Art and Rhetorical Galleries.

Brouthers had a sell out show at ABS Gallery in Charlotte last year. His work has been featured in Hi Fructose, The Art Mag, the Design Crush blog and in the hit horror film Get Out. 

Jay Wilkinson and Johan Barrios present classically rendered figures, in ways that are anything but typical. Wilkinson is a Fort Worth native with his first solo exhibition (everyone poops, at FWA) under his belt. He is an advocate for artists in the community and is a co-founder of Bobby on the Drums and Art Tooth. He was selected as the Southside Artist in Residence for which he created a monumental outdoor sculpture. 

Barrios was born in Colombia and resides in Houston. He has shown work in galleries all across the world and recently had a solo show at Anya Tish Gallery in Houston. He has been featured in BOOOOOOOM!, The Jealous Curator, Art Maze Mag, Juxtapoz and Hi Fructose.Dan Lam and Andres Anza both create evocative, intriguing sculptures. Lam’s recent interview in Juxtapoz highlighted her desire to push the boundaries of beauty and excess. Lam currently has a solo show at Spoke in San Francisco and recently placed artwork in the Facebook headquarters. Her work will be shown at several locations at the Scope art fair.

Anza lives and works in Mexico. His ceramic works allow him to connect with, and emphasize, the ideas of craft and process. Each of his beguiling-but-defensive forms is a pleasing shade of pink. Anza has participated in numerous exhibitions in the city of Monterrey and surrounding areas. This will be his first international exhibition. 

Jeremy Joel and Steve Kim are two artists who aren’t afraid to show their work outside of the traditional gallery space. Joel, a self-taught artist who likens his style to “contemporary folk,” prefers large-scale media, such as murals. He holds himself to a regular painting schedule, and aims for sincerity in his work.

Kim has shown all over the world and clients include The Outline, FRAMƎ, Matter/Medium, Adobe, and The Verge. His work has been featured in print in New American Paintings, Computer Arts, PRINT Magazine, and American Illustration and online on Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, The Fox Is Black, Supersonic Art, and Tumblr's Radar. Most recently he completed a three month residency at the Red Bull House of Art in Detroit.

Janna Tidwell and Yvonne Domenge draw inspiration from nature when creating their award-winning sculptures. Tidwell holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Texas Tech, as well as a Master’s in Landscape Architecture. She works primarily in steel, a skill she learned from her father. She has public art on display in Dallas, Arlington and Lubbock. 

Domenge is a Mexican-born sculptor whose work is displayed in public, corporate, and private collections. She works in a variety of media, such as steel, wood, and polymer. Domenge’s work is included among the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey. She has received numerous awards for her work and in recognition of her contribution to the arts, the South Gallery of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City has been named after her.

Marshall Harris and Leah Yerpe both produce intricate drawings that showcase a high level of technical skill combined with an obsession with detail. A TCU alum and former NFL player, Harris creates work that, like his presence, is larger than life. He has shown his work across the country, and was the 2013 recipient of the Hunting Art Prize.

Yerpe received her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2009. She prefers to depict the human figure in her work and her models appear in dynamic, flowing poses of their own choosing. In combination with the absence of any background imagery, they take on an intriguing, ethereal quality. Her work has been shown throughout the US and abroad; she recently had a solo exhibition at Anna Zorina Gallery in NYC.

Jana Renée is pushing the boundaries of portraiture, while employing traditional techniques. Renée has worked to create children’s book illustrations, murals, and portraits of people and pets. She brings her subjects to life through graphite, colored pencil, and oils. Her Indulgence Collection examines the concepts of seduction and excess. After earning an associate degree from Tarrant County College, she received a merit scholarship to study at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she earned a BFA. Renée’s work will be featured in a solo satellite exhibition during DUETS DEUX. 

New Pop will explore how pop art has changed in a fast-growing technological age and current trends in media and social platforms. Tax Collection hopes to analyze today’s emerging style of pop culture is affected by instant access to information and an endless supply of imagery available on the internet. The carefully-curated list of artists in New Pop seeks to showcase the interaction between contemporary pop iconography, ranging from celebrities to viral trends, and are on the forefront of exploring how the new millennial generation interacts and comments on social and political trends.