Upright and Do Right Make All Right: Michelle Brandley

Upright and Do Right Make All Right: Michelle Brandley

Opening Friday, May 9, 5:00-8:30
May 9, 2014-June 14, 2014

Press: Artist Michelle Brandley mounts first solo show, by Gaile Robinson, Star Telegram, Life & Arts, Posted Sunday, May. 18, 2014.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/05/14/5819844/artist-michelle-brandley-mounts.html#storylink=cpy

Artspace111 announces Upright and Do Right Make All Right, a solo exhibition featuring new work by Michelle Brandley. The exhibition will open Friday, May 9, 2014 from 5:00-8:30 p.m. and will run through June 14, 2014. Enjoy beer and wine by Ben E Keith. Artspace111 is free and open to the public.

Michelle Brandley’s newest work moves beyond the examination of outward appearance to additional means of attaining perfection. A book on penmanship is the inspiration for video and works on paper. In a painstaking attempt to copy the lettering as perfectly as published, the inconsequential flaws in her handwriting force her to stop, examine the mistakes, and start again. The paper becomes a physical manifestation of her own insecurities with what she has produced.

In a series of drawings of a dying palm tree, Brandley examines the beauty found in the stages of the slow decay of the plant.

Through repetitive, and amplified imagery of legs, bags, elephants, mouths, and dead palm trees, Brandley continues to compare unattainable beauty with an exaggerated view of reality. The work speaks to the suffocation produced by the relentless pursuit of approval.

Woman, Woman, Michelle Brandleyimage: Michelle Brandley, Woman, Woman, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 60"

             The Arizona native moved to Fort Worth in 2006 and completed a Masters of Fine Arts in painting at TCU in 2012.  Previously Brandley studied drawing and painting in Fullerton, CA.  In this exhibition, Brandley is expanding into new media.  In addition to her vivid and lively oil on canvas paintings, the exhibition includes graphite on paper drawings, silk-screen prints, and video installations.

Michelle Brandley, Constant/Variableimage: Michelle Brandley, Constant/Variable, 2014, graphite on paper, 15 1/2 x 34 1/2"

             Artspace111 is dedicated to its a vital role in the city of Fort Worth, and to making contemporary art approachable to individuals of all ages. With its sculpture gardens and distinctive architectural character, the gallery offers a striking setting to host corporate and private events, and is also available for tours and other social gatherings.

Artspace111 is located east of Downtown Fort Worth at Hampton Street and Weatherford. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 – 5 pm and Saturday by appointment. To schedule a private viewing, contact Margery Gossett or Margo Hudson by calling 817.692.3228 or emailing art@artspace111.com.