Exhibitions kicks off the fall season with “Act Natural”,
a solo exhibition by JOEY FAUERSO in Gallery 2. Fauerso will
show two videos and figurative watercolors on paper that combine
landscapes and figures, exploring a grey area between fantasy
and reality. “Act Natural” will open on Friday,
September 10 with a free reception that is open to the public
from 5 to 8pm.
Over the past few years Fauerso has been working on a series
of hand-painted animations that represent different kinds of
physical and metaphorical transcendence. She draws from the
histories of painting, dance and performance art while utilizing
digital animation tools to explore the nature of human consciousness.
The two videos in this show introduce live action to her work.
“Me Time” is an eight-minute video showing Fauerso
making out with a series of puppets, including a fire fighter,
a policeman and a construction worker. She attempts to make
as “real” a connection as possible with the ridiculous-looking
“Clearing”, a three-minute video, superimposes live
figures over antique wallpaper depicting a forested grove. Fauerso
plays a flute in this forest and her music seduces a young naked
man who twirls around until he collapses, while flocks of animated
birds fly overhead. Fauerso is interested in challenging the
history of images that equate the female body with nature: women
as vulnerable, sexual creatures. Fauerso flips this script;
in her paintings and videos, the male doesn’t control
or dominate the landscape but is depicted as both vulnerable
Her watercolor paintings of lone figures being erased or subsumed
by a void marry the process of painting with the painted figure,
continuing her theme of joining the real and the illusory.
This is Joey Fauerso’s second show with Western Exhibitions.
Her paintings, works on paper and animations have been shown
at the San Antonio Museum of Art, David Shelton Gallery, Finesilver
Gallery and Sala Diaz, all in San Antonio, the Roswell Museum
of Art in New Mexico and the Arlington Museum of Art in Texas.
Her artist residencies include the Serie Project Residency in
Austin, TX, Hotel Pupik in Austria, Korpulfsstadir Residency
in Reykjavik, Iceland and the Roswell Artist in Residence in
New Mexico. She received her MFA in 2001 from the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. Fauerso lives and works in San Antonio,
Exhibitions would like to thank the Interactive Arts & Media
Department at Columbia College Chicago for technical assistance
with this show.