The Art Galleries at TCU are pleased to present a solo exhibition byJohn Rasimus. The exhibition runs February 25 – April 30, 2022 at Fort Worth Contemporary Art and opens with a reception for the artist on Friday, February 25, 6-8pm. The artist will give a talk about his work in the gallery on Saturday, February 26, 2pm.
Swedish artist John Rasimus uses drawing, woodcut prints and animation to create ambitious large-scale installations. His arrangements often start with a simple, small drawing and feature heroic pop culture types, like boxers or cowboys, and sometimes idealized forms like classic female busts. Scaled up and made in 3D form the resulting installations are generous and open-ended, as loose narratives suggesting multiple possibilities. It’s like looking at tattoo flash, where forms exist separately but your gaze makes connections through style, comparing color and line, until ultimately you imagine a complete story across the page.
For Hideout, his exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Rasimus presents a life-size wooden “outhouse” created from folded paper prints made to suggest the look of real wooden planks. Cartoonish and absurd, the lone structure presents itself as a delicate shelter and personal space for the most intimate activities. The theatricality of the outhouse is accompanied by a series of posters proclaiming “hideout” in reverse text. Employing a style characterized by bold outlines, bright colors and signifiers of Western culture, Rasimus’ work is a dynamic, comedic mash up of Swedish wit and Texan honky tonk aesthetic.
John Rasimusstudied printmaking at the Art School of Falun and the Arts Students League in New York before completing his MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Umea, Sweden. His work has been exhibited widely in Sweden including recent solo exhibitions ”allt är inte kattguld som glimmar...,” Galleri Alva, Umea (2021), and ”Dear Friends To Whom It May Concern /The Big Bang,” Gruvans Konsthall Falun (2021). Rasimus has also participated in numerous international group exhibitions at venues including Centre3, Hamilton Canada; Galleria Rankka, Helsinki, Finland; and, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK. In the US Rasimus has exhibited and presented lectures and workshops at the University of Tucson Arizona, Vassar College, and the Art Students League New York. John Rasimus’ participation in Persona is made possible in part by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. email@example.com
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Fort Worth Contemporary Arts (FWCA) is a satellite exhibition space located a few blocks from the School of Art, on the edge of the TCU campus. Situated on West Berry Street, a busy urban corridor, this 2,000-square-foot gallery is TCU’s public-facing art venue. It offers a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to engage with the Dallas-Fort Worth community. At FWCA, the curatorial focus revolves around national and international artists at different stages of their career. It often includes work that has never been shown before or that is made on-site during a residency period, with direct support from the Art Galleries at TCU. This concentration means students have close access to high-quality art and can critically engage with artists on a one-on-one basis in the gallery.
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is located at 2900 W. Berry St. and is open Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5pm. Admission is free. In step with TCU Covid-19 protocols we ask that visitors follow these guidelines:
All visitors (students, faculty, staff and general public) must wear masks in the galleries, maintain 3ft social distancing and sign-in for contact tracing purposes. A gallery attendant will be on hand if you have any questions or forget your mask.
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