KHFA exhibition archives

The Lay of the Land

Site-specific installation by Frances Bagley
November 19-December 22, 2016
Opening reception Saturday, November 19 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Artist will be in attendance
Artist Talk: Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 pm

Kirk Hopper Fine Art is pleased to feature a new site-specific artwork by Frances Bagley, titled The Lay of the Land. The exhibit will feature one of Bagley's most impressive works to date. The exhibition opens Saturday, November 19th with a public reception for the artist from 6:00-8:00 pm. In addition, KHFA will host an artist talk on December 3rd at 3:00 pm.

Installation detail

How do we cope with and interpret the lives we live in this highly complex and conflicting world? These issues are on Frances Bagley's mind as she observes her own efforts to make sense of it all. Interested in the conveyance of energy and information through form and space she finds her voice through the process of searching. During that process she is looking for a feeling in making her work, that is something unspoken and intangible.

Questioning the current state or condition of affairs, The Lay of the Land is a site-specific installation created for KHFA. In this installation Frances Bagley extends her use of visual metaphors and objects in conjunction with considered space to examine a disposition of oblique circumstances in relation to the human condition.

A meandering steel infrastructure organizes the space while providing connections and moments of question and focus. The experience of walking through The Lay of the Land becomes a physical poem or puzzle which can be interpreted best by each individual viewer from their particular point of view. Elements within the installation environment inform each other while referencing the relationship of body forms to natural land features.

Frances Bagley received her M.F.A. in Sculpture at the University of North Texas after earning an M.A. in Art Education and her B.F.A. in Painting from Arizona State University. She has exhibited extensively in her career and in 2008 was awarded a top prize in the 10th Kajima Sculpture Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. Her work is included in museum and corporate collections including the Dallas Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum and the National Museum of Women in Washington D.C. Her awards include the Individual Artist Grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Moss Chumley Artists Award 2011 and the 1995 Legend Award from the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art.

Installation details (lower photo courtesy Rick Brettell)