Blind Alley projects presents, Cheryl Donegan
June 18 - July 23, 2021
Curated by Gavin Morrison and Lucia Simek
Opening Reception 5 pm, June 18
Cheryl Donegan will be present over Zoom
Doomscrolling by New York artist Cheryl Donegan—on view at Blind Alley projects from June 18 - July 23, 2021—comprises a series of long paintings on paper drop-cloths, which swag from the front window to the back wall of the gallery. Appearing as colorful abstractions, their motifs are taken from the floor plans of shuttered shopping malls, relaying Donegan’s deep interest in consumer objects, crafting and low-end design. The gesture of draping the interior of the exhibition space in the narrow, fabric-like material playfully references the architecture of a fashion runway within a space too diminutive to hold it, while the act of obscuring the front window of the gallery—the only way to see into the space—suggests the demise of some retail enterprise. Under the banner of ‘doomscrolling,’ the masochistic act of scrolling through bad political news on a digital gadget, Donegan also cleverly pegs the exhibition to other realms of blighted hope and promise.
Cheryl Donegan (born 1962) received her B.F.A. in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. at Hunter College in New York. Donegan came to prominence in the 1990s with video works and since that time has been making paintings and performances, recently co-opting and collaborating with fashion brands, making an in-store intervention at the flagship Missoni store in New York in 2018. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including a monographic retrospective at Kunsthalle Zurich in 2017, which later traveled to the Aspen Museum of Art and the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston.
She has also exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tang Museum of Art, the New York Film and Video Festival, the Venice Biennale, and the Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon.
Location: 3317 West 4th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107