Blind Alley projects presents
Doomscrolling by Cheryl Donegan
June 18 - July 23, 2021
Curated by Gavin Morrison and Lucia Arbery Simek
Opening Reception June 18 at 5 – 8 pm
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, acrylic and flashe 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, suggesting the demise of some retail enterprise, and under the banner of ‘doomscrolling,’ the masochistic act of scrolling through bad news on a digital gadget, Donegan cleverly pegs the exhibition to other realms of blighted hope and promise. As a physical analogy to doomscrolling, over the course of the exhibition the paintings will change, one scroll moving up to accommodate the next -- a sequence of disparate yet visually connected surfaces.
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.
Gavin Morrison is a writer, curator, and former Director of Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Iceland. He is currently working on a book concerning Donald Judd’s relationship to Iceland.
Lucia Arbery Simek is an artist, writer, curator and the Manager of Communications and International Programs at the Nasher Sculpture Center. She is working on a book which considers the influence of the Texan landscape on the work of mid-century painters Forrest Bess, Alberto Burri and Myron Stout, to be published by Deep Vellum.
Blind Alley projects is a small, vitrine-like gallery on an empty lot of a residential street in Fort Worth’s museum district. A glass wall faces the street to allow exhibitions to be viewed from the street. Conceived by artists Terri Thornton and Cam Schoepp, the building—only 8 x 10 ft—was designed in collaboration with Mark and Peter Anderson of Anderson Architecture, with the purpose of exhibiting single works or installations that respond to the conditions and context of the gallery.
Location: 3317 West 4th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107