testsite 18.1 ~ Dig Three Tunnels

Joey Fauerso & Neil Fauerso

January 21 - February 25

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      Joey Fauerso, Trap Door Girl, 2017. Acrylic on paper. Image courtesy of the artist.

      Fluent~Collaborative & testsite are pleased to present Dig Three Tunnels, an installation of new paintings and constructions by Joey Fauerso. The exhibition opens Sunday, January 21 with a public reception from 4 to 6 PM, and a conversation between the artist and cultural critic and writer Neil Fauerso at 4:30 PM.

      To escape is to step through one of the windows of your life. If you are lucky, they remain open. If hounded, they may be barred. Sometimes you may escape from the outside world back through the window. Sometimes the window looks out over a cliff or an open road with helicopters behind you. As the poet Arseny Tarkovsky pens in The Mirror: “I live as if I were a thread pulled by the swift needle of life. And the holes in the fabric of the world lead us to one plane or another, to fly and announce our existence by marking on the curve of the globe, or to recede back into the underwater cave of solitude like a wary moray eel.” In Dig Three Tunnels, artist Joey Fauerso will present new work drawing from the histories of 19th-century utopian communities, the writings of Walter Benjamin, and early American radio plays to examine the realities, histories, and longings associated with escape both real and imagined. Fauerso’s work will be accompanied by poems and essays written by Neil Fauerso.


      Joey Fauerso is an artist and Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibitions at the Drawing Center, New York, The David Shelton Gallery, Houston, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, Colombia, and the Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies and participated in the Künstlerhaus Bethanien Residency in Berlin and the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Residency in New York. She lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas.

      Much of Fauerso’s work takes the form of paintings, drawings, and installation. Over the last ten years, she has been working on a series of projects that rely on gesture and improvisation to explore themes of nature, gender, family, and humor. Her recent work draws upon her children and domestic life as a means to speak to broader collective experience.

      Neil Fauerso is a cultural critic and contributor to Glasstire, The Iowa Source, and Bandcamp, providing art, film, and music feature reviews and editorials. He is the co-founder of Unseen World Records and senior indexer at Arc Films. He graduated from the English Graduate program at the University of Washington with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2008 and from UW’s School of Law in 2012.


      Opening reception at testsite: Sunday, January 21, 4-6pm with a conversation between the Artist and Curator at 4:30pm. Exhibition on view through February 25.
      Hours: Sundays 4-6 PM and by appointment.
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