Fluent~Collaborative & testsite are pleased to present Sketches for Three Voices, a collaboration between Francesca Fuchs, Joanna Klink, and Annette DiMeo Carlozzi.
Sketches for Three Voices is an exhibition of new work by artist Francesca Fuchs and a writing collaboration with the artist, poet Joanna Klink, and curator Annette DiMeo Carlozzi. In Fuchs' new paintings and sculptures, female subjects echo and iterate, their imagined arenas ranging from the indeterminate to the fantastic, from domesticity to revolution. The exhibition offers generous suggestions for potential narratives and challenges the collaborators to find new language. Together, they explore Fuchs’ luminous works and the interior and exterior worlds they conjure.
testsite 23.2, Sketches for Three Voices, opens with a reception and performance on March 5, 3-5pm. The exhibition will be accompanied by a small booklet of texts by the three collaborators and a sound recording in the space.
Born in London and raised in Germany, Francesca Fuchs moved to the U.S. in 1996 for the Core Program at the MFAH. Across her career, Fuchs’ critique of 'importance' has unfolded in rethinking the dismissal of the small, the intimate, the feminine, and the beloved, insisting that these objects illuminate fundamental truths about our selves, our communities, and our histories. Fuchs’ work has been shown in venues including Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; The Suburban, Oak Park, Illinois; and in solo exhibitions at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. She was the 2017 Josephine Mercy Heathcote Fellow at MacDowell, New Hampshire, and Art League Houston’s 2018 Texas Artist of the Year. Fuchs currently works in Houston, Texas, where she lives with her dog, two cats, and seven plants.
Across five books, Joanna Klink’s work has been marked by emotional intensity, her poems driven by the desire to connect “the endless daily sorting of our lives” and the otherworldly. In poems responding to the Rothko Chapel and Turrell’s Roden Crater, and in her most recent book, The Nightfields, she explores the fragility of the self that accompanies vision. Her awards include the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, which allowed her to live in Rome in 2018. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the doctoral program in Humanities at Johns Hopkins, Klink taught for many years in Missoula, Montana. She was the Briggs-Copeland Poet at Harvard University and is currently teaching at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.
A champion of local artist communities who stays abreast of international developments, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi has built an expansive practice as a curator of modern & contemporary art with a keen eye for emerging talent and a steadfast commitment to looking beyond labels. Trained at Walker Art Center, she has held curatorial leadership positions at Laguna Gloria Art Museum (root org of The Contemporary Austin) and the Blanton Museum of Art, and served as executive director of the Aspen Art Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, as well as visual arts producer for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Based in Austin and named to the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2013, Carlozzi is now an independent curator compiling a volume exploring the intimacy and agency of artists’ correspondence. In 2004, she created testsite 04.4 with artist Annette Lawrence and author/community activist Ana Sisnett.