MODERN BILLINGS

Using space from Clear Channel Outdoor as programming sites, Assistant Curators of Education Jesse Morgan Barnett and Tiffany Wolf Smith work with a variety of artists to situate imagery and text onto billboards, elements of the city that traditionally present commercial advertisements rather than cultural curiosities. For MODERN BILLINGS, artists place works into under-served communities along the periphery of downtown Fort Worth. These large-scale installations along Jacksboro Highway and the Lancaster corridor extend the reach of the Modern and the education department and provide an intervention opportunity for contemporary art in urban landscapes.

 

MODERN BILLINGS X, December 10–January 30, 2022

Francisco Josué Alvarado Araujo is an artist living in Fort Worth. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Texas Christian University in 2020 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of North Texas in Denton in 2015. Invested in the collaborative act, he has been involved in multiple DIY group exhibitions and projects with the intention of expanding the notion of the exhibition space. In 2019 he collaborated with artist Chris Wicker in Mov.’t, an open-call video exhibition that took place on the back of a dumpster container to bring together different artists across institutions in a mini video festival. His work pivots on found objects and materials configured in precarious composite forms and installations, where touch and balance are used to highlight contingencies hidden in plain sight. These explorations and expressions stem from the first-generation experience, directed as both anxious and delicate temporary gestures that mirror internal preoccupations with stability, movement, language, and entropy.  

Francisco Josué Alvarado Araujo, Ci.u.da.te

Francisco Josué Alvarado Araujo
Ci.u.da.te
3800 E Lancaster Ave, 76103

 

Ciara Elle Bryant is a multidisciplinary artist using photography, video, and installation to explore Black culture in the new millennium. Bryant’s art and curatorial practices center around documenting and preserving the Black experience. Her recent solo exhibitions at RO2 Gallery, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and ex ovo/ Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, featured an ongoing installation project Server. Server is an installation of Bryant’s data archive, featuring imagery and audio familiar to her personal Black experience.

Ciara Elle Bryant Palm Keys

Ciara Elle Bryant
Palm Keys
6810 E Lancaster Ave, 76112

 

Leslie Martinez is a Dallas based artist born in the Rio Grande Valley of the South Texas-Mexico border and raised in Dallas. They received an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2018 and a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City in 2008.

Leslie Martinez, Tribute to the Source

Leslie Martinez
Tribute to the Source
1410 Jacksboro Hwy, 76164

 

Analise Minjarez is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator from El Paso. Textile binding and basketry processes in her work reflect the liminality and tension of borders. Sculptures, drawings, and videos are also used to explore both physical and psychological barriers. Minjarez received her BFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2013. She is currently an MFA 2021 candidate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Minjarez has taught classes at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas Contemporary, Latino Cultural Center, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Oil and Cotton, SAY Sí, and the Southwest School of Arts. Most recently, Minjarez has exhibited work at the Xolo Gallery in El Paso and the Nasher Sculpture Museum in Dallas as part of the 2020 Nasher Windows Series.

Analise Minjarez, Untitled (Portal)

Analise Minjarez
Untitled (Portal)
1410 Jacksboro Hwy, 76164

 

Héctor A. Ramírez is an artist who grew up in El Paso. In 2020 he earned a MFA in Sculpture from Texas Christian University. Ramirez’s appropriation of objects derives from a form of play through thought, experience and senses. He develops a language towards the vernacular. Hector has exhibited in multiple group shows around the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. 

Héctor A. Ramírez, Fievel

Héctor A. Ramírez
Fievel
3800 E Lancaster Ave, 76103

 

River Shell is a multimedia thing-maker living an anonymous life in Dallas.

River Shell, The Wind Loves You So Much You Should Scream

River Shell
The Wind Loves You So Much You Should Scream
2130 Jacksboro Hwy, 76164

 

MODERN BILLINGS IX, August 6–September 12, 2021

MODERN BILLINGS VIII, December 21, 2020–January 31, 2021

MODERN BILLINGS VII, November 20 through December 20, 2020

MODERN BILLINGS VI, August 21 through September 28, 2020

MODERN BILLINGS V, Summer 2020, May through early July

MODERN BILLINGS IV, April 2020

MODERN BILLINGS III, December 2019

MODERN BILLINGS II, April 2019

MODERN BILLINGS I, November 2018