Joey Fauerso

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Joey Fauerso, Field Study (2), Watercolor on paper, 66x45, 2007. Image courtesy the artist and Finesilver Gallery, Houston.

Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College is very excited to announce its fourth show of the season:  Joey Fauerso: Cling to Me.

Cling to Me will run from February 22 through March 26, 2008.
Please note:  the gallery will be closed from March 1 – 10 for spring break & March 20 - 24 for the Easter holiday. 

The artist will present a lecture on her work in Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall on Thursday, February 21st at 7 p.m. 

The reception for the show will be held in the gallery from 6 - 8 p.m., Friday February 22, 2008.

Beginning in the fall of 2005, Joey Fauerso was in New Mexico for a year at the Roswell Artist in Residence program where she spent a great deal of her time in the southwestern landscape.  Her exhibition Clough-Hanson Gallery draws from this experience.  Cling to Me will feature two video animations and a number of large format watercolor paintings that reflect Fauerso’s interest in different kinds of physical and metaphorical transcendence. 

For the inspiration for the watercolors, the artist draws from a story about Krishna as a child and his foster mother Yasodhara from the Bhagavad Gita where it is written that: “Krishna was fond of butter, and he raided her storehouse for this delicacy. She discovered him in the act, once and began to scold him. He opened his mouth to cry, and therein, Yasodhara, saw, to her astonishment, the whole Earth, the solar system, and the entire Universe. Filled with awe she bowed to Him, retreating, but he closed this vision and comforted her, but, never did she forget this great vision…”  This experience of viewing the landscape through this portal, or what the artist has described as a “tear in the body to the soul,” transports the viewer at once inside and outside the body and raises a number of questions about how we fit into nature.   

Joey Fauerso was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1976.  She attended the University of Iowa where she received her BFA in 1998.  She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2001.  Since then she has had residencies at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and a year long residency at the Roswell Artist in Residence program in New Mexico.  She has had a number of solo exhibitions including Wide Open Wide at Women & Their Work in Austin, Texas; If I’m thinking I’m Probably Feeling at the Roswell Museum of Art in New Mexico, at Finesilver Gallery in Houston Texas.  She has been included in group shows nationally including ones at Western Projects in Chicago, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in Miami, Bamboo Lane in Los Angeles, Diverse Works in Houston as well at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas.  She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. 

If you should have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Gallery Director Hamlett Dobbins at Clough-Hanson Gallery (901) 843-3442, via email at dobbinsh@rhodes.edu.