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Six Texas-based artists explore the region through cinematic metaphor.
Hillary Holsonback, Black Series (video), 2012, video still.

DALLAS, TX.- Dallas Contemporary announces Los Americanos, a video exhibition with newly commissioned projects by six Texas-based artists installed inside the museum and at sites in the community. The exhibition opened 19 January and runs through 31 March 2013.

Los Americanos is a six chaptered reflection on the influences of cinema in Texas. Curated by Dallas Contemporary’s Director, Peter Doroshenko, the exhibition features the work of Morehshin Allahyari (Dallas), Joshua Bienko (College Station), Chivas Clem (Paris), Hillary Holsonback (Dallas), Bogdan Perzynski (Austin), and Jason Reed (Eagle Pass).

Each artist created his or her own chapter examining everyday life in Texas in the past, present or future. has been commissioned to create his or her own independent project examining Texas in the past, present, or future. Inspired by the larger than life cinema history of the region, Los Americanos explores the ephemeral, through various cinema metaphors on identity, travel and culture. Los Americanos has been installed inside and outside of the Dallas Contemporary

“Los Americanos is an exhibition about a movie that has no beginning and no ending, it is about the present moment. In fact, the film will never be made, the artists will create unique vignettes that will form the core of the larger mental package”, states Dallas Contemporary director, Peter Doroshenko.

Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist and activist whose creative interests involve 3D animation, digital filmmaking, web-art design and performance. An Iranian native, Allahyari explores the social, political and cultural issues of Iran. She is an adjunct faculty member in New Media Art at the University of North Texas and in Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas-Dallas. She has participated in
exhibitions, festivals, and conferences across the United States in Colorado, New York, Chicago and Texas, and internationally in Germany, Brazil, Sweden, Romania, the Netherlands, and Canada. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Media Studies from the University of Denver and a Master of Fine Arts in New Media Art from the University of North Texas.

After graduating from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, New York native Joshua Bienko moved to College Station, Texas in 2008 to teach in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of Tennessee's School of Art in Knoxville. His drawings, paintings, photographs and video works explore themes of desire and obsession in sports, music and fashion, and often reference icons of popular culture. His work has been shown across the United States and internationally in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Chivas Clem was born in Paris, Texas and studied semiotics at Connecticut College. He has participated in various group and solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. His work is also part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Hillary Holsonback is a projection-based performative photographer and video artist dealing with appropriation and self-portraiture. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Performance, and Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology from the University of Texas-Dallas. Her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in New York and Texas. She recently completed an art residency at CentralTrak in Dallas, Texas.

Bogdan Perzynski is professor and co-founder of the Transmedia Area at the University of Texas-Austin’s Department of Studio Art and Art History. He was trained in law at the University of Adam Mickiewicz, in Poznan, Poland and in architecture and fine arts at the University of Fine Arts in Poznan. His research and teaching address art’s interdisciplinary character, including the philosophies of communicative action, social pragmatism, and individual invention. Perzynski experiments with video, interactive code, computer vision and physical interaction with architectural settings. His work has been exhibited across the globe in Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Thailand, and the United States.

Jason Reed holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Texas Austin and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Illinois State University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Texas State University and co-director of Borderland Collective, a youth art project in the American Southwest. Reed has participated in collaborative and solo exhibitions in Texas, New Mexico, New York, Illinois, and Mexico. His work explores the complex landscape of politics and culture through various modes of lensbased representation.

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