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Erin Cluley opened her eponymous gallery in 2014 in West Dallas. During her previous position as director of exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary, she had worked on projects in the area with artists like Shepard Fairey and Nicole Miller. Now, more than a dozen artists have set up their studios in and around Fabrication Street in the neighborhood. Representing artists from Dallas and the East Coast, Cluley also focuses on public art programming, broadening the gallery’s audience and engaging deeper with the local community. We spoke with her about presenting a solo show of work by Nic Nicosia this week, as well as what will be on view in her booth at the fair.
WHITEWALLER: Can you tell us about what will be on view at the gallery during the fair in April?
ERIN CLULEY: Nic Nicosia will be opening a solo exhibition titled “at home—on time.” I’ve admired Nic’s work and career for many years and am thrilled to have brought him onto my program last year. His show will be a presentation of all new photography—which Nic is historically known for—alongside new sculpture and drawing.
WW: You’ll be participating in the fair as well. Are there any new works you’re excited about presenting?
EC: Francisco Moreno recently produced a body of work in Guadalajara at the amazing Cerámica Suro factory. We are excited to feature a few of those works, which are made from custom-cut volcanic rock and a gold luster glaze. Alison Jardine is new to my program and will be featuring a cast-concrete work. She is interested in our effect on the environment, and her beautiful cast-concrete works act as a future layer in the strata of our time.
WW: What are you looking forward to most during Dallas Art Week in April this year?
EC: Dallas Contemporary is opening a trio of exhibitions that will not disappoint—all female artists. In this day and age, whether the work is politically charged or not, the female voice is more important than ever.