ARTIST BIO

  

Abby Bagby is a sculptor and hairstylist based in Dallas, TX. In 2014, she received her Bachelor’s in Art from the University of Dallas. While continuing her personal practice, she also directed and curated Umbrella Gallery—a non-profit experimental space in the historic Deep Ellum neighborhood—from 2014 to 2016. During her curatorial debut she also became one of the co-founders of ArtSkool, an interactive lecture and discussion series on contemporary art, which continued through 2018. Bagby has exhibited in local and national shows, including her recurring exhibition Havisham, most recently presented by Living Arts of Tulsa in 2016, and Kingdom, presented by Women and Their Work Gallery in Austin, TX in 2017, and reimagined in a happening at Deep Vellum in 2018. She was shortlisted for the Texas Biennial exhibition, and invited to Vignette Art Fair at the historical Women's Museum in Dallas, TX in 2017 and 2018, respectively. In 2019, she completed a residency at Dragon Dance Theatre in Quebec, CA.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

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  I work between the bounds of sculpture, fashion, conceptual art and social practice, seeking material connections between beauty and the abject. Concentrating on social mythology, memory, and self-presentation, I take from the legacy of surrealism, happenings, and the critical writings of philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva to investigate where the exquisite meets the wretched. I use a mix of traditional sculptural techniques paired with non-traditional castoff organic matter as both form and subject matter. My aesthetic blends performative modes from avant garde and haute couture fashion through the synthesis of high and low materials. My work asks questions about the beautiful and horrific, and it challenges the dominant notion that they are separate entities. To quote Kristeva, “the abject is edged with the sublime”.


In my bodily work, I use mixed media dominated by castoff human hair to emulate animal forms and skin-like surfaces, calling to mind our connection with the earth and our mortality. Through this lens, viewers and participants accept an invitation to interact, whether materially or conceptually, with work that is simultaneously familiar and alien, attractive and repulsive. Rejecting the traditional uses of hair and imposing it on new forms and hosts, the material becomes an icon of human interaction, exposing both harmony and fear. The works take the shape of traditional and contemporary forms that seek legacy, namely cultural garments, fashion, and social media documentation, speaking to both the desperate grasp for immortality and the quiet longing to simply not be forgotten.

ARTIST CV

Abby Bagby

  

EDUCATION

2014               BA in Art • University of Dallas • Irving, TX

                            Concentration in Sculpture, Concentration in Italian Language

                             Study Abroad • Rome, Italy • Fall 2011

2010               Cosmetology License • Tulsa Technology Center • Broken Arrow, OK


CURATORIAL WORK

2013-2016    Director • Umbrella Gallery • Dallas, TX

2012-2013    Assistant Curator • Mokah Gallery • Dallas, TX


COMMUNITY 

2015-2018    ArtSkool • Founder, Lecturer • Dallas, TX

2018                Lecture: Animals • ArtSkool • Texas Theatre • Dallas, TX

                          Lecture: Intro to Contemporary Art • ArtSkool • Texas Theatre • Dallas, TX

2017                Guided Discussion:Value of an Artist • Moderator • Umbrella Gallery • Dallas, TX

2016                Panel Discussion:Arts Within Culture • Moderator • Umbrella Gallery • Dallas, TX •                                     Panelists: Heyd Fontenot, Erica Felicella, Jin-Ya Huang, Darren Jones, Giovanni Valderas

2015                Lecture: Memory • ArtSkool • Umbrella Gallery • Dallas, TX

                          Lecture: Color • ArtSkool • Umbrella Gallery • Dallas, TX

                          Lecture: The Art Object • ArtSkool • Umbrella Gallery • Dallas, TX


SOLO EXHIBTIONS

2018                Kingdom: A Happening • Deep Vellum • Dallas, TX

2017                Kingdom • Women and Their Work • Austin, TX

2016                Havisham • Living Arts Tulsa • Tulsa, OK

2015                Space: A Look at Six Deep Ellum Galleries • Umbrella Gallery • Dallas, TX

2014               Havisham • Blakeley Annex • University of Dallas • Irving, TX


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018                 A Night of Happenings • Deep Vellum • Dallas, TX

                          VignetteArt Fair   The Women's Museum at Fair Park   Dallas, TX

2017                 They Don't Care   Umbrella Gallery   Dallas, TX

2016                 Dance Partners • Umbrella Gallery • Dallas, TX

                           ArtCon Anonymous • Life in Deep Ellum • Dallas, TX

2015                 ArtCon 11 • Dallas, TX

                           ArtCon Skewed • Life in Deep Ellum • Dallas, TX

                           10under30 • Fort Work • Dallas, TX

                           Adjacent Conversations • Mokah Gallery • Dallas, TX

2014                ArtConX • Dallas, TX

                          Hot and Sweaty Show • 500x Gallery • Dallas, TX

2013                500x College Expo • 500x Gallery • Dallas, TX

                          FRAMED • Mokah Gallery • Dallas, TX

                          Synopsis • Upper Gallery • University of Dallas • Irving, TX

                          XIII • Loggia Gallery • University of Dallas • Irving, TX

2012                FRAMED • Mokah Gallery • Dallas, TX

                          Go Loggia Gallery • University of Dallas • Irving, TX

                          1/5 x 12 • Foundations Gallery • University of Dallas • Irving, TX


  

RESIDENCIES • AWARDS 

2019               Dragon Dance Theatre Residency • Quebec, CA 

2018               Vignette Art Fair • Invitation to Exhibit

2017               Texas Biennale • Shortlist

2014               International Sculpture Center • Outstanding Student Award • Shortlist


CURATED EXHIBITONS • UMBRELLA GALLERY • DALLAS, TX

2016               As we lie, as we lay • December 10, 2016 – January 21, 2017 • Artist: Cor Fahringer

                         Howdy, Neighbor • November 5 – December 3 • Artist: Scott Bell

                         Student Show 2016 • October 1 – October 22 • Open show of student work

                         MICROGALLERY • September 24 • Pop-up Exhibition featuring 13 local artists

                         Miles Between • August 20 – September 17 • Artists: Kati Ramer, Katie Craig

                         Dance Partners • July 26 – August 14 • Artists: Rachael Anderson, Minna Jain, Linda                          Gossett, Abby Bagby

                         Playground • July 5 – July 23 • Artist: Ali Golzad

                         Material Evidence and Forms of Alteration • June 3 – June 25 • Artists: Marcy  Bishop,                          Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff, Yuni Lee

                         Between Nebula and Nest: An Artist’s Practice • May 2 – May 28 • Artist: Rachel                          Muldez

                         MICROGALLERY • April 30 • Pop-Up Exhibition featuring 13 local artists

                         This Could Be Your Color • April 9 – April 28 • Artist: Josh Monroe

                         Mater’ium • March 4 – April 2 • Artist: Jennifer Wester

                        Where Past and Future Come T/gether • January 11 – February 19 • Artist: Kyle Steed

2015               SPACE: A Look at Six Deep Ellum Galleries • December 12 – January 9, 2016 •  Artist:                          Abby Bagby

                         FRAMED • November 7 – November 28 • Annual Open Show/Auction

                         Conversations • October 3 – November 1 • Artists: Tiffany McAnarney, Joane Fogel

                         Stereotropes • August 14 – September 19 • Artists: Tony Veronese, Thomas Menikos

                         camera, death • July 17 – August 8 • Artist: John Logan

                         AIA Unbuilt Design Awards • May 28 – July 11 • AIA Dallas Chapter Juried Exhibition

                         A Minute Wiser • May 1 – May 23 • Artist: Michael A. Farmer

                        The Chitty Chitty Art Show • April 3 – April 25 • Rachael Anderson

                         A Battle, A Transformation • February 23 – March 28 • Artist: Matthew Brinston

                         Adjacent Conversations • January 7 – February 14 • Artists: Brigid Vaughn, Olivia Cole,                          Brie Underhill, Abby Bagby

2014              Itinerant Repetitions • December 3 – January 4, 2015 • Artist: Gwyn Darnell, Jr.

                         FRAMED • November 4 – November 28 • Annual Open Show/Auction

                        The Terrestrial Orchard • September 24 – October 26 • Artist: Mark Renner

                         Impending Moments • August 6 – September 9 • Artist: Richard Avila

                         Dance Rules Everything Around Me • June 26 – August 3 • Artist: Abel Garcia

                         Left to My Own Devices • April 19 – May 25 • Artist: Austin Deal

                         Rev Shift • March 5 – April 12 • Artist: Rani Rautela                          weputthis____oneverythingandyoushouldtoo.jpg • January 25 – March 1 • Artists:                          UNT Graduate Photography Class

2013               Latitude Sur • December 7 – January 8, 2014 • Exhibition by 7 Uruguayan Artists

                         FRAMED • September 23 – October 19 • Annual Open Show/Auction