Installation view of Recounting at Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The UNT Dallas Station is a DART Light Rail station that is the southern terminus of the Blue Line. This station is located on the University of North Texas at Dallas campus at 7300 University Hills Road in Dallas, Texas. Annette Lawrence served as the Art Consultant on the design team for the station. The station opened on October 24, 2016.
Installation views of Standard Time at the Conduit Gallery January 9 – February 13, 2016.
Installation views of the exhibition Contingent Objects: works by Nina Katchadourian and Annette Lawrence at the Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery, Southwestern University October 8 – November 16, 2014
Installation views of Midway and Counting at Vaudeville in Fredericksburg, TX, June – July 2014.
Years ago I began reading from my journals when giving presentations. I would read entries on the date of the presentation going back for about ten years. Journaling has been an essential part of my art practice since 1983, when I was assigned the task of recording observations about art and art making in a foundations course. The entries developed into a habit of processing and documenting an intimate account of my studio activities and life. 2007 marked the twenty-fifth year of my journal keeping. In a reflective mood, I became curious about what each day of the year looked like over twenty-five years. I spent four months scanning the pages of my journals and storing the files in folders marked by the day. While scanning I made hand written charts to keep myself organized. My interest in the charts gradually eclipsed my interest in the text. The charts became the first visual reference of each day, month, and year marked by the presence of writing or no writing. Eventually it occurred to me to make circular grids using the charts as data. I committed to creating one drawing a month for the year 2013. The twelve resulting drawings are one cycle in a continuing series of work. The drawings have a spatial dynamic that can be read interchangeably as concave or convex. The patterns share visual resonance with pre-Columbian calendars, celestial charts, woven baskets, tubes, spheres, and discs.
Pictured above, a 2,490-foot line was constructed out of torn strips of paper through a series of workshops with museum visitors. The activity of building the line was a slow going meditative process that adults seemed to enjoy more than children. Building long lines out of paper has become a central part of my studio practice in the past three years. Making a long line gives us an opportunity to reflect on the transition from analog to digital information systems. This line is homage to the materiality of analog information. The unspooled line recalls countless footage of unfurled tape or film of the past.
Annette Lawrence presents at the Nasher Sculpture Center 360 Speaker Series on July 23, 2011.