November 20, 2021 — January 1, 2022

Color! Pattern! Propaganda!

Heyd Fontenot

GALLERY TALK WITH HEYD FONTENOT: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2021 2:00PM

Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Heyd Fontenot.

Heyd Fontenot wants to know why more people aren’t outraged by charcuterie boards? Clearly, the old testament’s book of Exodus says not to eat cheese and meat together. (You might want to take note, Pinterest!) So, why are some bits of Biblical Law held so tightly while God’s other mandates are regularly transgressed without offense?

With the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at Conduit Gallery, Fontenot is once again holding a mirror up to the status quo’s inconsistent morality. With a mixture of large-scale painting, portraits, signage and sculptural installation the artist leaves his quarantine pod in San Antonio to enliven Dallas with his latest exhibition: “Color! Pattern! Propaganda!

Heyd Fontenot (b. 1964, Lake Charles, LA) is a Texas-based multidisciplinary artist and curator whose career has included roles in advertising, theater, television, film and digital media, as a graphic artist, set designer, art director and producer. He has held positions as Director of CentralTrak (2011-2016), UTDallas' international artists' residency program and exhibition space, and was recently appointed as Director of the San Antonio non-profit art space Sala Diaz where he was previously a Casa Chuck resident artist (2019). Widely known for his figurative paintings and drawings, Fontenot recruits his friends and artistic peers as models and has in this process created a comprehensive portrait of his community over the last two decades. Fontenot has been awarded the Dozier Travel Grant through the Dallas Museum of Art, the Mastermind Award from the Dallas Observer, been named as one of 100 Dallas Creatives, and while directing the gallery at CentralTrak it was named “best art space” by both DMagazine and the Dallas Observer and top ten galleries by Glasstire and Culturemap. Fontenot has exhibited his experimental films at festivals nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX (2021, solo); Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX (2021); C7, San Antonio, TX (2020, solo) ); Lewis Project Space, Tulsa, OK (2019, solo); ArtPace, San Antonio, TX (2017, solo); Living Arts, Tulsa, OK (2017) and The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX (2014).

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