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Bailey Doogan, Alice Leora Briggs, Chris Rush


Translations: Bailey Doogan, Alice Leora Briggs, Chris Rush

Dates: January 20 – April 11, 2009

Reception: 7:00 – 10:00pm Saturday, January 24, 2009

Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Contact: (520) 624-7370 :: Daphne Srinivasan, Hannah Glasston, Terry Etherton

Opening January 24, 2009 at Etherton Gallery is Translations, featuring new paintings and drawings by Bailey Doogan, Alice Leora Briggs and Chris Rush. The exhibition runs through April 11, 2009. Translations presents three artists’ interpretations of the body, highlighting its narrative and metaphorical abilities over the inadequacies of language.

In new self-portraits, Doogan questions our ability to communicate reflexively, manipulating her facial features to explore the expressive language of the face. Alice Leora Briggs’ sgrafitto drawings merge the personal and the political, highlighting critical junctures of iniquity and heroism along the U.S. border with Mexico. Chris Rush deftly works in a Mannerist related style, underscoring the primal essence of his subjects in portraits that incorporate found objects, such as antique documents, and Crayola crayons


Bailey Doogan
Bailey Doogan’s body of work includes painting and drawing, film and three dimensional constructions. She earned a BFA from Moore College of Art in 1963 and an MA in Animated Film from UCLA in 1977. Her 1977 animated film, SCREW; A TECHNICAL LOVE POEM has won numerous awards. Her work has been the subject of numerous articles and reviews in publications such as Ms., The Village Voice, Harper’s Magazine, ArtNews, Art in America, Art Journal, and The Women’s Art Journal. Doogan’s writing has been published in M/E/A/N/I/N/G, Art Journal, and The Utne Reader. She is currently Professor Emerita of Painting and Drawing at the University of Arizona. Bailey Doogan’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums around the world and are in public collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Tucson Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art; and San Jose State University;


Alice Leora Briggs
Alice Leora Briggs’ work includes sgraffito drawings, large installations, and fine art books. She received a BFA in 1977 from Utah State University and a MFA in 1981 from the University of Iowa. She is currently working on an “illuminated manuscript” titled Dreamland with writer Charles Bowden, about the unrelenting human collisions along the Mexico-United States border. Briggs is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, most recently, an Artist Residency at the Border Art Residency, an affiliate of the El Paso Community Foundation (2008); the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Award, offered by the Dallas Museum of Art (2008); the Texas Prize, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX (2008); Artist Residency, the Jentel Foundation, Banner, WY (2007); and Serie Workshop, Austin, TX (2007). Briggs’ work is in the permanent collections of public institutions including the de Young Museum; University of Iowa Museum of Art; the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.


Chris Rush
Chris Rush’s practice comprises installation, painting and drawing. He is the recipient of numerous public art commissions, including awards by the Tucson International Airport (2008-9) for which he created a Hall of Portraits, a large installation of 100 life-size portraits; the City of Tucson, Park Avenue Basin project (2008), a flood wall decorated with a series of portraits of residents of the Barrio and San Antonio neighborhoods done on porcelain enamel on steel; and the City of Phoenix, Phoenix Museum of History project (2006), showcasing an outdoor installation, The Same Now Is Usual, featuring 20 large charcoal portraits superimposed on documents, some of which were reproduced from items in the Phoenix History Museum’s archive. Rush’s work has been the subject of recent scholarly publications, Staring: How We Look (2009); and “Picturing People with Disabilities” in Re-Presenting Disability: Museums and the Politics of Display (2009). Chris Rush’s work is in private and public collections including, the Phoenix Art Museum, The Tucson Museum of Art and the City of Tucson.


Etherton Gallery is located at 135 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701. Regular business hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm and by appointment. For more information please contact the gallery at (520) 624-7370 or info@ethertongallery.com

Represented in Tucson by Etherton Gallery, the artists are available for interviews upon request. Please contact the gallery at 520-624-7370 or email us at info@ethertongallery.com to schedule an interview or for more information about their work.


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