May 2nd — May 31st, 2015
The trip was totally a hunch.
I’ve been thinking about utopian
aspirations that emphasize
a desired view.
In Dubai, I didn’t know exactly
what I was searching for besides
the Burj Khalifa’s marketed strategy:
the tallest tower in the world.
The physical experience of
the atmospheric conditions
of light, sand, glass, and heat
blurred my eyesight.
Glass architecture always
references the camera—
the barrier we always look through.
A live view, an unfixed view.
Tethered to the history
of photography and seeing.
The glass is a material dialectic
between looking through and looking at
simultaneously, just as a photograph
is a thing to see as well as
a thing to see with.
Expectation is something that
interests me when I look at images.
I often think about how vantage
can become authoritative.
About the Artist
Jessica Mallios lives and works in Austin. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented in many solo and group exhibitions including Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland; Artpace in San Antonio; the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin; the Torrance Art Museum; and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. In 2014 she was an artist-in-residence at Artpace, San Antonio and she is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Art & Design at Texas State University.