Signs, Symbols & Surfaces: Photographs by Lee Saloutos

Pictured: Lee Saloutos' Rail Car #34


September 15, 2020 to December 31, 2020


Irving Arts Center View map
3333 North MacArthur Blvd.,
Irving, TX, 75062

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There’s a perverse attraction to abandoned sites and tumbledown buildings that has long made them a favorite subject for artists. From the melancholic vistas of 18th-century printmaker Giovanni Piranesi to the haunting non-buildings of contemporary sculptor Rachel Whiteread, ruins have frequently appeared as allegories for human instability, loss, and the inexorable passage of time.

It doesn’t hurt that the subject also tends to offer up unexpected colors and textures, as the operation of damage and decay reveals aspects of their makeup that are ordinarily hidden from view.

In the photographs of Lee Saloutos, the visual and symbolic power of such places is further enhanced by the artist’s ability to foreground striking contrasts between the quality of light within a given space and what we know of its history.

Saloutos conjures a remarkable and affecting composite portrait of the American nation in context, and a panorama of a world that is always interlinked in time and space. In so doing, Saloutos constructs ongoing, open-ended visual narrative surrounding architecture, society, and the natural world.

On view in the Carpenter Lobby. This exhibit was organized through Katherine T. Carter & Associates. Check back for the exact closing date.

Note that timed-entry museum admissions are free and can be be reserved online at this link or at the box office.