Paxton Maroney picked Archer City because it was on a list of small towns in Texas she’d read about from her home in Arlington, and she was scouting subject material for an upcoming show. So she hopped in her car and headed for Booked Up in town one Saturday afternoon in late February. In Archer City that Saturday, she shot with her Canon 5D Mark III through the large square viewfinder of an Anscoflex camera, a popular model manufactured in the 50s. The effect will go into a large mural of several smaller photos that will form one large mural and be on display for a month in a Dallas art gallery. She took photos of the cast of ‘God of Carnage’ on its last night of production and photos around the downtown square at sunset.
‘Fractal Logic 3’ is a group show and third installation curated by the renown George Fowler at the Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum. Paxton will be one of twenty-one North Texas painters, photographers, and sculptors with work in the show. Artists create a large mural with at least a dozen smaller pieces that form a cohesive image from afar.
Last November she was a new artist at Art Con 11, a fall community art show and fund raiser for Art Conspiracy, a Dallas-based nonprofit that conspires to bring artists and musicians together and activate awareness for regional creative programs and causes. She is relatively new to the art scene, getting her first DSLR camera in 2008. But art and creation has always been a part of her life and a dream to pursue further. Her photography focuses on conceptual fine art that leans toward the surreal. With layers of images and digital editing, she “paints with photographs,” as she likes to say.
The Kettle Art Gallery opened in Deep Ellum in 2005 by Frank Campagna and Kirk Hopper. It is dedicated to nurturing emerging North Texas visual artists. It’s made several local and national “best gallery” lists and mentions. This is Paxton’s first show at the venue. She has been in group and solo exhibits in the Metroplex, Rhode Island, New York and Paris.
The show, Fractal Logic will open at the Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. and will be on display for a month. After her collection comes home, she will upload her photos of Archer City to her website and media pages. Her artwork can be found at paxtonmaroney.com.
Kettle Art, 2650 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226
Show opens March 24 at 7 p.m. www.kettleart.com