About the Exhibition
Over the course of her career, Dallas-based artist Kaleta Doolin has developed an enigmatic style to facilitate her intersectional social critique. Casting traditionally domestic items in steel and iron, her sculptural work problematizes cultural equations of femininity with delicacy. Rusting doilies and patinaed florals carry on the legacies of their referents, putting Doolin in dialogue with artists like Betye Saar, Méret Oppenheim and Louise Bourgeois. At Park House, Steel Lace speaks to the artist’s new and existing accomplishments in sculpture, textiles, installation and conceptual art. Her inventive use of textiles — either as stencils, molds or mixed with metals — harnesses the emotional power of objects and symbols, denaturing their biases and grounding them in a contemporary feminist sensibility. Doolin draws on the accomplishments of those before her, encouraging future generations to eschew the oppressive constraints of domesticity as it was, and still is, exercised on women.
About the Artist
Kaleta Doolin (b. 1950) lives and works in Dallas, TX. Doolin is a feminist artist known for her interdisciplinary and critical application of industrial materials and found objects. In the foreword to Doolin’s forthcoming book, Jessica Morgan, director of the Dia Art Foundation, writes, “Delighting in the act of transformation, in Doolin’s hands hard becomes pliable; solid becomes porous; and delicate becomes durable.” Her work can be found in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. In addition to her ongoing work as an artist, Doolin was co-director of the 5501 Columbia Art Center from 1992 to 2001 and was the co-founder of the Texas African American Photography Archives.
About the Gallery
Erin Cluley Gallery is a contemporary art gallery representing emerging, mid-career, and established artists from Dallas and the United States. The gallery presents a provocative program of artists working in both traditional and alternative forms including painting, sculpture, new media, photography, sculptural installation and public intervention. In April 2021, Cluley opened Cluley Projects – a satellite location in West Dallas acting as an incubator space focusing on regional artists and providing a platform for discovery and mentorship.