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Temporary Forms of Continuity in Spaces

Solo Show Texas Artist
Location: galleri urbane dallas

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Temporary Forms of Continuity in Spaces Part of the series “Explosions in the Sky”

Galleri Urbane is pleased announce photographer Irby Pace’s third solo show in Dallas. Temporary Forms of Continuity in Spaces opens June 24th and will be on view through September 1, 2017. Pace will introduce 3D elements, Lenticular prints and other media alongside his well known archival prints, a first for the artist.


Inspired by the turn-of-the-century French chronophotographer, Étienne-Jules Marey, Pace continues to be interested in capturing photographic-based movement utilizing smoke and the landscape. Nearly a century ago, Marley developed a photographic machine to record the movement of smoke trails as they passed over various objects. These objects visually showed how the smoke was interrupted and altered depending on their placement within the smokes path. Today, Pace continues his explorations into the origins of his medium by injecting smoke into the landscape to disrupt the visual spaces that they temporarily inhabit. The floating phenomenons fill the void of the urban and natural landscapes. The physical space is seemingly altered as colorful clouds of smoke are allowed to combine with the forces of nature to dictate their shape and duration and are captured to show a momentary glimpse of the change in the vacant space. Pace is experimenting with the tension of upward and outward movement against the downward force of gravity, creating the illusion of gravity defiance with crude and readily available resources. Temporary Forms of Continuity in Spaces shows

a photographic investigation which takes place in and between the states of Alabama and his home state, Texas. The work is influenced by banal spaces which are chosen for their lack of content. Through the photographic process the smoke trails are once again made tangible if only momentarily. Join us for a one on one artist talk June 24, at 5:30pm - 6:00 PM, the opening reception will follow at 6:00 PM.

Irby Pace was born in Odessa, Texas. In 2005 he moved to Lubbock, Texas to attended Texas Tech University where he received his BFA in Photography. He received his MFA from The University of North Texas in 2012. Pace is currently an Assistant Professor of photography at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

His work has been featured in Wired Magazine, The Huffington Post, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and The Dallas Observer, Paper City, Patron among many other websites, blogs and online magazines. Pace’s work was featured on the cover of the November 2013 issue of The Dallas Observer. In 2012 he was awarded “The Best of 2012: Best Art Heist” and was considered one of “The 12 Most Newsworthy Moments of 2012.