1 – 7

Amanda Arredondo, Mason Bryant, Courtney Hamilton,
Alyssa Hawkins, Fernando Johnson, Layla Luna & Max Morris

January 16 – March 7, 2015
Opening reception Friday January 16th, 6-8pm

Image: Alyssa Hawkins, "For Venus," 2015. Plaster

An algorithm is a step-by-step procedure for making calculations or processing data. It is a process through which decisions are made and insight is refined, providing solutions to problems or organizing large amounts of information into intelligent categories. In the 21st-century algorithms have become seamlessly integrated into our everyday lives, including use in smart phone apps and retail promotions, to the choreography of our traffic lights.

In the artist’s studio an algorithm translates as practice. Not in the preparatory or repetitive sense but as an organic form of experimentation that explores technique and materials through a series of steps and missteps. As a reflection of their very different practices, 1 – 7 presents the work of current TCU M.F.A. students whose works respond to the idea of algorithms in art-making. Within the parameter of 1 – 7, the artists’ reflect on possibilities in making which involve the presentation of a number of objects and ideas, or a progression of processes and narratives.

Much of Amanda Arredondo’s recent painting and drawing reflects her childhood and family life in Del Rio, TX, and focuses on surreal cultural juxtapositions involving ritual, superstition and symbols.   

Mason Bryant uses found objects, text and audio to create unusual archives that appropriate and recontextualize information as banal as telephone hold music or conversations captured by eavesdropping in public places.

The art of workmanship preoccupies Courtney Hamilton who explores craft and display through traditional techniques such as basketry and by responding to the limits and suggestions of materials in found objects.

In her investigation of the connections between language and form, using materials such as sheetrock and lace, Alyssa Hawkins critiques contemporary perceptions of identity and accepted notions of what is masculine and feminine. 

Documentation and the process of archiving inform Fernando Johnson’s sculptural installations which reveal ambient sounds as a series of fragmented gestures and poetic codes.

Layla Luna scrutinizes her concept of a “dream house” through a series of drawings which dismantle an architectural structure to reveal a metaphor formed from a sense of longing, belonging and home.

Interested in the relationship between technology and painting, Max Morris conjures brightly colored non-objective canvases that suggest a relationship to fractals and juxtapose the gesture of paint against the swipe of the digital.


Image: Layla Luna, "Inside the Ideal," oil on canvas, 32 x 24"

Don’t miss an opportunity to meet our graduate students and find out more about their work during these artist talks which are free and open to the public:

January 31st, 2pm

Amanda Arredondo
Mason Bryant
Courtney Hamilton

February 21st, 2pm

Alyssa Hawkins
Fernando Johnson
Layla Luna
Max Morris


Fort Worth Contemporary Artsis located at 2900 Berry St. on the edge of the TCU Campus, Fort Worth, TX 76109. Gallery Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 5 pm, and by appointment. Admission is free.
For more information about this exhibition, images for press, or details about other activities of the Art Galleries at TCU, please contact Sara-Jayne Parsons, Curator,, 817-257-2707, or Devon Nowlin, Gallery Manager,, 817-257-2588.