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Gallery 219 at Eastfield College presents

Trish Igo and Jill OBrien's “Crowd of Drifters”
February 14 – March 3
Reception: February 25, 6 – 8 p.m.

Chris Blackhurst, Icosahedron, installation view

Trish Igo and Jill O'Brien: Bluejay I, 2010; Hope Chest Series: Taxidermy, mixed media, and found objects

Gallery 219 at Eastfield College presents Trish Igo and Jill OBriens "Crowd of Drifters: The Collection" with a special viewing of the documentary film "still, life" by Tania Khalaf and Meta Newhouse.

Since 2005, artists Trish Igo and Jill OBrien have collaborated on a series of work examining their emotional relationship to animals. As others have adopted unwanted strays, Igo and OBrien have adopted the neglected remains of pets, strays, and injured or dying wildlife. They compulsively collect, name, photograph and even prepare these lost animal lives for a proper rest. And then they present the document of these rituals to us, so that perhaps we too will sense the loss of life and regain a more intimate understanding of the beings with which we share this world. Visually haunting, Igo and OBriens work serves as a reminder of our own mortality. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, a documentary film by Tania Khalaf and Meta Newhouse will be on view. The documentary film explores the curious and compassionate process performed by Trish Igo and Jill OBrien as they collaborate to make work about our relationship to these animals. Khalaf and Newhouses film won Best Short Film at the Austin Film Festival in 2005. 

Trish Igo holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the College of Visual Arts & Design at the University of North Texas and was recently invited to collaborate with New York digital ecoartists, Ecoarttech on their commissioned exhibition, Fluid Frontier.

Jill OBrien holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the College of Visual Arts & Design at the University of North Texas. Her work has been included in numerous regional and national exhibitions including Snap to Grid at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles. 

Gallery 219 is located on the upper floor of the Fine Arts building (Bldg “F”) in room F219C.  The lecture will take place in F201, directly across the hall from the gallery.  Park and enter at the Performance Hall entrance on the west side of the campus. 

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends by appointment.  Contact Iris Bechtol at 972-860-7329 or irisbechtol@dcccd.edu for additional information.

Eastfield College, one of the seven Dallas County Community Colleges, is located at 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite, just north of I-30.