December 8, 2015

“The Shane & Sia Room” Installation for the Art Alliance’s Inaugural Artbash 2015

Solo Exhibition

read the review by Rad Austin Magazine
“As the fantasy continued throughout the venue, viewers were taken from surrealism to a more erotic state with Terri Thomas’ work. Front and center featured a embossed panther titled, Ebony (Big Black Powerful Pussy) with over 54, 720 Swarovski crystal covering the creature. The erotic theme hit a climax with one of the most talked about installations, The Shane & Sia Room. Decked out with an old, hand-me-down recliner, sexy calendar, a dirty ashtray and boobie lamp the additional props, such as an open jar of Vaseline and tissue referred to Thomas’ investigation into beauty, femininity, sexuality, and mortality. Building upon clever references to art, Thomas draws upon her extensive experience in the fashion industry as point of departure and questions the commodification of desire and industry set standards of beauty.” – Rad Austin Magazine

December 7, 2015

“Dream Scape Lounge” Installation for the Art Alliance’s Inaugural Artbash 2015

 Solo Exhibition
 read the review by Fields Magazine
 read the review by Rad Austin Magazine
July 11, 2015

“Terri Thomas’ “Singleton” is featured in HBO series, “True Detective”

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March 11, 2015

The Giving Bunny – a children’s book parody

view the e-book “the giving bunny” on youtube

listen to album samples ”Bunn Bunn’s Greatest Hits” on youtube

“…the parody is an attempt to create a very accessible example of  how there are many faces in the life of an object. The parody keeps the original story intact, thereby redirecting the focus from the parody back to its original… to invite the reader to re-evaluate any artistic/ literary object or film in our current context of social movements, social change and social relations” – the author.

February 11, 2015

Detroit Metro Times – Dirty Show starring John Waters in Detroit

read the interview Detroit Metro Times, “Terri Thomas makes her hometown Detroit Debut”

“Metro Times: …What’s your piece in the Dirty Show?
Thomas: It’s titled “Happy Spanker.” It’s based on this idea of the roles that we play and examining the relationships we have within the roles.  It has this perversity because I have an identical twin sister, and I’m playing with these positions that we’re put in (or put ourselves in) as kids.”

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November 21, 2014

“Touring the tour” a very meta experience of EAST, guided by Heather Pesanti, senior curator at the Contemporary Austin

read the review The Austin Chronicle

“After regrouping in the studio of sensationalist artist Terri Thomas, whose space they filled to the brim, Pesanti led a brief Q&A with Thomas, in which she explained the conceptual foundations of her sexually charged paintings, sculpture, and video, and how her professional history in the fashion industry and her life as an identical twin anchors her work to ideas of perfection and duality. After a few questions from her audience, Thomas took the group to the psuedo-secret Museum of Human Achievement, whose mock IKEA exhibition showcases hundreds of works from a large selection of artists. Thomas created a “dinning room set” for the show, complete with a life-sized, jewel-covered panther sculpture lounging atop the table…” – Austin Chronicle

November 10, 2014

“Ombré Vanity Dining Room” Installation for the Museum of Human Achievement.

AHOM Collaboration: Dining Room by Terri Thomas. Mural by Daniel Hipolito. Caustic Chandelier by Clay Odom, Sean ONeil, Zac Traegar and Terri Thomas.

Museum of Human Achievement wins the Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Work of Art/Independent Public Project for the collaborative project titled, “AHOM.”

September 19, 2014

“Metamimesis: The Calamity of Plato’s Looking Glass” – a video & painting installation for the “Tap the Glass” exhibit at the Museum of Human Achievement

press release for “Tap the Glass” by the Museum of Human Achievement

project statement for Metamimesis : The Calamity of Plato’s Looking Glass
“(Metamimesis) stole the show! Nice play on the theme and good way of incorporating the audience into the work.” – Seth Orion Schwaiger, writer for the Austin Chronicle
June 14, 2014

“Claim Your Birthright” – a closing performance at Big Medium Gallery

Solo Exhibition

June 9, 2014

“An Art-Grab Orgy” – Review of “Claim Your Birthright” at Big Medium Gallery

read the review by Art & Arnold

“There was a sudden gasp from someone in the audience that punctuated the tentative air that enveloped us. -And then, all hell broke loose- Instead of standing there like one o’clock half struck with the occasional murmurings of nervous laughter, the crowd erupted into an art-grab orgy as people moshed their way towards the paintings, grabbing and tearing at what they could. But there was not one shred of hostility, or negativity between us.” – Art & Arnold

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June 6, 2014

Austin Chronicle Studio Visit with artist, Terri Thomas

read the interview with the Austin Chronicle’s Andy Campbell

“Collaboration is a gift for this provocative artist. In “The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property” Lewis Hyde ruminates on his local drugstore’s ever-rotating display of dime-a-dozen romance novels, asking: “Why do we suspect that Silhouette Romances will not be enduring works of art?” He answers that romance novels are bought and sold in the market economy, and art, in contrast, belongs to the gift economy. If this seems Pollyanna-ish (because, aren’t works of art bought and sold all the time? Sure.), Hyde’s thesis is evident in the art of Terri Thomas. For her current Canopy exhibition, Thomas riffs off the form of the pillow book – originally an 11th century Japanese literary conceit – drawing out its pornotopic dimensions. Titled “Pillow Book as Inheritance,” the installation is a culmination of years of work, which will, upon closing, become part of Hyde’s preferred economic system. We talked in Thomas’ studio, a few doors down from the Canopy gallery….” – interview with Andy Campbell

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June 5, 2014

“Pillow” Talk – Terri Thomas on what’s behind the sex in her Big Medium art show” – The Austin Chronicle

read the interview with the Austin Chronicle and the Arts Daily

“While the work in this current series may be laden with less important autobiographical narratives, my use of my own image is purely reference material. It is not meant to communicate my personal identity or be about me. In my art talk, I mentioned that my recent work heavily relies on strategies, such as artifice, digital inversion, the mask, masquerade (painting in wigs, props, childlike sexual codes of dress, tapestries, that signify “this is a stage”) or a hybridization (combining a likeness of my face with appropriated images of porn or consumer imagery), etc. This pretense or concealment is intended to convey that these representations are not about personal identity or my being at the center of attention, but rather the performance of identity, gender, or pleasure, etc. in order to make commentary, inquiry, or act as a mirror within this loaded representational structure….” -the artist

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May 10, 2014

Review of “Pillow Book as Inheritance” at Big Medium Gallery by Joseph Bravo

read the review by Joseph Bravo

“Thomas’ work challenges harsh distinctions in aesthetic dogmas. Her artwork defies easy categorization. It is neither modern nor traditional; it is both figurative and conceptual. The artist refers to historicism but eschews any sense of anachronism. Her artwork is aware of pinup illustration but challenges its conventions. Thomas’ imagery and use of materials both invokes pop culture’s glamor but simultaneously mocks its fatuousness. The artwork can at once be viscerally pornographic yet militantly feminist. Through her artwork, Thomas questions the sufficiency of the culture’s social mechanisms of information transmission including how the ideas of taboo, political correctness, shame, rhetorical obfuscation and masculine heteronormative pornography complicate, corrupt and confound the inter-generational transmission of sexual knowledge. In order to explore these issues, her work strides painting, sculpture and performance.” – Joseph Bravo

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May 7, 2014

“Let’s Talk About Sex” – Review of “Pillow Book as Inheritance”at Big Medium Gallery by Art & Arnold

read the review by Art & Arnold

“From the outset, I was not quite sure how to engage this show. A combination of found glass objects, paintings, sequin suit wearing cats on the prowl, and the bust of a large peacock greet the viewer in a glittering menagerie with overt symbols of feminine sexuality. Beyond the painted imagery of partially erotic female nudes, and an open labia, dildos are hiding the crystal sandbox, and some of the glass objects are clearly intimating more than just an aesthetically pleasing thing to look at. But this is not another one of those post-feminist shows that overtly praise the vagina and castrate the penis. Instead, the artist claims that the work meditates from a personal vantage on concerns of duality, subject-hood and object-hood, coupled with societal ambivalences and contradictions regarding feminine sexuality….” – Art & Arnold

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April 22, 2014

“Fixation” exhibition at the Zhou B Arts Center in Chicago

read the review “Portraits of Desire” by Chicago’s South Side Weekly

“Terri Thomas executed her “Untitled” clown with academic fastidiousness. She concealed every brushstroke, smoothed every skin tone, and evenly diffused the painting’s light across a uniform burgundy background. The painting develops a motif of concealment that makes the clown the obsessive object. The gloves disrupt a tender tummy-touch and hide the source of motherly nourishment. The face paint blurs the clown’s feminine features—already challenged by the clown’s depilated skull and manly wrinkles—but nevertheless references an effeminate clown archetype. It grafts on false emotions that betray a deeper sadness just beyond a carefully resigned and benevolent smile.
Despite the figure’s absurdity, its hidden, weary pensiveness asserts dignity and commands respect. The visible attempt to conceal the body flags the painting’s emotional evasiveness. Thomas teases with the clown’s thinly veiled thoughtfulness. The barely legible affect is a visual breadcrumb that hints at the understated tragedy in the clown’s drawn expression and fake tears.” – Stephen Urchick

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September 23, 2011

“Art Squared” exhibit at the Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea, New York

read the press release by NY ART BEAT

read the interview with FlagArt Foundation founder, Glenn Fuhrman – “Buy What You Love”
“Austin-based artist Terri Thomas is also someone whose art is in our collection”

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March 12, 2010

“Hedone” exhibition at Lyons Wier Gallery in Chelsea, New York

Solo Exhibition

read the review by Chelsea’s ‘Rambling Rose’

 “In Hedone, Terri Thomas explores women’s sexuality with explicit and provocative self-portraits and objects. My favorite, “Folie a Deux,” a sculpture of Swarovski crystal-encrusted conjoined stags, is a visual feast!” – Rose Hartman

read the review by Artlifenyc

 “….She is brilliant! And if I were a collector with unlimited funds I would definitely get one of Her paintings. Her attention to detail is matched by Her skill. There is a relief quality to the paint in certain areas which makes them more personal and beautiful in person. They are more than could ever be reproduced…” – Mark Perry

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Additional GROUP exhibits with Lyons Wier Gallery in Chelsea, New York,  include:

Press release for the “Here and Now – Inaugural Exhibition

Press release for “Beast” group sculpture exhibition

Press release for “Endless Summer” exhibition

Press release for “24/7” group exhibition

January 16, 2010

“The Reflected Gaze” exhibition at the Torrance Art Museum in California

re-title announcement Torrance Art Museum

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Press Release by the Torrance Art Museum

“I think it’s a really good thing that you paint yourself” – in conversation with artist, Chuck Close

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May 6, 2009

The Texas Biennial 2009, at the MACC, curated by co-editor or Art in America, Michael Duncan

read the review by the Austin Chronicle

“AC: Where there any reoccurring themes?
MD: Oh yes! Artists positioning themselves against the world, such as Terri Thomas’ outrageous paintings of herself nude with gigantic glittered peacocks…” – Michael Duncan

 

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May 5, 2009

Review of “Fete Bucolique” at New Gallery in Houston, Texas by Joseph Bravo

Solo Exhibition

read the review by Joseph Bravo
“Thomas’ artworks are immediate and attainable, they are rich in iconography but not so esoteric as to be obtuse. Thomas’ paintings and sculptures are indeed simultaneously appealing and appalling and mesmerize viewers who feel a little embarrassed for looking so closely at images similar to those more conventionally viewed in private. But Thomas is not embarrassed and frankly reveals herself and, in so doing, unveils things about the society in which we live and the secret life of the individual in the context of the cognitive dissonance produced by normative expectations….” – Joseph Bravo

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May 3, 2009

Review of “Fete Bucolique” at New Gallery in Houston, Texas by Debra Broz

Solo Exhibition

read the review with Cantanker Magazine’s Debra Broz

“…There are beliefs around what feminism is that I would claim as my own, some I would reject. How absurd today, to think that women would have to definitively choose to want cock or no cock, penetration or no penetration, to be a good girl or bad, dominant or passive, empowered or a victim. And surprisingly, there are feminists out there who adhere to the idea that some of these scenarios are an “either/or” situation. I think women today should have the freedom, inventiveness and sense of play to momentarily move in and out of these, or any desires. And fortunately, we today live in a culture where that is more possible. There is no denying the strength, power and effectiveness that the feminists of the 70’s demonstrated, as they forged the way for future generations. Their poignant (if not always great) art have brought us one step closer to understanding classlessness, unprejudiced, open mindedness and social equality. If those are the goals of an evolved contemporary Feminism, it is politics I share and claim as my own.” – the artist

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“Fete Bucolique” at New Gallery in Houston, Texas

Solo Exhibition

read the press release for Fete Bucolique

read the review by Glasstire

“This show has caused quite a buzz. Are the paintings too crude? Maybe they’re just in bad taste? You decide!” – Glasstire

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May 1, 2009

Terri Thomas’ Art Featured for the “All Alumni Exhibition” curated by George Hemphill of Hemphill Fine Arts Gallery in DC

read press release for the Corcoran All Alumni Exhibition

May 1, 2007

Metrohouse : Identity Complex

 Solo Exhibition
November 12, 2006

“U-Genics” Interview with Terri Thomas by Joe Martin Hill

Solo Exhibition

read the interview with Joe Martin Hill (founder of Vision Connect and currently working on the curatorial team assisting Robert Storr in the preparation of the Venice Biennale for 2007)

JMH: Your exhibition is conceived on multiple levels. The individual works stand alone, but there are permutations in series. And then there is an overall installation strategy of different positions relating to similar themes. In that sense, the exhibition itself might be viewed as an installation work. It’s a lot to take in! What clues can you give for finding meaning in the whole? And is this important? ….

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November 10, 2006

“U-Genics” at Volitant Gallery in Austin Texas

Solo Exhibition

read the review by the Austin Chronicle
“There’s a marvelous show there right now – U-Genics – artist Terri Thomas has taken her fashion-industry background and mirrored it through her art, which is a caustic yet beautiful comment on consumer imagery, societal stereotypes, cultural fascination and art history itself.” – Austin Chronicle
read the review by ‘bout what I sees”
“With such a variety of topics, the show felt like a retrospective….  GOOD. ” – ‘Bout What I Sees

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November 9, 2006

Review of “U-Genics” exhibit at Volitant Gallery

Solo Exhibition

read the review by MrMichaelMe
“She seems to have chosen the varied media to fit a different goal in each series. Be it the digital manipulations that transformed the artist’s face into Barbie, Gwen Stefani or Angelina Jolie a la airbrushed magazine covers, or the deteriorating feel of the work in the smaller space in which Thomas used ground up water-based medium on oil. The perfect compliment to the later was the mini video piece which was a close up of maggots. Within the context of the whole show it was maybe the most beautiful if not disgusting piece in Volitant. I was quite fond of the untitled found object installation of refurbished chairs and photos of said chairs. Thomas refers to the them in this show’s literature as being “objects with an erased history” tying it into the show’s theme….” -Michael Anthony Garcia

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November 7, 2006

“U-Genics” exhibition at Volitant Gallery

Solo Exhibition

read the review by Yazmine Fazelina and Bijal Mehta
“Survival of the Prettiest” opened the gallery very well. It was easy to see what direction she was going with the “barbie-esque” images… but further into the gallery her works became more abstract, giving me as the viewer a lot of room for interpretation. In the end I was very amazed not just at the works but how thematically everything fit together. The gallery provoked not just thought but also self-reflection, which I really enjoyed….”

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November 5, 2004

“Indivi/duality” Exhibit at the Monroe Gallery in the Arts Club of Washington in Washington DC

 Solo Exhibition
August 24, 2004

Review of “Academy 2004” exhibition at the Conner Contemporary of Art (ConnerSmith Gallery) by the Washington City Paper

Press Release ConnerSmith Gallery

read the review by DC Artnews “Thinking About Art”
“Terri Thomas offers a garnish but technically accomplished variation on the famous Annie Leibovitz photograph of John and Yoko.  Limned in eye-popping, solarized green, pink and blue.” – Louis Jacobson with the Washington City Paper

July 5, 2004

“Indivi/duality”Exhibition in the Hemicycle at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC

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