attempt 159

attempt 159

“In the self-reflexivity of its rules (and in this emphasis on the assisted readymade), Attempts channels the neo-avant-garde of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Peña seems most at home somewhere between Jasper Johns’s dictum of “Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it,” and Richard Serra’s Verb List. But rather than undertaking any systematic critique of the work of art, the step-by-step-ness of Attempts mainly serves to generate a sense of the everyday—with all of its repetition, struggle, and pathos.”
-Roger White, excerpt from catalog essay for “the wants and needs of a fearful life”

September / Solo booth at EXPO Chicago with Puskin & Gogol – Berlin

“A place for everything, no time for nothing” / Presented by Coach & W Magazine / Curated by Dallas Contemporary Senior Curator, Justine Ludwig / NorthPark Center / Dallas, TX

“Self-Help” by Michael Corris, Art in America, June/July 2016
New American Paintings, Editor’s Choice, Issue 120, October 2015
“Death Becomes Him” by Justine Ludwig, FD Luxe Magazine, October 2015
“The Contemporaries: Travels in the 21st-Century Art World” written by Roger White and published by Bloomsbury.

Nominated for 2016-17 Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant
Vice Palace receives 2016 Southern Methodist University Faculty Grant