Tour of “A Dressing the Future”
Please join featured artist Nicole Dextras and HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall for a special tour of A Dressing the Future: The Ecofiction of Nicole Dextras.
This imaginative exhibition explores the exemplary craftsmanship of the environmental artist’s set and costume designs from her dystopian film trilogy, A Dressing the Future (2016–present). Dextras’ films emphasize the dignity and strength of her protagonists, who face fire, desertification, and flooding in their environments. The tour will include a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s process by exploring a selection of plant-based costumes and ephemera, including props, models, and other set components. Learn how the characters in these films draw on the ecology within their environments to survive, as they cultivate plants and process their harvests using traditional craft-based techniques.
A Dressing the Future: The Ecofiction of Nicole Dextras is made possible in part by generous support from Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About Nicole Dextras
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Nicole Dextras’ studio practice utilizes film and transformative and often immersive installations to explore the concept of existential fragility and to mark the evolution of time. She graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a degree from the interdisciplinary department in 1986. Dextras has exhibited her work internationally, including in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her recent exhibitions include States of Collapse (2021, group exhibition) at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan; Courants vert (2020, group exhibition) at L’espace Fondation EDF in Paris; and The Dystopian Museum (2019, solo exhibition) at the Richmond Cultural Center in British Columbia. Dextras has received numerous awards and residencies, including the Surface Design Association’s Craftivism Award (2017), the Art of Healing Network Environmental Artist Award (2013), and several grants from the BC Arts Council, as well from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2020, her work was featured as part of the United Nations Postal Administrations’ Earth Day stamp collection. Her solo exhibition at HCCC marks the debut of her work in Texas.
Note: The tour takes place in person and inside the HCCC building. This event is subject to change or cancellation in response to current COVID-19 conditions.