Winter Rusiloski and Angel Fernandez created deadWEST: GALLERY AND STUDIO as an alternative artist space in North Texas, with a location that is due west of the Dallas and Fort Worth Cultural Districts. Rusiloski is a transplant of the Northeastern United States to Texas, and Fernandez is a transplant of Mexico to Texas, to the Northeast and back to Texas.
In conjunction with the Fort Worth Art Dealer’s Association Fall Gallery Night, deadWEST and Arstspace 111 will present the exhibition deadWEST:dual featuring the work of winterRUSILOSKI and angelFERNANDEZ.
Fort their third collaborative exhibition Rusiloski and Fernandez explore the dynamic of being husband and wife, art professors and parents. Rusiloski grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in a rural setting. Fernandez grew up in Northern Mexico in the state of Chihuahua. Their diverse backgrounds serve as foundation for their current aesthetic interests. Large mountains, desert and water are vast monumental scale environments whose Romantic qualities continually influence them. Both work in an abstract manner generalizing their environment.
During the summer of 2017, the Rusiloski Fernandez family, including five daughters and a dog, traversed the landscape from Texas to the New England coast via Niagara Falls, the great lakes, upstate New York and Pennsylvania. The family also visited Big Bend, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Marfa and Fort Davis. These travels were artistically invigorating. Rusiloski and Fernandez approach art-making and family life as a single inseparable endeavor.