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Lawndale Art Center Newsletter: Exhibitions opening this Friday!
Lawndale Art Center

January, 2013

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858

Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Monday, January 21, 2013
In This Issue
Exhibitions Opening Friday
Present Tense | Curated by Sapphire Williams
Doing It Like Dolly Does...How Does Dolly Do It | Carrie Cook & Abi Semtner
Neutral Ground | Dan Rule
Rivers of Our Vision | Xochi Solis
Human Hamster Wheel | James Ciosek
Record Swap & Lyric Reading Party
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Lawndale Art Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on individual donations and memberships, along with government and foundation grants to support annual exhibitions and programming.


Lawndale
is participating in the new fundraising platform Power2Give sponsored by the Houston Arts Alliance. We are seeking support for our amazing exhibitions offered free throughout the year and also for the dynamic mural on the side of our building. Every donation counts no matter how large or small. Find out about how to donate to Lawndale's Power2Give projects by clicking here for exhibitions and  here for the mural.
Houston Museum District

Upcoming Exhibitions

On view January 25 - March 2, 2013

 

Opening Reception 
Friday, January 25, 2013
6:30 - 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM 

 

 

 

Present Tense | Curated by Sapphire Williams  

Work by Shannon Duncan, Rosine Kouamen, Emily Peacock, Britt Ragsdale, Arnea Williams & Sapphire Williams 

 

Doing It Like Dolly Does...How Does Dolly Do It | Carrie Cook & Abi Semtner  

 

Neutral Ground | Dan Rule  

 

Rivers of Our Vision | Xochi Solis  

 

Also on view... 

Human Hamster Wheel | James Ciosek 

Present Tense 

Work by Shannon Duncan Rosine KouamenEmily PeacockBritt Ragsdale Arnea Williams & Sapphire Williams  

John M. O'Quinn Gallery

 

Present Tense brings together the work of six artists using sculpture, video and photography to explore personal narratives that vary in topics from gathering resources from loved ones and managing the physical residue of past relationships to questioning luxury driven consumerism. The works rely on the shared vocabulary of gender and together express moments of confusion and clarity as the artists navigate the balance between the seemingly concrete yet rapidly shifting position of their assumed societal roles. Present Tense will feature new works by Shannon Duncan, Rosine Kouamen, Emily Peacock, Britt Ragsdale, Arnea Williams and Sapphire Williams. 

Doing It Like Dolly Does...How Does Dolly Do It

Carrie Cook & Abi Semtner

Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Carrie Cook and Abi Semtner both find consolation in the country music they grew up with. Doing It Like Dolly Does... How Does Dolly Do It meditates on the role that loss and memory play in this music and has played in their personal developments. With both humor and seriousness of heart, Cook and Semtner consider Dolly Parton to be a guide in this effort.  Working separately, they both use a soundtrack of Parton's songs to investigate their own histories of loss.

Neutral Ground

Dan Rule

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Dan Rule works mainly in drawing, prints, animation and video. The prints and animations in the exhibition Neutral Ground share an initial interest and further tangential exploration in the word "Neutral Ground"; the evocative term for road medians in New Orleans. Immediately upon arriving to the city, Rule was struck by the term and saw it as humorously descriptive. Here the middle ground was accurately termed as the safe haven between two opposing factions of traffic. It was also a space for small sections of 'nature' made neutral by both their general acceptability and innocuousness. By living in the city longer, more associations and relationships with the term have informed Rule's recent work, including historical, war-related connotations, giving him an interest in depicting a squishing of temporal changes into the same, shared physical space. The isolation of objects and concepts in art institutions, where the 'white cube' separates reality, creates an actual neutral ground. 

 

Dan Rule's website 

Rivers of Our Vision
Xochi Solis
Project Space

Rivers of Our Vision exhibits new work by Austin-based artist Xochi Solis. Constructed from a variety of media, Solis uses found imagery, vinyl, plastics, paint and colored paper to create large site-specific paintings with repeated ellipses and gestural paint strokes. Solis positions the nuances of transitory emotional states as central to her current body of work. Fascinated by the universal claims of love and loss in popular music, she contemplates desire, disappointment and love: "I let each work remark upon a private narrative, focusing on the personal navigation of an emotional state," Solis comments, "It is a curious notion that any given circumstance can emotionally affect a group of people in a disparity of ways or perhaps even more curious in identical ways." Extending the experiential impact of the exhibition's large-scale wall paintings, Solis invites the public to use the exhibition as a backdrop for a listening and lyric reading Record Swap party hosted Saturday, February 16, 12-4 PM. Solis intends to build resonances between the color and construction of the installation with events and experiences.

 

Rivers of Our Vision aims to create an enveloping environment, creating a viewing space for meditating on feelings and the unity and isolation felt from daily existence.

 

Also On View...
 
Human Hamster Wheel
James Ciosek
Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden
Human Hamster Wheel comments on the confines of urban living and the habitual, repetitive, sometimes futile, nature of human psychologies and activities which expend vast amounts of energy but in the end go nowhere. The piece serves as a static, interactive, and performative sculpture. Ciosek encourages attendees to Lawndale Art Center's openings and local performance artists to take a walk on the wheel. Human Hamster Wheel is part of the artist's Icon and Symbology series which explores meaning via iconic figurative objects, materials, and reinterpretation of traditional symbols.

On January 25, 2013, 6:30-8:30 PM, C. Kleinhans will stage a peformance titled  Flickering, Fleeting and Fast.
 
Upcoming Events

Museum Educators Open House 
Saturday, January 26, 2013
9 AM - 1 PM

Lawndale Art Center will operate a booth hosted by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for Houston Area educators. Area museums will provide information for educators about activities, events, group visits and other educational programs. For more information or to register, please visit www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org.

 


Houston Modern Home Tour
Saturday, January 26, 2013
11 AM - 5PM

Tickets: $30 ( $25 online with promo code 'LAWNDALE')

The 2013 Houston Modern Home tour is a self-guided driving tour of Houston's coolest modern architecture, designed by some of the Bayou City's greatest architects. Tour-goers can explore the inside and outside of 7 area homes that are sure to wow even the most casual observer.


Use the promo code 'LAWNDALE' to get $5 off each advanced ticket purchased online. Proceeds from every ticket purchased with this code benefit Lawndale Art Center.

Spend a day checking out some of Houston's finest modern residential architecture, and help support Lawndale!

Houston Modern Home Tour website: houston.modernhometours.com
Tickets: houston.modernhometours.com/tickets  

 



RECORD SWAP! Listening & Lyric
Reading Party

Saturday, February 16, 2013
12 - 4 PM

 

In conjunction with Xochi Solis' Rivers of Our Vision exhibition, Lawndale Art Center invites the public to join us for a record swap. Using Solis' exhibition as a backdrop, the Project Space of Lawndale will be transformed into a market for your surplus LP's and excess 45's. Come with your extra copies of Pet Sounds, choose one from the crates to listen to and walk away with a new favorite! As an added bonus, we'll serenade each other with choice liner notes and poetics from pop music lyrics. This is a pure barter exchange, no money needed.

 
 
 
  

 Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Chinhui Juhn and Edward R Allen III, Bevin and Dan Dubrowksi, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Jeryn and Walter Mayer, Paula Murphy, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Gabriela Trzebinski, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Poggenpohl Design Studio and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.



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