Exhibitions Opening Friday
On view May 9 - June 14, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM
Practice | Shayne Murphy, Jim Nolan and Emily Peacock
Residency Exchange | Lawndale - CentralTrak
Also on view...
Shayne Murphy, Jim Nolan and Emily Peacock
John M. O'Quinn GalleryThe Lawndale Artist Studio Program is part of Lawndale's ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with studio space on the third floor of Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston's Museum District. This exhibition features residents for the eighth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, Jim Nolan, Shayne Murphy and Emily Peacock.
Shayne Murphy presents new work focusing on the creation of invented spaces that combine the real and imagined. The spaces represent a hyper-reality; a place where dreams, memories, and the future converge. By combining different visual languages, he seeks to explore the relationships between abstraction and realism through paintings, drawings, and installation based works. Imagery is often distorted and manipulated taking on a fantastical quality while still maintaining a connection to the physical world. The occupants or figures within these spaces embody different roles including that of transient, protector, destroyer, or at times remain unknown.
In an attempt to better understand his own art making process, Jim Nolan will remake and reinterpret three of his older sculptures that were destroyed in moving from the East Coast to Texas.
Through photographs, videos and small installations, Emily Peacockexplores her relationship with her sister through staging gestures and examining elements of the environments, objects and routines associated with shared personal histories. Drawing on her close family relationships, this exhibition of new work plays with modes of portraiture and the various ways we interact with photographs as personal objects.
Lawndale - CentralTrak
Spencer Brown-Pearn, Heyd Fontenot, Sally Glass, Jeff Gibbons,
Shawn Mayer, Lynne McCabe, Shayne Murphy, Jim Nolan,
Emily Peacock, David Politzer & Liz TrosperCecily E. Horton Gallery
In an attempt to break down barriers and to create an exchange between the artistic communities of Houston and Dallas, this exhibition presents an exchange between current and past residents of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program and CentralTrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artists' Residency. This project creates an opportunity for dialog between a number of artists with relationships to one or both of these non-profit institutions and artist residencies. Select resident-pairs from each program will perform an art/idea exchange, engaging in the "intimate" artistic act of conceptual collaboration, opening up a dialog and creating new artworks which combine their individual art practices.
Michelle Chen-Dubose's paintings document a conflation of questions with what is seen through the blurry window of a moving vehicle. Long stretches in a car can be a strange gap in the continuity of everyday life. In this space, we are moving, sitting still and waiting at the same time. Chen-Dubose tries to isolate something experiential in this shared movement and pause.
Lauren Salazar merges the dualities of craft and minimal abstraction, domestic and high art, the traditional and the contemporary through woven installations and sculptures. Salazar invites the viewer's associations about weaving with domestic objects, tradition and craft and in her work aims to subvert and expand upon these associations by exploiting and magnifying the formal gridded world within the process. In weaving, Salazar is able to connect and explore within the medium's layered cultural heritage while also indulging in the geometric abstract language that she loves. After her pieces have been woven and are off the loom, the second act occurs. The pieces are aggressively manipulated. Weavings are bound, bolted, and stretched onto and across frames, walls, ceilings, and floors. Process as well as literal and metaphorical tensions are present within the final abstract pieces.
2014 Lawndale Mural Project
On view through January 2015
North Exterior Wall
Through a collaborative art project/public health program, Otabenga Jones & Associates will attempt to mitigate the ongoing health crisis of obesity and its related risks. The Collective will create a public mural at the Lawndale Art Center along with a series of adjacent programs, kicking off a year-long commitment to health education. Programs will include cooking classes, a foraging workshop, an urban gardening workshop, an instructional cooking video and a line of mass produced lunchboxes that will be made available to the public. Inspired by the Black Panther Free Breakfast for School Children Program, which saw the Panthers cooking and serving breakfast to poor inner city children, the Collective aims to provide at-risk community members with a set of tools that will encourage self-sufficiency and empowerment in terms of maintaining their own health through food choices, while building community.
The People's Plate is a project of Creative Capital.
IT'S A BOOK! The Bi-Coastal GENDER book Shower!
Join us in-person for an evening of games, giveaways, activities, coloring book pages, Q&A with the creators, art, movies, and community magic celebrating the birth of the GENDER book.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
12 - 5 PM (One Day Only!)
A Mobile Gallery Tour featuring
In the spirit of polar discovery, ICESHELF is a mobile gallery, performance, and work/live space inspired by the contemporary research stations of Antarctica. Biodieselcompatible and partially powered by solar panels, the truck uses renewable energy and is a testament to our rapidly changing times. Like an ice shelf or an iceberg, the truck can rest or drift.
2014-2015 Exhibition Season Preview
Lawndale's Programming Committee presents a preview of exhibitions planned for the 2014-2015 exhibition season at Lawndale.
2014-2015 Lawndale Artist Studio Program
Application Deadline: May 31, 2014
(Midnight - Central Standard Time)
Applications for the 2014-2015 Lawndale Artist Studio Program are now being accepted online via submittable.com. This program provides three artists with studio space on the third floor of Lawndale ArtCenter, a monthly stipend, materials budget and exhibition in May 2015. Participating artists are expected to spend a minimum of 16 hours a week in the studio and organize a workshop for the general public and the local arts community to share their practice or explore a related topic. Please visit our website for complete information on the Lawndale Artist Studio Program.
All application materials are due by May 31, 2014 (Midnight - Central Standard Time). Please note, applications will only be accepted online via submittable.com.
The Big Show 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 11AM - 7PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10AM - 5PM
The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition. Each year Lawndale Art Center invites a guest juror to select from work submitted by artists living within 100 miles of Houston. Artists are invited to bring up to three works of art, not previously shown in Houston, to Lawndale Art Center where the work is juried on-site for a chance to be included in the show and a shot at one of three cash prizes.
Click here for complete details on how to enter The Big Show.
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 Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, Saint Cloud and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.