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

May, 2015

In This Issue
UPCOMING EXHIBTIONS
A B C D | Josh Bernstein, JooYoung Choi & Lina Dib
Found Unfound | Keliy Anderson-Staley
Satis House | Isabel Cuenca
Total Body | Liz Rodda
Ghost Grid | Jonathan Leach
ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES
 
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A Fond Farwell
 
 
Dear Lawndale Friends,
 
Greetings. I invite everyone to come out to Lawndale this Friday for the opening of the next round of exhibitions. Installation is going well and it already looks to be a wonderfully exciting group of shows. It will also be my last opening as Executive Director. After the Artist Talks, we'll be toasting to Lawndale's success and to all of you, who have made my time here such a remarkable and rewarding experience. It has been my great honor and pleasure to work for this organization that has taught me so much and introduced me to so many smart, thoughtful and talented people. 

While I am excited about opportunities in my future, I am also sad because I will very much miss working with Lawndale's staff and board, who continually keep me young at heart and from whom I have also learned so much during my 8+ years on staff. I will miss being a part of this vibrant place with its many surprises and all the artists who fill our historic building round after round with their creativity, stories and imagination. Lawndale and its many friends will always be very dear to me...and near, as I live around the corner...so I hope to see you often, here and around Houston.
 
Many thanks and best wishes,
 
 
 
 
 
Christine Jelson West
 
Exhibitions Opening Friday
On view May 9 - June 14, 2014
 
Opening Reception 
Friday, May 8, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM

Practice

Josh Bernstein, JooYoung Choi & Lina Dib
Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition 

John M. O'Quinn Gallery 

The 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 ninth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, Josh Bernstein, JooYoung Choi and Lina Dib.

 

Josh Bernstein is currently trying to rise above his head with kites, a spaceship made out of mirrors, and prints of new constellations.  The body of work attempts a connection between the universe and personal experience that emulates older, more idiosyncratic conceptions of outer space.

 

JooYoung Choi invites you to explore her fun and colorful imaginary world called The Cosmic Womb.  Through a variety of new paintings and drawings she presents to you the story of C.S. Watson a young adoptee from Earth. Using playful puppets, animation, and video art, Cosmic Womb ambassador JooYoung Choi introduces you to the flora and fauna of this fantastic planet.

 

Lina Dib presents new works on paper, wood and air. Still preoccupied by the archive and an ecology of sound, Dib's works point to the fact that history (occasionally read as motion) has a medium. Her printed soundscapes remind viewers that sound has a shape, a topography, and her interactive pool of sound allows viewers to navigate an invisible watery landscape. Finally, a kinetic, slow spinning sculpture pushes the sound of the sea around the gallery. Reminiscent of a lighthouse, this sound-structure or beacon delineates a sea rather than land.

 

Josh Bernstein's website

JooYoung Choi's wesbite
Lina Dib's website

Found Unfound

Keliy Anderson-Staley

Cecily E. Horton Gallery

 

This autobiographical installation is about the efforts we make to construct our histories through photographs-the images that come down to us and the images we leave behind. The works in the exhibition reflect photography's powerful narrative potential as well as its limitations and the fundamental paradox of any photograph-that it can tell us so much and nothing at the same time. The installation addresses the themes of inheritance, lineage and family lore by re-staging the artist's search for and discovery of a biological father she only knew through a single faded photograph she lost as a teenager. This lost photograph is represented in the installation in many forms. Coincidentally, the artist met her biological father in the same year she became a parent, and the works in this exhibition reflect her anxiety about photography's inability to really convey for her children who they are or where they come from.

 

Keliy Anderson-Staley's website

Satis House

Isabel Cuenca

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

 

"When the house and clocks stopped all together."  Satis House is a paradigm of stagnation. It is architecture that suffers and decrepit as time migrates forward. It becomes the artifact of loss - of structures weathered down to its bare bones. Satis House explores decay as an aftermath of loss. Cuenca alters and combines cyanotype print illustrations and photographic sources to create formal collages, paper constructs and painting assemblages in the lens of a geometric abstract painter. The manipulation process of collaging and folding allows shapes and symbols to lose their real-world connotations and opens the possibility of existing in the realm of fiction. The use of paper is both weighted and light. It can hold its shape, at the same time bend to the force of the creator. It complicates the ideas of the identity the forms take on and their existence in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional space.

 

Isabel Cuenca's website

 

Total Body

Liz Rodda
Project Space

 

Total Body is the result of collecting and sorting through found video and audio clips over a period of several years. The footage, culled from a sea of TV clips, music videos and vlogs, takes on new significance in an isolated viewing space in which there is a psychological relationship between recordings of several unidentifiable individuals. The audio, a spoken version of a text by the Roman philosopher and poet Lucretius, serves as a lens through which to view the videos. Questions arise regarding the evaluation of meaning, human impulses and philosophical assumptions. 

 

Liz Rodda's website

Also On View

through January 2016

 

North Exterior Wall

 

Jonathan Leach's work focuses on the visual language of commercial architecture, city traffic and safety/cautionary imagery. Leach's mural activates the surrounding architecture and visually impacts the space. Ghost Grid features a hardline geometric style with an emphasis on bright color and spatial illusion, using the three windows as a base grid structure that warps and changes, highlighted by reflective paint accents that activate the mural at night.


 

Jonathan Leach is a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award. This grant is funded by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
The Lawndale Mural Project is generously sponsored by David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation and Kinzelman Art Consulting.

Artist Opportunities

 
2015-2016 Lawndale Artist Studio Program
Application Deadline: May 31, 2015 
(Midnight - Central Standard Time)

 

Applications for the 2015-2016 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 Art Center, a monthly stipend, materials budget and exhibition in May 2016. 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, 2015 (Midnight - Central Standard Time). Please note, applications will only be accepted online via submittable.com

 




The Big Show 2015
Application Deadline: June 3, 2015
(5 PM - Central Standard Time)

NEW! The Big Show 2015 will be juried entirely online! In an effort to eliminate the burden of hundreds of artists bringing their work to Lawndale over two hot summer days, we're trying something new in 2015. Artists will have until June 3, 2015 to submit up to three works online via submittable.com for consideration for the exhibition. All artists will be notified by email of the juror's decision by 
June 17, 2015. We hope this will allow more artists to apply and save all participants time and energy.
 

The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition. It has been an important venue through which emerging and under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure since the show's conception in 1984. The Big Show was formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End Progress Association, at Lawndale's original location.

 

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 submit up to three works of art, not previously shown in Houston, for a chance to be included in the exhibition and a shot at $3,000 in cash awards. 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Mid-America Arts Alliance, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, Nancy and Sidney Williams, Nina and Michael Zilkha, Abel Design Group, Architectural Floors, Sterling McCall Lexus, TeleFlex, United Airlines and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.



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