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Lawndale Art Center News: New Exhibitions Opening November 21st
Press Release

November, 2008

Note to Lawndale Members

Houston Museum District Members Sale
November 20 - 23, 2008

Are you a Lawndale member or a member at any of the 18 Museum District museums? If so, you can save 20% at all 13 museum gift shops in the district during a special sale just for members. For more information on the sale, please visit www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org or download the flyer.

Not a Lawndale member? Please visit our membership page to find out how to join.

Special Event

Matagorda Island Norther and Storm Fishing | Roy Cullen
November 20 – November 29, 2008

Meredith Long & Company
2323 San Felipe
Houston, TX 77019
713-523-6671

Proceeds from the sales of the photography in the exhibition will benefit Lawndale Art Center.

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

November 21, 2008 – January 10, 2009

Opening Reception Friday, November 21, 2008, 6:30-8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6:00 PM

Pleasing Punch | AJ Liberto and Jesse Robinson

John M. O'Quinn Gallery

They discovered that a smaller diameter cyclone gives greater centrifugal force. So they developed a way of getting 45% more suction than a Dual Cyclone vacuum and removing more dust, by dividing the air into 8 smaller cyclones. Cyclones appear, sealed within the vacuum. Something contained and yet terrifying, a collection of stuff thrust into this space.
Pleasing Punch is just such a space. Celebration and violence are hard to tell apart in both Liberto and Robinson's endeavors. Their work realizes the gravitational force of objects, that link that holds together and creates disastrous collisions, despair, and ultimately a drifting blissful calm.

Personal Panopticon | Cory Wagner

Mezzanine Gallery

Using the concept of the panopticon, Jeremy Bentham’s 18th century prison design, the artist investigates how we are socially trained to look at ourselves with an ever gazing hyper-critical eye.  Wagner transforms the gallery into a winding passageway populated with mirrors, sounds and activity producing a distorted sense of reflection.

Once Removed | Ann Marie Nafziger

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Once-Removed explores the relationship between humans and nature, emphasizing a diminished physical experience replaced with an abundance of representations, reflecting the predicament of being both disconnected yet intimately familiar with landscape. Executed directly on the gallery walls and exploiting a wide range of materials, media, and tools, the shifting environment evokes a constructed, artificial manifestation of the natural world.
“I’m interested in desire and perception in regard to the natural world, in the sense of failure or loss in the ability to directly interact with wild spaces or phenomena, and in finding alternatives or possibilities within this compromised position. I try to invent landscapes that embody the beauty or sublimity of the natural in combination with evidence of the human physical and psychological footprint in an effort to instigate a heightened awareness of the world at large.” – Ann Marie Nafziger

Flowback | Mequitta Ahuja

Project Space

Mequitta Ahuja is of mixed ethnic origin, South Asian and African American. Her works are self-portraits. Mequitta’s visual explorations include the interplay of figure and ground, the symbolic significance of blackness, and the social implications of Black hair. In response to the history of Black hair as a barometer of social and personal consciousness, she makes the image of hair both corporeal and conceptual, giving it psychic proportions. With medium and image, Mequitta proposes that identity, including racial and sexual identities, although narrowly defined by social norms, is both fluid and plural. Mequitta’s works demonstrate female self-invention through the deployment of her own tools, including, her creative imagination.

To Whom It May Concern | Emily Sloan

University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Studio Residency

A recent focus of Emily Sloan's work is the idea of making a thing, phrase or place "special." For the Mitchell Center's Fall 2008 Lawndale Studio Residency, Sloan compiled a list of words and phrases that will be created in site-appropriate places throughout the city of Houston. Selected words and phrases will be stenciled in locations with materials collected from the area thus serving as enviromental interventions and messages for those who stumble across them.

 

Also on view...

NIMBY | Kevin Curry

Lawndale Studio Artist, 300A
Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden

NIMBY is constructed from discarded fence boards, posts and rails that previously recorded boundaries of ownership as well as an ability to shut out the outside world. This structure uses the detritus of post-Ike Houston to address the fragility of safety and comfort in an era of increased homelessness, foreclosures and personal calamity.

 



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