Artist Reception

Meet the Artists of Public House Heights


Public House Heights has graciously hosted artist's work on their walls since the day they opened! First Saturday Arts Market artists currently have work installed and we'd like to meet you!  Join us for an informal reception this Thursday evening the 17th. 

Chef Grant Keaton of Cambio Culinary Concepts will have a pop-up kitchen on the patio!

Artists on view:
Vivian L. Mora, Lisa Hilton, Lauren Artista Luna, Rodney D Butler, Sacha Lazarre, Monica Melgar, Danyelle Lakin, Jill Hakala & Angela Rose Walling.

Cover Image: Sacha Lazarre "All The Spaces in Between" 48x48 Acrylic

When:
Jan 17, 2019
Public House Heights has graciously hosted artist's work on their walls since the day they opened! First Saturday Arts Market artists currently have work installed and we'd like to meet you!  Join us for an informal reception this Thursday evening the 17th. 
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
Freef
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Steven Sachs “Packs and Flocks” Opening at Redbud Gallery


As an outsider artist, Steven Sachs sees himself as an urban archaeologist, whose quest is to transfer the original use of found objects into whimsical creations. The assemblages that result from his finds are a playful and humorous take on discarded objects and a repurposed vision into three dimensional sculptures. Steven has a fervent eye for composing unrelated and often fragmentary objects into a unified structure. His resources range from man-made materials such as rusted nails, crushed cans, and printed circuit boards to reclaimed wood which he transfers into three dimensional sculptural pieces of art.  His dogs are testimony to his ideas of transforming found objects which undergo a complete metamorphosis of structure and substance that we can all relate to. Often, an added detail completes his pursuit of drawing the viewer into a playful world.

Birds are Steven’s second domain of the animal kingdom. He did not afford them the lightheartedness that he bestowed on the dogs; yet, the display of birds in their diversity and beauty reminds us to stop and watch. 

On View: February 2 – February 24, 2019

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 2, 6pm - 9pm
Redbud East Gallery

Redbud Gallery
303 East 11th Street
Houston, Texas 77008
713-862-2532
When:
Feb 2, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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Darwin Arevalo & Grace Zuñiga: "Prima Materia"

A two-person exhibition featuring artworks from Houston artists Darwin Arevalo and Grace Zuñiga

Exhibition Dates: January 19, 2019 - March 2, 2019
Opening Reception: January 19, 2019, 7 - 9 PM
Location: 2315 Union Street, Houston, Texas 77007

The Union is pleased to announce Prima Materia, a two-person exhibition featuring artworks from Houston artists Darwin Arevalo and Grace ZuñigaPrima Materia will open with a public reception on Saturday, January 19 from 7 - 9 PM, and is complemented by an artists’ talk on Saturday, February 16 from 2 - 4 PM.

Prima Materia, whose meaning refers to a formless primeval substance regarded as the original material of the universe — essential to alchemical processes, shares recent works from process-driven artists Arevalo and Zuñiga, whose scope, subject 
matter, and content in art-making include personal investigations around ideas of memory, migration, and mortality via the transformation of matter and material. 

By establishing the creative 
genus from which these artist contemporaries come, this exhibition juxtaposes visual parallels and experimental material processes to question creative impetus, the subconscious nature of the creative act, and the fundamental,invisual qualities with which both artists imbue their artwork.

Artworks from Darwin Arevalo presented in Prima Materia are products of the artist's deeply exploratory and process driven art-making practice. The results of Arevalo’s artistic experimentation are rooted in material exploration and applied processes that exploit the unpredictable intersections of materiality and form as each of his artworks, in the first place, are reactions unto themselves. His impulse in constructing, combining, and reconstituting found and industrial materials determine the outcome of each piece, respectively. Detectable in this body of work, through the lens of an intense study of the formal advancements in painting throughout art history, is the heavy influence of the nuanced socio-political Latin American experience that color the artist’s life.

Through her creative process, Grace Zuñiga explores the embodiment of memory, narrative, and intention through the methodical manipulation and interweaving of artificial substances with raw materials. By creating powerfully emotive yet minimalistic compositions, she superimposes a visual cosmology upon her artworks and in doing so, defines for herself what is sacred in objects and establishes personal geographies and a sense of time. Zuñiga finds inspiration in natural processes and attempts to emulate nature through the concerted manipulation of material. Each of her 
compositions conjure the visceral and evoke a palpable sense of the sacred, offering viewers a moment to immerse themselves in an act of reflection, meditation, and devotion

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Darwin Arevalo was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and migrated to Texas at the age of four. He received a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and has since exhibited in numerous venues in the Texas region and nation-wide.

Grace Zuñiga was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and in 2007 received her BFA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, with a focus in photography. In 2010, she studied printmaking and papermaking in the UGA Cortona Program in Cortona, Italy, and in 2012, she received her MFA in studio art, with a focus in printmaking, from the University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, Georgia. Zuñiga has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In May of 2014, she completed a nine-month residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and currently works at Sawyer Yards as the Creative Director. 

ABOUT THE CURATOR
Theresa Escobedo is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator living and working in Houston, Texas. As the manager of The Union and the active Director of Main Street Projects, she curates, coordinates, and executes programs and projects designed to activate public spaces and to give artists the opportunity to impact neighborhood experiences through creative place-making and social inquiry. Prima Materia marks the second exhibition presented at The Union under her leadership.

ABOUT THE UNION 
The Union is a newly launched exhibitions and events venue in Houston’s Old Sixth Ward which hosts community programs in an effort to showcase the work of local and regional artists. Housed in a restored Victorian bungalow, this fresh addition to Arts District Houston endeavors to activate community engagement and to provide a forum through which creatives can engage with the thriving arts community in Houston.

When:
Jan 19, 2019 to Mar 2, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
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Daniel Johnston “Drawings To Listen To And Songs To Look At” Opening at Redbud Gallery


Redbud presents Daniel Johnston’s exhibit “Drawings To Listen To And Songs To Look At”.  We are always excited about presenting new never before created works of art by the world-renowned outsider poet, writer, and musician Daniel Johnston. In collaboration with his sister, artist Marjorie Johnston, they have created these works which contain lyrics of some of his over 900 songs, depicted in over 100 watercolors and collages. Each piece has the song and CD title identified on the piece.

Waller, Texas based 58-year-old Daniel Johnston has been active in the music scene since the late 70’s. He is considered a self-taught pop rocker. His art and music, many times inappropriate, is largely based on his obsession and unrelenting love with a girl named Laurie from high school.  Johnston’s songs have been cover recorded by several hundred artists, including David Bowie and Tom Waits. His life has been documented in the film “The Devil and Daniel Johnston.” Johnston’s work was shown in a recent Whitney biennial. His famous slogan of “Hi, How Are You?” first debuted in Austin. The late Kurt Cobain mused that Daniel Johnston is the best song writer in America.

Drop by the gallery for a rare treat. We hope that Daniel will be present during the opening after his recent hospital-stay. Redbud will have over 100 original signed framed works starting at $650.

On View: January 26 – March 31, 2019

Redbud Gallery
303 East 11th Street
Houston, Texas 77008
713-862-2532
When:
Jan 26, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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FREE
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WINTER/SPRING EXHIBITIONS RECEPTION

Opening reception celebrating our Winter/Spring shows

Please join HCCC for a reception celebrating the openings of our Winter/Spring shows:  Tom Loeser: Please Please Please in the Main Gallery and To Be of Use in the Front Gallery.  The evening will also include open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

When:
Feb 1, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Las Girls Collective: Fruit Series

Daniela Antelo & Brenda Cruz-Wolf

Art League Houston (ALH) presents Fruit Series, a site specific installation by Las Girls Collective, a Houston-based collaboration between artists Daniela Antelo and Brenda Cruz-Wolf. The exhibition continues the artist’s interest in the relationship between the urban landscape and the female body, and features a series of visually-rich videos using various colorful fruits to playfully interact with the body against a series of backgrounds that seeks to transform the visitor's perception and experience of the ALH hallway gallery. “We are very interested in the choreographic relationship between the objects, the body, and the physical landscape,” say the artists. “These videos configure sensory universes that are minimal and intimate yet produce a complex aesthetic that is both humorous and surreal.”

About the Artists

Artists Brenda Cruz-Wolf and Daniela Antelo have collaborated together for the last few years on various site-specific performances, creating experimental dance films. Their collaborative work merges the strength of their individual practices together by combining experimental movement/performance with video production. Together, they succeed in using the raw elements of each site to produce immersive installations that collapse the boundaries between abstract movement, the viewer and the physical space.

When:
Jan 26, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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9 am - 5 pm
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Karen Lee Williams: a heel is half a rock, a slab is a slice


Art League Houston (ALH) presents a heel is half a rock, a slab is a slice, an installation of new sculpture and photograms by LA-based artist Karen Lee Williams.

Because they represent places far beyond our direct experience, images and artifacts of space exploration always have a surreal quality. The gap between the advances of astronomy and the public's understanding creates a void where doubt and imagination flourish. Lee Williams makes tactile proxies for those ideas and observations just beyond grasp. The work is inspired by moments when mainstream science and scholarship are infiltrated by superstition and mysticism.

Norman Mailer, while covering the first moon landing, bemoaned the loss of the moon’s mythic aura in the cold analytical hands of scientists and engineers. In search of some profound meaning in putting a man on the moon, Mailer projected all of his longing on a small piece of moon rock. Through an installation of mixed media sculptures that evoke charts, graphs and rock samples, Lee Williams plays to our collective desire for both truth and lore. By contradicting and disrupting supposedly objective methods of measurement, she opens up the potential for other epistemological approaches. The works on view rely on the senses to excavate the potential metaphorical power of objects while acknowledging the absurdity in always trying to reconcile reason with gut feeling. The exhibition draws on the physical and historical connection Houston has with the moon and references some of the city’s artworks that consider the monolith as a symbol of mystery.

About the Artist

Karen Lee Williams (b 1980 Los Angeles) makes sculptures and photographs that prolong the process of translating sensory information into understanding by engaging with and undermining certain assumptions about perception, natural phenomenon and materiality. Lee Williams has had recent solo exhibitions at Equity Gallery, NY and Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles. Her work has been presented in galleries and artist-run spaces including Albada-Jelgersma Gallery, Amsterdam; September, Hudson; Scott Charmin, Houston; and Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles. She received an M.F.A. from SUNY Purchase and a B.A. from UCLA. Lee Williams lives and works in Los Angeles.

When:
Jan 26, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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9 am - 5 pm
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Jade Yumang: In the Shadows


Art League Houston (ALH) presents In the Shadows, an installation featuring sculpture, textile and video by Chicago-based artist Jade Yumang. The exhibition is part of an ongoing body of work by the artist exploring the queer aesthetics of Film Noir. The work in this exhibition considers how film noir is constructed stylistically and narratively to disorient the audience to generate a level of uncertainty and deception, not just in its story arc, but more so on how queer characters implicitly and explicitly surface.

“My work primarily focuses on the concept of queer form,” says the artist. “I use a variety of techniques to convey notions of phenomenology, affect, and "queer" as a process, as a verb rather than a quality. My current work addresses the term "queer" and its aesthetics through three-dimensional, site-specific installation, and performative work as a way to see how the body resists or submits through materiality and technique vis-à-vis obsessive acts, strict parameters, repetition, and forms of discipline. This direction is guided through the tracing and summoning of historical amnesia, by means of myths, scandal trials, obscenity laws, and filmic tropes. I filter these procedures through meticulous techniques and create abstract shapes that initially come from a corporeal form. My compulsiveness to place things in order in reality breaks into pieces that expose the pressure placed on non-conforming bodies and their values.”

Using the materiality of costuming, lighting, and queer affect, the installation in ALH’s main gallery features a series of effigies of queer characters that emerged and navigated the strict movie moral codes in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Additionally, the installation includes a looped video projection featuring clips from eight films that have been configured to only depict the scenes when queer characters are represented. Furthermore, the video is projected onto, and through, a large-scale abstract sculptural form in the center of the gallery, producing a distorted effect across the gallery walls, echoing the uncertainty that is built into noir’s central narrative. Most of characters' sexuality in the films are formulated through crime scenarios where gay men are portrayed as deviant dandies and lesbians as menacing sadists. These depictions, although contemporarily outdated, were important at that time, since these queer characters seep through the shadow and glare at the instability of heterosexuality as they act as a harbinger for the LGBTQ rights movement in the 1960s.

About the Artist

Jade Yumang was named after his mother’s beauty salon and from an earlier age has been obsessed with beautiful, yet slightly off things. His work primarily focuses on the concept of queer form through sculptural abstraction, installation, and performance. He received his MFA at Parsons School of Design with Departmental Honors in 2012 and his BFA Honors in University of British Columbia as the top graduate in 2008. He was born in Quezon City, Philippines, grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, immigrated to unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and lives in Chicago, IL, USA. He is part of a New York-based collaborative duo, Tatlo, with Sara Jimenez and is an Assistant Professor in the department of Fiber and Material Studies at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

When:
Jan 26, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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CRAFT SOCIAL: CRAFTIVISM

At the Winter Craft Social, join HCCC to explore “craftivism,” inspired by OTRO MUNDO ES POSIBLE (2017), a protest banner on view in HCCC’s Case Study space and part of Aram Han Sifuentes’ Protest Banner Lending Library.

At the Winter Craft Social, join HCCC to explore “craftivism,” inspired by OTRO MUNDO ES POSIBLE (2017), a protest banner on view in HCCC’s Case Study space and part of Aram Han Sifuentes’ Protest Banner Lending LibraryCraftivism provides an avenue through which artists can channel their creative energy, share their voices and experiences, and make the world a better place.  At Craft Social, meet Verónica Hernandez, a Protest Banner Lending Librarycollaborator, and learn how the library creates safe spaces in which communities can work together to address their concerns about current socio-political issues. Take action, and make your own protest sign using a variety of provided materials to create a statement that speaks to your own quest or social cause. Participants will also work together as a group to create a protest banner, based on a local Houston issue, that will be donated to the Protest Banner Lending Library.

Participants in the previous evening’s Protest Banner Workshop will also display their finished banners at this event.

Learn more about Protest Banner Lending Library here.

About Craft Social
Craft Socials are casual, quarterly evening events designed to emphasize experimentation, curiosity, and innovation. Visitors are encouraged to drop by and participate. All events are free and on a first-come first-served basis. Capacity is limited.  Events take place in January, April, July and October.  Craft beer is generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., and materials are sponsored by Art Supply on Main Street.

Photos by eedahahm/JAHHM, via https://www.aramhan.com/protest-banner-lending-library.html

When:
Jan 17, 2019
Parking and entrance behind the building on Travis St.
Cost:
Free
Time:
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Rebecca Morris: The Ache of Bright


Opening reception: Friday, January 11, 2019 from 6 – 9 p.m. with artist and curator remarks at 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition on view through March 16, 2019

Since the early 1990s, the Los Angeles-based artist Rebecca Morris has explored the vast visual language of abstract painting. Inventing an extensive array of original forms, compositional rules and improvisational associations, Morris creates highly considered images that simultaneously construct and disassemble themselves. Varying widely in scale and density, her paintings are both unpredictable and precise, often featuring an ebullient cacophony of hues, patterns, layers and gestures. This exhibition, Morris’s first solo U.S. museum presentation since 2005, features 10 major paintings that survey the range of the artist’s recent practice.More information at http://blafferartmuseum.org/rebecca-morris/.

When:
Jan 11, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm
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