Morning Open Studio,
Texas based artist Delita Martin will present her artwork and new
book “Shadows in the Garden” at the Community Artists’ Collective Saturday,
July 13, at an opening reception at 6 p.m.
artist talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by a book signing with books
available for purchase. The “Shadows in the Garden” exhibition, which is in
association with PrintHouston 2019, continues through July 27.
book focuses on the work and artistic journey of Martin. It highlights art from
several exhibitions and works held in various collections around the country. Contents
of the book include a foreword by Dallas artist and curator Vicki Meek and an
interview with artist Joshua Asante of Little Rock, Ark. Dr. Kheli R. Willetts
and Gary Reece of Houston have each contributed original essays. The book
features full color images of Martin’s works.
works included in this publication examine the transition of women into their
“spiritual self” and reinforce the bond among women and how they co-exist in
the physical and spiritual realms.
“Through the layering of various
mediums and symbols I can pull the viewer out of a logical and common world and
place them within a space that offers a glimpse into the spirit world,” Martin
Visual artist and creative
consultant Mack Bishop’s newest
exhibition opening at the Community Artists’ Collective celebrates Black
Music Month with paintings of the iconic musical figures who opened America’s
doors for all creatives of color.
“A Musical Tribute,”
featuring portraits of Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Nipsey
Hustle, opens with a reception Saturday, June 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibit,
curated by Dominic R. Clay, runs through June 29.
For the last two years, Bishop has taken a departure from
his core thesis work to explore new mediums and themes. As the experimental
phase continued, musical narratives began to develop. Bishop’s works are known
for his use of found objects and shattered glass incorporations while using
emotive spiritual motifs to strengthen his narrative. The current exhibition, “A
Musical Tribute,” holds true to this
same narrative while adding a few new materials.
exhibition would not be complete without his signature sculpture. He will be
exhibiting two never-before-seen sculptural works from his new series titled
“Fragments of Muziki.”
Mack Bishop III has a BFA
from Texas Southern University and an MFA from Houston Baptist University,
specializing in painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art and film.
He says of his work,
"As an artist I understand that the legacy of my ancestors must dissolve
into a new purpose, undertaking an evolution of fragmented mending between the
conscious and subconscious mind."
The Collective is open during the exhibition Thursdays,
Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon until 5 p.m. and by appointment.
Tish Gallery is thrilled to announce two solo exhibitions opening this summer:
Gao Hang, Surface or Skin and Suzette Mouchaty, Nudies in the Cube.
Utilizing their mediums, Hang - painting, Mouchaty - sculpture, both artists
create discourse, either concerning the impact of social media’s instant
gratification and image manipulation on our society or addressing the effects of
global warming on the environment.
Hang’s quietly electric paintings of abstracted, reconfigured sharks
are rendered in multilayered fluorescent hues that the artist considers to be
the tones of his generation. Evoking the postmodernist neo-pop movement, Hang uses subject
matter and color as a conceptual and structural armature and is able to tap
into the zeitgeist of the age of social media. His work intentionally engages
the aesthetics of the internet and our glowing digital devices in an effort to
compete for attention amongst the rapid viewing mechanics of the 21st century.
Hang moved to Houston, Texas in
2015 from Beijing, China to attain an MFA in Painting from the University of
Houston. His work has been exhibited in numerous art venues, such as Art League
Houston, Houston, Texas; Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas; Baoli World Trade
Center Expo, Guangzhou, China; Art Museum of Capital Normal University,
Beijing, China; and CICA Museum of Art, Gimpo, Korea. Hang published an artist
book, “Good Times Bad Times Give Me Some of That,” which gives a humorous insight
into the struggle of immigrating to the United States.
nudibranch series is composed of three human-scale sculptures representing
giant marine slugs that are made from coated hand-carved Styrofoam. The forms
are stylized, emphasizing the smooth rounded curves, undulating bodies, and
sharp color contrasts characteristic of nudibranchs found in coral reefs.
Elegant, sensuous, and slightly mysterious, these creatures appear to crawl
around the floor of the gallery. Implicit are political
implications of the chosen content and sculpting material; nudibranchs are
indicators of climate change, which is damaging coral reef ecosystems, while
Styrofoam sickens and kills marine animals that mistake floating bits for food. Mouchaty’s goal is to stimulate awareness about
today’s state of ecology by presenting strange, yet compelling objects that
attract the viewer.
Mouchaty is a sculptor based in
Houston, Texas, who graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of
Houston. She attained her PHD from Lund University, Lund, Sweden. Mouchaty has
won numerous awards and her work has been exhibited locally in Lawndale Arts
Center, Houston, Texas; Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas; and in the 52nd
Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Selected Paper Works by Female Surrealists: Tanning, Bourgeois, Carrington, Maar, Toyen - Opening at Redbud Gallery
“Women’s Work, Mind, Body and
Spirit” opens at the Community Artists’
Collective, 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116, Friday, May 10, with a reception from
6 to 8 p.m. Artwork will be on view
beginning May 3.
The group show, curated by Dominic Clay, features works by
artists Linda Simien Kelly, Deborah Archie, Simone Ford, Melissa Aytenfisu and
During the exhibition, meditation sessions with the Melanin
Yoga Project will be offered each Saturday at The Collective from 10 to 11:30 a.m. An artists’ talk is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The exhibition runs through Saturday, May 25.
The Collective is open during the exhibition Thursdays,
Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon until 5 p.m. and by appointment.
MYSTIC LYON and PRINTMATTERS are thrilled to present two new public art installations on Lyons Avenue in Houston's historic Fifth Ward by artists Siver Black and Kelly Moran. Both artists' works were selected from proposals from members of PrinterMatters. The installations will remain on view outside from May 4 through July 20, 2019 with a reception at Mystic Lyon, 5017 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020 on Saturday, May 4 from 5-7pm.
Siver Black's print installation, "Nickel Views," includes multiple hand drawn images of the Fifth Ward brought together in a large mix. From the artist (edited): My art at Mystic Lyon combines my love of urban sketching with woodcut printmaking. I began by using Lyons Avenue for my inspiration and starting point, making drawings of the neighborhood on location, from Des Chaumes to Lockwood. These sketches feature buildings as well as people with the intent of capturing a sense of place. Some of the places I have drawn are churches, barber shops, the Fifth Ward Jam, De Luxe Theater, the old hospital, Cane River Gardens, and various homes.
ABOUT SIVER BLACK:
My work is based in drawing. I carry a sketchbook everywhere. For me the act of drawing on location celebrates a place and what it means to be there in that time. I search for connection through these drawings; drawing a place connects me to that place and drawing a person connects me to that person.
Some of these drawings need to live outside the sketchbook and that is when they become the basis for relief prints. I have a deep fascination for the traditional methods and materials of woodcut printmaking. I am drawn to the feel of the tools cutting through wood, the smell of the ink and the sound it makes while being rolled out, and the graphic punch of black ink.
Kelly Moran's print installation, "Urban Animals," will include images of local bayou critters. From the artist: “I ride my bike on the bayou in Houston and have observed many types of birds that live in this urban habitat. I also have walked in the creeks that are connected to the Bayou and have found some beautiful fish. In my studio practice, I have made some etchings of these magnificent creatures.”
ABOUT KELLY MORAN:
New York Native Kelly Moran is a printmaker and object maker who lives and works in Houston, TX. She is currently maintaining a printmaking studio in Houston Heights. She is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts and The New Orleans Contemporary Museum. Her works are in numerous private collections and corporate collections. She has exhibited throughout Texas and also nationally and internationally.
Her artistic practice draws on contemporary events, personal life, and intuition to compose her well-crafted, multi layered universal images. Kelly is an avid collector of ephemera from the 1800’s to 1970’s, getting constant inspiration from their time-specific and timeless color combinations. They are mined by Kelly to find treasured images from another time that speak volumes about our culture, where we are now and then. The content of her images can be straight forward or not.
Kelly Moran has a BFA in painting from Louisiana Tech University 1982. She studied ceramics at the University of Houston graduate program 1983-84, participated in the artist collective “Little Egypt Enterprises”, 1984-87 and was associate director of “Texas Collaborative”, 2003-2011, a place where national and international artists collaborated to make prints.
ABOUT PRINTMATTERS Houston:
PrintMatters Houston is a Houston-based 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote traditional and non-traditional printmaking, encourage print collecting, and to further the professional growth of its members.
PrintHouston is an annual city-wide summer-long celebration of original prints, the artists who create them and the people who collect them.
ABOUT MYSTIC LYON:
Specializing in art and Recreational Aesthetics, Mystic Lyon is located on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Mystic Street in Houston's historic Fifth Ward neighborhood. In addition to public art installations, Mystic Lyon offers weekly organic food deliveries, house concerts, meditation and sound sessions, and reading groups. It also plays host to the Fifth Ward Badminton Club, Root Lock Sessions, and the Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce.
5017 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
Opening reception: Saturday, May 4, 5-7pm
On view through: July 20, 2019
Known for his distinctive inflated steel sculptures, Cannings plays with the boundaries between
minimalism, materialism and mutability. In monumental proportion, the artist contorts metal alloy into soft folds and
alluring curves. Moments and Monuments will dazzle us with a bright, saturated and irresistibly engaging installation.
In an industrial process, which the artist learned during his youth working in automotive shops, he welds steel sheets
into pockets, then siphons molten pressurized air into the cavity. Cannings coats the pneumatic configurations in slick
automotive paint before installing the work in such a way that it seems to defy gravity. After nearly two decades
Cannings has perfected his practice. Through his work one might see the artist seduced by his own creation,
hypnotized by the seamless curvaceous folds of convex and concave planes.
occasional representational form. Inspired by the beautiful expanses of land, light, space, and time, individual pieces
are stacked like place and time markers. Others are hung from the ceiling, eluding to the balanced atmosphere the
artist experiences on the high planes of the Llano Estacado. The work goads us into reflection through its metallic
surfaces, which prove to be provocative, seductive and demanding to be touched. These tactile qualities are only
second to the vibrant, iridescent finish. Moments and Monuments supplies an immeasurably tangible investigation
between the viewer, the work and the artist.
Lubbock, Texas. He traveled from Manchester, England to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Syracuse
University, Syracuse, New York. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the
United States and Europe and was included in the anthology of contemporary Texas artists, Texas Artists Today,
compiled and written by Catherine D. Anspon. Cannings’ work can be found in several notable public and private
collections, such as William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, UT Southwestern Dallas, Texas. He installed major
outdoor public artworks in Dallas, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana, and his solo exhibition in conjunction with the
2009 Texas Biennial was reviewed with critical acclaim in Art in America.