a young child, Mike Kaplan fell in love with theater ads, clipping them from
The New York Times, and coloring them with paints or pastels. Becoming part of
the film industry allowed him to collect current poster favorites while
discovering the beauty of vintage posters from around the world. A respected
and vocal advocate for movie posters as an art form, Kaplan's curated exhibits
have exhibited at Lincoln Center and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
MYSTIC LYON is thrilled to present "I'm a Stranger Here" by artist Cary Reeder, a new site-specific installation to be unveiled on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Mystic Street. The installation will remain on view on the outside of the building from September 1 through December 1, 2018 with a reception on Saturday, September 1 from 6-9pm.
FROM THE ARTIST:
“I’m a Stranger Here" is a site-specific window installation that takes a conceptual approach to addressing questions about community resources and assumptions that “strangers” make about neighborhoods that are lower income or racially/ethnically different from their own.
This project stems from my background in Urban Planning, which I have a graduate degree in but only briefly pursued as a career. The field still interests me: What resources are needed for communities to thrive? What resources do communities have and which ones do they lack? What assumptions do outsiders make about neighborhoods that have a different income, racial, or ethnic makeup than theirs? What assumptions do I make?
The installation represents an abstracted visual “map” of community resources in the Fifth Ward neighborhood surrounding the exhibition space. It served as a way for me to be a little less of a stranger and get to know a neighborhood that I my own assumptions about.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Cary Reeder, a Miami, Florida native, has made Houston, Texas her home since 1996. She worked for more than a decade as a graphic artist and typesetter in the early 80s and received her fine art training at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. In between her stint as a graphic artist and returning to art school, she had a 20+ year career as a grant writer and fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. Her work has been included in numerous local, regional, and national juried exhibitions, and in solos shows at the Galveston Arts Center (2018), Optical Project (2016) and Lawndale Art Center (2013). In 2013, she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance, in 2014 was a Hunting Prize Finalist, and has been featured twice in New American Paintings. She teaches at Art League Houston.
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, and reading groups. It also plays host to the Fifth Ward Badminton Club and Root Lock Sessions.
5017 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
Opening reception: Saturday, September 1, 6-9pm
On view through: December 1, 2018
Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a mandala sand painting and perform special ceremonies August 16-19 at Asia Society Texas Center. This artistic tradition of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand, ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are meticulously placed on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala, purifying and healing the environment and its inhabitants. During viewing hours, families can make their own Lung ta ("Wind Horse") prayer flag while learning about the symbolism of the flags and proper techniques for creating and hanging them.
About Mandala Sand Paintings
Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning sacred cosmogram. These cosmograms can be created in various media, such as watercolor on canvas, wood carvings, and so forth. However, the most spectacular and enduringly popular are those made from colored sand.
In general, all mandalas have outer, inner, and secret meanings. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into enlightened mind; and on the secret level they depict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear-light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to effect purification and healing on these three levels.
The Riders in the Storm Solo Art Show
The rebels and bravest among us, all filled with a warriors spirit, dreamt of confronting the chaos wreaking havoc in our world. They silently chose the option of joining the legendary Riders in the Storm. This show is dedicated to them.
While sitting around the campfire the Riders in the Storm would speak of the four directions and how the four winds danced together to maintain balance and peace. They would pray in each direction of the four winds, knowing that change was good, and necessary… an essential part of life. They would also share stories of when the Winds of Change would blow, warning the people of dark, hard times on the way
The Winds of Change always brought chaos and loss. In these stories, change was never good and a warrior was always the hero. Sometimes it was Mother Earth at risk, sometimes the people, and the animals… other times, it was the very spirit and essence of harmony between all those relations. Some of the people would accept the chaos and loss as inevitable. Some would seek safety and retreat from the dark warnings the Winds of Change delivered. Others would become a warrior, paint their horses and “ride into the storm” —ready to confront the dark forces threatening their loved ones, the land, the essential balance of life.
The Winds of Change would always come with a wise shaman, animal or spirit asking questions that demanded an answer from the people. The stories would ask questions to those around the fire. “Will you accept the loss, will you run and hide, negotiate with chaos, or will you stand against the threatening changes — and join the Riders in the Storm?”.
Born in South Dakota and raised as a global citizen (Air Force brat), Alleh Seya Hawk studied at Syracuse University, School of Visual and Performing Arts. She has spent over 20 years traveling and working as a Teaching Artist and Community Arts Advocate. The proud mother of one child, she is currently residing with family in Texas where she is very active in the local community; misses the state of Oregon and continues to refine her work as an illustrator, portrait artist and freelance graphic designer.
Read more here: http://stateoftheartshows.com/alleh-seya-hawk/
Find the artist on Facebook: Alleh Seya
Opening Reception: Sept 18, 6-8pm
On view at Rice Media Center Main Gallery through October 25, 2018
Augtín Estrada: http://www.agustinestrada.com
ABOUT THE EVENT:
The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library is pleased to present Play and Process by student artist Felicia Leyva. The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 3, with light refreshments. The exhibit will be on display through October, and is free and open to the public.
Leyva is a sculpture BFA student at the University of Houston. While she has experimented with several mediums, her work mainly focuses on her increasing interest in fiber arts. Known for her fun and colorful style, she enjoys bringing new life to everyday soft materials like yarn, foam, and felt. Her work has been exhibited at Blaffer Art Museum’s Student Exhibition and UH Biannual Art Show on campus grounds. As she continues her creative journey, she hopes to further blur the line between craft and fine art.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
I make art because I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. It’s a great part of who I am. When I go days without making something, I feel almost sick and weighed down. The process of making art is my way of clearing out my mind and letting go of frustrations. Art is very therapeutic and as a person who internalizes things, I find much relief in it.
I’m geared towards making playful, lighthearted art because it reminds me of easier times as a child. I feel as though somewhere down the line of growing up, my life picked up a lot of anger and pain. I’ve been trying to cancel out these negative feelings with bright, colorful, artworks. I think I’m trying to create a fun and beautiful world to live in. One that makes myself and others feel happy.
I was introduced to the world of fiber arts about a year ago and fell in love with it. Fibers are the best medium for producing inviting, comforting textures. There is something magical about creating work that entices others to reach out and touch them. I have never minded if people touch my work. I actually encourage it because then you are no longer simply viewing but experiencing the piece. Through touch, I believe that you can connect with my artwork and ultimately, myself.