JoMar Visions' big Spring Festival is here as well as its eighth anniversary this month of May, in conjunction with our open studios.
Solo exhibit with fine art by Marie Casamayor-Harvey
This will be the first presentation of Keliy Anderson-Staley’s temporary sculptural structure, Shelter in Place.
The simple structure, sheathed in original tintype portraits of
hundreds of Houstonians, will be installed in an outdoor space under the
train shed at the Silos.
Each tintype plate is a powerful portrait of an individual and the
entire piece a portrait of the broader community. The structure is an
expression of the strength and resilience of Houston’s communities, but
also our collective fragility and vulnerability in the face of natural
and environmental catastrophe. Although the project has been in
development for a number of years, the project has taken on new
significance in the wake of Harvey, and many of the portraits have been
made since the storm.
The installation will only be up and open to the public for one week, so plan to see it while you can! Refreshments will be served at the opening reception. on April 21.
Shelter in Place was funded in part by the
City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and by the Cynthia
Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
Gray Contemporary is pleased to announce two exhibitions, in the Main Gallery Teresa Baker: Return, and in
the Second Gallery a group exhibition including Robert Dunne, Robert Erickson, Jamey Hart, Lael Marshall,
Yoella Razili, John Tallman. All exhibitions open April 7th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, and will continue through May
Teresa Baker: Return
Growing up, our white cotton towels used for drying dishes were hand-embroidered with flowers. They were
never to be used for drying hands. Doilies were used to cover dressers or really, any wood furniture. They were
always white and starched and had to remain clean. Handmade quilts were to be covered with standard store-
bought blankets so we didn’t get the quilts dirty or they didn’t fade in the sun.
There was a care for objects--a reverence for even the seemingly simplest items--because they had a
purpose. This consideration of objects comes from my German North Dakotan heritage on one side and my
Mandan/Hidatsa tribes on the other. The Mandan/Hidatsa’s relationship to objects is more spiritual, involving
ceremony, place, animals, and people. The sense of using the common materials you have in front of you is a
concept found in both backgrounds.
I am continuing that use of common materials--primarily yarn and astroturf in this current work. Astroturf
reminds me of materials used for sweat lodges-old carpets and blankets that are not highly regarded, but cover
the top of willow structures and used to facilitate ceremony. Yarn allows for line to be added and shapes to be
made. Mark and color develop until the object becomes its own.
About the Artist:
Teresa Baker (b.1985) is Mandan, Hidatsa and German from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in
Mandaree, ND. Solo exhibitions include: Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX; The Luggage Store
Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Interim, San Francisco, CA and the Art studio, Inc. Beaumont, TX. Select Group
exhibitions include: The Alice, Seattle, WA; The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA; Yerba Buena Center for the
Arts, San Francisco, CA; di Rosa, Napa, CA; Kiria Koula, San Francisco, CA; Et Al, San Francisco, CA and
Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA. She was a Tournesol Award Artist-in-Residence (2013-2014) at the Headlands
Center for the Arts, an Affiliate Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2014-2015) and Artist-
in-Residence at The MacDowell Colony (2015). Baker received an MFA from California College of Arts, San
Francisco, CA and a BA in Visual Arts from Fordham University, New York, NY. She currently lives and works in
Robert Dunne, Robert Erickson, Jamey Hart, Lael Marshall, Yoella Razili, John Tallman
In the Second Gallery is a group exhibition in which is focused on the playfulness and experimentation of
building a visual language with materials by combining painting and sculpture. In Jamey Hart’s juxtaposition of
materials within the green painted shaped wood and multi-colored beads in Hard Feelings or the recycling and
redefining of wood in Yoella Razili’s wall construction, each artist finds a link in their varying material to create a
singular distinction of visual language. Robert Dunne’s minimal shapes formed with plaster and scrap wood
derived from visual and physical memories of his environment, while somewhat altered the shapes feel a sense
of familiarity from their traditional usage. In the work of Robert Erickson and Lael Marshall you see a similar
approach in using the wood stretchers to create a sculptural three dimensional aspect to the chosen stretched
material. As Erickson’s are stretched with polyester in which rectangular shapes of ink are suspended on,
Marshall’s oddly angled shapes are stretched with solid dyed abaca paper. In John Tallman’s Green (untitled)
two almost identical oval shapes of wood soaked in green acrylic with a glossy finish are stacked though slightly
off kilter creating a sense of an echo. This work joins the idea of painting and sculpture effortlessly. Combined
these works exhibit a sense of exploration in materials that display painting and sculpture in a uniformed
About the Artists:
Robert Dunne (b.1968 Ireland) has exhibited widely throughout Europe and abroad, he has had two solo
shows in 2017, one in the Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy and another in Linenhall Art Centre, Ireland. Also during
that time he was selected for a number of group shows; `Absolute`, Boecker Contemporary, Germany. `Winter
Open 2017`, Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre. `Harvest`, Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy. `In White`, Graze
Galleria, Warsaw. `Black Box` traveling exhibition curated by Boecker Contemporary: France, Belgium and
Germany. `Dirty Filthy Painting` Byron School of Art, NSW, Australia. `Combined’ Gray Contemporary, Houston,
Texas, USA. He studied in the Cleveland Institute of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, and
received his BFA from the National School of Art and Design.
Robert Erickson (b.1972, Newark, DE) Exhibited throughout the United States over the last 20 years. Recent
group exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art - Tucson, Tucson Arizona, 57w57Arts, New York, NY.
Additional selected exhibitions: Dropped Frames - Curated by JPW3, Elk Gallery, New York, NY. Accident
Blackspot, - Curated by Jim Lee, Freight&Volume, New York, NY. Accident Blackspot, Markus Winter Gallery,
Berlin, Germany. The Lurking Hole Gallery, Nottingham, UK. Received a BFA University of Delaware, 1997.
Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Jamey Hart (b.1992, Erie, PA) has been exhibiting paintings actively throughout the United States and
internationally over the last half a decade. His practice focuses tightly on the way a thing comes into being, like
a rock or a snowball, compacted and varied. The work orbits the material language of abstract painting and
reveals the potential therein. He has been included in publications such as Reciprocal Magazine, ArtMaze
Magazine, Lula Japan, and New American Paintings. Selected solo exhibitions include Slow Pace Time at Front
Gallery in Houston, TX and What’s Now From Then at Frame 301 in Beverly, MA. He has shown in group
exhibitions in Bellport, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Warsaw, POL, Los Angeles, CA, and Boston, MA. Hart graduated in
2014 from the Cleveland Institute of Art where he studied painting. He is currently living and working out of Erie,
Lael Marshall (b. 1968, Seattle, WA) has exhibited her work in galleries and arts organizations including
57W57 Arts, NYC, Dieu Donné, NYC, , BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY, The Riverside Art
Museum, Riverside, CA, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, Eugene Binder, Marfa, TX,
ParisCONCRET, Paris, SNO, Sydney, ABContemporary, Zurich, Beers Contemporary, London, A3 Gallery
Moscow, Les Moulins de Villacourt, Le Pont-de-Claix, France, mitart gallery, Basel, and ars agenda, Munich.
She received her BFA from The University of Michigan and her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich,
Germany. She currently lives and works in Ridgewood, New York.
Yoella Razili is an Israeli-born artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work belongs to the non-objective
art movement and spans a range of media including found materials and paint. Razili received her Master of
Fine Arts from Otis Art Institute in 1981. Since then, she has exhibited her artwork internationally in the USA,
Israel, Korea, France, and Italy.
John Tallman (b. 1969, York, PA) has exhibited work at the Drawing Center and OK Harris Gallery In New
York, and at various galleries and museums in the United States; Sydney, Australia; Leiden and the Hague in
the Netherlands; Bonn and Siegburg Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Athens, Greece. He received his BFA in
Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA and his MFA in painting from the University of Washington
in Seattle. He currently works and lives in Nashville, TN.
Houston is known for having the largest Art Car Parade in the world, but the fun does not have to stop after the parade this year, because, during the 12x12 show, ROCKSTAR Gallery is having a parade of its own… a toy art car parade! There will be local craft beer, food trucks, and music!
The parade is at 6, the 12x12 art show will follow, the cars will be on display after the parade for you to view, some will even be for sale!
This is a parade that everyone can participate in! To enter 12x12 art or a car, click here: https://www.emailmeform.
Admission is free! Donations are appreciated so that we can continue putting on State-Of-The-Art-Shows for you to enjoy!
Apply Today: https://www.eastendfoundation.org/call-for-entries/
- $1000 | FOLK & FUNK
- $400 | MASTER OF MATERIALS
- $400 | CRAFT & DESIGN
- Patricia Restrepo
- Exhibitions Manager & Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art Museum Houston
- Dennis Nance
- Curator, Galveston Art Center
DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2018
Piñatas on the Esplanade invites creatives and makers to construct sculptures inspired by the tradition of Piñata making. The Piñata Festival’s vision is to celebrate Houston’s connection to folk art and funk as well as neighborhood cultural traditions.
Each applicant accepted will receive a modest stipend to create their sculpture. There is no cost to enter. Accepted sculpture proposals will be exhibited on the iconic Navigation Esplanade in conjunction with family-friendly Piñatafest activities.
Jurors will announce awards on Saturday, May 5th at 3:00 pm on the wooden deck in front of the Original Niñfas.
Entry is open to individuals as well as collaborative groups. All participants must be 15 years of age or older.