2015 CSA COLLECTION - SELECTED ARTISTS
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JOSH ALAN - ELAINE BRADFORD - NICKY DAVIS - JESSICA KREUTTER - DAMON THOMAS - CHARISSE WESTON + RONNIE YATES
J O S H A L A N
For the CSA program Josh will be creating a limited edition 12 x 12 inch inkjet print on pearl metallic archival paper. His prints are the end result of a process of combining paper collage and photography with digital compositing. As the source images are destroyed to build the collages, the finished photographs are the only remaining artifact of the process.
Josh Alan is an artist, photographer and musician living and working in Houston. After spending a number of years writing, recording and touring with a Houston instrumental band Alan graduated with a BFA in Painting from Texas State University. His work occupies a space between collage and photography and deals with issues of memory, communication and American history. He has shown work throughout Texas and frequently works with bands and independent record labels. Josh Alan is currently represented by Avis Frank Gallery. More on Alan at his website.
E L A I N E B R A D F O R D
For the Community Supported Art program, Bradford will create 50 crocheted headpieces. Interested in ideas of ceremony and the human form, these hats, masks, and headgear will be in a similar vein to the most recent work she has been creating to wear in photographs of herself. In turn, she will ask the people who purchase the CSA shares to make an appointment with the artist to photograph them each wearing the pieces. The art will be completed by this interaction. The CSA members will not only receive a hand crocheted piece of art, they will become part of the artwork, and help the artist produce a new photographic series.
Elaine Bradford lives and works in Houston, TX. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2003) and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin (2000). Her work has been included in shows at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL; Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY; Handmade in America Gallery in Asheville, NC; and Centre Culturel Aragon in Oyonnax, France. Select solo shows have been at The Picture Gallery at Saint Gaudens Memorial, Cornish, NH; ArtLeague Houston, Houston, TX; and Hunt Gallery at Webster University, St. Louis, MO. She is a founding member BOX 13 ArtSpace, an innovative artist run studio and gallery space in Houston. She was a resident artist at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2010. In 2011 she completed a permanent civic art commission for the City of Houston at Vinson Neighborhood Library. Bradford is represented by Art Palace Gallery in Houston, TX. More on Bradford at her website.
N I C K Y D A V I S
For these shares Davis will create 50 small original paintings on paper in his signature style, which is rooted in low-brow/low-brim aesthetics. With a fun mix of color and character, Davis’ work may at first appear quite whimsical, but his subject matter is often the dark side of humanity, the nature of spirituality and looming ecological concerns.
Nicky Davis is a visual artist living and working in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. His illustrative style is consistent across a diverse range of mediums, including: fine art, street murals, and merchandise. His work has been included in gallery exhibitions in Italy, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston and his murals have been featured by Red Bull and Seagram’s Gin, and at Art Basel. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. More on Davis at his website.
J E S S I C A K R E U T T E R
For the CSA, Kreutter will create 50 small-scale porcelain sculptures that will merge elements of animal and human figures with ornate designs from molds of Victorian woodwork and botanical forms. The artist imagines them as creature vessels exposing and cradling delicate body parts. The pieces will be white with points of color or gold luster. These imaginary creatures will have a standard form yet each one a variation on that form.
Jessica Kreutter holds an MFA from The University of Tennessee. Her ceramic sculpture often deals with memory, fantasy, transformation and elemental forms in nature. For ten years previous to graduate school, she worked as an artist and teacher in Portland, Oregon. She has been a resident artist at ART342, Vermont Studio Center, Anderson Ranch, PlatteForum, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Caldera and The Oregon College of Art and Craft. Recently, she designed an ice sculpture in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver) and created an unfired clay installation for the 2013 NCECA Project Space. Her clay installation work is featured in the January 2014 Issue of Ceramics Monthly. She lives and works in Houston, TX. More on Kreutter at her website.
D A M O N J. T H O M A S
For this CSA, Damon will create a series of small-scale bat sculptures using a native Texas clay mixed with a small amount of clay gathered from Buffalo Bayou, home to Houston’s most famous colony of bats, under the Waugh Street Bridge. About 25 lbs. of native Houston clay will be mixed with other Texas clay to create these sculptures, which will be pit-fired at his Heights studio. Why bats? While Houston has one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation, we still have an international reputation as a city with little regard for nature and green space. By celebrating a fascinating creature that lives in the shadow of downtown Houston, and by using native local clay as part of the materials, we can begin to change Houston’s image from within. We can also help to improve appreciation for the bat, which is gaining in popularity lately but still widely maligned.
With a Bachelor of Art from the University of Houston and Master of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, Damon J. Thomas works primarily in clay to create figurative art that explores the emotional range of the human condition. A writer for most of his life, Thomas is the co-author of “The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are,” a book on psychology and spirituality written with J. Pittman McGehee. A native Houstonian, Thomas lives and makes art in the Houston Heights, near where he was born. More on Thomas at his website.
C H A R I S S E W E S T O N + R O N N I E Y A T E S
For the second round of the Community Supported Art program, the duo will present a limited edition of “Fantasy Objects”, a hundred-page book of poems, prints, and other artwork relating to desire. Each book will be signed by the artists and will be accompanied by a book jacket in the form of a miniature broadsheet featuring a new poem and print by the artists. “Fantasy Objects” is a meditation on desire in its many formations, focusing specifically on desire of the body, desire of the Self, spiritual desire, as well as desire of space, time and mobility. Created and published through the BOOK MACHINE (Houston) project organized by the Blaffer Museum and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, this artist book represents the first book-length publication of each artists’ works.
Charisse Pearlina Weston is a Houston-based artist and writer whose work spans performance to works on paper and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited or performed at Project Row Houses, Lawndale Art Center, DiverseWorks, among other spaces in Houston. She is also a contributing writer for Arts + Culture Texas magazine. She holds a Masters of Science in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. More on Weston at her website.
Ronnie Yates is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. Yates’ poems have appeared in Ploughshares, POOL, Colorado Review, and on BOMBlog and The Prague Review (online). Yates is the poet-in-residence at Alabama Song, an art collective and culture space in Houston, Texas, and teaches in the IART interdisciplinary minor program at the University of Houston/The Mitchell Center for the Arts and for the non-profit creative music organization Nameless Sound.
THE 2015 COLLECTION IS NOW ON SALE!
6 ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART + 2 PARTIES FOR $350
Fresh Arts is excited to bring Houston a new way to collect original artwork and support the local art scene.