GAC Presents Three Exhibitions Featuring Giovanni Valderas, Christie Blizard, and Regina Agu

GAC Presents: Giovanni Valderas, Cristie Blizard, and Regina Agu Opening October 14th Through November 19th



                                                                                                                                Exhibitions on view October 14 –
November 19, 2017

at Galveston Arts Center


Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents three exhibitions by
Texas-based artists in partnership with the 2017 Texas Biennial opening Saturday, October 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with artist talks beginning at 6:30. In the
1st floor gallery, Dallas-based artist Giovanni Valderas incorporates Spanish idioms into piñata forms in an attempt to decipher the
complex relationships between the US and Latin America for the exhibition Tradecraft.
In the 1878 Gallery,
Regina Agu reconsiders the landscape
through photography, environmental research, and source texts for the
exhibition Sea Change.
In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Christi Blizard presents Wanting
not to want
, an installation of video and text paintings used in her
ongoing appearances in the audiences of popular morning television broadcasts.
exhibitions will remain
on view through November 19, 2017.


For the exhibition Tradecraft,
Giovanni Valderas
pulls from his culture, history, and origins to
produce three-dimensional mixed-media works that address the tattered
relationships with his Guatemalan, Mexican, and American ancestry. This new work
addresses issues with gentrification in Spanish speaking communities, and
incorporates frayed elements of the piñata. Through the use of idioms
incorporated into piñata forms, Valderas transforms these objects associated
with celebration to highlight an alternate view of the decay of traditional


explores representations of the physical and historical
landscape in her exhibition Sea
. Agu’s work explores narratives related to language,
history, and representation, and their intersections in contemporary ideas
around landscape and communities of color. Central to the exhibition is an
80-foot panoramic photograph printed on billboard vinyl documenting a group of
prototype sand dunes constructed from the sargassum that regularly washes up on
Galveston’s shores. Using landscape photography,
environmental research, and source texts, including Jean Rhys' 1966 feminist
Wide Sargasso SeaSea Change is a
speculative commentary on climate 
change, the tourism industry, environmental justice, and interrelated


Christie Blizard presents work from her ongoing project in which
the artist holds up text paintings on The
Today Show
and Good Morning America
for the exhibition Wanting not to want. Through Blizard’s disruptions of the
broadcast, she tests the boundaries of free speech in America. Since 2014,
Blizard has made approximately 30 appearances in the audiences of broadcasts of
these popular morning television programs. The project has gained national
attention through articles in Hyperallergic and ArtNews, and was nominated for an Art
Matters award
. For her exhibition, Wanting
not to want
, Blizard presents a new series of text paintings, video
projections and still images taken from appearances during the summer of 2017.
During the opening reception, Blizard will perform as Matt Lauer, host of The Today Show.


Oct 14, 2017
6:00 pm
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