On View August 12 – September 24, 2011

Opening Reception
Friday, August 12, 2011
6:30 – 8:30 PM, artist talks at 6 PM

SOUTHERN/PACIFIC • Curated by Paul Middendorf
John M. O’Quinn Gallery

Artists: Camp Bosworth, John Calaway, Calvin Ross Carl, Joseph Cohen, Jillian Conrad, David Corbett, Arcy Douglass, Sean Healy, Hana Hillerova, Roxanne Jackson, Jeff Jahn, Terrell James, Jonathan Leach, Victor Maldonado, Ann Marie Nafziger, Alyce Santoro and Vontundra

Sean Healy

Consulting Curator: Cassandra Adams-Harford 

Project Advisors: Lorna Leedy and Terrell James

The steel tracks of the Southern Pacific Rail Company once stretched through the Pacific Northwest, down the West Coast and across Texas. These train lines connected people, ideas, and visions of expansion.
Southern/Pacific is a series of three exhibits spanning over six months and traveling across the South and up the West Coast. With its premiere and first stop at Lawndale Art Center, Southern/Pacific begins connecting artists and communities of Portland, Oregon, Houston and Marfa, Texas. These exhibitions and projects will create three different experiences in each city, starting in Houston. The artists within Southern/Pacific will be working directly with each other and these diverse surroundings to create new works and new conversations. Breaking beyond the white walls,Southern/Pacific branches out into the art world and into the public. With the main exhibitions creating the foundation, film screenings, panel discussions, performances and workshops will be happening throughout the duration of the show. Southern/Pacific is capturing the energy of these events, collaborations, and endeavors within each city and is bringing them together for three not to be missed exhibitions. 

The Power of Negative Feedback • Jeremy DePrez & Francis Giampietro
Mezzanine Gallery

The Power of Negative Feedback is a collection of work developed by Jeremy DePrez and Francis Giampietro in response to their experiences at a recent 2-week residency in Nagoya, Japan through the Temporary Space. Negative Feedback is a concept that exists in various biological and physical systems to reverse discrepancies between desired and actual outputs. With this concept in mind DePrez and Giampietro visually negotiate the interplay between their anticipated and actual experiences in Japan. 

Mexicanos • Joel Hernandez
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Joel Hernandez’s work deals with his memories of Mexico and its people in a theatric way. Hernandez moved from Mexico when he was nine years old and grew up learning about Mexican culture through word of mouth or Spanish television. Hernandez recreates Mexican and Mexican-American culture and people in his work in a staged way in order to recreate his idea of what Mexico is and was. 

A Time to Celebrate • Mark Ponder
Project Space

Mark Ponder explores an unsatisfactory use of celebration to cope with death in contemporary funeral rituals. Inspired by commemorations for the passed life and the afterlife, A Time to Celebrate strives to brighten our encounter with death at the expense of a serious contemplation for it. The sculptural installation will operate on the surface as an extravagant birthday party to heighten a tension between reverence and whimsy. Ponder's use of cheap party decor and text highlights the absurdity of memorial services in a pastiche of happiness, insight, peace, humor, and, of course, dead bodies. 

Artist's website

Detritus • Jeff Forster
Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden

Just as historical objects and ruins make evident the extinction of pre-existing cultures, Jeff Forster creates objects and spaces that reflect the remains or residue that our culture might leave behind. For the exhibitionDetritus Forster juxtaposes archaic, rudimentary forms with modern shapes to create post-apocalyptic debris. Through the use of re-claimed building materials and concrete Forster makes a direct reference to structures we build and what remains of them once their abandoned. By then skinning these forms with clay combined with local vegetation the artist hopes to make evident the inevitable process of entropy, or natural process of reclamation. As time progresses and the natural materials decay, previously unseen parts of structures will be revealed, much like the unearthing of some forgotten ruin in an archeological dig yet to happen. 

Artist's website

On view through June 2012

Famous Monsters
• Daniel Anguilu
North Exterior Wall

For the 2011-2012 season artist Daniel Anguilu will transform Lawndale's north exterior wall into a mural on view through June 2012. Anguilu’s work can be found throughout Houston, including locations in the East End and most recently on Midtown’s MHMRA building. Anguilu’s style is deeply inspired by his Mexican heritage, and mostly manifests itself as large-scale murals. Anguilu uses angular and organic forms to construct animals and other shapes, often drawing from Aztec influences. Anguilu aims to take these images and reinvent them in his own style that people can begin to recognize.

Anguilu explains, “One my favorite parts of painting outdoors on buildings is the scale and the access everyone has to the art, this is not for one space and one crowd, this is for everyone to enjoy.”

Artist's website


Non-toxic paint provided by New Living
and The Green Painter.

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