On View August 21 - September 26, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM
Specter Field is a collaborative project between Harold Mendez and Ronny Quevedo. Inhabiting Lawndale Art Center’s O’Quinnn Gallery, Mendez and Quevedo will create a “temporal field”, using a mixture of graphite, chalk, black silicone carbide and water to cover the floor of the gallery, rendering the ground dark. Emerging from this concealed ground are newly created sculptures and drawings that question perceptual concepts of place and time. Burial masks, memorials, and reclaimed objects formulate this transitional space of inquiry and record.
Specter Field points to the pictorial and literal field as a meeting place for multiple voices of displacement—lost, remembered and in formation. Finding new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, this collaboration offers an opportunity to foster generative forms of creative engagement. As artists whose origins range from Chicago to Colombia and New York to Ecuador, Specter Field traces the transformations of a place as an active site of reflection through sculpture and drawing.
Kay Sarver's exhibition Studio Junkies is a glimpse into the lives of a few Houston area artists, revealing a personal view into their world, each one individual from the next, yet all pushing boundaries, exploring media and often fumbling in the awkward to find their own unique path. Sarver brings artists from her community into the spotlight, to demonstrate the role they play is a vital part of our society. These paintings reflect Sarver’s deep respect and admiration for artists and their creative surroundings.
In an effort to regain her personal history, lost with the death of her mother at a young age, Camille Warmington utilizes family photos to fill in the voids of her own memory of her family. This exhibition pulls back the curtain on the artist’s family (and all families) through paintings of photographs. Some create the illusion of perfection. Many will deal with the unfinished conversations that we all would like to complete with loved ones no longer with us.
Melissa Borrell’s site specific installation transforms the Project Space into a shadow filled world that is experienced rather than observed. Known for her background in jewelry design, Borrell’s work has shifted to large scale installation and interactive sculpture. Her installation surrounds and engages the viewer and is transformed through interaction and shadows.
Elizabeth Eicher and Hélène Schlumberger present Lawndale Regional Wilderness Zone, a playful interpretation of the structures, signage and pedagogy popularized by the National Parks Service. The installation transforms the Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden into a natural and cultural reserve. From the installation, the visitors can enjoy the scenic vistas offered by the rugged and inspirational surrounding terrain. Eicher & Schlumberger compare modes of observation between the art world and the National Park Service explaining that, “In our tower, the assumptive cultural qualities that put nature and culture in opposition to each other manifest as a battleground for those two modes of seeing to combat and merge, both victorious.”
Jonathan Leach’s work focuses on the visual language of commercial architecture, city traffic and safety/cautionary imagery. Leach’s mural activates the surrounding architecture and visually impacts the space.Ghost Grid features a hardline geometric style with an emphasis on bright color and spatial illusion, using the three windows as a base grid structure that warps and changes, highlighted by reflective paint accents that activate the mural at night.
Jonathan Leach is a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award. This grant is funded by
the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
The Lawndale Mural Project is generously sponsored by David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation and Kinzelman Art Consulting.