On View March 13 - April 18, 2015
Friday,March 13, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM
Adam Crosson, Jonas Hart, & James Scheuren’s works counter the monumental aesthetics of the built environment as a means to extract from it the found and the felt. Collectively, the three artists foreground the peripheral, the accidental, the byproduct; they establish a tension between the found circumstance and its elevation to an object of tactile perception. In lieu of a focus on the overt, the works plumb facets of the latent and residual to reflect without ceremony on the ultra-familiar. With attention to ad hoc solutions, the idiosyncratic, and the subjective each artist forefronts a physical act, a record or index of the human hand and in most cases, many hands. The objects and images in this exhibition present generations of inadvertence, resulting in an invitation to observe the irreversible processes of and within systems of choice.
In this exhibition, With Wild Abandon, Anthony Sonnenberg tackles the topic of consumption and consumerism. Ranging in media from porcelain to performance the works in the show draw from an equally diverse range of sources such as the still life, the rococo and Greek myth. Unable to decide whether they are warnings or advertisements, these works function as markers along the artist's path to an understanding of indulgence and its effects on humanity's past, present, and future as well as his own body. Throughout the journey there is always the question; when we allow ourselves to enjoy pleasure do we also sow the seeds of our own destruction? And if so, is it better than no pleasure at all?
Touching on ideas of etiquette and femininity, Erin Stafford’s studio practice investigates the bygone era of social graces and ritualistic propriety, while also engaging the viewer with ideas of fantasy, desires and delight. For her exhibition at Lawndale Art Center, Stafford creates a floor installation using vinyl parquet tiles in the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery. The parquet floor becomes sculptural, undulating from underneath to create an uncanny visual experience that would allow the viewer to languish between beauty, humor and nostalgia.
In 8 Ohms eight cassette decks act as one. They "sing" harmoniously with one another until a viewer approaches an individual deck. This deck, wired with an electronic eye, sees the intruder, becomes distracted and falls out of tune with its peers.
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.