On View May 8 - June 13, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM
The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is part of Lawndale’s ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with studio space on the third floor of Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. This exhibition features residents for the ninth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, Josh Bernstein, JooYoung Choi and Lina Dib.
Josh Bernstein is currently trying to rise above his head with kites, a spaceship made out of mirrors, and prints of new constellations. The body of work attempts a connection between the universe and personal experience that emulates older, more idiosyncratic conceptions of outer space.
JooYoung Choi invites you to explore her fun and colorful imaginary world called The Cosmic Womb. Through a variety of new paintings and drawings she presents to you the story of C.S. Watson a young adoptee from Earth. Using playful puppets, animation, and video art, Cosmic Womb ambassador JooYoung Choi introduces you to the flora and fauna of this fantastic planet.
Lina Dib presents new works on paper, wood and air. Still preoccupied by the archive and an ecology of sound, Dib's works point to the fact that history (occasionally read as motion) has a medium. Her printed soundscapes remind viewers that sound has a shape, a topography, and her interactive pool of sound allows viewers to navigate an invisible watery landscape. Finally, a kinetic, slow spinning sculpture pushes the sound of the sea around the gallery. Reminiscent of a lighthouse, this sound-structure or beacon delineates a sea rather than land.
The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is generously supported by the John P. McGovern Foundation.
This autobiographical installation is about the efforts we make to construct our histories through photographs—the images that come down to us and the images we leave behind. The works in the exhibition reflect photography’s powerful narrative potential as well as its limitations and the fundamental paradox of any photograph—that it can tell us so much and nothing at the same time. The installation addresses the themes of inheritance, lineage and family lore by re-staging the artist’s search for and discovery of a biological father she only knew through a single faded photograph she lost as a teenager. This lost photograph is represented in the installation in many forms. Coincidentally, the artist met her biological father in the same year she became a parent, and the works in this exhibition reflect her anxiety about photography's inability to really convey for her children who they are or where they come from.
“When the house and clocks stopped all together.” Satis House is a paradigm of stagnation. It is architecture that suffers and decrepit as time migrates forward. It becomes the artifact of loss – of structures weathered down to its bare bones. Satis House explores decay as an aftermath of loss. Cuenca alters and combines cyanotype print illustrations and photographic sources to create formal collages, paper constructs and painting assemblages in the lens of a geometric abstract painter. The manipulation process of collaging and folding allows shapes and symbols to lose their real-world connotations and opens the possibility of existing in the realm of fiction. The use of paper is both weighted and light. It can hold its shape, at the same time bend to the force of the creator. It complicates the ideas of the identity the forms take on and their existence in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional space.
Total Body is the result of collecting and sorting through found video and audio clips over a period of several years. The footage, culled from a sea of TV clips, music videos and vlogs, takes on new significance in an isolated viewing space in which there is a psychological relationship between recordings of several unidentifiable individuals. The audio, a spoken version of a text by the Roman philosopher and poet Lucretius, serves as a lens through which to view the videos. Questions arise regarding the evaluation of meaning, human impulses and philosophical assumptions.
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.