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Lawndale Art Center Press Release: May 11 - June 16, 2012 Exhibitions

March, 2012

Lawndale Art Center
For Immediate Release

Exhibitions on view 
May 11 - June 16, 2012
at Lawndale Art Center  

Opening Reception May 11, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM

Prospectors - Seth Mittag, David Politzer & Anne J. Regan

Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition

John M. O'Quinn Gallery


Isometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmas- Jack Ericksson

Cecily E. Horton Gallery


#everyoneisanartist - Travis McCarra & Michael Gonzales

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery


TrendFACTORY - Leslie Mutchler

Project Space


On view through June 2012

Famous Monsters - Daniel Anguilu

North exterior wall


Houston, Texas - Lawndale Art Center presents four exhibitions opening May 11, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, with artist talks beginning at 6 PM. In the John M. O'Quinn Gallery, 2011-2012 Lawndale Artist Studio Program artists Seth MittagDavid Politzer and Anne J. Regan present work produced during their residency at Lawndale in the exhibition Prospectors. In the Mezzanine Gallery, Jack Ericksson's installation, Isometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmasidentifies problems and proposes solutions by blending the emotional understanding of the public market with the reality of economic depression. In the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery, Travis McCarra & Michael Gonzales use Twitter hastags allowing artists to populate the exhibition space with work for the exhibition #everyoneisanartist. In the Project Space, TrendFACTORY by Leslie Mutchler explores issues related to hand(craft), the physicality of labor and the repetition of memes in the virtual world through hand-manufactured objects and focusing on ways in which a controlled community, limited to specific materials, can participate in the creation of objects. These exhibitions continue through June 16, 2012.


Through June 2012, Daniel Anguilu's mural Famous Monsters is also on view on Lawndale's north exterior wall.


To download the press release click here. For high resolution images, please click the images below or email Dennis Nance at


John M. O'Quinn Gallery
Seth Mittag, David Politzer & Anne J. Regan


Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition

Seth Mittag
Seth Mittag 
We're still here, 2011 
Metal,wood, plastic 


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 sixth year of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, Seth Mittag, David Politzer and Anne J. Regan.


Making use of his experience in New York as a puppet and set builder in the animation industry, Seth Mittag will be telling a story using set pieces, photographs and a short animation. Based on events and characters from his own life, he spins a tale of a family's adventure of buying a home. This journey includes blackmailing a banker, battling el chupacabra and surviving a hurricane.


David Politzer will exhibit video works and photographs from his series,When You're Out There. For this evolving collection, Politzer uses the tropes of landscape and nature art as points of critical departure. My Beach is a single-channel video piece that confronts our tendency to

choose to look at mediated landscapes even when the real thing is as just 
David Politzer
David Politzer 
American Bald Eagle, 2011 
30 x 30"
as accessible. Another video project (currently untitled) addresses the proliferation of landscape photography on the Internet and questions how these images relate to traditional notions of the picturesque.


Anne J. Regan will exhibit a new body of work made while at Lawndale. Her works coalesce the experience of music and the folklore of our national sonic history. Using materials she gleans from specific sites in the American landscape, she seeks to resurrect musical histories, bringing an intimacy to seemingly lost experiences and emotions.


Seth Mittag was born in 1974 in NewPort News, VA and studied at both

Southwestern University and the University of Houston, where he earned his MFA in

sculpture. Since 2001, his work has been exhibited throughout Texas and was included in the 2005 Texas Biennial. Shortly after, he

Anne J. Regan
Anne J. Regan 
Johnny & June Carter Cash, 2012  
Beeswax, grass, rocks and earth from the grave site of Johnny & June Carter Cash in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
11" x 14"

move to New York and continued to show

there alongparticipating in a group show in Berlin. While living in New York he became involved in the film industry working as both a sculptor and art director for several stop animation projects. His film work includes

clients such as Michael Eisner, Progresso Soup, The Harlem Globetrotters, Howard Johnson Hotels,, Firstavenuemachine and Adcouncil. His current body of work incorporates the influence of working as a professional puppet maker and his love for storytelling. Seth Mittag lives and works in Houston,TX.


David Politzer was born in Washington DC and holds an MFA from Syracuse University. David is the recipient of the 2011 HCP Carol Crow Fellowship Award. His work was shown recently at Vox Populi (Philadelphia), video_dumbo (Brooklyn), the Syracuse International Film Festival and in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Northern Arizona. He was an artist in residence at Yaddo, the Skowhegan School, Roswell Artist in Residence, and the Kala Art Institute. He lives and works in Houston, TX where he teaches in the Photography and Digital Media Department at the University of Houston.


Anne J. Regan was born along the blues trail, howling on the banks of the Illinois river. After living on both coasts and earning a BFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, she consulted the stars, carefully packed her records and moved to the South. She went on to earn her MFA from the University of Houston in 2010, has been a resident at The Cooper Union School of Art and is currently amidst a nine month residency at The Lawndale Art Center through May 2012. She has shown both nationally and internationally. Beginning in fall 2012, she will be teaching a course she built in Folk Traditions & Art from the American Blues at The Glassell School of Art in Houston, TX.



Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Jack Eriksson

Isometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmas

Jack Eriksson
Jack Eriksson 
Supply/Demand, 2012 
Mixed media Installation detail


Isometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmas will be a full scale installation populated with 2D and 3D representations of economic data. It will show how vulnerable graphics are to unwelcome interpretation based on misguided geometry, Masonic lore and common sense. The work will identify problems and propose solutions by blending the emotional understanding of the public market with the reality of economic depression. The work will be composed primarily of found objects, office furniture, domestic items and a subscription to the Financial Times.


Jack Eriksson is an artist living and working in Houston Texas. Born in Laguna Beach, California and raised in Houston Texas, Jack graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a BFA in sculpture. In 2011 he was awarded a fellowship at The Edward F. Albee Foundation. He has exhibited in Houston, San Antonio, New York, London, Hyderabad and New Orleans. He lives alone with a small army of cats-they are his only real friends.


Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Travis McCarra & Michael Gonzales


Travis McCarra & Michael Gonzales
Travis McCarra & Michael Gonzales 
, 2012  
(Interactive) C++, OpenGL, PHP, projected art, zoomable screen  


#everyoneisanartist uses Twitter to create an installation allowing the audience to simultaneously act as generator and spectator to this constantly changing piece. Online and physical visitors will be encouraged to "tweet" works in various media formats via hyperlink containing the Twitter hash-tag #everyoneisanartist within Twitter's 140 character limit. The received message will be processed, stored, and linked via a custom coded application. The output will then be projected to one of five frames within the gallery.

The installation is dependent on the spontaneous participation of online and physical visitors to the gallery. Given the inherent structure of the project and web-based communication, a website will also be created to act as a digital extension to the Cavnar Gallery and exhibition. The site allows online users to access real-time video, temporal history and geographical distribution map of the accumulated entries. This also allows the gallery to be viewed and interacted with continuously at all hours of the day, and provides a living memory and continuation of the exhibition after de-installation.


Travis McCarra and Michael Gonzales are a Houston-based design duo. Between the two, they have worked, lived, and exhibited in Houston, New York City and Barcelona. Formally trained as architects, their work spans a variety of scales including graphic and visual arts, app development, interactive installations, civic art, and product design. With the integration of computer science, new media, and digital fabrication, they strive to develop a body of work that blurs the boundaries between digital sophistication with visceral, real-world, and collective experiences.

Most recent works include 'drawSpace', an interactive body-to-screen drawing environment that debuted at Spring Street Studios in July 2011, 'brainHacking', an installation using brain sensing technology allowing users to control a game with their brain waves exhibited at Columbia University, and 'cloudCode', a permanent civic art installation at the Houston Permitting Center that reads and visualizes real-time environmental data from multiple locations in the building.

Project Space

Leslie Mutchler



Leslie Mutchler
Leslie Mutchler 
TrendFACTORY, 2012  
Birch plywood furniture, relief prints on chipboard, video, mixed media 
Dimensions variable 

TrendFACTORY is a community-driven, multi-participatory installation. Artist, Leslie Mutchler, will be exploring issues related to hand(craft), the physicality of labor, and the repetition of memes in the virtual world through hand-manufactured objects. As the "factory" is a quickly disappearing hub for work within the country, Mutchler is interested in bringing a focus back to labor and our need for commonality through shared physical experiences. The artist will focus on the ways in which a controlled community, limited to specific materials, could participate in the construction and thus curation of objects, perhaps influencing and driving the installation (both real and virtual) and thus exposing the repetitive and tedious nature of trend.


Leslie Mutchlerʼs multi-disciplinary installations are experiments in faux-functionality and imperfect design. Utilizing the material language of our everyday, Mutchler engages with issues of hand(craft), labor, sustainability, and commodity. Mutchler earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. Recent solo shows include ASTRAL pop-up, VA That Gallery, University of Wyoming, WY (2012), Geometry of Labor, Poliglota Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011), and (F)utility Kitchen, Snowflake, St. Louis, MO (2011). For more information please visit


On View Through June 2012 


North exterior wall

Daniel Anguilu

Famous Monsters


For the 2011-2012 season artist Daniel Anguilu has transformed Lawndale's north exterior wall into a site specific mural on view through June 2012. Anguilu's work can be found throughout Houston, including locations in the East End and most recently in in Midtown's former MHMRA building (2800 block of Main Street). 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."


About Lawndale:  
Lawndale Art Center is a nonprofit alternative exhibition space 
dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art in all media, 
with an emphasis on the work of Houston area artists.

Gallery Hours:  
Monday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday, 12-5; Closed Sunday


Viewing Dates:

Exhibitions open on Friday, May 11, 2012   

and will remain on view through Saturday, June 16, 2012.


Daniel Anguilu's mural will be on view through June 2012.


For additional information, please contact:
Dennis Nance



Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Cavnar Foundation, The Cullen Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Jonathan and Barbara Day, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Anita and David Garten, Mary and Roy Cullen, Bruce Eames, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Continental Airlines, Art Colony Association, Party With Cris, other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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