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Lawndale Art Center Newsletter: Exhibitions opening Friday!
Lawndale Art Center

February, 2014

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858   
Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
In This Issue
Upcoming Exhibitions
Love Letters in a Tree | Otis Ike & Ivete Lucas
Safe Distance | Galina Kurlat
CURB APPEAL | Krista Birnbaum
Friends in Low Places | Spike Johnson
The People's Plate | Otabenga Jones & Associates
The Lens Capsule
Artist Opportunities
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Upcoming Exhibitions


Opening Reception
Friday, February 28, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6:30 PM

In conjunction with FotoFest 2014 Biennial


Love Letters in a Tree | Otis Ike & Ivete Lucas 


Safe Distance | Galina Kurlat 


CURB APPEAL | Krista Birnbaum 


Friends in Low Places | Spike Johnson  


Also on view...

The People's Plate | Otabenga Jones & Associates



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Love Letters in a Tree
Otis Ike & Ivete Lucas 
John M. O'Quinn Gallery
Otis Ike and Ivete Lucas employ documentary photography and filmmaking to explore encounters with niche segments of society. While much of Ike and Lucas's work speaks to the closeness the artists developed with their varied subjects, their most recent project, 
Love Letters in a Tree, examines from a distance the intimate yet physically detached relationship between two anonymous correspondents. For this series, Ike and Lucas photographically recorded the daily exchange of letters hidden inside a dying tree in Houston, Texas. Using only their first initials, "V" and "J" wrote and illustrated their reflections on love, nature, family, and mysticism. By documenting this exchange, Ike and Lucas address the interwoven nature of public and private spaces, and provide commentary with their interception and restaging of this communication between individuals.
Safe Distance
Galina Kurlat
Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Safe Distance explores the intimate relationship between photographer and sitter. This relationship becomes as much about the process of making the images as the final photograph. The slow, tenuous process of creating large format photographs invites the sitter to orchestrate his or her own compositions.  Each gesture, conscious or not, informs the viewer, while the direction of the subjects' gaze becomes their choice to reveal or hide. Using Polaroid positive/negative black and white film, a fragile medium that has a tendency to react to changes in temperature and humidity, Kurlat deliberately manipulates the negatives while allowing others to degrade, resulting in a controlled serendipity to dictate the final portrait.
Krista Birnbaum
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

In the same way that much of Houston is carefully planted, then neatly trimmed around houses, sidewalks, and trees, Krista Birnbaum's CURB APPEAL fits hedges, trailing vines, and decorative grasses into the structure of the gallery. Using artificial plants, paper cutouts and printed photographs to stand in for living foliage, the installation references the careful maintenance of a year-round growing season into minimalist, geometric form. Photographic and sculptural elements mirror each other, repeating the pleasant constraints placed upon urban nature.
Friends in Low Places
Spike Johnson
Project Space

Friends in Low Places is a photographic project documenting the lives of a group of U.S. veterans who exist beneath Houston's Downtown in a series of caves, tunnels and alcoves that line the bayou and nestle under the highways. The percentage of veterans in the homeless community is double the representation of veterans in normal society. Around 300,000 veterans sleep rough every night in the United States, around 1 million will have been homeless at some point in 2012. Wrestling with psychological problems, arrest warrants, and an inability to integrate into civilian society, they group together for companionship, seeking solace in a hidden existence. Together they build shelters from scraps of tarpaulin, or scuttle through holes in concrete bridges into the caves beyond. They share the burden of addiction, self-medicating the pain of old injuries, or drowning memories in a blur of alcohol or crack cocaine.

2014 Lawndale Mural Project

On view through January 2015


North Exterior Wall


Through a collaborative art project/public health program, Otabenga Jones & Associates will attempt to mitigate the ongoing health crisis of obesity and its related risks. The Collective will create a public mural at the Lawndale Art Center along with a series of adjacent programs, kicking off a year-long commitment to health education. Programs will include cooking classes, a foraging workshop, an urban gardening workshop, an instructional cooking video and a line of mass produced lunchboxes that will be made available to the public. Inspired by the Black Panther Free Breakfast for School Children Program, which saw the Panthers cooking and serving breakfast to poor inner city children, the Collective aims to provide at-risk community members with a set of tools that will encourage self-sufficiency and empowerment in terms of maintaining their own health through food choices, while building community.


The People's Plate is a project of Creative Capital.

The Lawndale Mural Project is generously sponsored by Kinzelman Art Consulting.


The Lens Capsule

Friday, February 28, 2014 (One Night Only!) 

Image by Alexandra Rodriguez 2013

6:30-8:30 PM


The Unscratchable Itch
A group exhibition of student work from the
High School For The Performing And Visual Arts

The Lens Capsule is an artist run temporary exhibition space situated within a moving truck. Its mission is to serve emerging Texas photographers and lens-based artist through a series of mobile exhibitions. The Lens Capsule was co-founded by Britt Ragsdale and Emily Peacock.

Artist Opportunities

Lawndale Art Center Call for Exhibition Proposals  

Deadline: March 15, 2014


Lawndale Art Center is currently accepting proposals from artists and curators to be reviewed by Lawndale's Programming Committee for exhibitions to be scheduled between November 2014 and May 2015. 


Click here for complete information on Lawndale's proposal review process.
Proposals are accepted online via There is no fee to submit a proposal. 

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Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, Saint Cloud and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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