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Lawndale Art Center Newsletter: New Exhibitions
Lawndale Art Center Houston

November, 2014

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858   
Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
In this Issue
Opening Friday
Drive | Curated by Joshua Fischer and Katia Zavistovski
After Landscapes | Regan Golden-McNerney
Pulse | Margaret Smithers-Crump
at dawn and dusk | Mari Omori
Upcoming Events
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Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Friday, November 28, 2014 
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January 1, 2015
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Outstanding Service in our Community
Congratulations to our long-time board member, Barbara McKnight, founder and Executive Chef at CULINAIRE, for receiving the Blue Plate Special Chef of the Year award at the Recipe for Success Harvest Market & Awards Lunch on November 5, 2014. This annual event salutes Houston's admirable change agents who are focused on healthy nutrition for children and families. Recipe for Success was founded by Lawndale board member Emeritus, Gracie Cavnar, who has been our dear friend and supporter for many years. Cheers to you both!
Houston Museum District 
Curated by Joshua Fischer and Katia Zavistovski
Work by The Art Guys, Anthony Álvares, Jesse Morgan BarnettClaudia CasbarianBryan GardnerHeather JohnsonCody Ledvina, Lars Lerup, Mike OsborneFlash Gordon Parks, Susie Rosmarin, Thumb (Luke Bulman and Jessica Young) and Charisse Weston
John M. O'Quinn Gallery
Mike Osborne 
Flooded Corolla, San Antonio, 2013


Freeways are a ubiquitous presence in Houston, circumscribing its inner and outer loops, bisecting downtown, and stretching over its neighborhoods and bayous. Snaking through and around the city, I-10, 59, 45, and the 610 and Beltway 8 loops have physically and psychologically shaped the everyday lives of Houston residents in profound ways. In this group exhibition Drive, Joshua Fischer and Katia Zavistovski explore the various roles that freeways and driving culture have played in our human experience and perceptions of the city. Questioning how freeways have impacted art making - whether as inspiration, antagonist, or more neutrally as platform or stage - the exhibition will feature a broad range of work by artists and architects who engage with the topic from multiple perspectives and in diverse media. These range from works that address the subject directly - for example, Bryan Gardner's recreation of the 610 loop that draws from his experiences commuting - to the more indirect and open-ended, such as Susie Rosmarin's abstract paintings that explore visual repetition and seriality. The exhibition will also feature work by The Art Guys, Jesse Morgan Barnett, Claudia Casbarian, Cody Ledvina, Lars Lerup, and Mike Osborne, among others; as well as visual ephemera that provide a brief history of the freeway as it has shifted from an optimistic symbol of growth and freedom to what is now commonly seen as a problematic piece of infrastructure associated with traffic jams and long commutes.


After Landscapes

Regan Golden-McNerney

Cecily E. Horton Gallery


After Landscapes is a collection of altered photographs about the ragged prairies that border the highways and railroad tracks in Regan Golden's hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. Each scrap of prairie is within walking distance of her home, a proximity that enables her to document the location over time. Golden then combines drawn, painted and photographic imagery through cut paper collage and digital imaging.  She splices and reorders the traditional horizontal landscape format to convey the natural cycle of growth and decay in these marginal, unkempt spaces. Golden's work examines how our sense of images as physical objects is diminishing with the influx of digital media and how this parallels our detachment from natural spaces.  Using both digital tools and traditional collage techniques, After Landscapes invites viewers to examine their relationship to the often overlooked natural spaces that are part of everyday life.


Regan Golden-McNerney's website



Margaret Smithers-Crump 

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Margaret Smithers-Crump's work focuses on vulnerability, growth, powerlessness, and transformation within natural cycles of life. It examines the consequences of choices and investigates notions of probability. Working primarily with Plexiglas, Smithers-Crump's current series of work utilizes water-with its inherent associations to life, death, and renewal-as both metaphor and substance to further investigate ideas regarding existence. For this exhibition, the artist created three new installations that explore the three dimensional use of Plexiglas: cutting it into shapes, bending or melting it by heat, chemically bonding disparate pieces, or sanding it down to receive diverse art media. Using both floor and ceiling, Smithers-Crump transforms the gallery into a glass-like world composed of translucent forms and light.


Margaret Smithers-Crump's website


at dawn and dusk
Mari Omori

Project Space


at dawn and dusk is a two room installation with videos, still photographs, objects and sounds exploring the notions of the artist's memory and identity as a Japanese-American artist, and the reconstruction of her past. The installation weaves pieces of post-war Japanese history and my vivid childhood memories of that particular time period. The installation serves as an apparatus, a laboratory, to test ideas for self-discovery and self-realization. For the viewer, the work is a window into an unfamiliar world which prompts questioning and contemplation.

 Mari Omori's website


Upcoming Events

Uigyun and others, Western Paradise of Amitabha, 1703, hanging scroll: colors on silk, National Museum of Korea, Seoul.

"Treasures from Korea" 

Conversation Tour

Presented by Christine Starkman, MFAH curator of Asian art
and Lawndale Artist Studio Program resident artist JooYoung Choi
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
11 AM
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Law Building
1001 Bissonnet

Join a special gallery tour of the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910. Through conversation, curator Christine Starkman and artist JooYoung Choi explore lasting themes and continual struggles faced by Korean artists.

TIME FRONT | Lauren Moya Ford
Main Street Windows

On View December 13, 2014 - January 10, 2015
Opening Reception 
Saturday, December 13, 2014
2 - 4 PM
Artist talk at 2 PM


TIME FRONT uses sign painting techniques typically used for window sign advertising, known as "window splash," on Lawndale's Main Street windows. Using time-based terms ubiquitous in public advertising, "NOW," "SOON," "NEVER," "ALWAYS," and "FOREVER," on each window, the painting suggests an immediate sense of promise, contract, and urgency between the buyer/viewer and the seller/establishment. Though Moya Ford borrows from the language of public advertising, the terms gain a poetic character when removed from their corollary sales and products that leaves their interpretation and meaning more open and adaptable.


Lauren Moya Ford's website


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, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Mid-America Arts Alliance, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Lia and David Rodi, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, Nancy and Sidney Williams , Nina and Michael Zilkha, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Number 4 High Performance Hair Care, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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