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August 21 - September 26, 2015 Exhibitions
Lawndale Art Center Houston

July, 2015

Lawndale Art Center

Exhibitions on view
August 21 - September 26, 2015

Opening Reception Friday, August 21, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM

Specter Field - Harold Mendez & Ronny Quevedo
John M. O'Quinn Gallery

Studio Junkies - Kay Sarver
Cecily E. Horton Gallery

The Beauty is Broken - Camille Warmington
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Prismatic - Melissa Borrell
Project Space

On view through January 9, 2016
Lawndale Regional Wilderness Zone -Elizabeth Eicher & Hélène Schlumberger
Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden

Houston, Texas - Lawndale Art Center presents four exhibitions and an installation in the Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden to open the 2015-2016 exhibition season opening August 21, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, with artist talks beginning at 6 PM. In the John M. O'Quinn Gallery, Harold Mendez and Ronny Quevedo's collaborative project titled Specter Field incorporates installation, sculpture, drawing and prints that question perceptual concepts of place and time. In the Cecily E. Horton Gallery, Kay Sarver's exhibition Studio Junkies includes portraits of Houston area artists in their studios. In the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery, Camille Warmington utilizes family photos to fill in the voids of her own memory of her family in the exhibition The Beauty is Broken. In the Project Space, Melissa Borrell's installation Prismatic surrounds and engages the viewer and is transformed through interaction and shadows. These exhibitions continue through September 29, 2012.

Through January 9, 2015, Lawndale presents Elizabeth Eicher and Hélène Schlumberger's Lawndale Regional Wilderness Zone, a playful interpretation of the structures, signage and pedagogy popularized by the National Parks Service. The installation transforms the Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden into a natural and cultural reserve.

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John M. O'Quinn Gallery
Harold Mendez & Ronny Quevedo
Specter Field

Specter Field is a collaborative project between Harold Mendez and Ronny Quevedo. Inhabiting Lawndale Art Center's O'Quinnn Gallery, Mendez and Quevedo will create a "temporal field", using a mixture of graphite and water to cover the floor of the gallery, rendering the ground dark. During the course of the exhibition, the arrival and departure of pedestrians will be made visible, mapping a constellation of figures that occupy a real and imagined environment. Emerging from this concealed ground are newly created sculptures, drawings and prints that question perceptual concepts of place and time. Burial masks, machetes, memorials, and reclaimed objects formulate this transitional space of inquiry and record. Using only minimal light to view the new works the field activates the undercurrent resilience of marginalized spaces.

Specter Field points to the pictorial and literal field as a meeting place for multiple voices of displacement-lost, remembered and in formation. The project's aim is to produce an environment that blurs fact and fiction as an activity. Finding new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, this collaboration offers an opportunity to foster generative forms of creative engagement. As artists whose origins range from Chicago to Colombia and New York to Ecuador, Specter Field tracesthe transformations of a place through sculpture, photography and drawing as an active site of reflection. Specter Field integrates the economical factors impacted by the narratives of displacement.

Harold Mendez is currently an Artist-In-Residence at the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 2016, he will be an Artist-In-Residence at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, FL. Mendez has exhibited at the Renaissance Society; Studio Museum Harlem; Museum of Modern Art / PS1; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Knoxville Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography among others. Reviews of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Artforum, ArtSlant and Frieze Magazine. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Studio Museum, Harlem. He has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture; Headlands Center for the Arts (AIR '12, Alumni AIR 14'); Ox-bow; the Experimental Sound Studio and the Lighthouse Works. He was awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts E
mergency Grant in 2015; Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship, 2014; Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, 2013 and the 3Arts award in 2012. Forthcoming projects include a public commission with Franz Mayer of Munich for the Chicago Transit Authority; and Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, NYC. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007, BA from Columbia College in 2000 and studied at the University of Science and Technology, School of Art and Design, Ghana, West Africa in 1999.

Ronny Quevedo earned his MFA from Yale University and BFA from The Cooper Union. He has participated in residencies at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Project Row Houses, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and Lower East Side Printshop. He has exhibited at Sicardi Gallery (Houston); Rush Arts Gallery (New York); the Queens Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Carol Jazaar Gallery (Miami); El Museo del Barrio; The Bronx River Art Center; Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta); and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Upcoming projects include Open Sessions at The Drawing Center, La Casita Maria (New York) and Lawndale Art Center (Houston).

Cecily E. Horton Gallery
Kay Sarver
Studio Junkies

Kay Sarver
Kay, 2015
Oil and graphite on wood
48" x 32" x 3"

Kay Sarver's exhibition Studio Junkies is a glimpse into the lives of a few Houston area artists, revealing a personal view into their world, each one individual from the next, yet all pushing boundaries, exploring media and often fumbling in the awkward to find their own unique path. Sarver brings artists from her community into the spotlight, to demonstrate the role they play is a vital part of our society. These paintings reflect Sarver's deep respect and admiration for artists and their creative surroundings.

Kay Sarver is a Houston artist who has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Most recently her work was part of a group show in May of 2015, in Marfa, Texas at Building 98. She had two solo exhibitions in 2014 - Chinelli La Fratta Gallery in Houston, Texas and Mossrock Gallery in The Woodlands, Texas. She has been juried into Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show, in 2013, 2012 and 2009. She has been a finalist in the Hunting Art Prize in 2011 and 2007 and was also juried into Art League's Gambol Show in 2011 and 2010. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she later attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Fine Arts with painting as her main focus. She moved to Houston, Texas in 1978.

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery
Camille Warmington
The Beauty is Broken

Camille Warmington
Eulogy for a Perfect Family, 2015
Acrylic on board
12" x 12" x 1.5"
In an effort to regain her personal history, lost with the death of her mother at a young age, Camille Warmington utilizes family photos to fill in the voids of her own memory of her family. This exhibition pulls back the curtain on the artist's family (and all families) through paintings of photographs. Some create the illusion of perfection. Many will deal with the unfinished conversations that we all would like to complete with loved ones no longer with us.

Born in Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Texas, Camille Warmington was 14 when her mother died after a 7 year battle with cancer. The loss was a turning point; it made Warmington acutely aware of mortality, especially appreciative of her own experiences as a mother of three children and continues to provide a deep well of subject matter for her work.

Warmington earned a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University in 1984. She worked for architecture firms in New York City and Dallas and, in 1989, moved to Houston. She studied painting at the MFAH's Glassell School and has exhibited in a number of juried exhibitions including the Houston Area Exhibition 2000 at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and more recently at the 2013 Big Show at Lawndale Art Center. This is her first solo exhibition.

Project Space
Melissa Borrell

Melissa Borrell
Triangulate, 2015
6' x 4'
Melissa Borrell's site specific installation transforms the Project Space into a shadow filled world that is experienced rather than observed. Known for her background in jewelry design, Borrell's work has shifted to large scale installation and interactive sculpture. Her installation surrounds and engages the viewer and is transformed through interaction and shadows.

Melissa Borrell received a liberal arts degree from Tufts University with a minor in studio art and an MFA in Jewelry from RISD in 2005. From beginnings in jewelry design her practice has evolved to include sculpture and installations that explore many of the same concepts that intrigued her when she first began making miniature sculptures in the form of jewelry. Melissa creates sculptures and installations that integrate light, shadow and movement into space-transforming artworks. Since graduate school she has been developing a body of large scale sculptural work that continues to evolve. As a resident artist at PlatteForum in Denver in 2012 Melissa created her first large installation works for the show "Tesselate". In 2014 she was commissioned by the City of Austin to create a public art piece for Stacey Park titled "GloWave" and by the Art Alliance Austin to create "Shadow Dream". Inspired by alternative architectural methods, her sculptures transform flat two dimensional materials into complex three dimensional worlds. Melissa lives in Austin and has her studio at Canopy, a large complex that houses various artist studios, galleries, creative businesses, and arts organizations.

On view through January 9, 2016

Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden
Elizabeth Eicher & Hélène Schlumberger
Lawndale Regional Wilderness Zone

Elizabeth Eicher & Hélène Schlumberger
Lawndale Regional Wilderness Zone

Elizabeth Eicher and Hélène Schlumberger present
Lawndale Regional Wilderness Zone, a playful interpretation of the structures, signage and pedagogy popularized by the National Parks Service. The installation transforms the Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden into a natural and cultural reserve. From the installation, the visitors can enjoy the scenic vistas offered by the rugged and inspirational surrounding terrain. Eicher & Schlumberger compare modes of observation between the art world and the National Park Service explaining that, "In our tower, the assumptive cultural qualities that put nature and culture in opposition to each other manifest as a battleground for those two modes of seeing to combat and merge, both victorious."

Elizabeth Eicher and Hélène Schlumberger's collaborative work explores power dynamics, ideas of time and effort and the embodiment of social roles. They are interested in the social interactions between artwork and viewer, viewer and artist, artist and artist, and the potential conflicts those relationships can engender. The duo periodically runs a venture called Stadium, whose goal is to harness the productive and creative impetus that exists within competitive structures. Eicher and Schlumberger both received BFAs from Tufts University, in conjunction with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (where they met and began collaborating) and MFAs in social practice from California College of the Arts. Elizabeth is a native Houstonian. Hélène grew up in France and in Houston; she calls both home.

About Lawndale:
Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by Houston artists.
Lawndale presents exhibitions, lectures and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston's diverse artistic, cultural and student communities.

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

Admission: Free

Exhibitions on View:
Exhibitions open on Friday, August 21, 2015
and will remain on view through Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The Lawndale Regional Wilderness Zone mural will be on view through January 9, 2015.

For additional information, please contact:
Dennis Nance

Programs at Lawndale Art Center are supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, John P. McGovern Foundation, 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, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, Nancy and Sidney Williams, Nina and Michael Zilkha, Abel Design Group, Architectural Floors, Sterling McCall Lexus, TeleFlex, United Airlines and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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