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Lawndale Art Center Press Release: January 22 - February 27, 2016 Exhibitions
Lawndale Art Center

January, 2016

Exhibitions on view 
January 22 - February 27, 2016
Opening Reception Friday, January 22, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 PM 
Artist talks at 6 PM  

Flicker + Fade Randy Bolton
John M. O'Quinn Gallery
Satellite - Almendra Castillo, Cinthia Gomez & Yma Luis
Cecily E. Horton Gallery
Alkanzíyya - Jorge Galván Flores
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery
Grisaille Georgia Carter
Project Space
Also on view 
through June 11, 2016
BioCity -The Expanded Environment
Ned Dodington, Christoph Ibele, Jon LaRocca & Haldre Rogers
Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden
Houston, Texas - Lawndale Art Center presents four exhibitions and an installation in the Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden opening January 22, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, with artist talks beginning at 6 PM. In the John M. O'Quinn Gallery, Flicker + Fade includes large-scale, wall and floor-based, sculptural print installations by Randy Bolton. In the Cecily E. Horton Gallery, Almendra Castillo, Cinthia Gomez and Yma Luis present sculptures based on a series of letters exchanged between the artists, reminiscent of the game "Telephone", for the exhibition Satellite. In the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery, Alkanzíyya is a full-scale tableau featuring sculpture, painting and textiles by Jorge Galván Flores exploring connections between citizenship and sexuality. In the Project Space, Georgia Carter references French decorative wallpaper through drawing and digital image making methods for the exhibition GrisailleThese exhibitions continue through February 27, 2016.
Also on view through June 11, 2016 the collaborative The Expanded Environment's installationBioCity is a cross-disciplinary, performance-art-sculpture designed to attract, interface, or illustrate indigenous and migratory life in the Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden. 
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John M. O'Quinn Gallery
Randy Bolton
Flicker + Fade
Randy Bolton
Flicker + Fade (front view), 2015
Screenprints on mylar, cast sculptural objects (UltraCal and resin), acrylic paint, airbrush inks, wood and steel  
Approx. 12 ' x 14 ' x 6 '
Flicker + Fade is a solo exhibition by Randy Bolton including large-scale, wall and floor-based, sculptural print installations. As an innovative print artist, Bolton employs a kind of visual metaphoric language that is familiar, direct and accessible on the surface, but one that is layered to have a more subversive subtext that is rich in double-meanings and ambiguities. Bolton casts, paints and distresses objects for what he refers to as 'sculptural prints'. His screenprinted images are based exclusively on photographic or documentary evidence - from photos taken on an iPhone of rather ordinary or quotidian subject matter, which are then re-assembled into stage-like settings to introduce a different kind of open-ended, associative narrative structure - one that more fully merges fiction with reality - and one that is reconstructed from a collection of metonymic fragments in which the many seemingly unconnected, unrelated images and objects represent parts of a larger, and not yet defined whole.

Cecily E. Horton Gallery
Cinthia Gomez
Untitled, 2015
Fur, sheer hosiery, beads, makeup sponge, upholstery foam
45'' x 15'' x 9''
Almendra Castillo, Cinthia Gomez & Yma Luis
Almendra Castillo, Cinthia Gomez and Yma Luis attempt to recreate a single body of work based upon a series of letters describing each artists sculpture that is then passed on to the next artist for recreation all the while without ever seeing the other pieces. The act is reminiscent of playing a game of "Telephone", where the original message must be interpreted through a series of broken descriptions carried on by the last interpreter. The written pages carry the descriptions over distances; we are in a way functioning as blind satellites relying on our perceived sense of understanding (of one another) and ability to interpret.

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery
Jorge Galván Flores 
Jorge Galván Flores 
Alkanzíyya, 2015
Alkanzíyya is a full-scale tableau featuring sculpture, painting and textile that reimagines our material realities to present ideas about how all people might more easily traverse the planet. The gallery space becomes a site for enactments of emotional strategies for intervention and infiltration in the borderlands. The work thinks about the connections between citizenship and sexuality, specifically how personal desire might be linked to self-preservation and survival. The etymology of the word Alkanzíyya-which in contemporary Spanish is spelled "alcancía" (piggy bank)-reveals that the word comes from Arabic into Spanish and refers to a longing for treasure. Ominously, the same word can also be used to mean a ceramic pot full of tar that is lit on fire and then flung at enemies as a kind of ballistic weapon.
This exhibition is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Project Space 
Georgia Carter
Georgia Carter
Networks, 2015
Graphite on paper
60" x 40"
Grisaille refers to French decorative wallpaper, popularized in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, on which panoramic scenes and motifs were hand painted or printed in tones of a single color-most notably gray-in order to produce three-dimensional effects. These decorative artworks require painstaking attention to detail, large amounts of time and dedication to create. For this exhibition, Georgia Carter digitally alters photos of grisaille wallpaper and re-draws the new pixilated versions by hand, on handmade paper.  Her drawings are exhibited with digital inkjet prints of the same size, and depict images ranging from reproductions of wallpaper panels to patterns found in landscape, textiles, and digital displays. Carter employs both drawing and digital image making methods to reveal compelling contradictions between how images are made and seen today. The work reflects Carter's interest in the artist's hand, attention spans in the digital age, and the question of quality and value as being inherent to labor and skill.

On view through June 11, 2016
Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden 
The Expanded Environment
Ned Dodington, Christoph IbeleJon LaRocca & Haldre Rogers
BioCity is a cross-disciplinary, six-month-long performance-art-sculpture scheduled to begin at Lawndale Art Center in January of 2016. The project will involve the creation of numerous small-scale structures each one timed, designed and tuned to attract, interface, or illustrate indigenous and migratory life on the site. The project seeks not only to create a beautiful, quasi-natural urban landscape but to address the decline of biodiversity in urban areas.
Part art-sculpture, part habitat; part man-made and part animal-made - our intention is that this Bio-inclusive eco-performance-artwork will transgress, distort and alter anthropocentric world-views by delivering a message of eco-awareness, biodiversity and cross-species collaboration.

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


Exhibitions on View:
Exhibitions open on Friday, January 22, 2016 and will remain on view through Saturday, February 27, 2016.
The Expanded Environment's installation in the Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden will remain on view through June 11, 2016.

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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