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Exhibitions Opening Friday, May 5, 2017
Lawndale Art Center

April, 2017

Exhibitions On View: May 5 - June 11, 2017
Opening Reception
Friday, May 5, 2017
6 - 8 PM
Artist Talks at 6 PM
Lawndale Art Center presents four exhibitions opening May 5, 2017, 6 - 8PM. In the John M. O'Quinn Gallery, the 2017 Artist Studio Program exhibition showcases works by current Lawndale artists-in-residents, Melinda Laszczynski, Randi Long, and Sarah Welch, curated by Dean Daderko. Nick Barbee exhibits new work, Marfacello (JefferJudd), in the Cecily E. Horton Gallery. Barbee's work plays at inventiveness and ingenuity by proposing solutions to nonexistent problems. In the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery, Ricardo Rivera displays his work, The Memory of a Particular Image. Ricardo's photographs explore the malleability of memories and past experiences. Miguel Martinez showcases his work, The Room Nobody Lives In, in Project Space. Martinez's paintings explore a sense of "otherness" in personal and shared experiences.
Exhibitions On View: May 5 - June 11, 2017
Sarah Welch, Holdouts (Process Art), 2017
2017 Artist Studio Program
John M. O'Quinn Gallery
In a celebration of Lawndale's current round of Artist Studio Program residents, the John M. O'Quinn Gallery will showcase new work by Melinda Laszczynski, Randi Long, and Sarah Welch, curated by Dean Daderko (Contemporary Arts Museum Houston).
Melinda Laszczynski received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Houston in 2015 and her BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2010. She recently had solo shows at Cardoza Fine Art and galleryHOMELAND in Houston,TX. She has participated in group shows at multiple venues across Texas, including Galleri Urbane (Dallas), Inman Gallery (Houston), and was included in the 2015 Amarillo Museum of Art sculpture biennial. Her work is included in the collections of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, and UT Tyler in Tyler, Texas. Laszczynski was featured in New American Paintings MFA Annual #111 (2014) and #123 (2016).
Randi Long received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston in 2014. She was an artist in residence at Project Row Houses and Alabama Song in 2015. Long collaborated with Gabriel Martinez and James Racliffe for the project Noise Truck, which received an Idea Fund Award in 2016 and 1St Place, Grand Trophy for Best Music, at the Orange Show's 2016 Art Car Parade. Long has performed in projects with Nameless Sounds at AvantGarten, DiverseWorks and MECA.
Sarah Welch is an artist, illustrator, and comix-maker. After receiving a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and moving to Houston in 2012, she began the ongoing comic book series, Endless Monsoon. Welch is a co-organizer with Zine Fest Houston and regularly publishes prints, zines, and comics in collaboration with local print shop, Mystic Multiples. Welch is a past Idea Fund recipient, past resident at UT Dallas Centraltrak, and was recently awarded a 2017 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant.

Nick Barbee, Marfacello (JefferJudd), 2016
Marfacello (JefferJudd)
Nick Barbee
Cecily E. Horton Gallery
Marfacello (JefferJudd) is an examination of space and memory. To start, I made a comparison between Thomas Jefferson and Donald Judd. Specifically, I considered the house museums dedicated to preserving their history, Monticello and Marfa, TX.  Each home is decorated with maps, tinkerings, and ideas that create an air of ingenuity around their historic tenant.
Using Jefferson and Judd (and Monticello and Marfa) as a trailhead, this body of work examines space and memory, history and landscape. I've designed my own tools, each for specific, if unintelligible task.

Using maps created by both Jefferson and Judd, I've created maps that absent of any legend, read as abstract paintings. Marfacello (JefferJudd) embraces the myopia of its namesakes.  The work plays at inventiveness and ingenuity by proposing solutions to nonexistent problems.
Ricardo Rivera, Untitled, 2017
The Memory of a Particular Image
Ricardo Rivera
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery
Our family photographs are the most intimate records of our lives. They shape how we feel about our past, about our loved ones and ourselves. We remember and misremember our history through these pictures; as our ability to recall fades with age, these images often supplant our memory. Can we trust these images? Do they tell us the truth about ourselves or do we create truths from what we see? Through a series of appropriated family photographs, The Memory of a Particular Image explores the malleability of our memory and how photography alters the way we experience the past.
Miguel Martinez, Cancer in the State of California, 2017
The Room Nobody Lives In
Miguel Martinez
Project Space
The Room Nobody Lives In explores the visual language of abject otherness in the personal and shared experience. By exploiting the elasticity of painting the installation aims to lure the viewer into the narrative flame through optic and formal play in order to reveal the deviant underbelly beneath the seductive surface.
Upcoming Public Programs
Screening of Jen Liu and Sondra Perry's videos, followed by conversation with Taraneh Fazeli
Saturday, April 22, 2017
2 - 4 PM

The second public program in Warp and Weft of Care is a screening of Jen Liu and Core artist-in-residence Sondra Perry's recent video works on the closing day of the three Lawndale exhibitions on Saturday, April 22nd. The program will include short videos that address the threats that labor poses to workers' health.
Conversation with Denise Liebl, Laura A. L. Wellen, and Edra Soto
Saturday, April 22, 2017
12 PM
Cavnar Gallery

Join Denise Liebl, Core critic-in-residence and independent curator Laura A. L. Wellen, and Chicago-based artist and curator Edra Soto for coffee and conversation around Liebl's current exhibition, Hold.
Performance/Conversation with Julio Serrano Echeverría and Laura A. L. Wellen
Sunday, April 23, 2017
2 - 3:30 PM
Project Space
In this expanded conversation, somewhere between reading and screening, curator Laura A. L. Wellen and poet Julio Serrano Echeverría touch on poetry, performance, and film to describe contemporary artistic concerns in Central America. Drawing from the works on view in One stone and the rain, they collaboratively explore the ways stones, fire, water, and wind play an active role in contemporary politics, recovery from historical trauma, and artistic processes in Guatemala.
Gesture Jungle Dance Party Hosted by Melinda Laszczynski and Arlo's Ballroom
Monday, April 24, 2017
9 PM - 2 AM
2119 Leeland St, Houston, TX 77003

Eat cake and dance it out among paintings and sculptures installed throughout Arlo's Ballroom. Pose with creative props for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities and event documentation that will make its way into Melinda's upcoming Lawndale installation. DJs Ryan Francisco, Zahira Gutierrez, and Teresa Vicinanza will be spinning all night. Free; 21+.

BUILD-A-WORLD ZINE Workshop with Sarah Welch and Zine Fest Houston
Saturday, May 20, 2017
2 - 5 PM
Lawndale Art Center Classroom

Join artist Sarah Welch and Zine Fest Houston for a zine-making workshop focused on worldbuilding. Whether you're a high fantasy novelist, poet, comix-maker, or visual artist with a love of narrative imagery, worldbuilding is a great way to begin conceptualizing a project. In this workshop, participants will learn tips for creating a distinct sense of place and make their own, original one-page zine exploring a slightly tweaked or wholly new reality.

All materials will be provided, but personal collage materials and drawing tools are welcome. This event is FREE and family friendly!


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