2017-2018 Exhibition Season

September 2017

Sterling Allen: Backdrop & Blocker
September 22 - October 22, 2017
O'Quinn Gallery

In this solo presentation by Sterling Allen, the Austin-based artist creates a site-specific sculpture-based installation that activates sight lines, architectural relationships, hanging conventions, and spatial connections, all while celebrating pop, the handmade, function, failure and the cheap illusion.

Essay by Betsy Huete.

Untitled, 2017
Mixed media on paper
15 5/8 x 22 inches

Katherine Trimble: Touch box
September 22 - October 22, 2017
Project Space

When does a sound become music? When does language break down into sound? What happens to live music if you can't see the performer? Houston-based artist and musician, Katherine Trimble asks her audience to contemplate the breakdown of sounds in an immersive site-specific installation entitled Touch Box.

Essay by Melissa Warak, Ph.D.

Touch Box, 2017
Custom room, tactile transducers, microphone, custom software
8.5’ x 6’ x 8.5’ / Dimensions variable

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October 2017

Dia de los Muertos
October 27 - November 2, 2017

DECEMBER

2017/2018 Mural Celebration
Saturday, December 9, 2017
4–5:30 PM

2017/2018 Mural by Francesca Fuchs, Image by Peter Molick

Celebrate Lawndale's newest Mural Project and the artist, Francesca Fuchs, on Saturday, December 9th, from 4-5:30 pm! We will be toasting Fuchs with Prosecco and St. Arnold's with food on site.

With a few stripes and shapes in beige, soft whites, and simple grays, Francesca Fuchs transforms Lawndale's blank north wall into the illusion of cathedral pillars, starting a conversation with the building's iconic Art Deco façade and suggesting a deeper consideration of the role that art spaces play in contemporary society.

Collaged Collections Workshop
Sunday, December 10, 2017
1–3 PM
O'Quinn Gallery
$5 Lawndale Members; $10 Non-Members

Layla Luna, I'm Not Even Into Horses, 2016

Join Lawndale on Sunday, December 10th from 1 - 3 PM for our Collaged Collections Workshop inspired by Layla Luna's I Saw Nobody Coming, So I Went Instead. In this workshop, participants will use various collectible items such as shells, reproductions of prehistoric art, and coins to create collage composition inspired by Luna's work, which contemplates the meaning of objects we hold dear.

This workshop is $5 for Lawndale members and $10 for non-members. All ages are welcome! Space is limited (20). Purchase tickets here.

Conversation with the artist and Jeffrey J. Kripal
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
6:30 PM

Join Lawndale and frequent collaborators, Lynn Randolph and Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, in conversation about art, religion, and the spiritual in contemporary society.

Cocktails will begin at 6:30 PM, with the conversation beginning at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

Gouache Painting Workshop
Sunday, December 17, 2017
1–3 PM
O'Quinn Gallery
$5 Lawndale Members; $10 Non-members

2017/2018 Mural by Francesca Fuchs, Image by Peter Molick

Celebrate the holiday season with Lawndale on Sunday, December 17th from 1-3 PM! Come create a holiday card with gouache paints inspired by Francesca Fuchs, creator of our 2017/2018 Mural Project, currently on view.

The workshop is $5 for Lawndale members and $10 for non-members. Space is limited (20). All ages welcome! Purchase tickets here.

JANUARY

Butch Jack: Playing in the Sandbox Too
November 17, 2017–January 7, 2018
O’Quinn Gallery
Essay by Pete Gershon

In his site-specific installations, Meredith "Butch" Jack constructs structural and sculptural vignettes from common materials. Playing in the Sandbox Too highlights the alternate use of those daily materials towards the same concerns of his more commercial works: small mysteries; personal loss; physical tension, imbalance, or peril; and mortality.

Meredith Jack was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in the small, rural community of Tonganoxie, Kansas. His father was a construction contractor and the family business was involved with the construction and operation of grain storage facilities. He entered the University of Kansas in the fall of 1961 enrolled as a history major. After two years in the general education system he entered into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Drawing and Painting Department. He graduated in 1967 with an emphasis in Printmaking. The next fall he enrolled as graduate student at Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia, PA. and received the Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture in the spring of 1972. The next fall he accepted a teaching position at the University of Minnesota, Morris. In 1976 he relocated to Texas, settling in Houston after determining that neither Austin nor Dallas had the combination of art activity and intellectual climate that he was seeking. In 1977 he re-entered the teaching profession at Lamar University, where he is Emeritus Professor. He maintains his residence and studio in Houston.


Layla Luna: I Saw Nobody Coming, So I went Instead
November 17, 2017–January 7, 2018
Cavnar Gallery

With the mixed media works of I Saw Nobody Coming, So I Went Instead Layla Luna explores personal histories through personal collections. Building her own collections to document time and create stories in a pro-active manner Luna questions our reasoning for holding on to objects and creating our own collections and displays of those items; is it the object its self or the haunt of the memory tied to the object?

Layla Luna was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1975. She received an MFA in Painting from Texas Christian University in 2016 and a BFA in Painting from Arizona State University in 2008. She studied at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand where she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art in 2011. Artist-in-residence programs around the country have played a large role in feeding her need to explore and make work in new environments. Currently, Luna resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, step-kiddo, and Kona, the world's greatest dog.


It Takes Time to Form an Object, 2016


Lynn Randolph: Between Worlds
Curated by Susie Kalil
October 6, 2017 – January 21, 2018

Opening Reception
October 6, 2017, 6 PM

Conversation with the artist and Jeffrey J. Kripal
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
7 PM

Frequent collaborators, Lawndale is pleased to present Lynn Randolph and Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, in conversation about art, religion, and the spiritual in contemporary society.

Between Worlds responds to Randolph's ongoing work with palliative care patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Comprised of approximately twenty drawings, these painstakingly rendered works deftly combine elements of the weird and scientific with acute psychological and metaphoric realism and builds bridges to the spiritual. In the words of curator Susie Kalil: "Lynn Randolph's drawings come to grips with the realities of who we are, a spiritual tenor both dire and redeeming. Her works have soul as well as nerve- a sustained shriek about power and morality in a new global era. The silent fear of dying informs Randolph's drawings, which ambush us with relentless personal conviction and spellbinding strangeness. Caught up in the medical paradigm of cure, we assent to heroic measures that may deprive us of final dignity. What is death and what does loss mean? What has happened to death as a community event and mourning as a communal practice? Randolph's drawings remind us that we are embodied beings yearning for communion with one another, that we suffer pain and loss; that we struggle to transcend our bodies and our anguish by connecting with outer worlds and inner realms."

Lynn Randolph grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. She earned her BFA from the University of Texas in Austin. Her paintings have appeared in many texts as they inform topics such as feminism, religion, cultural studies, and contemporary art. Randolph's paintings have been exhibited and collected in permanent museum collections and other public and private institutions including: Bunting Institute at Radcliffe/Harvard; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Arizona State University Art Museum; San Antonio Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Menil Collection. In 2008,Randolph became an artist in residence at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Here she considers herself a translator helping patients realize their memories, dreams and reflections on their lives through art.

A Beloved’s Touch, 2015
Graphite on paper
18 x 24 inches

Susie Kalil is a former Core Fellow in Critical Studies at the Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A frequent contributor to publications including ArtNews, Art in America, Artforum, Sculpture and Cite, she also previously served as managing editor of the Texas art journal Artlies, as well as Spot magazine, Houston Center for Photography. For the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she co-curated (with Barbara Rose) the landmark exhibition Fresh Paint: The Houston School and The Texas Landscape: 1900-1986. She previously served as Visual Arts Director, DiverseWorks, Houston.

Kalil is the author of the award-winning book Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary (Texas A&M University Press) and curator of the Hogue retrospective, which traveled to the Art Museum of South Texas, the Grace Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. She also co-curated the Hogue exhibition, which traveled to the Rockwell Museum (Corning, New York), the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa, Oklahoma). Kalil is the author of Dorothy Hood: The Color of Being/El Color del Ser (Texas A&M University Press) and curator of the Hood retrospective for the Art Museum of South Texas. She is currently at work on the monograph Roger Winter: Fire and Ice.

Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. Jeff is the author of numerous books, including Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms (with Ata Anzali, Andrea R. Jain, and Erin Prophet), Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred and Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion. He is presently working on a three-volume study of paranormal currents in American history for the University of Chicago Press.


Subconscious Sketching Workshop
Sunday, January 14, 2018
1–3 PM
Horton Gallery
$5 Lawndale Members; $10 Non-members

Lynn Randolph, A Beloved's Touch, 2015

Join Lawndale on Sunday, January 14th from 1 - 3 PM for a Subconscious Sketching Workshop inspired by Lynn Randolph's Between Worlds. In this workshop, participants will create graphite compositions that navigate consciousness through techniques of automatic writing and drawing.

This workshop is $5 for Lawndale members and $10 for non-members. All ages welcome! Space is limited (20). Purchase tickets here.

Workshop with Augusto Mora: Creating Comics and Developing the Imagination
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
5–6:30 PM

This workshop will be conducted in Spanish with live translation by Antena.
This workshop is free and open to the public.

Taller con Augusto Mora: Creando cómics y desarrollando la imaginación
Miércoles 17 de enero del  2018
5–6:30 PM

Este taller se llevará a cabo en español con interpretación en vivo proporcionada por Antena.
Este taller es gratis y abierto al público.

Join exhibiting artist Augusto Mora to create your own graphic novel! This workshop is divided into two parts. First, participants will review the essential steps necessary to create a comic (sequential art, storytelling, the script, drawing, style). Second, participants will engage in an exercise to enhance their creativity and imagination. Each participant will create a one-page comic book to take home. This workshop will be conducted in Spanish with live English translation provided by Antena.

Participation is free.

¡Únete al artista en exhibición, Augusto Mora, para crear tu propia novela gráfica! Este taller está dividido en dos partes. Primero, los participantes examinarán los pasos esenciales necesarios para crear un cómic (arte secuencial, narrativa, argumento, dibujo, estilo). Luego, los participantes participarán en un ejercicio para fomentar su creatividad e imaginación. Cada participante creará un cómic de una página que podrá llevarse a casa. Este taller se realizará en español con interpretación en inglés en vivo proporcionada por Antena.

Participación es gratis.


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