2017-2018 Exhibition Season

August 2017

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.

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.

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.

The Room Nobody Lives In
Miguel Martinez
Project Space

Violent Spring, Miguel Martinez, 2017
acrylic and photo transfer on canvas
45" x 63"

Everything I owned I left behind. Everything I knew I took with me. There I took refuge from the arid heat, pressing my face against the cool tile, inventing stories from the curtain’s shadows dancing on the wall. Since then hungry moths have shredded the sun bleached lace whose shadows foretold what I’ve now lived in the flesh. A gullible spider tirelessly repairs the gaps, making up what it can’t remember. Too kind in its recollection. With closed eyes I rebuild the corners of this room. Brick by brick, in a trance, I’m swallowed by its walls. For just a few seconds I stand surrounded by the place where I am most myself, believing what no one else will. There again, back in The Room Nobody Lives In.

The Room Nobody Lives In ​exploits the elasticity of painting to further tangle the fact and fiction of Miguel’s experience.

Artist Bio
Miguel Martinez​ was born in Celaya, Mexico. He has lived in Houston since 2001 where he received a BFA from the University of Houston. He has been included in group shows at Box13, galleryHOMELAND, the Joanna, and is a recipient of the 2013 Dallas Museum of Art Clare Hart DeGolyer Fund Award.

Big Workshop Series: Shrinky Dink Sculptures

Sunday, August 6, 2017
1 - 3 PM

Join us Sunday, August 6 from 1 - 3 PM for Shrinky Dink Sculptures, a Big Show workshop inspired by Valerie Powell's shrinky dink sculpture Shape Shifter, on view in Cavnar Gallery. Revisit the art of heated plastic and create a shrinky dink sculpture of your very own!

This workshop open to all ages. To RSVP, click here.

Big Workshop Series: Fun with Frottage

Saturday, August 12, 2017
1 - 3 PM
$5 donation fee to attend

Announcing the fourth and final part of our Big Workshop Series: Fun with Frottage!

Celebrate with us on our final day of The Big Show this Saturday, August 12 from 1 - 3 PM for Fun with Frottage, a painting workshop inspired by the frottage work of Dune-Michael Patten and Christian Sarkar featured in The Big Show. Come on out and explore paints and various textures to create frottage work of your very own!

This event is open to all ages. There is a $5 donation fee to attend.

To RSVP, click here.

SPEAKEASY featuring whole wide water

Friday, August 18, 2017
7 PM
Houston's whole wide water will be collecting sounds in anticipation of their performance as part of Lawndale’s SPEAKEASY program on August 18, 2017. Big Show artists and attendees are invited to use the provided objects and instruments, or their own voices, at the recording stations. The sounds will become the foundation for a live musical performance composed and arranged by Anthony Barilla with words by Lindsay Kayser.

whole wide water is an ongoing collaboration between writer Lindsay Kayser and multidisciplinary artist Anthony Barilla. whole wide water encompasses a variety of projects, transmitted over a span of twenty years. The narrative is set in the future, when modern civilization has mostly washed away. Previous and ongoing projects include handmade books of nursery rhymes, the creation of a new cosmology and its attendant mythologies, and the composition of songs for an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Post-show entertainment will be provided by Houston's A.S.S., an accordion and drum quartet that plays new arrangements of classic Lou Reed, Beyoncé and Bon Jovi songs.

Read more about the event here.

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


October 2017

Dia de los Muertos
October 27 - November 2, 2017

November 2017

Zine Fest Houston

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017
1 - 7 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.

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