On View May 11 – June 16, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 PM, artist talks at 6 PM
Prospectors • Seth Mittag, David Politzer & Anne J. Regan
Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition
John M. O’Quinn Gallery
The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is generously supported by the John P. McGovern Foundation.
The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is part of Lawndale’s ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with studio space on the third floor of Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. This exhibition features residents for the sixth year of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, Seth Mittag, David Politzer and Anne J. Regan.
Making use of his experience in New York as a puppet and set builder in the animation industry, SethMittag will be telling a story using set pieces, photographs and a short animation. Based on events and characters from his own life, he spins a tale of a family’s adventure of buying a home. This journey includes blackmailing a banker, battling el chupacabra and surviving a hurricane.
David Politzer will exhibit video works and photographs fromhisseries, When You’re Out There. For this evolving collection, Politzer uses the tropes of landscape and nature art as points of critical departure. My Beach is a single-channel video piece that confronts our tendency to choose to look at mediated landscapes even when the real thing is as just as accessible. Another video project (currently untitled) addresses the proliferation of landscape photography on the Internet and questions how these images relate to traditional notions of the picturesque.
Anne J. Regan
Anne J. Regan will exhibit a newbodyof work made while at Lawndale. Her works coalesce the experience of music and the folklore of our national sonic history. Using materials she gleans from specific sites in the American landscape, she seeks to resurrect musical histories, bringing an intimacy to seemingly lost experiences and emotions.
Isometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmas will be a full scale installation populated with 2D and 3D representations of economic data. It will show how vulnerable graphics are to unwelcome interpretation based on misguided geometry, Masonic lore and common sense. The work will identify problems and propose solutions by blending the emotional understanding of the public market with the reality of economic depression. The work will be composed primarily of found objects, office furniture, domestic items and a subscription to the Financial Times.
#everyoneisanartist uses Twitter to create an installation allowing the audience to simultaneously act as generator and spectator to this constantly changing piece. Online and physical visitors will be encouraged to “tweet” works in various media formats via hyperlink containing the Twitter hash-tag #everyoneisanartist within Twitter’s 140 character limit. The received message will be processed, stored, and linked via a custom coded application. The output will then be projected to one of five frames within the gallery.
The installation is dependent on the spontaneous participation of online and physical visitors to the gallery. Given the inherent structure of the project and web-based communication, a website will also be created to act as a digital extension to the Cavnar Gallery and exhibition. The site allows online users to access real-time video, temporal history and geographical distribution map of the accumulated entries. This also allows the gallery to be viewed and interacted with continuously at all hours of the day, and provides a living memory and continuation of the exhibition after de-installation.
TrendFACTORY is a community-driven, multi-participatory installation. Artist, Leslie Mutchler, will be exploring issues related to hand(craft), the physicality of labor, and the repetition of memes in the virtual world through hand-manufactured objects. As the “factory” is a quickly disappearing hub for work within the country, Mutchler is interested in bringing a focus back to labor and our need for commonality through shared physical experiences. The artist will focus on the ways in which a controlled community, limited to specific materials, could participate in the construction and thus curation of objects, perhaps influencing and driving the installation (both real and virtual) and thus exposing the repetitive and tedious nature of trend.
Continue to watch the installation evolve at http://www.lesliemutchler.com/TrendFACTORY.html.
Also on view
through June 2012