On View May 10 - June 15, 2013

Opening Reception
Friday, May 10, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM

Round 7 • DOMOKOS  /  FUTURE BLONDES, Nancy Douthey & Patrick Turk
Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition
John M. O'Quinn Gallery


Nancy Douthey

Patrick Turk

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 seventh round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, DOMOKOS  /  FUTURE BLONDES (Domokos Benczédi), Nancy Douthey & Patrick Turk.

DOMOKOS  /  FUTURE BLONDES presents new works on aluminum, installations, disposable/free items, video manipulations and a sound series to accompany his new body of work created during Lawndale's 2012-2013 Artists Studio Program. These works are a visual / aural extension of the sound and concept of his ongoing work with the experimental music project, future blondes network / network / .

Nancy Douthey wanders through the Lawndale halls in Dom’s polkadot pajama pants and oversized slippers. He has let her borrow these items in an attempt to help her look presentable for tonight’s guest. She has locked herself out of the studio for the fourth time  - this time without pants and only in a blue striped button down men’s shirt in which she has a three foot pile of in the studio and has given as a gift only once to Lane Hagood. Meanwhile, Patrick hosts the Looking at Art collectors group and is in no position to provide words of comfort or advice – she loves his advice. Her phone is also locked in the studio. She tries to use Facebook on Dom’s computer from 2001 to make contact with the outside world – this world consists of one person – Dennis Nance. She is known to make regular late night phone calls to Dennis requesting the third set of keys to get back into her studio all the while trying to take a bath in the large industrial sink on the third floor with the orange industrial soap in order to wash all the pink sugar off of her body in hopes of regaining a good grip on the 10 lb. camera she is borrowing from her cop friend that she met during her last car accident on the way to work. She is making work based on ideas around the drama of performance and the mystery of what is and what might be and what we can only wish for.

Patrick Turk's highly detailed collages not only use images of the body, or body parts, but are meant to excite a physiological experience for the viewer. Turk is a story teller who uses psychedelic movements and intricate designs to captivate the viewer and bring them into an exotic reality where the body becomes more than it seems. The work produced during the Lawndale Artist Studio Program is a glimpse into Earth’s future as The Superorganism, in which the planet’s surface becomes one gigantic, interconnected biomass comprised of all of the flora and fauna on Earth.  The integration is both biological and telepathic creating a planetary network in which the whole truly is comprised by the sum of its parts. This transformation begins as a last ditch effort to save humanity, reduced by plague, from imminent extinction.

Patrick Turk's website

I'll Send The Message Along The Wires • Justin Boyd
Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Through installations, sculptures, videos, and sound pieces, Justin Boyd’s work explores Americana and the American Landscape in search of true American spirit and inspiration. In finding these moments and stories that define us and the environment we live in, it is Boyd’s hope to make work that expands upon those histories and locations, and opens them up for current day exploration and participation. Boyd will be creating a site-derived sound installation in the Cecily E. Horton Gallery employing the sounds of heartbeats, railroads, comets and homecoming mum-bells.

Halls without walls,
room to feel in.
The door awaits,
your return within.
• Abhidnya Ghuge
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Abhidnya Ghuge’s installation begins with an original wood block carving that is printed on thousands of paper plates, which are transformed through simple folds to create a larger organic form. For Ghuge, the meditative process of carving the woodblock, printing and transformation of the paper plates suggests the possibility of preciousness and indispensable beauty. The site-specificity of the installation allows the form to change, thus echoing the global and ever changing nature of “home” in today’s fast pace, mobile culture.

Abhidnya Ghuge’s website

PRECARIOT • Massa Lemu
Project Space

PRECARIOT is a self-portrait of the artist as a continental drifter in perpetual precarity. The Precariat is a term that combines the word “proletariat” with “precarious” to describe an emerging “barbarian” class of migrant laborers and professionals living and working precariously, holding temporary underpaid jobs, lacking a political voice and increasingly frustrated by their living and working conditions. Attracted by its revolutionary aspects, Massa Lemu embraces the label and adopts it as his title. For Lemu the old patriot was proud of, and ready to die for fatherland, the “precariot” however is one whose only possession is the unstable and indeterminate terrain of precarity, staking claims and maneuvering in this uncertain landscape. In the age of heightened mobility, PRECARIOT focuses on processes of inspection and scrutiny, labeling and branding to highlight the realities of migration.

Join Massa Lemu Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4PM for a discussion about his exhibition and his ongoing efforts to establish an Art and Design School in Blantyre, Malawi.

Also on view
through January 2014

Skywriting • Daniel Anguilu & Aaron Parazette
North Exterior Wall

Skywriting is a collaboration between artists Daniel Anguilu and
Aaron Parazette. This project is the third phase of the rotating
mural at Lawndale Art Center. Both painters employ forms of
abstract patterns in their work, though their individual approach
differs greatly. Anguilu’s intuitive approach to painting outdoor
spaces results in gestural forms that take shape on the wall, while
the clean lines and mathematical forms of Parazette’s work result
from a more calculated approach to painting.

This project is generously sponsored by Kinzelman Art Consulting, Judy & Scott Nyquist, Deborah Perl, Mellow Mushroom and Power Electrical.

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