2018/19 Artist Studio Program Exhibition featuring Julia Barbosa Landois, Robert Hodge, and John Pluecker

Curated by Laura August

June 21, 2019 – August 18, 2019 John M. O'Quinn Gallery

About the Artist Studio Program

The nine-month Artist Studio Program supports three artists annually with an honorarium, project grant, studio space, and curatorial support, culminating with an exhibition of the artists’ new works.

About the Artists

Julia Barbosa Landois

Julia Barbosa Landois (b. San Antonio, USA) is a performance, installation, and video artist based in Houston, TX. Her work has been featured in galleries, museums and performance festivals in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Awards include grants from Artpace and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, and residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute (USA), Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (Norway), and Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany). Barbosa Landois has worked as a studio artist, mercenary professor, preparator, gallery assistant, and – contrary to popular assumptions regarding the artist brain – a math tutor. She is a 2018-2019 Studio Resident at Lawndale and a lecturer at the University of Houston.

Robert Hodge

Robert Hodge is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores themes of memory and commemoration. Born in Houston, TX, and raised in the city’s Third Ward district, the artist studied visual art at the Pratt Institute in New York and the Atlanta College of Art before returning to Houston. Hodge has exhibited his work in numerous national and international institutions. The artist has also received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance, and The Idea Fund. In Spring of 2017, Hodge was a resident artist at Artpace San Antonio, TX. Hodge currently lives and works in Houston. Hodge’s current projects include an album he executive produced called Two and 1/2 Years: A Musical Celebration to the Spirit of Juneteenth and his traveling installation called The Beauty Box.

John Pluecker

John Pluecker is a language worker who writes, translates, organizes, interprets, and creates. In 2010, They co-founded the transdisciplinary collaborative Antena and in 2015 the local social justice interpreting collective Antena Houston. JP’s undisciplinary work is informed by experimental poetics, language justice, radical aesthetics/politics, and cross-border/cross-language cultural production. They have translated numerous books from the Spanish, including most recently Gore Capitalism (Semiotext(e), 2018) and Antígona González (Les Figues Press, 2016). JP’s book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was released in 2016 from Noemi Press. JP is a member of the Macondo Writing Workshop and has exhibited work at Blaffer Art Museum, the Hammer Museum, Project Row Houses, and more. More info at www.johnpluecker.com and www.antenaantena.org.

About the Curator

Laura August, PhD

Laura August, PhD makes texts and exhibitions, often around shared geographic and metaphorical landscapes. Since 2016, she has been working on mud, stones, and the sound of el huracán; she is currently at work on a book-length essay about mud, corn, and historical violence in the Americas. Her projects are collaborations with artists, poets, activists, loved ones, and those we have lost. In 2017, she received The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her writing in Central America. She served as critic-in-residence at the Core Program at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2016-2018, and her writing has appeared in numerous international journals, magazines, exhibition catalogs, and artist monographs. She is contributing editor at Arts + Culture Texas. August’s curatorial projects have included work at artist-run spaces, galleries, museums, and universities in the U.S. and Central America: in 2018, she curated James Dean Pruner: Tell it to the Horses (MFAH/Bermac Arts); Kevin Frank Pellecer: In Case of Natural Disaster (Harrisburg Studios); the XXI Paiz Biennial (sites across Guatemala, with Gerardo Mosquera, Maya Juracán & Esperanza de León); and Mud & Blue (ongoing, sites across Houston). In 2019, she received an HAA Support for Artists and Creative Individuals Grant for a series of interviews with Houston artists. She is founding director of Yvonne, a residential project space in Guatemala City, where she divides her time with Houston.

Laura August, PhD, crea textos y exposiciones que a menudo enfocan los paisajes geográficos y metafóricos que compartimos. Desde 2016 se centra en el lodo, las piedras y los sonidos del huracán, y actualmente trabaja un libro-ensayo sobre el lodo, el maíz, y la violencia histórica en las Américas. Sus proyectos son colaboraciones con artistas, poetas, activistas, seres queridos, y aquellos a quienes hemos perdido. En 2017 recibió, por sus escritos en Centroamérica, la beca para escritores de arte The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Fue crítica en residencia del Core Program en el Museo de Bellas Artes de Houston (MFAH) de 2016 a 2018, y ha publicado textos en revistas académicas y especializadas, además de catálogos de exposición y monográficos. Entre sus proyectos curatoriales destaca su trabajo con espacios regentados por artistas, galerías, museos y universidades en los Estados Unidos y Centroamérica. En 2018 fue curadora de James Dean Pruner: Tell it to the Horses (MFAH); Kevin Frank Pellecer: In Case of Natural Disaster (Harrisburg Studios); la XXI Bienal Internacional de Arte Paiz (diversos espacios en Guatemala, con Gerardo Mosquera, Maya Juracán, y Esperanza de León); y Mud & Blue (en diversos espacios de Houston). Es directora-fundadora de Yvonne, un proyecto residencial en la Ciudad de Guatemala, donde vive cuando no reside en Houston.