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 0.0.0.0. (Domokos Benczédi), Nancy Douthey & Patrick Turk.
DOMOKOS / FUTURE BLONDES 0.0.0.0. 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 0.0.0.0. / .
Nancy Douthey wanders through the Lawndale halls in Dom’s polka-dot 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 storyteller 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 truth 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.