Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Randy Twaddle

something to look at, an exhibition of new work by Randy Twaddle. This is his first solo show at Moody Gallery since 2006.
Below the Fray, 2011, ink and coffee on paper, 60 1/2" x 43 1/2" 

Twaddle's new work revisits imagery he first started using over twenty years ago - pole-mounted transformers and the distribution lines that run to and from them.
In this new work, however, Twaddle focuses on the lines themselves, and eschews charcoal, a medium he's used for 25 years, for the unusual and striking combination of ink and coffee. In these drawings, Twaddle pours and "steers" coffee over a light ink-wash ground, creating images that evoke tangled tree limbs or shadows of the silhouetted black ink distribution and telephone lines above.
Twaddle describes his interest in the distribution lines: "I love to drive down Houston streets - especially at dawn or dusk - when the transformers and the distribution lines and telephone lines are in silhouette. I'm constantly awed by the variations of their unintentional beauty and lyricism. They have a strong musical association for me, like some trippy score that's been drawn in the air by an anonymous composer."
In addition to the ink and coffee drawings, Twaddle will also be showing gouache drawings, wall covering, and a hand-knotted rug from a collection of Transformer Rugs launched by Carol Piper Rugs late last year. (Twaddle has also designed a collection of transformer-based textiles that were recently launched by CF Stinson, a nationally recognized textile distributor.)

something to look at is on view at Moody Gallery from June 4 through July 2, 2011. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, June 4 from 6-8 pm.

MOODY GALLERY 2815 Colquitt Houston, TX 77098
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri 10:30-5:00, Sat 11:00-5:00

Sunday, May 22, 2011

500X - Sew and Sew

Work by Rachel Rodenkirk was in the small gallery upstairs.

"grey yucca",  "purple mountain - green & yellow rays of light", and "black tornado - yellow landscape" 
all 2011, embroidery floss and paper

untitled, 2011,  fabric and graphite 

"nice rack", 2011, fabric, plastic hangers and curtain rod.

500X - Day Old Donut

Stopped by 500X yesterday to catch the exhibition  "Day Old Donut!" that included new work by Matt Clark, Clayton Hurt and Joel Kiser.  

 Clayton Hurt "Four Letter Words", 2011, Steel, plaster, enamel

Joel Kiser "Ol' Edith", 2011, cast iron, 3rd Grade Mythology Text

Monday, May 16, 2011

HK Zamani @ CB1 Gallery

In-between Air, Land and Sea

May 22, 2011 – July 2, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 22, 5 – 7 p.m.

untitled (4), 2011,  12x9 oil on canvas

CB1 Gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of the work of Los Angeles-based artist HK Zamani, In-between Air, Land and Sea. Zamani’s work over the past 20 years can be located within the extended field of painting, ranging from paintings and objects to site specific, multi-media installations—often including performances. The artist’s new paintings will be on view from May 22 through July 2, 2011. A reception for the artist will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

untitled, 2011, 24x36 oil on canvas

HK Zamani’s images in this series of new paintings grow out of or away from their predecessors—they are sometimes devils, then angels. Some are on land, in the air or sea, occasional remnants, reformed or transformed over multiple applications of paint. The artist’s dome paintings from recent past exhibitions were portraits, perhaps even self-portraits, fragile portrayals. Some were ruins, some were vessels that transport— chrome and against corrosion—DeLorean, stellar. Many of the artist’s dome/tent paintings were more about the image than paint. The artist’s new paintings over the past 2 years, including the paintings in his current CB1 Gallery exhibition, are most definitely about paint.

untitled, 2010, 11x14 oil on canvas

In an LA Times review of For Your Pleasure, CB1 Gallery’s August 2010 group exhibition, David Pagel wrote that “Zamani’s meaty paintings come from the no-man’s- land between sleep and wakefulness, when consciousness is not fully functional and every little detail is more mysterious than usual. Cartoons form the backstory of his boiled-down compositions, but abstraction comes to the forefront in his idiosyncratic pictures that hover on the cusp of recognizablity.”

Iranian-born American HK Zamani (Habib Kheradyar Zamani) is a Los Angeles based artist and curator. His work is guided by multi-cultural influences ranging from ascetic Islam to psychedelia. He performed in the 2006 Prague Quadrennial and has exhibited at venues such as Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria; Hohenthal und Bergen, Berlin; Pierogi, New York; W139, Amsterdam; ARC, Vienna; Kampa Museum, Prague; and Lincart, San Francisco. His work is in the permanent collections of LA County Museum and Berkeley Museum of Art. He received a C.O.L.A. Grant in 2004, and a California Foundation Getty Grant in 2005. Zamani is the founder and director of POST (1995-2005), and its recent renewal, PØST, a subversive venue for contemporary art in Los Angeles, where he has hosted over three hundred exhibitions.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Benito Huerta @ The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

Benito Huerta
National Museum of Mexican Art
Chicago, Il
Curator: Cesareo Moreno
May 20 - August 28, 2011

Benito Huerta (b. 1952) has been creating artwork in Texas since the 1970's. Significantly influenced by Pop Art and Conceptual Art, in addition to the Chicano movement, his paintings and prints frequently deal with the comedy, tragedy, and absurdity present in our world. Huerta's imagery is appropriated from Western Art history, film and television, or inspired by rock and roll lyrics. INTERMISSION presents work from the last two decades of his distinguished artistic career.
Curated by Cesáreo Moreno

Funded by: National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago Park District, Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Transportation by American Airlines.

Sunday, May 1, 2011



Day Old Donuts: Matt D. Clark, Clayton Hurt and Joel Lynn Kiser

A new sculptural work that combines the habit of accumulation, continued interest in transportation and possible extinction.

A collection of recent works that arose from random sketchbook writings and illustrations. Animals are combined with symbols and signage to suggest the bitter/sweet plight of possible marketing strategies.

The overture to Joel Kiser's work consist of a careful arrangement of appropriated Americana Kitsch forms entangled with a surface vocabulary of 1980's fan boy culture. Kiser's sculptures recall an elaborate allegory of grotesque figurines, handled typical of adolescent school boy doodles, while exposing the attraction to the "tall tale" element of storytelling.

500X Gallery

500 Exposition Avenue
Dallas, TX 75226

Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Weekdays by appointment

Gun & Knife Show opening at Central Trak

Stacey and I braved the heavy traffic (not sure why it was stop and go on every single freeway) to attend the opening reception for the Gun & Knife exhibition at Central Trak.
If you like weapons, outcome of a shotgun blast, sexual innuendo or just great art then this exhibition is for you.
Tom Sale's installation of shotgun blasted silver and wood.

The exhibition is curated by Heyd Fontenot and Julie Webb.  It appears that this exhibition was born out the tragedy on January 27th in Arizona which was closely followed by the state of Utah declaring the .45 caliber handgun the "official state firearm".

800 Exposition Ave.
Dallas, TX

Gallery hours W-Sa 12-5pm