Monday, September 5, 2011

SEPT 10 - OCT 15, 2011
Line of Fire, 2011, acrylic on wall, flicker flame bulbs, misc. elements, 119 x 123 x 10
This exhibition follows the exhibition Floater that was on view at Moody Gallery in 2007. The work featured in Half-Life includes a wall installation of torch drawings, tree paintings in acrylic on paper, moving blankets, and burnt dictionary pages that illustrate an array of animals. Also on view is a wall painting of a beaver dam with flicker flame bulbs, as well as snow globes with cast plastic forms of the World Trade Center Towers, and cast plastic goldfish in water. Some of the works included in Half-Life were also on view in the exhibition Tree Line at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont in the spring of 2011.
Helen states- "Many of my works use commonplace materials and objects. I respond to readymade objects that are often discarded or flawed in some obvious way. Alterations in these familiar things elevate them and draw parallels to our own human predicament.

I am also interested in mimics and replicas. It is a happy moment for me when I can create objects that are simultaneously convincing and yet blatantly absurd in their obvious artificiality."

Helen Altman's work has been exhibited in numerous museum exhibitions. Selected solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Grace Museum, Abilene. Selected group exhibitions include the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Old Jail Art Center, Albany; the Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas; and the Chelsea Art Museum, New York. Her work is also included in the permanent collections of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Half-Life is on view at Moody Gallery from September 10 through October 15, 2011. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, September 17 from 6-8 pm.

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

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