EBONY PORTER- THE QUILT SHOW

EBONY PORTER

THE QUILT SHOW

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 5-7:30pm
Exhibition runs through December 20, 2014, 2014.
Ebony Porter presents a selection of hand-quilted pieces inspired by a cross-section of the American landscape, cultural histories, folklore, and minimalism. As studies in patience and repetition, each stitch is evidence of a moment, collected and aligned. Porter’s work pieces together time, space, heritage, and destiny.

DEBORAH ROBERTS- ONE AND MANY

DEBORAH ROBERTS
One and Many

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 5-7:30pm

Exhibition runs through December 20th, 2014.
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
-James A. Baldwin

Deborah Roberts’ first solo exhibition at Art Palace, One and Many, contradicts and exposes uncomfortable truths, taboos and myths about Black identity and idealized beauty.  Roberts’ paintings, drawings, and collages are contextualized within Post-Black ideologies surrounding power and perception. The work presented in One and Many gives a contemporary voice to personal and political histories.

Roberts earned her MFA from Syracuse University and has exhibited at Rogue Space (New York,) MCCLA Galleries (San Francisco,) Chicago Culture Center (Chicago,) and the Community Folk Art Center (Syracuse, NY.) She recently received the Ginsberg-Klaus Award Fellowship and previously completed the Ox-Bow Residency. Roberts lives and works in Austin, TX.

ANGEL OLOSHOVE- FLOATING WORLDS

ANGEL OLOSHOVE
FLOATING WORLDS

Opening Reception: Friday, January 9th, 2015, 6-8pm

Exhibition runs through February 14th, 2015.

Angel Oloshove’s ceramic sculptures cue humor and buoyancy. As vessels, what kind of transcendent energy they could possibly contain is implored by their ombré surfaces. With one degree of separation from any overt references but full of innuendo, the work in Floating Worlds gently suggests that one follow the slope, absorb the color, and feel the pleasure.
Angel studied painting and drawing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has exhibited at Gallery Hanahou (New York), Front St. Gallery (Oakland, CA), and several arts institutions across Japan, as well as numerous local venues. Angel currently lives and works in Houston, Tx.

BRADLEY KERL- BLIND ARCADE

BRADLEY KERL

Opening Reception: Friday, January 9th, 2015, 6-8pm

Exhibition runs through February 14th, 2015.

The paintings and collages in Blind Arcade occupy the psychological space between sincere and impossible. Bradley Kerl’s newest body of work subverts traditional landscapes and still-lifes with the frame of an archway, challenging the veracity of otherwise candid pictures. Through this device, Kerl transforms the viewing process into a precarious exercise, creating scenes just friendly enough to enter.
On days when Bradley isn’t working from his studio/living space north of downtown, he teaches painting at area community colleges and works as a studio assistant. He recently earned his MFA from the University of Houston and has since been significantly involved in the unique culture of emerging contemporary art in Houston.

SUSAN WHYNE- ENTRANCES

SUSAN WHYNE
ENTRANCES
1969-1977

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015, 6-8pm

Exhibition runs through March 27th, 2015.

 

Entrances by Susan Whyne is a selection of work made when she was living in the San Francisco Bay area between 1969-1977. A transplant from New York at the time, Whyne was stirred by the new experience of blocks of endless front yards with unexpected arrangements of forms, patterns, and color. The small-scale works on paper combine landscape and architecture to the effect of mysterious sculptural associations.

Susan Whyne lives in Austin, TX and recently retired from her position as associate professor of painting at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently presenting a solo exhibition at FRONT Gallery (Houston, TX,) and has previously exhibited at Texas Gallery, (Houston, TX;) the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and the New Museum (New York City.) Whyne holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from San Francisco State University.

RAYCHAEL STINE- CHUPARROSA

RAYCHAEL STINE
CHUPARROSA

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs through March 27th, 2015.

 

In Raychael Stine’s newest body of work, Chuparrosa, paintings on canvas and paper confidently propose that no event is truly unique. By layering abstract painterly gesture and deft representation, Stine creates scenarios where perception and perspective get confused. The work in Chuparrosaarticulates the transitive relationship between form and material with an aim to create more space, and more looking. Stine defends the value of feeling in the context of contemporary art, as well as the importance of tenderness in everyday life.
Raychael Stine lives in Albuquerque and works as an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of New Mexico. Her most recent solo exhibitions include galleries Inpost Artspace (Albuquerque, NM;) Jekyll & Hyde (Chicago, IL;) Eugene Binder (Marfa, TX;) and Marty Walker Gallery (Dallas, TX). Raychael holds a BFA from University of Texas at Dallas and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

ERIC ZIMMERMAN: ELEGY FOR LEFT HAND ALONE

E R I C   Z I M M E R M A N

ELEGY
FOR LEFT HAND
ALONE

Opening Reception: Friday, April 10th, 2015, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs through May 23, 2015.

 

Eric Zimmerman’s fourth solo exhibition with Art Palace, Elegy for Left Hand Alone is an exhibition of art objects that take their lead from the idea of artifacts, evidence, and symbols. The title is derived from a section of Don DeLillo’s 1997 novel Underworld, which itself is a non-linear story about the byproducts of history and the figures who occupy it. Zimmerman’s new drawings, sculpture, zine, and sound piece contained in the exhibition are references to the human place within the world and our effect upon it. Present in this new work is an oblique questioning of the way in which we construct knowledge and a direct interrogation of our need for explanation, quantification, and understanding. A subversion of these needs is sought by placing a range of images and objects within context and proximity of one another in order to establish a series of open-ended and leading propositions. Sometimes these are political, other times poetic, often something else entirely, even something we’d rather forget. Surfing imagery reminds us of the rejection of the forces of Capitalism and an embrace of the doper slacker. In a new sound work Zimmerman has taken the recordings made from hydrophones placed beneath the Antarctic sea ice and filled the air of the gallery space with them. This is the sound of the sea and of transformation, the latter also suggested in a group of paper mache basalt boulders modeled after Joseph Beuys’ 1983 work, The End of the Twentieth Century. Ink drawings of meteorites remind us of the scale of the universe and our endeavor to seek ‘proof’ through science. #000000 Magic #FFFFFF Noise is a new zine containing two poems and photographs about our protagonists existence in the fever dream that is the Bayou City. A small drawing of an Aurignacian stone tool sets up a time-scale and whispers to us from an ancestral history we will never truly know and move further away from each passing second.

Eric Zimmerman received his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. His work is currently on view as part of the group exhibition Urban Ecologies at the Galveston Art Center, and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Zimmerman has previously exhibited at Horton Gallery, (New York, NY,), the Re Institute (New York, NY,) and Seraphin Gallery (Philadelphia, PA,). His solo museum presentations include exhibitions at Austin Museum of Art (Austin, TX,) Texas State University (San Marcos, TX,) the and The Old Jail Art Center (Albany, TX.) He currently lives and works in Houston, TX.

MARJORIE SCHWARZ: PROJECT SPACE

M A R J O R I E .. S C H W A R Z

Opening Reception: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs through August 1, 2015.

 

Marjorie Schwarz presents paintings of still life abstracted as bleak, tender impressions. Schwarz’s intimately scaled works use water-soluble oil paint on canvas to render a permanent-yet-perishable quality, like a photograph bleached from the sun or a corroded marble bust. Detail lurks awkwardly within the dark, blocky compositions; haphazard angles suggest instability. By addressing domestic material through formalist language, Schwarz obscures the inherent charm and opens the narrative to subversive interpretation.

Schwarz most recently exhibited a solo presentation of paintings at the Dallas Art Fair (2014) as part of Dutton Gallery. Her numerous group exhibitions include the Dallas Biennial 2014; James Harris Gallery, Seattle; Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles; Champion, Austin; Dutton New York; and Inman Gallery, Houston. Schwarz received her BFA from Southern Methodist University and currently lives and works in Dallas.

JEFFREY DELL: BOUNDARY EXTENSION

J E F F R E Y .. D E L L

BOUNDARY EXTENSION

Opening Reception: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 6-8pm
Exhibition Walkthrough with Jeffery Dell: Saturday, May 30th, 2015, 2:00pm
Exhibition runs through August 1, 2015.

 

Art Palace is pleased to present Boundary Extension, a solo exhibition of screen prints by Jeffrey Dell. Dell’s work combines graphic shapes and metamorphic color, yielding the subtle spacial qualities of folded paper and curled ribbon. As illusions of three-dimensionality, the work in Boundary Extension expresses Dell’s interest in how basic human desires cooperate with faculties of perception. The exhibition takes its name from a common cognitive phenomenon where we perceive the frame of an image is stretched out farther, including information not derived from sensory input. This error of commission is essential to viewing art, and to sustaining a comprehensive impression of the world. We understand the verity of a piece like Floating Stack 1;  its subject visually checks out as both stacked and floating thanks to our ability to cohesively read the principles of occlusion, physics, and memory. When Dell applies the concept of boundary extension to an ephemeral motif like bows and streamers, the uninhibited spectrums of color lassoed by immaculate edges adopt a striking split-personality. Flat Bow 1 possesses both the anticipation of a coiled spring and the grief of an impotent roman candle. Boundary Extension confirms that perception lacks certainty, but contains an abundance of emotional aptitude.

Jeffrey Dell completed the work for Boundary Extension while attending the four-month Charles Adams Studio Project Artists in Residence program (CASP AiR) in Lubbock, TX. Dell has headed the Printmaking department at Texas State University for 15 years and currently lives in San Marcos, TX. Recent exhibitions include the International Print Center of New York; Minnesota State University; and Galleri Urbane, Dallas. Dell received his MFA from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.

SMALL ABSTRACTIONS: 1950 – 1970

A L I S S A   B L U M E N T H A L :  1 9 5 0  –  1 9 7 0 s

SMALL ABSTRACTIONS

Opening Reception: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs through October 24th, 2015.

 

The exhibition presents a group of paintings by Alissa Blumenthal, an American modernist artist of Russian descent working in New York in the 1930-1980s.  Although she was a prolific painter, Blumenthal had failed to attract the critical and public attention she deserved, remaining in the periphery of New York art scene among the scores of other obscure artists, many of them female. A one-time student of Russian avant-garde theorist, Kazimir Malevich, Blumenthal believed in the metaphysical significance of abstraction, and attempted to represent the non-objective reality of the world through basic geometric forms – but in her own eyes invariably failed, unable to reconcile her actual artistic achievements with the ideal of geometric perfection.

The exhibition is presented by New York-based artist, Tatiana Istomina, who works with painting, drawing and video; Istomina’s projects have been featured in multiple exhibitions in the US and Europe, including the Drawing Center and the Bronx Museum (New York,) Gaîté Lyrique (Paris,) Haus der Kulturen der Wel (Berlin,) and Moscow Museum of Modern Art, among other venues.

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