Seth Alverson / Exhibitions

Seth Alverson

September 9 – October 8, 2011
Opening Reception – September 9 (6-8pm)

Seth Alverson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Houston, in 2002 and his Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. This will be Alverson’s third solo exhibition with Art Palace. He has also exhibited his work in group exhibitions, including Exit Strategy, White Box Gallery, New York; Death of a Propane Salesman, Fort Worth Contemporary Art Center, Fort Worth, TX (2009); Group Show, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA (2009); 30th Anniversary, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX (2009); Where Are We Going?, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX (2008); Houston Area Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, Houston TX (2008); The Siren’s Song, Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX (2007) and New Texas Painting, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX (2006).

Seth Alverson

July 9 – August 21, 2010

Meaning is fluid in Seth Alverson’s most recent body of work, as each painting builds upon the others in an open and uncategorized way. By refusing to lead us in a specific direction, images that initially seem to be homeless remnants of the lives of others, reveal themselves to be much more complex, encompassing all elements of the human condition. These anxiety-ridden works highlight the trail of inquiry, giving them weight and presence.

Using memory and haunting imagery as catalysts for his self-reflexive paintings, Alverson distills the most essential elements until they are heightened to a level of transformation. This transformation occurs through the act of painting by placing intention on the images, and in turn helps us find rationality in futility to apply meaning in our everyday.

About the Artist:
Seth Alverson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Houston, in 2002 and his Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010.  This will be Alverson’s second solo exhibition with Art Palace, he has also exhibited his work in group exhibitions, includingDeath of a Propane Salesman, Fort Worth Contemporary Art Center, Fort Worth, TX (2009); Group Show, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA (2009); 30th Anniversary, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX (2009); Where Are We Going?, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX (2008); Houston Area Exhibition,Blaffer Gallery, Houston TX (2008); The Siren’s Song, Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX (2007) and New Texas Painting, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX (2006).

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Seth Alverson
Ghost Survivor of the Final Plague

January 20 – February 17, 2007

Art Palace presents Ghost Survivor of Final Plague, new drawings and paintings by Houston-based artist Seth Alverson. Through the use of narrative and a lexicon of troubling and fantastical imagery, Seth challenges us to question an individual’s agency in a moral landscape where time has unwound and the logic of the universe is unraveling.

About the artist (in his own words):
Forged in the bowels of Houston and raised in a cave with fire and blood, Seth Alverson found his way through a gauntlet of the sharpest steel. He was formally trained on the steep cliffs by the edge of the city (The University of Houston). It was here that he learned how to turn his natural surroundings into devices of unraveling order. Member of the Golden Dawn and worshiper of the Goat of Mendes, he is married to thirteen witches that, by feeding him their breast milk, keep him alive and in a state of divine trance. Recent conquests to the outer limits of this dimension have allowed Seth to plant a universal poison that, by reciting a specific incantation of his own composition, will bend the universe into a tail-eating serpent; where fire will cook fire until the least fixed thing will penetrate all things and all future events will be indistinguishable from the worst that time has to offer. Assisted by slaves who help keep the fruits of his labor behind and beyond all meaning at the same time, he is also moved by the ghosts of ontology who provide the assurance that life does not exist in the first place. Inspiration for him comes from breathing the breath of wolves and drinking the blood of virgins. Seth is currently working in his hometown, swinging a battle-axe into the faces of all his enemies.

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