Hilary Wilder

A Lake Turned Inside Out

November 7 through December 22, 2015

Opening reception November 7 (Saturday) from 5 to 7 pm; artist’s walk-through with Hilary Wilder at 5:30 pm.   We will be serving iced coffee and island-inspired cocktails.  Please join us.

Prior to her dual Visual Artist and Critical Studies Fellowships with the Core Program at the Museum of FIne Arts, Houston, Hilary Wilder received her M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin.  The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Wilder currently serves on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University.  First and foremost a painter, Wilder employs an arsenal of techniques and media to blur the boundaries between landscape, trompe l’oeil and abstraction.

Although she’s originally from New Hampshire and currently lives in Virginia, artist Hilary Wilder’s heart is in Texas.  “I’ve been trying to get back ever since I left,” she says.  Wilder’s Lone Star State love started in 2003 when she began a three-year tenure as a lecturer at the MFA’s Glassell School.  Last year, she returned as an artist-in-residence for a Galveston arts program, and the paintings in her new show are a response to her year on the Island…”The pieces are talking about water, space and land in a way that’s not a literal seascape.  There is an uncertain sense of space, almost like something is floating in the shallow water.  There’s definitely a sense of menacing.” – Ray Dennison, Houston Magazine November 2015

Her work will also be featured in Island Time: Galveston Artist Residency – The First Four Years opening at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston on November 20 through February 14, 2016.

What is cosier than the shore     

Of a lake turned inside out?

How do all these other people

Dare to be about?

- W.H. Auden Islands


Matt Messinger


The sculpture and paintings of Matt Messinger are created from the meticulous joining of found objects, collage and appropriated images.  Please join us for an artist’s reception October 16 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm.  On view through November 28.

Texas Contemporary Art Fair

Devin Borden Gallery is pleased to announce a solo presentation of new works by Bryan Miller at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair October 1 – 4.

Bryan Miller studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (MFA) and the University of Leipzig, Germany. His work has been exhibited in Berlin, Birmingham and Philadelphia.  Prior to his return to studio practice, he staged fifty solo and group exhibitions by a varied roster of accomplished and visionary artists at his eponymous gallery and numerous art fairs, including NEXT (Chicago), Volta (New York), Aqua and Pulse (Miami) and Untitled (London).  His recent paintings exude tenderness and gentle humor.  Quizzical interactions relate nude figures to each other and the viewer through subtle gesture and touch in vague watery landscapes.

The Texas Contemporary Art Fair returns to the Geo. R. Brown convention center in Downtown Houston, October 1-4, exhibiting over 50 galleries from the US and abroad.  I look forward to seeing you there. – DB

Laura Lark

The Misuses of Enchantment

In a new series of vibrantly colored paintings and drawings, Laura Lark very loosely and subjectively explores concepts presented in Bruno Bettelheim‘s 1976 The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales.  Join us for an artist’s reception on September 11 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm.

Opening September 11 (Friday) 6 to 8 pm

Bettelheim’s work suggests that there is a darkness in fairy tales that behooves the emotional development of a child.  Here I examine in contrast the fairy tales that don’t: the promises of Prince Charming, Happily-Ever-After and the big diamond from Tiffany’s in the vapid pages of Brides and Vogue.  Source images are translated into female portraits of thwarted desire, resulting in a gallery populated with blank, cynical and accusatory stares.  These pop culture fairy tales exemplify existential angst, uncertainty and unfulfilled expectation. — LL

On view through October 24, 2015



Inherent Palette

Opening September 11 (Friday) 6-8 pm

Featuring sculpture and paintings by Jillian Conrad, Clark Derbes, Sharon Engelstein, Geoff Hippenstiel, Nicholas Kersulis, Paul Kittelson, Darryl Lauster, Matt Messinger, Kaneem Smith and Margaret Smithers-Crump.  Through October 14, 2015

Jillian Conrad

Exact Nature

*Join us for a summer cocktail/open house July 25 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm

Jillian Conrad will talk about her exhibition and entertain questions.  

New works that play fast and loose with how we distinguish objects from images.  Borrowing from the worlds of furniture, architecture and music, the sculptures created for Exact Nature reference the human body in scale and implied function.  Qualities that anchor the Exact Nature of things, however, are removed, reordered and revalued to suggest new things that are neither exact nor natural: a slip cover of woven photo paper extends the surface of a chair-like object; printed images of carpet fragments are assembled into an oversized architectural model, and the lining of a flute case swings free of its case.  The surfaces of these lively and engaging objects resist and separate themselves from the structures that support them.  The works in Exact Nature twist and turn between the physical and the visual, materiality and design.

View the entire exhibition here at JillianConrad.com

View a short video presentation of the work here at YouTube.com

Read more about the work of Jillian Conrad at Devin Borden Gallery and Artforum

*Exhibition extended through August 8

Jillian Conrad (born 1970, Farmington, NM) received a BS from St. John’s College, NM and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, RI. Recent awards include the Artadia Artist’s Award (New York, NY), Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant (Houston, TX), and the Kittredge Trust (Boston, MA). She has participated in numerous residencies, including Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (upcoming in NY, NY) Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Houston, TX), Triangle International Artist Residency (New York,  NY), Lower Eastside Printshop (New York, NY), and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program (New York, NY). Important recent exhibitions include Sites and Settlements, Behal Fejer Institute, (Prague, Czech Republic), Artadia Anniversary Exhibition, Longhouse Projects, New York, NY, Not-not-not Image Objects at Meulensteen Gallery, (New York, NY), and Vista at Socrates Sculpture Park (New York, NY); and her work has been discussed in numerous publications including ArtForum, Art Lies, New York Times, and …might be good. Jillian is an Assistant Professor in the Sculpture Department at the University of Houston.

Special Event Saturday April 25 at 4 pm

Saturday at 4 pm Devin Borden Gallery is co-sponsoring a complimentary concert with Music in Context in celebration of the current exhibition by Christopher Cascio. Please join us for a short program of stimulating works by modern masters Luciano Berio and György Ligeti. Champagne and coffee at 4 pm; the program will begin at 4:30 and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Learn more about Music in Context

Christopher Cascio

Current Obsessions II


Opening March 6 (Friday) from 6 – 8 pm

Accumulations of images and detritus formally arranged on vibrantly colored grounds are hallmarks of paintings by Christopher Cascio.  The repetitive ritualistic use of elements carries significance that is both personal to Cascio (who describes himself as a functional hoarder) and emblematic of current cultural obsessions.  His work has been seen in recent solo exhibitions at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (Dallas, 2014) and Makebish  (New York, 2014); group exhibitions have included The Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston, 2014) and New Image Art (Los Angeles, 2013).  Prior to receiving his MFA in painting from the University of Houston (2013) Cascio attended the San Francisco Art Institute.  This is his first exhibition at Devin Borden Gallery; he lives and works in Houston.

Sharon Engelstein

What Ever You Think of Is True

Opening March 6 (Friday) 6 – 8 pm

Artist’s Talk April 10 (Friday) 7 pm

Extended through April 18, 2015

In her newest exhibition What Ever You Think of Is True Sharon Engelstein returns primarily to works on paper.  Experimentation with technique, including combining printed and hand drawn ink, has resulted in oddly luminous forms which seem to hover above the drawing surface.  Even while working in  two-dimensions, Engelstein remains true to her roots as a sculptor by creating plastic space and volume with elemental shapes, dots and line segments.

The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Sharon Engelstein has recently realized temporary and permanent public sculpture commissions in Houston as part of the Hermann Park Centennial Celebration, at a new Metro Light Rail Station, Discovery Green and the Texas Contemporary Art Fair.  Prior to her fellowship in the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Glassell School, she received her MFA in sculpture from Claremont Graduate School in California.  Her work has been exhibited widely including the Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston), Blue Star Art Space (San Antonio), Weatherspoon Art Gallery (Pittsburg), Nexus Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta), The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum (Tampa), Art Museum of Southeast Texas (Beaumont), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), Massachusetts College of Arts (Boston), Cameron Art Museum (North Carolina),  Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), Pacific Design  Center (Los Angeles) and the Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ).

Please join us for an artist’s reception on March 6 (Friday) from 6 – 8 pm at Devin Borden Gallery.

This artwork makes me think of asteroids, spaceships, land and water forms. What ever you think of is true.

- Joy Parazette