Laura Lark

Night Gallery

Opening on Friday April 11, 2014;

please join us for an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 pm.

(On view through May 31, 2014)

Laura Lark "Daisy (.)" 2014 ink on Tyvek 30 x 30"

Laura Lark “Daisy (.)” 2014 ink on Tyvek 30 x 30″

LARd2014 Nettle

Laura Lark “Nettle” 2014 ink on Tyvek 22 x 22″

Laura Lark "Drop" 2014 ink on Tyvek 68 x 44"

Laura Lark “Drop” 2014 ink on Tyvek 68 x 44″

In Night Gallery, Laura Lark continues to explore the indelible effect mass media has upon the psyche with her usual painstaking and laboriously analog or “pointillist” Sharpie-on-Tyvek process drawings, but with a few new and subtle twists.  A synthetic fibrous support, Tyvek’s luminosity here stands in stark contrast to images that struggle to assert themselves, while attention to pattern and detail, particularly when translated from original color source material, takes a sinister turn.

These new drawings, much like the short-lived television series from which she appropriates the show’s title, take on a dark and almost supernatural feel within an otherwise crisp and well-lit space.  Here Lark comes full circle in her examination of the ever-present, seeing media “eye,” following the camera’s unblinking gaze with a potent, colorful, self-portraying twist.  The convoluted nature of who’s watching whom, and what that really means for the artist, comes full circle in this exhibition that is at once a commentary on self-reflection and oneself both as creator and object of desire.


 

 

Opening February 21

Please join us February 21 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm:

Clark Derbes American Sculpture

through April 26th

Clark Derbes, based in Vermont, presents ten new wooden sculptures delicately painted with perspective-shifting patterns.

Matt Messinger Stack

through April 8th

Matt Messinger has created an entirely new body of work of sculpture and painting from found objects, fabric and ephemera.

Matt Messinger at Devin Borden Gallery

Matt Messinger

Clark Derbes at Devin Borden Gallery

Clark Derbes

Paul Kittelson

Paul Kittelson

Lean

Janurary 17 through February 18, 2014

Paul Kittelson at Devin Borden Gallery, 2014

Paul Kittelson at Devin Borden Gallery 2014

Paul Kittelson "Beach Balls (Deflated/Inflated)" 2013, mixed media, glass

Paul Kittelson “Beach Balls (Deflated/Inflated)” 2013, mixed media, glass

Paul Kittelson at Devin Borden Gallery 2014

Paul Kittelson at Devin Borden Gallery 2014

Paul Kittelson at Devin Borden Galley 2014

Paul Kittelson at Devin Borden Galley 2014

Winter/Spring 2014

Upcoming at Devin Borden Gallery winter/spring 2014

+January 17 through February 18

  Paul Kittelson  Lean

Paul Kittelson at Devin Borden Gallery

Paul Kittelson at Devin Borden Gallery

+January 17 through February 18

Richard Nix  Brokedown

Richard Nix at Devin Borden Gallery

Richard Nix at Devin Borden Gallery

+February 21 through April 26

Clark Derbes  American Sculpture

Clark Derbes at Devin Borden Gallery

Clark Derbes at Devin Borden Gallery

+February 21 through April 8

Matt Messinger  Stack

Matt Messinger at Devin Borden Gallery

Matt Messinger at Devin Borden Gallery

+Opening April – upcoming

Laura Lark  Night Gallery

Laura Lark "Arena" 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

Laura Lark “Arena” 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

+May 9 through June 28

Jay Giroux  Chopped and Screwed

Jay Giroux at Devin Borden Gallery

Jay Giroux at Devin Borden Gallery

 

Winter Garden

Opening December 7 (Saturday) from 4 to 6 pm

Winter Garden
featuring sculpture, painting and works on paper by

Nicole Phungrasamee Fein     Jay Giroux
Geoff Hippenstiel     Ted Kincaid
Paul Kittelson     Laura Lark     Brice Marden
Agnes Martin      Margaret Smithers-Crump
Charles Wiese      Hilary Wilder

Through January 10, 2014

Hilary Wilder/Winter Garden at Devin Borden Gallery

Hilary Wilder/Winter Garden at Devin Borden Gallery

Winter Garden December 2013 at Devin Borden Gallery

Margaret Smithers-Crump/Winter Garden at Devin Borden Gallery

 

Charles Wiese/WInter Garden at Devin Borden Gallery

Charles Wiese/WInter Garden at Devin Borden Gallery

 

Melissa Thorne

A Wall Around a Window

Opening October 4 (Friday) 6-8 pm

Artist’s Talk/Walk-Through October 4 (Friday) 6 pm

Melissa Thorne at Devin Borden Gallery

 

In her current exhibition A Wall Around a Window, Melissa Thorne explores memory, familiarity, history and transformation in an ambitious installation encompassing wall painting, individual paintings, and works on paper.  For the past ten years Thorne has engaged tropes from the history of abstract painting – including grids, stripes, hard-edged geometry and painterly flatness – with adroit and meticulous handling of paint, both on canvas and directly on the wall.  These installation components are combined with three-dimensional elements, including unique printed fabric, to mark a new direction in the work.  As with earlier textile and rock-wall-based exhibitions, A Wall Around a Window creates a simultaneously critical and sympathetic perspective on the persistence of human creativity beyond the confines of studio art practice.  Thorne mines the interiors and exteriors of domestic spaces, delicately echoing the patterns and sensibilities of their original inhabitants.

Melissa Thorne installation view Devin Borden Gallery 2013

Melissa Thorne installation view Devin Borden Gallery 2013

Melissa Thorne has lived and worked in New York and Los Angeles and has completed residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, The Ucross Foundation, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts.  Prior to her residency in Houston as a Core Fellow, she attended the California Institute of the Arts (MFA).  Her work has been included in museum and gallery exhibitions, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Suzanne Vielmetter L.A. Projects and Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany.  She currently lives and works in upstate New York.

On view through December 21, 2013

 

Melissa Thorne installation view Devin Borden Gallery 2013

Melissa Thorne installation view Devin Borden Gallery 2013

 

Melissa Thorne installation view Devin Borden Gallery 2013

Melissa Thorne installation view Devin Borden Gallery 2013

 

 

Todd Hebert

Todd Hebert Ebb and Flow

Opening September 6 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm

Artist’s Talk September 7 (Saturday) noon

Through October 29, 2013 EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 11, 2013

Todd Hebert "Goose With Glacier" 2013 at Devin Borden Gallery

Todd Hebert “Goose With Glacier” 2013 at Devin Borden Gallery

 

Todd Hebert is a graduate of the University of North Dakota (BFA) and The Rhode Island School of Design (MFA).  His work has been featured in public museums and private galleries nationwide, including The Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, Pepperdine University, The Riverside Art Museum and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University.  His work is included in numerous public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Frederick R. Weisman Collection.  A survey exhibition of Hebert’s work was mounted at the North Dakota Museum of Art in 2012 and he will be included in the upcoming Thames and Hudson publication Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition

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Todd Hebert "Bottle" 2013 at Devin Borden Gallery

Todd Hebert “Bottle” 2013 at Devin Borden Gallery

Todd Hebert at Devin Borden Gallery

Todd Hebert at Devin Borden Gallery

In Ebb and Flow Todd Hebert presents paintings and works on paper that exemplify the optical play that has become a consistent feature of his pictures. The work also showcases the revival of subject matter that he has not used in almost a decade.  Using acrylic paint in combinations of traditional brush and airbrush techniques Hebert matches precise detail with areas of soft focus. The resulting interplay of spatial planes challenges easy looking and lends ambiguity to his seemingly commonplace temporal motifs. In the exhibition, imagery familiar to Hebert’s recent work such as jack o’lanterns and electricity generating windmills hold court alongside subjects he’s used in the past, including plastic water bottles and glaciers.  Regarding the recurrence of imagery in his work, Hebert says, “Like the seasons, much changes yet so much stays the same.” This sort of relationship between movement and stasis, in both the visual and conceptual make-up of the work, has been a persistent theme for Hebert and it looms large in the milieu of Ebb and Flow.

Todd Hebert "Dew With Jack O'Lantern" 2013 at Devin Borden Gallery

Todd Hebert “Dew With Jack O’Lantern” 2013 at Devin Borden Gallery

Todd Hebert "Court With Glacier" 2013 at Devin Borden Gallery

Todd Hebert “Court With Glacier” 2013 at Devin Borden Gallery

Texas Contemporary Art Fair

October 10 – 13 (Thursday through Sunday)

Geo R. Brown Convention Center / Downtown Houston

Presenting new paintings by Geoff Hippenstiel

LINK HERE FOR A COMPLIMENTARY VIP PASS

Geoff Hippenstiel lives and works in Houston.  His work is currently on view in the Texas Biennial exhibition and will be featured this winter at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Outside the Lines, a six-part exhibition curated by Bill Arning, Valerie Cassel Oliver and Dean Daderko.  

Read more about the work of Geoff Hippenstiel:

Raphael Rubinstein  Art in America

Douglas Britt  Art Ltd.

Robert Boyd  The Great God Pan is Dead

Donna Tennant  Visual Art Source

Rachel Hooper  Fluent Collaborative …might be good

Geoff Hippenstiel (No Title "C.K.") 2013 oil on canvas 24 x 18"

Geoff Hippenstiel (No Title “C.K.”) 2013 oil on canvas 24 x 18″

On Drawing: Line

Opening September 6 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm

Featuring recent works by Anna Bogatin, Todd Camplin, Theresa Chong, Jillian Conrad, Jacob El Hanani, Sharon Engelstein, Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Chirstopher French, Richard Nix, Lauren Seiden and Mark Sheinkman.

This exhibition was co-curated by Devin Borden and Holly Johnson and opened in Dallas June 29 (through August 17, 2013) at Holly Johnson Gallery.  A catalog with an essay by Christopher French is available by this link. The artists in On Drawing: Line use repetition to assemble intricate matrices of repeated lines to stimulate one of humanity’s oldest skills: our ability to decipher structure or infer meaning from patterns, as well as approach drawing not as a means to illusion but allusion, using abstraction as a means of diagramming the world.  On view at Devin Borden Gallery through October 22, 2013.

Richard Nix at Devin Borden Gallery

Richard Nix at Devin Borden Gallery

“The roster of artists in On Drawing: Line provides productive grist for my mill.  Not only is each artists a skilled devotee of this most supple, transparent, and direct medium, but their art exemplifies a growing divergence in contemporary approaches to this timeless form.  I locate this divergence in what is described as the mind-body problem, an age-old argument about the nature of the world and how humans perceive and understand their existence in it….Many contemporary artists still view drawing’s purpose as referential and descriptive, but lines made by a pencil can now represent internal as well as external perspectives.  For the artists in this show drawing now serves as a means of formulating an idea or expressing a feeling by writing with images. ”

“Leonardo DaVinci, who was no slouch as a draftsman, observed that “Line has in itself neither matter nor substance, and may rather be called an imaginary idea rather than a real object.”  The Greek mathematician Euclid said something similar when he summarized line as “a breadthless length.”  Both capture the creative tension inherent to drawing; what you see is not so much on the paper as in your mind.”                                  -excerpts from the catalog essay by Christopher French.