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



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

Anders Moseholm


Artist’s reception February 6 (Friday) from 6 – 8 pm.

Anders Moseholm “Updated Newsroom 2031″ oil on canvas 37 1/2 x 47″

“The exteriors (cityscapes) and interiors in my paintings are not specific locations. They are improvisations and interpretations, empty old interiors with a Hitchcockian tension between what is both romantic, beautiful and scary.  I am trying to create a mood – a sense of motion, an authentic emotional scenery.  The exterior paintings of the urban fabric reflect our current state of mind, dynamic and in flux, always present, wherever, whenever. Even static monuments and buildings seem to float.  I intuitively choose to paint motifs that make an impression on me and during the process I bring out what I find important. It’s a process of creation by destruction. I build a critical dimension and resistance in the paintings either with color, random childish flowers,  word-rhythm-sutras, geometric squares, heavy white brushstrokes…”                                                    AM 2015

Anders Moseholm (b. 1959) trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (MFA) and the School of Visual Arts, New York.  His work has been exhibited internationally since 1997, including solo and group exhibitions in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France, Estonia, Spain, China and the United States. His work is included the Danish collections of the Vejle Kunstmuseum, the Skive Kunstmuseum, the Carlsberg Foundation and the Danish Arts Foundation, as well as private and corporate collections in the U.S., Europe and China. Please join us for an artist’s reception February 6 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm.  The exhibition will be on view through March 3, 2015.

Ted Kincaid

Not for Another Hour, But This Hour

Artist’s Reception January 9 (Friday) 6 to 8 pm

January 9 through February 28, 2015

Ted Kincaid’s third solo exhibition with Devin Borden Gallery, Not for Another Hour, But This Hour continues to blur the line between digitally manufactured reality and the veracity of the photographic image. Kincaid’s minimalist compositions of the past few years have given way to works inspired by the literary settings of 19th century writers Herman Melville and Walt Whitman. Images of icebergs on canvas effortlessly merge the photographic experimentation of polar adventurers with compositional elements from Romantic paintings by Frederic Edwin Church or Caspar David Friedrich. Delicate but vibrantly colored works on paper evoke the golden era of nautical exploration, brought to life with eminently believable but imaginary imagery.

Ted Kincaid at Devin Borden Gallery 2015

Ted Kincaid has systematically subverted the division between traditional, ostensibly objective, photographic practice and the wholly constructed image. Like memories, his art is pieced together from cognitive fragments that represent the construct of narrative. Seemingly pulled from another era, the works in this new exhibition are superb examples of the digital skill he has slowly mastered over the past two decades.

Ted Kincaid is one of the most recognized and respected artists from North Texas. He is exhibited and collected nationally and his exhibitions have been reviewed in publications including Artforum and Art on Paper. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Antonio Museum of Art; the City of Seattle; the U.S. State Department; the Human Rights Campaign, Washington, DC; and numerous private and corporate collections.

David Lackey

Memories & Maladies

Artist’s Reception December 6 (Saturday) 5-7 pm

David Lackey at Devin Borden Gallery

One of America’s most discerning antiquarians – well-known across the country thanks to his distinguished appearances on the Antiques Roadshow – David Lackey is steeped in the delicious perfume of the past.  Now the authority on all things beautiful and arcane steps in the contemporary art ring…Marking a gallery debut with Borden, the show charmingly – and oddly – combines 19th-century photographic images, lovingly assembled, with found objects.  A little Cornell, part Proust yet utterly original, they manifest Lackey’s unmistakable wit.

Catherine D. Anspon

PaperCity Magazine December 2014

through January 31, 2015

extended through February 4