Fall 2014

George R. Brown Convention Center, Downtown Houston

Friday September 5, 11 am to 7 pm

Saturday September 6, 11 am to 7 pm

Sunday September 7, Noon – 6 pm

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Opening Friday September 5 at Isabella Court 6-8 pm

GEOFF HIPPENSTIEL After Nolde

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ERIC SCHNELL The Book of Pure Science

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Eric Schnell at Devin Borden Gallery

Following critically acclaimed exhibitions in Houston and Dallas, emerging artist Geoff Hippenstiel was featured at the 2014 NYC Volta Fair in a sold-out solo booth curated by Peter Makebish.  His  new group of paintings  is based on the iconic woodcut The Prophet by Emil Nolde, a member of the German Expressionist movement Die Brücke.

Eric Schnell re-established his studio in Galveston after returning to Texas from New York and is a co-founder of the Galveston Artist Residency program. His celebrated installations have been created for diverse spaces, including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; his delicate drawings have been praised by Roberta Smith in the New York Times.

Please join us for two very special exhibitions.

 

 

 

Kaneem Smith

Substrate

Artist’s Reception July 11 (Friday) 6 to 8 pm.

Photo: Opening July 11 (Friday) 6-8 pm: KANEEM SMITH...featuring a summer cocktail from Double Trouble and bites from H-town strEATs...join us for this special ArtHouston sponsored event!

Kaneem Smith at Devin Borden Gallery 21 x 17 3/4″

Kaneem Smith is a Texas-based artist who has created a group of unique experimental monoprints. The exhibition title Substrate is a reference to collography (or collagraphy), a technique where dimensional but malleable materials are run directly through the printing press. As in her sculpture practice, Smith uses cotton, burlap and rough hewn fabrics – raw materials associated with historically exploitative economies including the American South.  Smith has also created a series of direct casts which translate other disposable, cast-off remnants into hard, permanent sculpture. Meticulously removing ceramic molds by hand, Smith preserves the inherent beauty of another ubiquitous, disposable material – aluminum – while retaining the delicacy of her woven forms.

About her works Kaneem Smith has said My fiber-based sculptural installations draw inspiration from a familial and historical standpoint, personal experience and the human condition.  My ideas of transcience and transcendence are apparent with the methods and materials I incorporate into each fiber form; and in the coarse gaps of material warp and weft, I impart a sense of temporal wear and the strains of labor, revealing circuits of exchange and power.  By creating thought-provoking installations out of re-purposed fabric materials for my sculptural investigations, I hope to challenge the viewer to participate in a dialogue that references global concerns on ethical trade, the West’s over-consumption of natural resources, colonialist interactions on the natural environment and the economy of developing nations.

Kaneem Smith received her MFA from Syracuse University.  The recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, The 20th Annual Carrol Harris Simms sculpture prize at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, and the Vermont Studio Center fellowship, she was the subject of a major solo exhibition at Texas Southern University (curated by Danielle Burns, 2010); her work and installations have been presented at numerous museums and public art spaces including Project Row Houses, Galveston Arts Center, the Salzwedel Mönchskirche (Germany), The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among many others.

Through August 18, 2014

Kaneem Smith Substrate 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

Kaneem Smith Substrate 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

Kaneem Smith Substrate 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

 

 

 

 

Selections

A rotating selection of recent works by gallery artists including Christopher Cascio, Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Geoff Hippenstiel, Matt Messinger, Richard Nix, et al.

Open House June 13 (Friday) 6-8 pm

Christopher Cascio 2014

 

Photo: Selections and Kaneem Smith...on view through August

drawing art gallery museum houston texas 2014 downtown contemporary abraham lincoln

Richard Nix and Charles Wiese at Devin Borden Gallery

Jay Giroux

Chopped and Screwed

Opening May 9 (Friday) from 6-8 pm

Jay Giroux is a scavenger of incidental gestures and lowbrow symbolism from the urban streetscape.  Cognizance of post-war American art informs his newest paintings.  Use of a reduced, economical palette brings to mind the work of Franz Kline or Ad Reinhardt, but specifically the black and white abstractions of Willem de Kooning.  Screen printed elements interact with loose gestural marks to create tension and variety of detail, unique to each but effortlessly connecting the individual canvases.

Through June 28, 2014

The Jay Grioux painting “Chopped & Screwed Vol. 3.” is a tour de force of layers created mostly by taping, painting and spraying.  Stare at it long enough and you’ll notice leaping and bending figures, typographical elements, symbols, snakes and even angry birds emerge from the complex black-and-white composition.  That’s the beauty of figurative abstraction – it changes every time you look at it, and everyone sees something different.

Giroux combines a background in urban street culture with an MFA in painting from the University of Houston.  The work in this show pays homage to post-World War II gestural apinting, that is, Abstract Expressionism…The show’s title – “Chopped and Screwed” – refers to a hip-hop music technique that was developed in Houston by the now-deceased DJ Screw, in which music was remixed by beat-skipping, record scratching, and stopping and starting to make a “chopped-up” version of the original.  In a way, Giroux does the same thing to Abstract Expressionism, chopping and screwing it into something new. – excerpt from Visual Arts Source review, Donna Tennant June 2014

Jay Giroux at Devin Borden Gallery 2014

 

Jay Giroux Chopped and Screwed 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

Jay Giroux Chopped and Screwed 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

Jay Giroux Chopped and Screwed 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

 

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) LAST CHANCE THROUGH JUNE 7th

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.


 

 

Matt Messinger

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 Stacks at Devin Borden Gallery 2014

Matt Messinger Stacks at Devin Borden Gallery 2014

Matt Messinger Stacks at Devin Borden Gallery 2014

Clark Derbes

February 21 through April 26

Clark Derbes  American Sculpture

Clark Derbes (b. 1978) is an emerging artist who lives in Burlington, Vermont.   He is known for painting and his sculptures created from found wood.  These are initially carved using a chainsaw into a form known as a “hypercube,” a twelve-sided rectangular solid which Derbes stumbled upon in his quest for shaped surfaces on which to paint.  These forms are then smoothed down using a succession of mechanical sanders and finally by hand until the wood is completely smooth to the touch.  At this point he begins to apply layers of gouche in freehand checkerboards, concentric triangles, rectangles and other patterns in a range of palettes from very vibrant to subdued.

In the Boston Globe, his work was described in a recent review of the Clark Gallery exhibition also titled American Sculpture:

Clark Derbes’s lean and remarkable sculptures, wrought with a chainsaw from old tree stumps, seem to quote old game boards, boxes, and quilt patterns.  Derbes riddles with perspective, volume, and space. “Sunny,” a box covered with a velvety checkerboard pattern, sits on a shelf.  Look closely, and it’s really more like a drawing describing a box: A corner lifts into the air, and the object itself is no cube; it’s more like a wedge….A wall sculpture, might be taken for a long, low box decorated with concentric rectangles, the shapes of which Derbes tweaks and cinches to animate the piece and skew our perceptions of its shape.  Cracks open along the sanded surface, reminding us that this is a solid piece of wood; Derbes revels in the tensions between his deft illusion and the telltake revelations of it. – Cate McQuaid 5/29/2014 The Boston Globe


Clark Derbes received his BFA in painting from Louisiana State University.  He has had solo exhibitions in Vermont, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Texas. 

Clark Derbes American Sculpture 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

Clark Derbes American Sculpture 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

Clark Derbes American Sculpture 2014 at Devin Borden Gallery

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 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