Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin

Please join us April 6 (Friday) from 6 – 8 pm

Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin

The Scene (Houston 1969 – 1971)

Nick vaughan & Jake Margolin Detail from “the scene” Wonder woman hand cut map

Devin Borden Gallery is pleased to announce a multi-media exhibition by Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin The Scene (Houston 1969-1971).  Incorporating cut map works, drawings, video  and sculpture, The Scene is a testament to the importance and political effect of Houston’s storied drag scene between the years of the Stonewall Riots and the beginnings of the AIDS crisis. Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin are visual and performance artists based in Houston.  This is their second exhibition at Devin Borden Gallery.  The Scene is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and is made possible with support from the Invisible Dog Art Center.

Nick Vaughan Jake Margolin Devin Borden Gallery Houston 2018 Art Installation

Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin installation view “the Scene” 2018 devin borden gallery

Artists’ Reception: April 6 (Friday) 6 – 8 pm
Performance Lecture : May 12 (Saturday) 4 pm

Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin Devin Borden Gallery Houston 2018 art exhibition downtown museum district

Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin “The Scene” framed hand cut maps 76 x 90″

Located in the center of the block, parking is convenient from either Isabella or Truxillo Street.  Inman Gallery will be also be opening on Friday evening. Please observe all parking signs and use only paved lots.  There is a new crosswalk at Truxillo Street; through special arrangement, the paved lot across Main Street from the gallery is available on Friday night.  Please cross the rail only at the crosswalk.

Jacqueline Dee Parker

Please join us January 19 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm

Jacqueline Dee Parker

A Lexicon of Sorts


jacqueline dee parker “breach” collage on canvas 46 x 39″

Parker is an artist and a poet who was born in New York City and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in creative writing with a secondary emphasis in painting and drawing from Louisiana State University.  Parker has served as an instructor at Louisiana State University since 1993, and taught in the Department of English before joining the School of Art in 2003.  Prior to life in Louisiana, Parker lived and worked as a freelance graphic layout artist in New York City, Boston, and Detroit.  Her poems appear in literary journals and anthologies, including Atlanta ReviewThe Southern ReviewChelsea, and American Diaspora: Poetry of Exile, among others. Parker was awarded a juror’s prize in the 2009 Rauschenberg Tribute Exhibition (Museum of the Gulf Coast), and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of a 2007 Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana State Division of the Arts. She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, cellist Dennis Parker, and their children.

jacqueline dee parker “i went out of my way” collage on paper 30 x 22″

The fragments of lived experience stir memory and associations, and offer the bricks and mortar for a visceral construction of psychic and emotional space. Collage is a mode of perception that allows me to integrate different sorts of accumulated language—verbal, visual, musical, spatial. My materials include papers from antique books and other ephemera, relics of human life and culture. At work, I think about the horizontal, vertical, and other directional forces that shape experience and orchestrate paths of movement and pursuit. I think about transitions and thresholds, those charged moments of mystery, uncertainty, and possibility. Sentience and structure are intertwined, and I’m inspired to find their balance. JDP 2018

Happy New Year

Since moving to the center of the Isabella Court building in August, the gallery was spared any serious consequences from Hurricane Harvey.  Hosting acclaimed exhibitions by Paul Kittelson and Matt Messing in the fall, the 2017-2018 season continues with new paintings and works on paper by Jacqueline Dee Parker in her gallery debut (January) and a multi-media installation including video and cut map works by Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin (March).  Please follow Devin Borden Gallery on Facebook and Instagram for more updates, invitations and exhibition images.  

Matt Messinger


Opening November 17 (Friday) 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Please join us for an exhibition of new assemblages and paintings on canvas and panel by Matt Messinger. Through December 23.

matt messinger 2017 collage paint graphite on panel 14 x 10″

Argus had a hundred eyes round his head, that took their rest two at a time in succession while the others kept watch and stayed on guard. Wherever he stood he was looking at Io, and had Io in front of his eyes when his back was turned. He let her graze in the light, but when the sun sank below the earth, he penned her, and fastened a rope round her innocent neck. She grazed on the leaves of trees and bitter herbs. She often lay on the bare ground, and the poor thing drank water from muddy streams. ‘You there, whoever you are’ Argus calls ‘you could sit here beside me on this rock; there’s no better grass elsewhere for your flock, and you can see that the shade is fine for shepherds.’     Mercury sits down in disguise, and passes the day in conversation, talking of many things, and playing on his reed pipe, trying to conquer those watching eyes. Argus however fights to overcome gentle sleep, and though he allows some of his eyes to close, the rest stay vigilant. When at last Mercury saw that every eye had succumbed and their light was lost in sleep, quickly he stops speaking and deepens their rest, caressing those drowsy eyes with touches of his magic wand. Then straightaway he strikes the nodding head, where it joins the neck, with his curved sword, and sends it bloody down the rocks, staining the steep cliff.  Argus, you are overthrown! The light of your many eyes is extinguished, and one dark sleeps under so many eyelids.

– Ovid Metamorphoses adapted from a translation by A.S. Kline

Matt Messinger Argus 2017 acrylic and cloth cloth collage on canvas 48 x 48″

Paul Kittelson

On the Line

Opening October 6 (Friday) 6 to 8 pm

Devin Borden Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a new space at 3909 Main Street in the historic Isabella Court building.  Located in the center of the block, parking is convenient from either Isabella or Truxillo Street. Please join us as we kick off the 2017-18 season with an exhibition of new works by Paul Kittelson.  

Paul Kittelson is known for wryly humorous critique and social commentary in works ranging from intimately scaled wall-based assemblages to monumental public commissions.  Through unending exploration of materials, Kittelson creates sculpture in traditional and experimental media including bronze, wood, glass, cement, resin, styrofoam, vinyl and, in the current body of work, graphite on paper. Deft draftsmanship and suspension bring large and small scaled drawings into three-dimensional space, visually and literally. Please join us for an artist’s reception on October 6 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm.  Through November 11, 2017.

Announcing New Space at Isabella Court

Devin Borden Gallery is pleased to announce it has moved three doors north (toward Downtown) to 3909 Main Street at Isabella Court (the center of the block).  The gallery contact information remains the same: 713/256-0225 or DevinBorden at gmail.

Upcoming exhibitions include new drawings by Paul Kittelson and paintings by Matt Messinger. I look forward to seeing you at the new space this fall.  – DB

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

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

Guest Star

Opening June 8 (Thursday) 6 to 8 pm.  Laura Lark has curated this installation including works by dozens of artists, writers and filmmakers who have made her studio compound their temporary residence over the past twenty-five years.Through July 8, 2017.


April 29 (Saturday) and April 30 (Sunday) noon – 5 pm

Forty-two works are installed salon-style.  The exhibition Includes paintings, drawings, collage, assemblage, sculpture and printed multiples dated from between 1947 and the present.  Join us for an open house on April 29 and April 30 (Saturday and Sunday) between noon and 5 pm concurrent with the Preservation Houston tour of Isabella Court. Tickets to the tour are separate and include four other buildings located near downtown Houston.

Selections on Paper

Opening March 9 (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm

Selections on Paper

Drawings by Julia Brown, Chris Cascio, Jason Hedges, Laura Lark, Nicolas Lobo, Richard Nix, Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin, and Hilary Wilder

Laura Lark

A wide variety of mark making distinguishes the works by seven artists and one artist team in Selections on Paper.  Techniques range from simple ink lines, obsessive accumulations of dots, painterly swaths of acrylic, and trails of graphite made by the movement of insects across paper.  All of the artists share a knack for uniquely interpreting the contemporary concept of what it means to make a drawing. Isabella Court galleries will be open and most hosting artists’ receptions on Thursday March 9 from 6 to 8 pm.  On view through April 18, 2017.

Hilary wilder

richard nix