New Paintings by Brandon, Dylan, Guillaume, and Isaiah
Time: 7/27/2013 6:00pm until 10:00pm
Where: MAS Exhibition Space, 1824 Spring St. Studio 227, Houston, TX 77007
New paintings by:
Should be cool.
July 27 - 31, 2013, New Paintings by Brandon Araujo,
Dylan Roberts, Guillaume Gelot, and Isaiah López in
conjunction with MAS Exhibition Space
Saturday, July 27
6 – 10 pm
MAS Exhibition Space
Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring Street
Houston, TX 77007
This opening reception at MAS Exhibition space will be featuring
completely new work by local and emerging artists Brandon Araujo,
Dylan Roberts, Guillaume Gelot, and Isaiah López. They are
concerned with the visual language surrounding abstract painting and experimentation while the majority of this work, albeit eclectic,is predominately grounded in 2-d processes and painting. Araujo,
Roberts, and Gelot are all recent studio arts graduates from UH while López has some formal art training he has pursued his practiceoutside of art institutions.
They have been included in local and community organized shows and exhibitions including Box 13,Tha Joanna, Lawndale Art Center,and Caroline Collective and have all been included in a non-traditional exhibition curated and organized by López. They all contribute and
participate in self-organized group critiques that allow them to maintain a frequent dialogue and exchange of ideas that underpin this new work. Although these new paintings explore abstraction, the methodologies and dialogues employed vary significantly.
Brandon Araujo’s work is strictly abstract with experimentation firmly imbedded within the act of painting and application of materials on canvas. He underlies this by stating that “the paintings are made in a balanced state between control and chance… I avoid working towards
a set image and allow the paintings to respond to the various materials being used.” In his previous work this has manifested in layered washes of indigo forming patterns and creating various aesthetic affects and
compositions as it was scraped, squeegeed, and wiped with gradient translucency. He most recently displayed these at a solo show at Domy curated by Cody Ledvina.
Dylan Roberts’ approach to mark making and painting differs in his emphasis on the physical response his other-worldly compositions have on himself and its viewers. On his visceral response to art he writes
that “as my eyes roll back into my head and my tongue violently protrudes from my mouth in ecstatic vibrations reaching out towards the painting hung before me, I start to formulate ideas of how, I, through the humble composition of my being may produce my own offering of magnificent eye fucking.” Although the forms in his paintings are not figurative or representational, the planes of tone and texture establish landscapes that are punctuated with strange growths, plants,marbleized stone, and anthropomorphized blobs of collaged paper on paint.
Guillaume Gelot studied sculpture at UH and currently works for Mark Flood. His practice is eclectic, using different types of mediums, but this new body of work is purely comprised of small intimate paintings. He approaches the canvas with the desire to evoke a mood and he explains that “I like a polite, delicate kind of calm image, usually one that feels frozen in time and along with it a quickness and a i-don’t-careism in regards to finish and notions of completion.” This is best understood by his preference to paint at night, when detail and time recede, allowing for the simplicity of empty spaces and the cold moonlight to inform his aesthetic reflections and compositions.
Isaiah López is a prolific and constant maker and his dedication to painting is described, by the artist, as “a natural attraction.” His most recent work deals with the variations and gestures of making similar marks and patterns over the entire surface of a painting. Similarly to Araujo, this experimentation is best revealed by working in a serial fashion, as he states; “I like the intimacy that stubbornly sticking to
something creates, and also the unintended pictures that surface in the series.” He has also curated and organized a motley salon-style exhibition, titled the Apartment Show, and plans on continuing its tradition.
by Isabel Arbelaez Botero
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