Skydive Celebrates Its 4th Year

by Rachel Hooper February 4, 2012


Four years ago, Sasha Dela and Ariane Roesch opened a studio on an upper floor of an outdated and slightly ominous looking office building across from Montrose Krogers and the Chinese Consulate after the artists were both in the 2008 Houston Area Exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum. They decided to curate small exhibitions in a room adjacent to their studios, and thus, Skydive was born.

Skydive came to fill an important niche in the Houston arts scene as one of the only institutions in town showing radical, contemporary art by artists living outside Houston who for the most part do not have careers established in the gallery system. The organization has gone through many changes since the early days. Now, it is located in a two story home on Norfolk Street near the Greenbriar/Shepherd exit off of 59 and is run by a collaborative group of artists.

Tonight they celebrate their fourth year with an all-star exhibition of artists living in Houston including Chris Akin, Sasha Dela, Nancy Douthey, Haden Garrett, Rachel Hecker,
Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen, Terrell James, Jim Nolan, Brian Piana, Emily Sloan, and Carl Suddath. It promises to be a fantastic exhibition worthy of a space that has hosted some of the most interesting exhibitions around.

One of my favorites was a collaborative performance by Adela Andea and Chin Xaou Ti Won called The Space Between the Sound. Here’s a video of the opening night performance:

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