Top Five: June 9, 2022

by Glasstire June 9, 2022

Glasstire counts down the top five art events in Texas.

For last week’s picks, please go here.

A work on paper by Brad Tucker that features simple drawings of overlapping outlines of clouds against a blue background.

Brad TuckerR, “Clouds,” 2020, graphite watercolor, and cyanotype on paper, 9 x 12 inches. Carter/Wynne Family Collection. Paper Chase is funded in part by Ron & Candy Hatfield and Pati & Bill Meadows/TLR Ranch.

1. Paper Chase
Old Jail Art Center (Albany)
June 4 – August 20, 2022

From the Old Jail Art Center:
“In 2010, Rodney Rogers and Michael Wynne, both living in Dallas, were two strangers who met for lunch to discuss art. During that lunch, a new unlikely friendship was formed. At that time both had been actively supporting and collecting artists for at least 30 years. Since 2010 both have visited artist studios, attended numerous openings, and viewed countless exhibitions around the state and across the US. Both continue to collect and build strong collections by Texas artists.

This exhibition focuses on works on paper selected from their individual collections and includes 35 works by 22 artists highlighting the diversity and talent in Texas visual art.”

An abstract painting by Melinda Laszcazynski. The artwork incorporates black, pale pink, neon green, white, and vibrant blue and is painted with a thick texture.

Melinda Laszczynski, “Soft Spots.”

2. Never Odd or Even
Galveston Arts Center
April 23 – July 10, 2022

From the Galveston Arts Center:
“Galveston Arts Center presents the exhibition Never Odd or Even featuring the paintings and sculptures of Houston-based artists Melinda Laszczynski, Kate Mulholland, and Erika Whitney. The exhibition highlights the opposing and complimentary ideas and processes each artist employs in their individual relationship to abstraction and color. Through a push and pull between additive and subtractive, methodical and intuitive processes, these works navigate the artists’ ongoing experimentations with abstraction that flow between paintings and objects.”

A square painting by Mihee Nahm depicting tree branches and leaves at night.

Mihee Nahm, “Night Walk #1,” 2021, oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches.

3. Mihee Nahm: Healing
Artspace 111 (Fort Worth)
May 12 – June 25, 2022

From Artspace 111:
Healing by Mihee Nahm showcases everyday flora Nahm encounters on daily walks. What Nahm refers to as ‘marginalized greeneries,’ compositions of trees, vines, and domesticated plants fill extremely dense oil paintings. What began as a photographic encounter, quickly turned to a digitally archived collection of interesting subject matter.

Formal elements such as color, texture, light, shape, and form are selected and often digitally altered to communicate Nahm’s visual attraction while evoking a sense of longing. Starting with acrylic on a small scale, these images are drawn, and then a few are selected for life-sized renderings in oil. This labor-intensive way of creation emphasizes Nahm’s primary goal of mimesis. Although each individual painting goes through various approaches of fabrication, the consistency of added layers is evident throughout the entire series.”

A mixed-media work on paper by Terry Allen depicting a wolf with human facial features super imposed. Text below the image reads, "Del Rio."

Terry Allen, “Wolfman of del Rio (MemWars),” 2018–2019, mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 inches. © Terry Allen. Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

4. Terry Allen: MemWars
Blanton Museum of Art
December 18, 2021 – July 10, 2022
Read Barbara Purcell’s review of the exhibition here.

From the Blanton Museum:
“Many artists work in multiple mediums, but for Terry Allen, music, performance, writing, and visual artwork are truly all part of the same practice. He grew up in Lubbock, Texas in the 1950s and then moved to Los Angeles, where he graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1966. Although he has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for many years with his wife and frequent collaborator, actress and fellow artist Jo Harvey Allen, his work is well-known to Austinites through his public sculpture at Laguna GloriaRoad Angel (2016) and because of his recent annual concerts at the Paramount Theatre.

Much of his work, including his acclaimed songwriting, explores images and subject matter associated with the American West. As a visual artist, he often creates immersive sculptural installations with an aspect of performance, incorporated through projections and video–or live performers in some cases. Drawing is another one of the mediums in which he is prolific. For number 9 of the Blanton’s Contemporary Project series, he will show newly created work.”

A photograph by Steve Plattner featuring a man standing next to a small van covered in cameras.

Steve Plattner, “Harrod Blank and Camera Van.”

5. Strangers in a Strange Land: Photographs of American Visionaries and Their Environments
Amarillo Museum of Art
April 22 – August 14, 2022

From the Amarillo Museum of Art:
“This exhibition of 54 photographs, taken over the past twelve years by American historian and photographer, Steve Plattner, honors 25 American ‘visionaries’ and their often idiosyncratic, highly personal worlds. While there is no overarching term to adequately describe the collective characteristics of these visionaries, as a group they share at least three traits.

  • Each of them has resisted the formidable pressures of mainstream American culture to pursue their own path and craft their own personal worlds of wonder.
  • Not satisfied with visions alone, through force of will they have managed to transform their remarkable ideas into something tangible and substantial, usually with found and scavenged materials.
  • They are largely self-taught, with little or no formal training.

The conceptual and stylistic scope of the work of the subjects included in Plattner’s photos is as vast as the variety of materials and techniques they employ. These visionaries inhabit every corner of the country. They come from all walks of life–mechanics, electronic engineers, art museum conservators, teachers, veterans, preachers, farm laborers, welders, deputy sheriffs and a hobo turned cowboy. While they are surrounded by American consumer culture each of them has gone against the grain of larger societal forces to shape lyrical one-of-a-kind worlds of their own.”

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