Top Five: June 15, 2023

by Glasstire June 15, 2023

Glasstire counts down the top five art events in Texas.

For last week’s picks, please go here.

Installation view of two dimensional works and a sculpture on a pedestal

Installation view of “Summoning Memories: Art Beyond Chinese Traditions,” Asia Society Texas, February 10–July 2, 2023. © Alex Barber

1. Summoning Memories: Art Beyond Chinese Traditions
Asia Society Texas (Houston)
February 10 – July 2, 2023
Read our review here.

From the museum: “Summoning Memories: Art Beyond Chinese Traditions highlights works by over 30 contemporary artists of Chinese descent who reinterpret traditions in dynamic and innovative ways. Across painting, sculpture, and photography, these works were created by both established and emerging artists of different generations who use experimentation to draw on both Eastern and Western art-making practices and materials. They push boundaries that manipulate traditional materials and develop unique fabrication processes.”

A painting featuring a washy blue on a white, but almost silver ground.

James Lumsden, “Point Series 6.19,” acrylic on canvas, 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches

2. James Lumsden: Strata
Holly Johnson Gallery (Dallas)
April 1 – July 29, 2023

From the gallery: “Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to present James Lumsden: Strata, an exhibition representing a recent ensemble of paintings by the Scottish artist. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, following the solo debut Reflexion (2018) and the group show Manmade (2016). James Lumsden: STRATA will continue through June 17.

Working between studios in Edinburgh and Point on the Isle of Lewis, James Lumsden is fascinated by light and movement. Although essentially abstract, the most recent works suggest a sense of landscape and place which has developed from living on an island.”

Colored glass tubes sit on the floor of an art gallery, creating an installation.

Artwork by Justin Parr

3. Justin Parr: Simplex Objects: Relics of Future Past
Dock Space Gallery (San Antonio)
June 10 – 27, 2023

From the gallery: “New works by Justin Parr. In geometry, a simplex is a generalization of the notion of a triangle or tetrahedron to arbitrary dimensions. In these works Justin is exploring a series of Simplex Objects made from solid rods of glass, sometimes incorporating charged neon gas and other glass based work in his experiments for the viewer. Everything is part of it.”

Artworks hang on the wall of a white-walled art gallery.

Installation view of “Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin”

4. Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin
McClain Gallery (Houston)
May 6 – July 29, 2023
Read our review of Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin’s 2022 show at the Blaffer Art Museum here.

From the gallery: “McClain Gallery is thrilled to open our first presentation of Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin’s work. The installation provides an introduction to the Houston-based artists’ expansive, collaborative, and mutli-disciplinary practice that pulls them through a vivid range of material exploration, sculpture, drawings, lectures, and performances to excavate and shine light onto the political and social histories of LGBTQ+ people.”

A painting of a person wearing a hoodie and a mask. The scene is surreal, with an unclear but colorful background.

Audrey Rodriguez, “Antojitos de Corona Plaza,” 2022

5. Audrey Rodriguez: Tastes of Home
McLennon Pen co. Gallery (Austin)
June 16 – July 28, 2023

From the gallery: “McLennon Pen Co. Gallery is delighted to announce its first presentation with the New York-based artist Audrey Rodriguez, titled Tastes of Home. Rodriguez grew up in Port Isabel, Texas, and draws inspiration from her Honduran and Mexican heritage. Tastes of Home showcases paintings of street scenes capturing interactions with Latin American street food vendors and poignant still lifes of the beloved dishes they create. The exhibition includes oil paintings on linen and panel, graphite drawings, and one sculpture.”

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