January 17 - February 29, 2020
“December 18, 2019. Houston, TX – Art League Houston (ALH) is proud to present teenage cream, an exhibition of work by Artists Alex Guillen, based in Brooklyn, New York, and Dana Suleymanova, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Selected by ALH’s Artist Advisory Board during the Open Call process, teenage cream is a two-person exhibition featuring recent ceramic, sculpture and new media work by Guillen and Suleymanova.
Previously based in Texas, Guillen and Suleymanova both work primarily in drawing, sculpture, and new media. They combine crude textures and playful objects to create personal narratives that unpack presentations of femininity and its commercialization in an increasingly digital age. Using seemingly childish aesthetics, the artists create digital versions of the analog and analog versions of the digital to explore how those objects can exist in an in-between state.
Guillen’s work merges visual and anecdotal memories of adolescent years with current experiences and emotions of young adulthood as a method of self-reflection, drawing visual and conceptual parallels between the two. For Suleymanova, the childlike becomes a jumping off point to think about the perceived naivety of queerness and its rejection of “growing up.” Together, Guillen and Suleymanova probe the political discourse surrounding women’s bodies, as well as the historical patronization of women, as they look for ways to claim agency of their own narratives.”
Opening: January 17, 2020 | 6–9 pm
1953 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, 77006 TX
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