EXHIBIT “Strangeness, Tone, Translucency” at McClain Gallery

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EXHIBIT “Strangeness, Tone, Translucency” at McClain Gallery

April 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


APRIL 20 – JUNE 22, 2024: McClain Gallery presents “Strangeness, Tone, Translucency” — an exhibition is a wander through collage today and its history through the works of eleven artists: Radcliffe Bailey, Nathaniel Donnett, Jodi Hays, Carl E. Hazlewood, Dorothy Hood, Delita Martin, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Salle Werner Vaughn, and Nari Ward.

Collage, an additive medium by definition, consistently produces mystery. The technique allows artists to investigate layering, concealing, masking, and covering: all acts which have the potential to reveal histories and ideas often hidden from view. The superposing of disparate elements levels their original separation, sparking connections and a certain metaphysical space.

Built around the magical yet formally rigorous collage work of artist Dorothy Hood, the works in this show use opacity, texture, rhythm, and see-through veils to shake the ground on which the viewer stands – surrealist vistas seep, and the irresistible urge to hear, touch, and look take over.

This exhibition takes its title from a blurb, written by Wayne Koestenbaum, on Meret Oppenheim’s recently published book of poetry “The Loveliest Vowel Empties.”


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Houston, TX 77098 United States
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