OPENING RECEPTION “Spring 2024 Exhibitions” at Art League Houston

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OPENING RECEPTION “Spring 2024 Exhibitions” at Art League Houston

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


ON VIEW FEBRUARY 23 – APRIL 20, 2024: Art League Houston opens four exhibitions:

MAIN GALLERY: hallowed be thy name | Krista Chalkley” – The textiles, sculpture, and mixed media installation in this exhibition by the Chicago-based artist serve as a queered reimagining of a Gothic cathedral. The body of work subverts traditional motifs of Christian iconography by imbuing them with exaltations of queerness in an attempt to heal religious trauma and facilitate reparative discussions surrounding queer worth. By act of reclamation, the exhibition pays reverence to queerness and commemorates moments of collective joy, sorrow, resistance, and belonging.

FRONT GALLERY: Visions via Riding High | Alexis Pye” – This series of works deals with the relationship between cars and memory based on concrete sights with embellishments that lie in the fantastic. Using the backdrop of Tom’s Market, a now-defunct corner store nestled in the neighborhood of the east side of Detroit as a setting, the car becomes a moving exploration of Black culture within and outside of its marginalized constructs. Constructs that often dictate what black culture is but does not often fully represent it. These images challenge perceived ideas of Blackness that are constantly moving forward and becoming looser and abstract. Blackness is a vehicle, and if you are not careful it will speed right by you.

HALLWAY GALLERY: “Can’t See the Forest | Renata Lucia” – In this exhibition, ecological drawings, printing plates, and collagraphs are equal parts warning, love letter, and documentation delivered in trees. The title highlights how focusing on the wrong details can lead to failure to notice what’s important as an ecological whole. Included are tree portraits from Houston neighborhoods, Texas State Parks (including the now-lost Fairfield Lake State Park), and the Russell Farm Art Center in North Texas. The artist’s collagraph series forefronts disturbance, featuring trees transformed to ubiquitous packaging materials, to collagraph printing plates, and then framed images on paper. The prints are created by carving tree imagery into flattened packaging (such as unfolded printer cartridge or pasta boxes) to create printing plates that are intaglio printed or viscosity printed (multi-color printing that incorporates relief and intaglio techniques). The imagery includes healthy trees and snags, deformed urban trees, wooden power poles (former trees), microhabitats, and consequences of habitat loss. Sunsets depicted in the viscosity prints offer both end-of-day comfort and warning of the impending climate crisis. The printing plates are also presented to highlight the materiality and presence of the trees and clarify the printing process.

SCULPTURE GARDEN: Transform the Narrative | Susana Lewandowski” – The idea for this public art piece came from the artist’s participation in the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy in 2021, where along with other professionals developed and published recommendations for prevention of labor trafficking in migrants. Lewandowski’s creative passion from taking part in this program grew into the concept of the community mural, which combines her love of storytelling and developing educational awareness using public art. The project is a dedication to the survivors and professionals who work in the anti-movement depicting themes of courage, growth, and healing.

IMAGE CREDIT: “Riding High” by Alexis Pye, 2023; oil, oil pastel, oil stick on canvas, acrylic yarn, 40 x 40 x 2 1/2 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.


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