We, the editors, spent time in Houston checking out the Texas Contemporary art fair over the weekend. This year’s fair was especially interesting to us because of a project, The Other Mexico, curated by Leslie Moody Castro.
If you didn’t make it down, we’ve earmarked a few artists that caught our eye. In no particular order:
Page Kempner, Open / Closed, 2013, painted cast bronze, acrylic paint, primer, 2 parts, 5 3/8 x 3 x 4 inches + 3 x 3 x 3 inches, Moody Gallery
Thao Votang: I found this small sculpture simply sweet and thoughtful. It’s tiny and provided a bit of a break from the large paintings that want to hit you over the head with color.
Javier Areán, Diagrama
TV: This is from one of the The Other Mexico galleries. These paintings were ordered while showing disorder. I liked the neat brushstrokes, the installation that hints at a narrative and the relevant subject matter.
Dmitri Obergfell, Anuar (Statues Also Die), Casa Maauad
Rebecca Marino: I really enjoyed all of The Other Mexico galleries, but Casa Maauad was definitely my favorite. It is an artist run nonprofit that produces a box of various editioned works you can purchase annually. This particular sculpture by Obergfell comes with a piece of graphite so that each individual owner can finish the piece on their own.
Susan Whyne, Entrance No. 45, 1972, watercolor on paper, 20 x 30 inches, Art Palace
TV: This is just one of many works by Whyne that Art Palace had on display. If he keeps them around, you should ask to take a look.
Sidonie Villere, Jonathan Ferrara gallery
TV: I know, I am falling into my monochromatic trap. But the shadows and the visible vs. hidden is too compelling for me to ignore. Villere also had these great cubes.
Brandon Vickerd, Sputnik Returned, 2013, stainless steel, 60 feet by 12 x 6 feet, Art Mûr
RM: Not to be predictable, but yeah, I was super into this on-site installation by Vickerd. This is a replica of the first satellite to orbit the earth, Sputnik, installed as if it had failed and crashed back down on earth. While commenting a great deal on scientific advancement and humanity, it’s also just a really fun piece that added immensely to and complimented the convention center space.
Rodrigo Valenzuela, David Shelton Gallery
TV: David Shelton went all-out for his booth (which was bigger than his gallery). These black and white photographs were compelling for me because of the set ups, the lingering touch of the artist.
Blake Little, Preservation, Kopeikin Gallery
RM: This is a photo series in which Little pours around 4,500 pounds of honey on his subjects. I felt really strange being drawn to these. They are totally repulsive but also simultaneously really beautiful, which is something I appreciate, especially with photography. The detail and gleam of the images is kind of unreal too.
TV: For this trip in Houston, I was excited to get to the Blaffer Art Museum for the first time. On view was Time / Image and Zina Saro-Wiwa: Did You Know We Taught Them How to Dance? Both exhibitions are on through December and I would say that everyone should allow themselves at least two hours to enjoy these exhibitions. And, I have to say, parking on campus was not as tedious as I thought it might be.