HOUSTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 – FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography (HCP), two of the state’s premier photographic arts organizations, continue their ongoing collaboration with the exhibition MOVING/STILL: RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY BY TEXAS ARTISTS, the fifth installment of the FotoFest series Talent in Texas and the third co-presented by FotoFest and HCP.
Featuring a diverse group of 12 artists from across the state, MOVING/STILL is curated by Kerry Inman, of Inman Gallery, Houston TX. The exhibition is split between the two exhibition spaces – FotoFest Headquarters Downtown and Houston Center for Photography in the Museum District. The exhibition is on view at the two venues September 20 – November 3, 2013. Beginning November 8, the exhibition will be unified at FotoFest Headquarters and continues through December 7, 2013.
MOVING/STILL opens at FotoFest Headquarters Friday September 20, 2013 6-8pm and at HCP the following evening, Saturday September 21, 2013 6-8pm. Each reception will begin with artist talks at 6pm. Refreshment for both evenings is provided by Karbach Brewing Company.
The exhibition’s title, MOVING/STILL, is in reference to the performative aspect of much of the work, whether it is documenting a physical action taking place, or presenting a vision of the human connection to an alive and conscious natural world. Many of the pieces incorporate long or multiple exposures capturing a sense of time passing. In others, surreal hybrid forms inhabit construction sites, ragged shorelines, and abandoned factories. Several projects refer to ritual and ceremony and the transformative power of these acts.
“As I reviewed recent photographic work from around the state, I was intrigued by the strong emphasis on documentation of performance in the work,” said Ms. Inman. “Many artists are presenting new relationships to the natural world, where ‘Nature’ is a more active character in an unfolding narrative. These themes are certainly not unique to Texas, but this focused exercise helped me uncover them and I hope the exhibition will provide food for thought.”
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS INCLUDE:
Armando Alvarez is a self-taught photographer living in the small South Texas city of Edinburg. The foggy scenes depicted in his Haze series are ominous and vacant, made in empty parking lots and along quiet residential streets where the glow of neon signs and street lamps become a luminous and eerie wash of light.
Miguel Amat came to Houston from Venezuela to attend the prestigious CORE residency at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His photographs of pristine, seemingly natural landscapes highlight mankind’s interference in the natural world. Each of these beautiful “natural’ landscapes are the result of human, technological intervention – a man-made dam.
Keliy Anderson-Staley lives in Houston, but photographed 30 families living “off the grid” – without electricity, telephone service, water or other government supplied utilities, in rural Maine. The sensitive and serious document is made without irony and is rooted in the artist’s own personal history. The project began with her own family.
The work of Houston artist Megan Badger has strong ties to the metaphysical and the poetic, and it shows her interest in theatre, literature, and mythology. Ritual acts, and their transformative qualities, are especially evident in the work.
Jesse Morgan Barnett (Dallas, TX) records the anonymous evidence of accidents on some of Texas’ 300,000 miles of roads. The smeared black and gray marks of rubber on concrete, left by tires scraping white lane dividers and road barriers, look like the improvised brush strokes of an action painting.
Susi Brister explores the intersection between form and environment and the dichotomy of natural vs. artificial. Her photographs are populated with mysterious figures covered in faux fur and obviously artificial textiles that stand in stark contrast with their bucolic settings. The Austin artist blurs the boundaries between photography, sculpture and performance.
Austin photographer Elizabeth Chiles photographs of wildflowers, returning to the parched Texas landscape after a record breaking drought, are sensitive and quite literally poetic. The project is inspired by poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s collection entitled Figs from Thistles, reflecting on the beauty of a shifting and transient landscape.
The creatures in Hector Hernandez’ (Austin, TX) photographs are ephemeral, if anthropomorphic. Their airy and fluid bodies, made of silk and satin, rise in dynamic and dramatic fashion above seemingly human legs. The Hyperbeast Lives series is playful and intriguing.
Paho Mann lives and teaches in North Texas, but grew up in Arizona where Circle K convenience stores were ubiquitous. Corporate reorganizing and a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the 1980s and 90s led to the closure of many outlets. As those shuttered stores were reoccupied by other small businesses, the standardized and easily identifiable architecture remains, and Mr. Mann began mapping and photographing these former stores and their new tenants.
Spanish-born Linarejos Moreno’s theatrical photographs are made in spaces that are destined to be destroyed – collateral damage from the global economic recession. The characters depicted are engaged in complex rituals meant to further the construction of a better future from the ruins of the old.
Barry Stone is a member of the Austin based collective Lakes were Rivers. In his photographs he presents alternative versions of the world that exist simultaneously with the accepted reality. One knows the world by quoting, rearranging, adding to, and subtracting from it.
Jeremy Underwood photographs along Houston’s industrialized and polluted waterways, interacting with the landscape and the debris found there. The artist builds site-specific sculpture from the discarded wood and plastic that washes up on the shores of the city’s bayous and bays. The project spotlights the environmental condition of the waterways and reflects upon consumer culture, the human/nature relationship, and the pervasion of pollution.
TOURS AND OTHER PROGRAMMING
A curator led tour of the exhibition, at both venues, is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 11am. The tour begins at FotoFest and continues at HCP after a light lunch, provided by the venues. Other tours and programs are planned and will be announced on the FotoFest and HCP websites at http://www.fotofest.org and http://www.hcponline.org.
Tours for other groups are available free, with reservations, at either space. To arrange a tour please contact Jennifer Ward, 713.223.5522, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOVING/STILL is a participating exhibit in the Texas Biennial 2013 – a state-wide project that features exhibitions of Texas artists in cities across the state. Information on the Texas Biennial 2013 may be found at http://www.texasbiennial.org
For more information or for visuals from MOVING/STILL, please contact:
Vinod Hopson, FotoFest Press, 713.223.5522 ext 26, email@example.com
Jonathan Beitler, HCP Press Coordinator, 832.964.9932, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Kerry Inman is owner and co-director of Inman Gallery, Houston. Inman Gallery was founded in 1990 as a project space dedicated to showcasing the work of younger artists who were under-recognized by the contemporary gallery scene in Houston of the late 80’s. Since that time, Inman Gallery has steadily grown into a nationally recognized venue that encourages innovative, thoughtful visual presentations and nurtures talent. Emphasizing visual exploration and conceptual thinking over purely formal solutions have been cornerstones of the gallery programming since its inception. With director Patrick Reynolds, she has organized a number of thematic group exhibitions at the gallery, including Paper Space (2012, drawings by sculptors), Related Clues (2011, contemporary sculptural practice), do i know you (2010, contemporary portraiture), among many others. She has served on the advisory boards of the Glassell School of Art, and the Art League of Houston. Additionally, she has served as juror for numerous regional exhibitions, as well as several national panels, including Creative Capital and Altoids Collection.