Exhibitions on view at Galveston Arts Center
January 13 – February 25, 2018
Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents three exhibitions opening Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with artist talks beginning at 6:30. In the first-floor gallery, the Dallas-based collective The Color Condition transforms the first-floor gallery through a site-specific installation made from plastic streamers for their exhibition Premium Quality. In the second-floor 1878 Gallery, Cary Reeder presents a new series of paintings and cut paper works for the exhibition Impermanence. In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Michael Golden’s exhibition, 0-Connected, features a series of collages made from images he has culled from the past 30 years of his studio practice. These exhibitions will remain on view through February 25, 2018.
Known for their playful and immersive environments created from a variety of plastic and light weight fabrics, The Color Condition aims to make work that calls attention to the sites where they are installed. Drawn to repetition, patterns, color, and the natural motion of wind, the Color Condition transforms synthetic materials into installations that mimic objects found in the natural environment. Their exhibition, Premium Quality, explores a symbolic collision of the internal and external components of their installations, done and undone, to reveal their hidden woven structures.
Impermanence is an exhibition from a new series of paintings and cut-paper works by Houston artist Cary Reeder. Feeling unmoored by a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in 2014, Reeder began this series as a means to explore themes of loss and renewal using nature-based imagery as her muse. With Impermanence, Reeder interprets trees, hands, paths, and portals through bright, highly-saturated paintings and cut-paper painted collage works. Reeder describes her personal relationship with the subject of these works as “a metaphor for my hands and fingers, their craggy knots resembling my joints and veiny lines mimicking mine, and the paths that they shade, symbolic of a journey with an unknown end.” Having primarily exhibited paintings in her past, these new cut-paper works mark a new direction in her practice.
Michael Golden’s exhibition, 0 – Connected, includes collages created from images he has collected over the past 30 years of his studio practice. After retiring from teaching in 2016, Golden began sorting through his archive of images. The resulting works document his life experiences, personal associations, and play with visual metaphor through imagery pulled from science, nature and geometry. Golden’s life experiences coming out, his varied medical history, travels, and teaching are clipped and juxtaposed with representations of forgiveness, oneness, family, and gender identity. Golden’s perception of space is altered by blindness in his right eye, with these collages offering viewers insight into his two-dimensional world