A Celebration of Art on the Island
Exhibitions on view August 26th-October 8th at Galveston Arts Center
Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents three exhibitions opening Saturday, August 26th, 6-9pm with artist talks beginning at 6:30pm. In the 1st floor gallery, Bradley Kerl presents new paintings and works on paper, including still lifes and imagery mined from his day-to-day experiences, for “Greenhouse.”
In the 2nd floor 1878 Gallery, Angel Oloshove presents “The Ocean Never Closes,” a new series of ceramic totems that experiment with painterly glazes to express feelings of transcendental experiences through form and color. The 2nd floor Brown Foundation Gallery features Christopher Cascio’s exhibition, “XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX,” which includes a new series of paintings that reference traditional quilt patterns and his past work incorporating concert wristbands. These exhibitions will remain on view through October 8th.
Houston-based painter Bradley Kerl presents “Greenhouse,” an exhibition of recent work ranging from works on paper to large-scale paintings. Kerl mines his day-to-day experiences for image-making opportunities: classroom still-life arrangements, a flowerbed at the grocery store, potted plants at the doctor’s office. These seemingly mundane moments offer the artist an opportunity to develop his particular vernacular. With the inclusion of etchings, works on paper, and small canvases, the artist’s varied approach to making fully realized, large-scale paintings will be on view for the first time in a major exhibition.
Angel Oloshove presents a new series of ceramic totems that reflect on the land, environment, and its constant state of flux for the exhibition “The Ocean Never Closes.” Oloshove’s work experiments with painterly glazes to express feelings of transcendental experiences through form and color. She describes her stacked stupa as connecting earth, water, fire, wind, and the void. Oloshove’s works are beacons, reveling in the beauty of the day and standing strong to weather the greatest storm. In her work, clay is brought to a new light, as stone, vibrating with the history of the land.
Christopher Cascio explores themes of obsession, compulsion, and ritual through painting and mixed media works. His exhibition, “XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX,” includes a new series of paintings that reference traditional quilt patterns and his past work incorporating concert wristbands. The title of the exhibition is intended to be both immediate and cryptic, redacted in an effort to reflect its futility.
GAC is the organizer of ArtWalk, which takes place every six weeks in Downtown Galveston. The ArtWalk brochure, which lists participating venues, hours, information, and map can be downloaded at galvestonartscenter.org. The galleries and the ArtWorks Museum Store are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Admission is free at all times.
About the artists:
A native of southeast Texas, Bradley Kerl has called Houston home for the past six years. Kerl studied drawing and painting at the University of North Texas, as well as the University of Houston, where he earned his MFA in 2014. His work has been exhibited widely in Texas, including the group exhibitions “HOT & WET” at Circuit12 Contemporary (2016) and “Fun” at Kirk Hopper Fine Art (2017), both in Dallas, TX. He has also been the focus of solo exhibitions at Art Palace Gallery (2014, 2015) and Houston’s Texas Contemporary Art Fair (2016). More recently, Kerl spent January 2017 in residence at 100 West Corsicana in Corsicana, TX, in addition to completing his first mural at Circuit12 Contemporary’s PRIMER bookstore. He is currently an Affiliate Artist Instructor of drawing and painting at the University of Houston. Kerl is represented by Art Palace in Houston. For more info go to bradleykerl.com.
Angel Oloshove (b. 1981, Temperance, MI) studied painting at California College of the Arts and went on to work in graphic design and toy development in Tokyo, Japan. In 2009, she turned her focus to develop her studio practice in ceramic sculpture. She balances a fine art practice of sculptural ceramics as well has her own line of functional design pottery that is stocked in design boutiques throughout the United States. Her exhibition “Floating Worlds” was selected as a Critic’s Pick for the April 2015 issue of “ArtForum.” In 2015, she was named one of “Ten Modern Ceramists Shaping the Future” by “AnOther Magazine.” In 2015, Oloshove’s ceramic designs and artworks were included in the survey exhibition “Texas Design Now” at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. She has exhibited at Gallery Hanahou (New York), Front St. Gallery (Oakland, CA), and several arts institutions across Japan. Oloshove was a finalist for the 2015 Houston Artadia Award, and will begin a residency at the Houston Center of Contemporary Art in the fall of 2017. For more info go to angeloloshove.com.
Christopher Cascio is a painter based in Houston. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA, 1999) and the University of Houston (MFA, 2013). Cascio has exhibited his work extensively, including exhibitions at Devin Borden Gallery, Cardoza Fine Arts, Rice University, Blaffer Museum, DiverseWorks, and Lawndale Art Center in Houston, New Image Art and Maitland Foley in Los Angeles, Makebish in New York, and other exhibitions in Dallas, San Antonio, and San Francisco. In 2014, he was included in the Contemporary Art Museum’s 65th anniversary show “Outside the Lines.” He was recently featured in “Sneeze Magazine” and reviewed in Art in America. Cascio teaches at Sam Houston State University and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. For more info go to christophercascio.com.