March 4 – May 28, 2023
These exhibitions are supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
It’s Called Fishin’, Not Catchin’
It’s Called Fishin’, Not Catchin’ features the hard-edge paintings and color explorations by the artist known as Dual. Navigating between his background as a street artist and gallery presentations of his work, this exhibition includes paintings on canvas, meticulous collages made from the tape used in his painting process, and site-specific paintings on the 1878 Gallery walls. DUAL’s prolific painting practice incorporates intricate manipulation of paint and tape to create optical illusions and patterned effects. These compositions often incorporate flora and fauna with new works presented in this exhibition incorporating marine lifeforms and environments.
Dual is a Houston-based artists that has been a fixture in the local street art scene since 2005. His work includes large-scale murals, paintings on canvas, meticulously tape collages, and sign paintings. Working anonymously under the pseudonym DUAL, his signature approach to painting can be recognized throughout his hometown of Houston, both in public spaces and on gallery walls. His work has been featured in exhibitions at M Squared Gallery, Pablo Cardoza Fine Art, Colton & Farb Gallery, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, and most recently in an ambitious solo exhibition at Reeves Art + Design. He has collaborated with brands, labels, and charities including the Lebron James Family Foundation, Pabst Brewing Company, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Houston Outlaws, Dickies Workwear, Schmutz Watches, Street Serpents Apparel, and Sprite. DUAL’s wheat paste works were featured in the 2011 documentary Stick ‘Em Up!. He has also been featured in numerous periodicals including 002 Magazine, Papercity, Houston Modern Luxury, Houston Press, Free Press Houston, Houston Lifestyle & Homes, Houston Chronicle, and Case Magazine and published in books such as Stay Up and Stuck-Up Piece of Crap: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art. His work can be found prominently features on walls throughout Houston, including recent commissions for the four locations of The Rice Box Restaurant in Houston and Popston in Houston’s Second Ward.
Brown Foundation Gallery & Vault
March 4 – May 28, 2023
James Beard & Sarah Welch
Artist collaborative Sarah Welch and James Beard create work about the speculative future of the Texas Gulf Coast and the intersections between the built environment and nature. The work frequently highlights creatures, plants, and fungal life which are climate appropriate or endemic to their home on the coast. Murky Mirror is a two-part installation which includes painted backdrops, sound works, ceramics, and found objects that draw from the narratives featured in the duo’s most recent book, Outpost. The near-future, climate-fiction narrative chronicles the efforts of a subsistence farmer who is struggling to grow food for her family due to increasingly hot and erratic weather. The story examines the limits of self-reliance and resilience while capturing glimpses of what life might look like on the Texas Gulf Coast 40 years into the future.
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January 14 – April 16, 2023
I Wish I Had A River
Joey Fauerso’s exhibition I Wish I Had A River presents new paintings, sculptures, videos, and site-specific installations addressing subject matters that are both personal and political, centering on family, gender, humor, figuration, and representation. For this exhibition, Fauerso was inspired by the writings of socialist feminist Iris Marion Young, philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and the history of magic tricks involving women’s bodies (historically referred to as ‘torture illusions’). Fauerso’s work explores the ways in which depictions of bodies in stillness and action speak to women’s dual experiences of transcendence and confinement within a patriarchal system.