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At GAC: “Never Odd or Even:” Melinda Laszczynski, Kate Mulholland, and Erika Whitney

Galveston Arts Center is located at 2127 Strand, Downtown Galveston, TX 77550
P: 409.763.2403 – Admission is always free.

Open Wednesday – Sunday, Noon – 5pm, closed Monday & Tuesday and on federal holidays.


Main Gallery

On view April 23 – July 10, 2022

Never Odd or Even: Melinda Laszczynski, Kate Mulholland, and Erika Whitney

Melinda Laszczynski, Soft Spots, 2021. Acrylic, paint skins, glitter, tape, and crushed opal on film mounted on panel, 10″ x 8”

 

Kate Mulholland, Fool’s Fire, 2019, Latex on canvas, 47″ x 73″, Photo by Emily Peacock

Erika Whitney, Fuzzy was the Feeling, 2022, Acrylic on plaster over panel (stuffed painting), 10.5” x 8”

 

Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents two new exhibitions opening in conjunction with Galveston ArtWalk on June 4, 2022 from 6 to 9PM. In the 1878 Gallery, in conjunction with the Print Houston Biennial, Cathie Kayser‘s exhibition Liminal features new prints that continue the artist’s exploration into printmaking processes, materials, and landscapes, both real and imagined. These new works specifically address the artist’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and include works made from the disposable PPE at the forefront of the battle against the virus. In the second floor Brown Foundation Gallery, Lauren Cross‘s exhibition, Come Sunday (I’m Crossing Over), features works inspired by narratives of Black migration, emancipation, and freedom. Through the use of digitally fabricated fibers, installations, videos, and prints, Cross’ work connects to stories of the historic journey to Juneteenth. These exhibitions will remain on view through August 21, 2022.

Continuing through July 10, 2022, the first floor gallery features the work of artists Melinda Laszczynski, Kate Mulholland, and Erika Whitney in the exhibition Never Odd or Even which highlights the opposing and complimentary ideas and processes each artist employs in their individual relationship to abstraction and color.

GAC’s galleries are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 5 PM. For information and hours for ArtWalk participating spaces, please visit: https://www.galvestonartscenter.org/artwalk

These exhibitions are supported in part by an award from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

About the Exhibitions:

Cathie Kayser’s exhibition, Liminal, features new prints that continue the artist’s exploration into printmaking processes, materials, and landscapes, both real and imagined. Kayser’s work often begins with an exploration of various media that evolve into new series of prints. This exhibition includes work inspired by her experiences in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in which she found herself isolated from the natural world she regularly takes influence from. Inspired by a New York Times article in July 2020 featuring the front lines of the pandemic, this series includes monotypes made from disposable paper gowns that Kayser reworked through drawing and cutting in order to isolate shapes within the folds. For Kayser, these new works are her attempt to capture the range of emotions and struggles of the past two years.

Come Sunday is an exhibition featuring the works of interdisciplinary artist Lauren Cross, which are inspired by narratives of Black migration, emancipation, and freedom. Heavily influenced by the lyrics of spirituals, jazz, and others songs of freedom, Cross uses her multi-dimensional practice in this series as a solemn prayer of liberation for one’s community. Through the use of digitally fabricated fibers, installations, videos, and prints, Cross’ work connects to stories of the historic journey to Juneteenth that occurred on June 19, 1865– the day that General Gordon Granger issued General Order No 3 and informed the people of Texas that all enslaved people were free. As a native Texan, Cross reimagines these historic images and scenes through the lens of her own ancestors who existed across five generations in the state. While her tracings of their steps to freedom are intentionally imaginary, she proposes these memories and images as the circulation of celebrations past, present, and future.

For more information on GAC exhibitions, please visit: https://www.galvestonartscenter.org/exhibitions

About the Artists:

Cathie Kayser 186,000: You lift me, I lift you (details), 2022 Monotype, graphite, and embossing Dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist

Cathie Kayser is a print artist based in Houston, TX. She is the studio manager and printing assistant to master printer Patrick Masterson at Burning Bones Press, where she has taught printmaking workshops and works in a variety of techniques, including plate lithography, woodcuts, intaglio, screenprints, and monotypes. Her work is in private and public collections, including the Houston Airport System. Kayser’s work has been featured in local and international group exhibitions, as well as solo exhibitions at Bosque Gallery/Lonestar College and Nicole Longnecker Gallery. In 2009, Kayser and four other artists founded PrintHouston, a celebration of original prints, the artists who create them, and the people who collect them. In 2010 they organized the inaugural biennial along with Rockin’ Roll Prints, a steamroller printmaking event attended by hundreds of artists from across Texas.  cathiekayser.weebly.com

Lauren Cross is an artist, curator, and scholar, who holds an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA (2010), and a Ph.D. in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies from Texas Woman’s University, Denton (2017). She is also the founder of the arts non-profit, WoCA Projects, in Fort Worth, Texas. Cross is recognized nationally and internationally for her interdisciplinary art practice, site-specific installations, and community work, including featured works in museums and galleries across the U.S. and the 2015 Edinburgh Art Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She received the Third Annual Visionary Award by Fort Worth Weekly magazine in 2013 and was named one of Dallas’ “100 Creatives” by the Dallas Observer in 2015. In 2018, Cross was selected as a Visiting Artist for the Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art, and an inaugural Carter Community Artist for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. In 2021, she was a Nasher Public artist for the Nasher Sculpture Center in collaboration with the organization For Oak Cliff in Dallas, featuring the interactive project A Moment of Silence/Let Freedom Ring. Cross also is Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design and serves as the program coordinator and for the Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies program.  Her research addresses critical multicultural approaches in arts practice, arts entrepreneurship, curatorial studies, museum studies, and art history. Cross has been a frequent presenter at academic and public conferences across the country and internationally, and is the director of the award-winning documentary, The Skin Quilt Project, which was produced in 2010 and was an official selection at the 2010 International Black Women’s Film Festival in Berkeley, California.  laurencross.com

Lauren Cross (below)
I looked over Jordan, 2022

Print on digitally fabricated fabric

24” x 20”

Courtesy of the artist

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