At GAC: “x J.ESC Assimilation Apparel” by Juan Carlos Escobedo

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.

Opening October 8th, 2022

Party Line

Kris Pierce

Kris Pierce’s exhibition, Party Line, explores the intersection of virtual and physical identity through a real-time gathering of sources from social media platforms and across a series of new multi-media works and paintings. Concerned with how we project and perceive our own reality, Pierce reflects on the trend of main character syndrome; a TikTok phenomenon where people imagine and act out scenarios playing the “main character” in a fictionalized version of their lives. His works ask us to consider how aspects of self-assurance and confidence are understood in American culture, and how technology has the potential to transform healthy individualism into a type of harmful narcissism. Alongside his multimedia work, Pierce also connects these themes through a series of paintings that reflect on identity and individualism in American culture, its history and its ability to thread fictional archetypes into dangerous manifestations. Portraying a range of business-men types in reference to chauvinist cartoons of the 50’s and 60’s, the artist invokes stereotypes to draw attention to aspects of interpersonal communication; small signifiers that point to the class, aspiration, and social mobility. This glance back serves as a thoughtful reminder that identity is a social construct, regardless of how or when it is mediated.

Main Gallery

October 8 – January 8

Still On View

A Hundred More

Jamie Robertson

Jamie Robertson’s exhibition, A Hundred More, is a meditation on the concept and reality of the Black Landscape in the rural South. Robertson describes the landscape as witness to the fullness of Black life; the emergence of new generations and the retiring of older generations into the soil to become one with the landscape. The ancestors, now a spectral presence on the Homeground, witness the simultaneous growth and decay of their bloodlines. The Black landscape will survive us all and with that in mind, Robertson pauses to acknowledge what came before, what is now, and to dream of what is to come. For over one hundred years, Robertson’s family has called the small unincorporated communities in Leon County, TX Home. Through the use of archival documents, photography, sculpture, and video, she asks, “What will become of us in a hundred more years?”

Brown Foundation Gallery

August 27 – November 13

x  J.ESC • Assimilation Apparel

Juan Carlos Escobedo

x J.ESC • Assimilation Apparel is a pseudo apparel line by San-Antonio based artist Juan Carlos Escobedo. Through these garments, Escobedo mimics landscapes and models the distinction between lower and higher socioeconomic spaces, revealing their residual ties to class and race. Primarily composed of cardboard, a material charged with preconceived notions of crudeness, utilitarianism, disposability and brownness, Escobedo’s work parallel’s his own identity. His work navigates the constant negotiation a brown person from a low socioeconomic background is required to do in order to mitigate their physical, cultural, and socioeconomic presence in privileged white spaces not intended for them. These clothes present a physical manifestation of what has been described as “the gentrification of a brown body.”

1878 Gallery

August 27 – November 13

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