WILLIAM BETTS

November 2010

6 November through 23 November 2010

We are pleased to announce  New Mirror Paintings by William Betts, his third solo exhibition at Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery (also 2007 and 2008).  The artist lives and works in Houston.  Recently the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance, Betts has also received top awards from the Assistance League  (Juror: Keven Salatino), and the Albuquerque Southwest Biennial (Juror: Neal Benezra) .

 

William Betts is a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award.  This grant is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

ERIKA BLUMENFELD

October 2010

Please join us Saturday October 9th from 11 am to 1 pm:
ERIKA BLUMENFELD

In September and October of 2004, Erika Blumenfeld was invited to Marfa, Texas as Ballroom Marfa’s inaugural artist-in-residence.  Through the generosity and non-financial support of the nearby McDonald Observatory, Blumenfeld was granted the rare opportunity to work on site up on the main peak of the observatory in one of their astronomer’s houses.  During her two-month residence, Blumenfeld created her first video-based installation, titled Moving Light: Lunation 1011, which documents a complete lunar cycle.

Lunation is the mean time between two successive new moons, and the lunation number is calculated from the first new moon that occurred in 1923.  This piece, titled 1011 after the actual lunation cycle, documented the waxing and waning of moonlight over a 30-day period, from new moon to new moon.

Recorded through an altered telescope and self-built recording devices, Blumenfeld documented the varying intensities of light radiating from the moon onto handheld photographic film.  The resulting images portray not only the changing quantity of moonlight in its nightly phase, but also the artists own hand which, in holding each piece of film over the long two-minute exposures, moved slightly from her own heartbeat and body’s subtle sway.  The relationship between technology and the human implementing it is expressed in the completed video installation, where each of the exposures taken over the 30 days were animated in sequence to produce a twofold moving account of the lunar cycle.

Moving Light: Lunation 1011, 2004 Projected Installation (00:03:27, looped, silent, DVD) Dimensions Variable, Edition of 8

What is the nature of light?  My inspiration begins with this question, which instills in me a perpetual sense of wonder at the universe.  From this vantage point I attempt to document the various manifestations of natural light we experience everyday: dawn, twilight, midnight, midday, the solstices and equinoxes, the full moon and lunar phases.  My intention is to catalogue the actions and intensities of light over time, and visually describe the astronomical cycles that occur throughout our year.

To record these moments of light I expose photographic film and paper, and light-sensitive digital devices directly to the natural light source itself: the sun and moon.  Rather than using a traditional camera or lens, I build self-designed light-recording equipment, which allows the light to directly travel across the surface of photosensitive materials.  The resulting images are recordings of the subtle gradient shifts that light makes over time, and yield a visual account of light’s trace.  As I continue to pursue the ever elusive and transitory phenomenon of light as both subject and medium, I am in awe of its infinite possibilities.

-Erika Blumenfeld

MEG WEBSTER

October 2010

Please join us Saturday 9 October from 11 am to 1 pm:

MEG WEBSTER New Drawings.

 

Meg Webster Installation View Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery

 

from left to right: Corn Starch, Coffee, Onion Powder, Cocoa, Mustard, Wasabi, Fenugreek

The work of Meg Webster has been shown nationally at numerous museums  including solo exhibitions at The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh 1984), Milwaukee (1990), The Weatherspoon Arts Gallery (North Carolina 1992), The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (1992), and P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center (New York 1998).  Her diverse  installations combine sculpture, shaped earth, living plants and water.  Monochromatic works on paper of spices and elemental materials – including concrete, salt and sugar – are uniquely appealing to both the eye and nose.  Like John Cage before her, Webster’s sculpture and drawings employ chance and passing time to reveal the intersection of the beautiful and the ephemeral.

KIKI SMITH

October 2010

Please join us Saturday 9 October 2010 from 11 am to 1 pm: KIKI SMITH Selected ULAE Prints

Tatyana Grosman invited Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg to make lithographs at Universal Limited Art Editions in the early 1960s.  At ULAE, these two artists became such accomplished printmakers that the term peintre-gravure,[1] coined in the eighteenth century to described Old Master artist-engravers, could be applied to them. Upon inheriting Grosman’s mantel, Bill Goldston invited Terry Winters (1981) and then Kiki Smith (1990), to make prints at ULAE. [2] The seriousness of intent and prodigious production of these two artists soon caused their work to be collected, exhibited, and to receive critical and scholarly attention.  Winters and Smith followed the direction of Johns and Rauschenberg and became a part of the noble tradition of peintre-gravures stretching back to the very invention of printing and its adoption as a medium by artists.

 

Kiki Smith "Companions" 2001 two sheets 54 x 33" and 54 x 66" ed. 26

 

 


[1] Peintre-gravure was invented or popularized by Adam Bartsch, the scholar and great cataloger of prints.  It is his print catalogs that are the foundation of the art history of prints.

[2] Next month we will mount an exhibition of selected ULAE prints by Terry Winters

RICHARD SERRA

September 2010

Please join us Saturday September 11th from 11 am to 1 pm:

Richard Serra Weight and Level

Richard Serra is a noted Minimalist artist who sculpts using industrial materials including lead and steel.  His works on paper, including prints and drawings, are noted for their intense fields of monochromatic black etching or oil stick, oil paint which is applied in a solid form.  The current exhibition Weight and Level is titled after two groups of large scale etchings made by Serra between 2008 and 2010 with the publisher Gemini G.E.L.

Richard Serra Weight II, 2009, 58 x 66"

Founded in 1966 in Los Angeles, Gemini G.E.L. has continuously worked with the most important artists of the 1960’s to the present, including  Vija Celmins, Robert Gober, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Richard Tuttle, among many others.  Richard Serra began making prints with Gemini G.E.L. in 1972.  The archive of Gemini G.E.L. is housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. which includes one example of each print they have published, rare proofs and working materials and related documentation.  Click here for more information about the Gemini G.E.L. Archive at the NGA.

Richard Serra "Weight I," 2009 78 1/2 x 37"

To learn more about Richard Serra, visit the PBS Art:21 Website:

Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1939. After studying at the University of California at Berkeley and at Santa Barbara, he graduated in 1961 with a BA in English literature. During this time, he began working in steel mills in order to support himself. In 1964, he graduated from Yale University with both a BFA and an MFA. Receiving a Yale Traveling Fellowship, he spent a year in Paris, followed by a year in Florence funded by a Fullbright grant. Serra’s early work in the 1960s focused on the industrial materials that he had worked with as a youth in West Coast steel mills and shipyards: steel and lead. A famous work from this time involved throwing lead against the walls of his studio. Though his casts were created from the impact of the lead hitting the walls, the emphasis of the piece was really on the process of creating it: raw aggression and physicality, combined with a self-conscious awareness of material and a real engagement with the space in which it was worked. Since those Minimalist beginnings, Serra’s work has become famous for that same physicality, but one that is now compounded by the breathtaking size and weight that the pieces have acquired.

Please join us Saturday 11 September 2010 for a group exhibition by Luca Buvoli, Joseph Havel, Hana Hillerova and Eric Schnell.

Artists’ Reception Saturday September 11th: 11 am to 1 pm; through October 5th.

Each of these artists ordinarily creates large sculpture and room-sized installations.  This current show explores relationships between works sharing intimate scale that nonetheless confer a sense of the monumental.

Hana Hillerova Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery 2010

Luca Buvoli Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery 2010

Luca Buvoli "Flight Simulation Laboratory"

Luca Buvoli lives and works in New York.   Recognized for his animated film and video as well as sculpture, his work has been shown worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art (2004 – video premier), the Venice Biennale (2007 – curated by Robert Storr – link to review here), the ICA Philadephia (2007 ), The Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina  (2003) and The List Visual Arts Center at MIT.   (2000).  His work  has been shown previously in Houston at Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery (2003 and 2006) , as well as the MFAH Glassell School (2003).  Buvoli’s work is also on view in a new permanent public art installation at William P. Hobby Airport (2010).

Joseph Havel Installation View DBHBG 2002

Joseph Havel lives and works in Houston and has shown widely in the US and abroad.  The subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts (2006), his work is permanently installed on the facade of  Raphael Moneo’s Beck Building and  in the Isamu Nouguchi designed Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, as well as in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.  Currently on view is Joseph Havel’s exhibition Cockroach Poems at the Art League of Houston.

Eric Schnell (L) Joseph Havel (R) Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery 2010

Hana Hillerova lives and works in Houston and has had solo exhibitions in Austin (2004, 2006)  and San Antonio (2007) and Houston, including Lawndale Art Center (2008) and  Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery (2008, 2009).  Originally from the Czech Republic, Hillerova has attended Charles University (MA 2000) and the University of Texas (MFA 2006), as well as a Skowhegan Residency (2005).  Recently she completed a major permanent public art commission at the city’s Intercontinental Airport which is scheduled to open to the public during  Fall 2010.

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Eric Schnell The Pretty Lost Messenger (R) and Joseph Havel Untitled (L) both 2010

Hana Hillerova Untitled (Unfolding Space) powdered coated steel, 112″ high 2009

Hana Hillerova 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Schnell lives and works in Lake Jackson where he re-located following the destruction of his Galveston studio during Hurricane Ike.   He attended the University of Houston (BFA 1995) and Columbia University (MFA 1998).  Solo exhibitions have included Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery (1995, 2004, 2010) and the Hammer Projects, University of California (2002).  Recipient of numerous grants (Pollack-Krasner, Rema Hurt Mann and Joan Mitchell Foundation), he was awarded a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York (2006.)

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Eric Schnell Installation View Hammer Museum 2002

Eric Schnell Hammer Projects

DENNIS OPPENHEIM

July 2010

Please join us Saturday July 31st in celebration of Dennis Oppenheim and Radiant Fountains.

Commissioned by the Houston Airport System, Radiant Fountains was funded by the Civic Art Program Percent for Art Ordinance and will soon take its place as an important landmark for Houstonians and visitors alike.   These monumental towers will be illuminated from within by light-emitting diodes (LEDs)  making them visible at night from the ground and air.  Completion is expected during August.

Dennis Oppenheim was born in Electric City, Washington and studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts (BFA) and Stanford Unversity (MFA).  He currently lives and works in New York.  His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and is in collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.   He has completed commissions in Korea, Germany, Canada, China, Italy, Lithuania and Spain.

Please join us for an artist’s reception from 11 am to 1 pm