ON VIEW


Suspended Memory
Shane Allbritton & Peter Bernick-Allbritton

Exhibition dates: June 9 – July 22, 2017
Opening reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, June 9, 2017
Main Gallery                                                                                                                          

Art League Houston is excited to present Suspended Memory by Houston artists Shane Allbritton & Peter Bernick-Allbritton. The exhibition includes a series of installations which explore the ephemeral nature of memory, and continue the artist’s fascination with the dynamic process of how memories are stored and retrieved in the brain as encoded fragments. This series of works refers to the process of recollection and the premise that lost memory traces remain intact although hidden from one’s conscious mind. Suspended Memory is an extension of the artist’s previous body of work, and is inspired by personal experiences and inaccessible memories. Ambiguity is cultivated leaving an impression through interpreting, borrowing, and reconstructing an illusory array of code-like patterns across temporal landscapes. Translation by fragmented imagery, texture and transparent material flex and intermix with one another to present a visual poetry that recalls spatial networks or brain scans. These bits of distorted photography coalesce through time-lapse techniques to represent the passage of time, rendering them unrecognizable yet familiar.

“The fact that recalling our memories changes them means that they are relatively unstable” says artist Shane Allbritton. “This phenomenon is referenced through imagined, neurological patterns cut into fragile materials and soaked in water, reflecting a robust record-keeping capacity that is also elusive and delicate. Given that our concept of the past is fallible, each passing moment renewed, and forgotten experiences buried, our transient reality remains suspended in time.”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Shane Allbritton is a mixed media artist with twenty years of extensive work designing interpretive spaces for numerous museums, bridging the disciplines of visual communication, art, and experience design. Co-founder of public art studio RE:site, located in Houston, Tx, her collaborative work spans a range from comprehensive environmental graphics to art installations, including large scale murals, media design, suspended sculpture and painting. Her personal work applies manipulated digital imagery of layered compositions to reflect a dichotomy that drifts between ambiguous and distinct visuals. It is this threshold of uncertainty that Shane explores through technology and traditional media.

Working with diverse mediums, Peter Bernick-Allbritton utilizes re-appropriated industrial materials to found objects and shadow play. The transformative nature of re-contextualizing found objects and materials is of particular interest. He expresses a gesture of conversion with hands-on methodologies to modify materials while preserving their inherent qualities. Peter’s structures are often minimal yet organic, focusing on various permutations of a singular gesture as a canvas for Shane’s multi-layered work. Their collaborations produce a rhythm that shifts between elaborate configurations to visual and structural restraint, harmonizing an overarching expression.


Speak of the Devil
Edward Kelley

Exhibition dates: June 9 – July 22, 2017
Opening reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, June 9, 2017
Front Gallery

Art League Houston is excited to present Speak of the Devil by Iowa-based artist Edward Kelley. The exhibition features an interactive installation of over 250 surveillance cameras installed throughout the gallery, playfully addressing the invasive qualities of CCTV surveillance, as well as its acceptance in our everyday lives. For this exhibition, a third of the surveillance cameras will be motion activated, responding to viewers as they move around the gallery, while a few will be capturing surveillance-style photographs of individuals or groups. The photographs will be printed out on a printer installed in the gallery, where viewers will be invited to either destroy the photo using a paper shredder, install it on the gallery walls, or take it away with them.

“Systematic surveillance has become such a routine and inescapable part of our everyday culture, that we have become accustomed to its presence” says the artist. “The exhibition playfully highlights this growing presence through an immersive installation that explores the complexity and variability of our own understanding and engagement regarding surveillance technology, while also highlighting the ethical issues relating to personal privacy”.

This exhibition is generously sponsored in part by Nicole Longnecker Gallery.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Edward Kelley received a BA from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC and a MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.  Recent exhibitions include DEMO Projects, Manifest Gallery, and The Anderson gallery at Drake University. In September, Edward presented at the International Sculpture Center Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. He has led cast iron workshops as a visiting artist at various institutions including The Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis TN and the State University of New York Oswego.

In 2014, Edward spearheaded and curated the first “Art on Dart” exhibition, turning a Des Moines Area Rapid Transit bus into a mobile fine art gallery for a two-month period.  He is a recipient of a Des Moines Area Public Art Foundation funding grant for his work with Des Moines Area Rapid Transit.  Edward is a faculty member and studio technician in the Department of Art and Design at Drake University.


Thingness
Benjamin Terry

Exhibition dates: June 9 – July 22, 2017
Opening reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, June 9, 2017
Hallway Space                                                                                                                                  

Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present Thingness by Dallas-based artist and curator Benjamin Terry. The exhibition features a dynamic installation of wall and floor-based paintings and sculptural works that embrace a highly developed sense of form, color, line, and texture, combined with a child-like aesthetic, reflecting the artist’s fascination with the boundaries and transitions between memory, imagination, and reality. “Ultimately, the work is about editing and displaying” says the artist. “It is a reflection of my environment: a constant study of how paintings and objects interact and engage viewers.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Benjamin Terry lives and works in Denton, TX. He received a BFA in Drawing and Painting in 2010 and an MFA in Drawing and Painting in 2013, from the University of North Texas. He has exhibited work in numerous solo and group shows in Atlanta, Charleston, Dallas and Houston. He most recently exhibited work at Site131 in Dallas. Terry was featured in volume 96 of New American Paintings: West Issue. He has received both the Clare Hart Degoyler and the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough awards from the Dallas Museum of Art, and an artist grant from the Greater Denton Arts Council. He currently teaches Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas and Tarrant County College.