*The following exhibitions were selected by the 2015-16 ALH Artist Advisory Board: Robert Pruitt, Chair, Lisa E. Harris, Emily Peacock, Emily Sloan,
Anthony Suber and Stalina Villarreal

I called the zoo but the lion was busy
Chickie Brown

Curated by Francesca Fuchs
Exhibition dates: January 27 – March 11, 2017
Opening reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, January 27, 2017
Front Gallery I Artist/Curator talk: 7:00 PM

Art League Houston (ALH) is thrilled to present I called the zoo but the lion was busy, a series of quirky, casual paintings by 94 year old Houston artist Chickie Brown, organized by Francesca Fuchs, Head of Painting at the Glassell School of Art. “If you did not know a 94 year old had made these paintings you would think they were by a hip young artist,” says Fuchs. Usually based on song lyrics, many of Brown’s paintings are narratives that explore relationships between men and women, and between the painted image and the written word. The paintings seem to come straight out of her stream of consciousness with astonishing directness and truth. Brown began painting at 60. She says: “My painting made me feel like I mattered.” 


Chickie Brown was born in Pittsburgh in 1922. At age 18 she eloped with Jack Brown, eventually moving to Houston, and raising three children. She recalls going to the Carnegie Museum of Art when she was young and falling in love with the paintings. Brown didn’t start making paintings herself until her 60’s. She took art classes at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she started out by painting more traditional portraits and figures from life. In the last 15 years, her paintings have become more idiosyncratic telling the stories from her youth, imagination and dreams. Brown used a summerhouse in her yard as a studio for years but, since losing mobility, moved into the back room of her small Bellaire home to paint. Art lessons at Glassell are still very important to Brown and her caretaker helps get her to class. She paints almost every day and loves painting people the most.


Francesca Fuchs was born in London and grew up in Münster, Germany. She completed her BFA at London’s Wimbledon School of Art (1993) and did her postgraduate work at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany (1995). Fuchs came to Houston in 1996 for a two year residency with the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has been teaching at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, since 1997 and is currently Department Head of Painting. Fuchs’ work has been shown in national and international venues including The ICA, London; The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and The Fort Worth Modern Art Museum. Fuchs is the recipient of two Artadia Awards and Individual Artist Grants from the City of Houston. She occasionally curates shows, including Fish & Chips, New British Art, at DiverseWorks and Morris Chackas for Optical Project.

Art Show!  
Iva Kinnaird

Exhibition dates: January 27 – March 11, 2017
Opening reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, January 27, 2017
Hallway Space I Artist talk: 6:15 PM
Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present Art Show!, an exhibition by Houston-based multimedia and performance artist Iva Kinnaird. The exhibition features a collection of small-scale paintings and sculptures that playfully yet carefully reveal show-and-tell fragments from the artists life. Although the works appear simple in appearance, and use humor to draw people in, they are weighted with stories about the persistent desire to connect with others and the need to produce art. “The work is personal and autobiographical” says the artist, “but hopefully the more specific and honest it is, the more universal and relatable it becomes.”  


Iva Kinnaird (born Dallas, Texas) is a multimedia and performance artist. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014 and now lives in Houston. She has shown at galleryHomeland and Hello Project Gallery in Houston, and in Dallas at 500x. She is a recipient of a Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund grant from the Dallas Museum of Art, and has had residencies with Sojourn Montrose in Houston and with Co-Lab Projects in Austin. Her work was recently on view at Texas Woman’s University in a two person show with Shelby David Meier, and on Instagram at Performance Art Houston.

Loschmidt’s Column (The Reversibility Paradox)

Trey Duvall

Exhibition dates: December 2, 2016 – March 11, 2017
Opening reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, December 2, 2016
Sculpture Patio         

Artist Talk with Trey Duvall
2:30 PM Saturday January 14, 2017
ALH Sculpture Patio

Art League Houston (ALH) presents Loschmidt’s Column (The Reversibility Paradox), a durational sculpture by Houston-based artist Trey Duvall.  The project explores the passage and blending of material states subjected to the manipulations and processes of entropic time. Comprised of a porcelain and steel sculptural intervention, the project focuses on irreversible material change and exchange based on specific conditions of a particular space in forward moving time.

Loschmidt's Paradox puts time reversal symmetry at odds with any attempt to infer from the second law of thermodynamics, which describes the behavior of macroscopic systems. Both of these are well-accepted principles in physics, with sound observational and theoretical support.


Trey Duvall is an artist and educator. Duvall works in various forms including large-scale installation, video, performance, and traditional sculptural mediums concerning duration, stamina, humor, exhaustion, and entropy. Duvall received his BA in Art Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and is currently a Teaching Fellow and Masters of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Houston. Duvall has exhibited both locally and nationally at venues including Lawndale Art Center (2016), Art League Houston, (2016), School of Visual Arts, NY (2016), Plot Manifest, Marfa, TX (2016), and SITE Gallery Houston (2016). As artist and organizer of SITE Houston, Duvall's work has been featured on ABC News, Glasstire Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, and Art In America.

Romancing Banality
Lyle Carbajal

Exhibition dates: January 27 - March 11, 2017
Opening reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, January 27, 2017
Main Gallery I Artist talk: 6:30 PM

Exhibition Essay
Lyle Carbajal's Authentic World by Sara Lee Burd
Art League Houston (ALH) presents Romancing Banality, an installation-based exhibition by nomadic artist Lyle Carbajal. The exhibition features a mash-up of anti-artistry, folk, and contemporary themes, which pull from art history, cultural, economic, geographic and personal references, creating an immersive installation of densely layered mixed-media paintings, and sculptural compositions that combines everyday materials and aesthetic traditions. Carbajal, who was born in Los Angeles, and has lived in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, draws on imagery and narratives from his nomadic perspective, creating work that acknowledges the deep-rooted anthropological connections and patterns that traverse across history and place.  The exhibition features music by Third Root (San Antonio), Yarrow Slaps (San Francisco), Yung Turk (Houston), and video by PerrosConSueter (Juarez, Mexico), as well as an essay by writer Sara Lee Burd (Nashville). 

Excerpt from Lyle Carbajal’s Authentic World by Sara Lee Burd:

Place is significant and pluralistic to Carbajal because of the connections amongst the ideas, sounds, colors, words, and values that pervade the roving artist's perception. Taking reference photographs as he goes, he returns to the studio to make art with imagery that is so common it is easily overlooked by passersby, but that is immensely important to his understanding of the world. With his exhibitions, Carbajal invites viewers into his world to see what he finds evocative and meaningful in mundane life and urban detritus. He is not defining a particular culture as much as sharing himself by displaying curated selections of what he sees as the universal connections among urban environments. Romancing Banality is Carbajal's place. It is an extrapolation of what he has found and processed as authentic and meaningful in the world.


Lyle Carbajal is a nomadic artist, born and raised in Los Angeles, California, whose work exists somewhere between the vernacular and contemporary avant-garde. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows at national and international venues including Tinney Contemporary, Nashville TN (2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2004, 2002), Art Chicago; Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Seattle WA (2013); Cartwheel Street & Outsider Art Show, Hollywood CA (2013), The London Art Fair; Mark Rothko museum, Dünaburg, Latvia (2012), The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago IL (2007), Museu de Estremoz, Portugal (2007), The Raw Arts Festival, London (2004), La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles and The Mark Rothko Museum in Latvia (2012) while participating in an artist residency in Daugavpils, the country’s second largest city. Romancing Banality began in Seattle in 2013, and has since traveled to New Orleans (2014), Tennessee (2015), and is currently in its fourth iteration at Art League Houston. 

In 2010, Carbajal published his first book, Urban+Primitive: The Art of Lyle Carbajal. Lyle is currently represented by CG2 Gallery in Nashville TN; The Frederick Holmes Gallery in Seattle, WA; Gallery Orange in New Orleans LA; Sardac Gallery in The United Kingdom; Galerie du Temple and Galerie Gabel in France; Mika Gallery in Tel Aviv. 

He currently lives and works in Houston and New Orleans.