Exhibition Dates: May 6 – June 18, 2016
Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday May 6, 2016  
ALH Main Gallery 

Art League Houston is excited to present Array, an exhibition by Houston-based interdisciplinary collective {exurb} in ALH’s Main Gallery. The exhibition features an interactive audio video installation made up of LCD video monitors hung from the gallery ceiling facing downward. The sound and video in the exhibition evolve based on input from the viewers in the space. Below the monitors is a viewing area with movable seating where viewers are invited to sit down, lay back and experience the installation.

“Throughout human history, we have looked up in order to observe, catalog, map coordinates, install communication networks, and mine information” says the collective. “We are interested in this act of looking up, of observation for the sake of discovering and mapping patterns, how it is that we have recognized asterisms in order to identify localities, navigate, and mark the passage of time, how data networks traverse land and sea while satellites and drones bounce information around the planet, how different networks - data, social, communication, neural, intelligence gathering - fold into one another. We are curious about what our minds construct, between what’s actual and imagined, in the gaps and ruptures, the fragments of objective truth kneaded into projections of ourselves.” 

“We are also inspired by that meditative moment of casual imagination, the bucolic daydream, those moments of mental and physical leisure when we loosen the grip on our conscious thoughts and allow our eyes to build and re-build the clouds and stars and vast spaces we usually ignore.”

ABOUT {exurb}

{exurb} is an interdisciplinary collective interested in the confluence of art and technology, the rapidly increasing space that technology occupies in our everyday experience, and its effect on our relationships and understanding of one another. The group’s practice implements programming, electronics, construction, mechanics, video, sound, and other media. Through these techniques, {exurb} strives to make works that are immersive, site-specific, and interactive. The co-founders of the collective include an electrical engineer, a writer and musician, a sculptor and a digital media artist. exurb.org 

Johnny DiBlasi is a Texas gulf coast native who has exhibited nationally. He earned his MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Prior to that, DiBlasi received his BFA from the University of Houston in Photography and Digital Imaging. DiBlasi works with hybrid art-making processes that include video, programming, installation and other (digital) media. He currently lives and works between Indianapolis and Houston and teaches Digital Media & Art at the University of Indianapolis.

Stephen Kraig received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He previously worked as a hardware design engineer designing vibration sensors for industrial equipment. Stephen recently founded Kraig Amplification, a manufacturer of custom hand-wired tube amplifiers for electric guitar and bass, which he now manages full time. 

Patrick Renner is a native Houstonian. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. At the start of 2016, Renner founded Flying Carpet, a company whose mission is the design and creation of public art. He has exhibited in Texas, New York, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Rhode Island, California and once outside the US in Cuba.

Eric Todd is a West Tennessee transplant who received a BFA in Creative Writing and Theater from the University of Houston. A writer and musician, he has been an editor at NANO Fiction Magazine as well as a regular contributor the Houston Rockets ESPN affiliate Red94.


Alex Trimino

Exhibition Dates: May 6 – June 18, 2016
Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday May 6, 2016  
ALH Front Gallery 

Art League Houston is excited to present Totemic Lore, a solo exhibition by Miami-based artist Alex Trimino in the ALH Front Gallery. The exhibition features a series of illuminated fiber-based sculptures and installations that re-contextualize the traditional use of colloquial, low-tech crafts; crochet, knittings and weavings exploring social views on civilization, technology and gender. 

Glowing totem poles, covered in crochet, knittings and found objects reveal the similarities between the modern, hi-tech materials used (micro- controlled neon lights) and the colloquial, lo-tech crafts used (crochet, knittings and weavings); creating an equilibrium between traditions, technologies and generations. Old ways and new technologies commingle together, exploring how we connect to reality today. The artist uses embroidery and technology, creating a connection between past and present and between gender related trades. Trimino transforms and duplicates the shadows the pieces cast using silver silhouettes in order to emphasize that reality is a shared hallucination.


Alex Trimino was born in Colombia and lives and works in Miami, FL. Trimino graduated with a Master in Fine Arts from Florida International University. She received an Ox-Bow Artist Residency in 2012 affiliated with the school of the Art Institute of Chicago as a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship for Visual Artist. In 2013, Trimino's work was part of "OpenArt" International Art Symposium, Sweden and her solo exhibition "Dark Light" was presented at Läns Museum, West Gallery, Örebro, Sweden. Her 2012 solo exhibition "Luminous" was presented at the Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood, FL. In 2011, Trimino's work was part of "Witness to Creativity" at Florida Museum for Women Artists and her solo exhibition "Binocular Disparity" was presented in the Museum's project Room. Trimino has been the recipient of grants and awards from The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, The Elliot Museum, Appleton Museum of Art, Rawls Museum Arts, Cambridge Art Association and Joan Mitchell Foundation. Trimino is represented by Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami. 


Johan Barrios

Exhibition Dates: May 6 – June 18, 2016
Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday May 6, 2016  
ALH Hallway Space

Art League Houston is excited to present Intervalo, a solo exhibition by Colombian artist Johan Barrios in the ALH Hallway Space. The exhibition features a series of small works on paper that have an otherworldly, haunting quality, exploring the artist's ongoing enquiry into concepts of time, movement and space, as well as notions of self-disclosure and intimacy. From a distance these delicate drawing read as photographs, but up close their intricate surfaces become visible, striking a subtle balance between the materiality of graphite and paint, and its emotional and figurative resonances. 

“My work is a reflection on the materiality and temporality of art, as I am interested in speaking to the fragile and ephemeral condition of drawing” says the artist. “I have brought these passive yet troubling situations together in this group of pieces titled Intervalo—the amount of time that exists between two things or two incidents generally of the same nature. Within the works, there is a constant, specific interest in positing simple questions like, why is paper paper? Or why is graphite graphite? Perhaps this is why there is always a gesture—whether graphic or pictorial—that interrupts these characters; perhaps this is always a reminder to the public that my work does not attempt to be representational, and even less so does it attempt to be a photograph. For me, these are performances of drawing that address drawing itself, but also at the same time address other human psychological and social issues inherent in my own self, like loneliness or fragility. Over the last two years, my work has been focused on drawing as a conceptual strategy; there is something immediate and poetic that I find in drawing, one of the most primitive of artistic tools. Perhaps it is the monochromatic sensation of the void that prevents any type of distraction.”


Johan Barrios was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1982. He recently moved to Texas five months ago, and is living and working in Spring, Texas. Johan Barrios received a MFA in Visual Art from the University of Antioquia. His paintings have been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions.