Art League Houston is excited to announce that the 2014-2015 season will include exhibitions and art projects by the following artists: Mel Chin, Ed Wilson, Preetika Rajgariah, Cassie Phan, Caroline Chandler, Takehito Etani, {exurb}, Lavar Munroe, Iva Kinnaird, Jennifer Datchuk, Ayanna McCloud, and Autumn Knight.


This and the Wall

Cassie Phan

March 6 - April 11, 2015

ALH Main Gallery

Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present This and the Wall, an exhibition by Houston-based artist Cassie Phan. The exhibit features an installation of over thirty sculptural works, and a series of video that occupy the floor of the gallery, deliberately avoiding any direct contact between the work and the gallery walls. Exploring themes of denial, fallible memory and variable human perception, the works in this exhibit are positioned low to the ground, viewable only from either looking down or crouching low, creating a narrative that disrupts the stillness of detachment, and invites an increased awareness of the viewer’s perspective. The opening reception is Friday March 6, 6 - 9 PM with an artist talk at 6:30 PM.

"Functioning predominately as inquiries into the effects of chronic traumatic experiences, my work parallels, reflects and often informs an increasing sense of self-awareness,” says the artist. “Largely autobiographical in nature, the work seeks to subtly reveal secrets that may foster a sense of connection with an emerging personal narrative. Intuitive investigation of relationships between materials drives my process, allowing an element of play that is also wrought with heaviness. The work contains both non-representational and figurative elements and is primarily constructed of humble, derelict materials. By way of ever-changing installations, the relationships between objects and materials construct narratives that can be played out in different scenarios: a constant state of revision that seeks to lend agency to each individual piece and vitality to the whole.”


Born in Galveston TX, Cassie Phan is an artist living and working in Bryan, TX. She received an MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX in 2013, and a BFA in Drawing and Painting from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA in 2007. Phan has had solo exhibition at venues including TERRAIN Dallas TX (2014), 500X Gallery, Dallas TX (2014), Cora Stafford Gallery. University of North Texas, Denton TX (2013), and Union Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton TX (2012). She recently received the Juror’s Award at EXPO 2013, 500x Gallery, Dallas TX and is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Blinn College. Bryan, TX.

Queering the Lines

Caroline Wells Chandler

March 6 - April 11, 2015

ALH Front Gallery

Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present Queering the Lines, an exhibition of works by New York based artist Caroline Wells Chandler.  The exhibition features paintings of celestial bodies in ceramic drag, as well as, hand crocheted drawings and sculptures of bears, antennas, equine familiars, and the axis mundi to explore notions of queerness in all its rainbow spectrum glory! The opening reception is Friday March 6, 6 - 9 PM with an artist talk at 7:00 PM.

Fluent in the language of kitsch, Chandler's works are Neo-Sublime. The Neo-Sublime simultaneously explores the conflicting emotions of awe, shock, horror, and joy executed via the tactile in effort to bridge the subconscious with the conscious mind. 

Chandler does not seek to isolate his work by gender, but to use the work to elevate queerness to the same level of universality as heteronormativity.  The etymology of queer comes from old German terkwh, meaning to turn, twist, and wind and accurately describes the process and primary medium of this show: crochet.


Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Caroline Wells Chandler currently lives and works in New York.  He completed his foundation studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and received his BFA cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2007.   He has shown at numerous institutions including: Zurcher Studio (NY), Anna Kustera (NY), Field Projects (NY), Vox Populi (PA), Sanctuary (PA), N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (MI), Open Gallery (TN), The Bascom (NC), Arlington Arts Center (VA), and the Stieglitz Museum ('s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) among others.  Chandler is a 2011 MFA recipient in painting at the Yale School of Art where he was awarded the Ralph Mayer Prize for proficiency in materials and techniques. He lives and works in New York.  Queering the Lines will mark the third solo show within a year for the artist.