UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

 

Art League Houston is excited to announce that the 2014-2015 season will include exhibitions and art projects by the following artists: Caroline Chandler, Takehito Etani, {exurb}, Jo-Ann Fleischhauer, Havel + Ruck Projects, Robert Hodge, Autumn Knight, Rosine Kouamen, Peter Lucas, Lavar Munroe, Rajni Perera, Phillip Pyle the Second, Preetika Rajgariah and Jason Villegas.


The Black Guys 
Robert Hodge and Phillip Pyle the second

ON VIEW: november 14, 2014 - january 3, 2015                                                                                                                                                       OPENING RECEPTION: november 14, 6 - 9 PM

ALH MAIN GALLERY

Art League Houston is excited to present The Black Guys, an experimental performance-based exhibition by artists Robert Hodge and Phillip Pyle the Second. Inspired by the well-known Houston-based collaborative artist team The Art Guys (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing), the artists will recreate a series of five Art Guy performances; Try to Cry!, Dish it Out!, Stop N Go!, Huh?!, The Art Guys Agree on a Painting, as well as present five original performances by The Black Guys. The opening reception is in the ALH Main Gallery on Friday November 14, 6 - 9 PM with an artist talk at 6:30 PM.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

December 3, 6-8 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Performance at Art League Houston

December 13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           24 hours at the Lightnin’ Hopkins Bus Stop (Stop N Go)

December 17, 6-8 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Performance at Art League Houston

December 27, 6-8 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dish it Out! at Art League Houston

ABOUT THE BLACK GUYS

The Black Guys are a two man interdisciplinary-based artist duo currently working and residing in Houston, TX. After being in each other’s lives for more than twenty years, the two artists recently began collaborating on projects including the Beauty Box, the Luc Tuymans/Menil banner response, and a performance during the Coming Through the Gap in the Mountain on an Elephant exhibition at the University Museum at Texas Southern

AFRIKA GALAKTIKA
Rajni perera

ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 14, 2014 - JANUARY 3, 2015                                                                                                                                                       OPENING RECEPTION: NOVEMBER 14, 6 - 9 PM

ALH FRONT GALLERY 

Art League Houston is excited to present AFRIKA GALAKTIKA, an exhibition of new works by Sri-Lankan born artist Rajni Perera. The exhibition features a large-scale mural, and a series of paintings that cross-translate between the visual languages of Indian miniaturist art, Blaxploitation, and the images produced by the Hubble Deep Field Telescope.  Floating between western and Immigrant culture, the work creates an interesting East-West dialogue of ideas, concerning immigrant identity issues, female sexuality and science fiction and fantasy. The opening reception on Friday November 14, 6 - 9 PM with an artist talk at 7:00 PM.

In AFRIKA GALAKTIKA, Rajni Perera’s work takes on science fiction elements inspired by Afro-Futurism, a movement that critiques and re-imagines the experiences and future of Afrodiasporic peoples. The central themes of Neo-exoticism, or perceptions of ethnic female sexuality prevalent in Western culture – a set of (mostly manufactured) ideas used to market products to Anglosaxon consumers, as well as perpetuate an exotified, idealized image of ethnic female sexuality - are explored further.

This revolt on the picture plane is personified by the image of AFRIKA GALAKTIKA, a black heroine who travels through space and takes up arms with other warriors in displays of brutal, dynamic and arousing power – a counterbalance to white military spectacle as portrayed in propaganda on screen, print and other advertising media. The body shapes are in opposition to contemporary notions of beauty, and an overt sexiness, both in pose and proportion, and the cultural implications thereof, are brought to the surface. The styles of armor and weapons are referential to and derivative of ethnographic photographs of tribal women still being published today; the legacy of colonial ethnography used to objectify and categorize what is known as the ‘less civilized’ portion of the human population. Deep-space images and the influence of Afrofuturism go hand in hand as an inspirational launchpad. As these images begin to saturate global media, they also crystalize into the imaginations, hopes and dreams of displaced peoples. Other futures beg to unravel; fantastic and explosive, filled with revolution and paradigm shifts of thought and vision.

ABOUT RAJNI PERERA

Born in 1985 in Sri-Lankan, Rajni Perera lives and works in Toronto, Canada and received a B.F.A. in Drawing & Painting from Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University. Solo exhibitions include Illuminated Mythologies, Mark Christopher Gallery, Toronto, You Worship Us, Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto and The New Archeology/The New Ethnography, Gallery 129, Toronto. In 2014, she was the recipient of a Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, and was also invited to be an artist-in-residence at OCAD University.

mineral spirit
jason villegas

ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 14, 2014 - april 24, 2015                                                                                                                                                           OPENING RECEPTION: NOVEMBER 14, 6 - 9 PM

ALH SCULPTURE GARDEN

Art League Houston is excited to present Mineral Spirit, a site-specific sculptural installation by Houston-based artist Jason Villegas in the ALH Sculpture Garden. The installation features a spirit-like form, a reoccurring character in the artist’s work, breaking through the brick patio in the ALH Sculpture Garden, and emerging from the ground, ready to anoint the world with its crystal and mineral power. Inspired by the idea of string theory and spiritual vibrations, the installation explores how science and spirituality can at times, not only share the same space but also develop along the same line. The opening reception is Friday November 14, 6 - 9 PM with an artist talk at 7:30 PM.

ABOUT JASON VILLEGAS

Jason Villegas's work expresses human desire through naive representations of man, animal, machine, microbiology, cosmology and merchandise. I subvert fashion logos, animals, nudes, and weaponry to create humorous and absurd engagements, which mirror societal conditioning. This primordial sea of frenetic mutation and unrelenting consumption, pits the images and icons of high and low consumer cultures in the same ring. My drawings, painting, sculpture, video and installation simultaneously explore the grand social schema as well as sub-cultural sexual and artistic realms. Reconstructed clothing, cardboard, found objects, and fragments from our thow away society, meld to create site-specific configurations. These environments formulate an unpolished and coarsely made tribute to global capitalism and progress.

Villegas has exhibited across the country in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, and San Antonio. His work utilizes a wide spectrum of media including sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, textile, video and performance.