Luisa Duarte's Ludic Scapes by Anna Tahinci

In Luisa Duarte’s Personal Scapes; Recent Prints geometric shapes are in an ongoing conversation with each other, with the artist, and with the viewer. Three trapezoids, custom-cut in engineered wood, served as a point of departure for Luisa Duarte’s dive into the pictorial field. Her architectonic constructions offer us a compelling way to enter and exit space, both literally and metaphorically. Her use of positive and negative space explores loneliness, togetherness, and everything in between.

Luisa Duarte’s artistic voice is recognizable across mediums and techniques, in her monotypes, digital prints, acrylic on canvas paintings, and three-dimensional objects. Being Venezuelan by birth, Latin American by culture, and a Houstonian by choice, Duarte has no unique identity, but rather multiple belongings.

Luisa Duarte’s art is ludic. Ludus in Latin simultaneously refers to play, sport, school, and practice. In his book Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture Dutch cultural historian Johan Huizinga examined play as a necessary condition for generating culture. Playfulness allows Duarte to constantly experiment in the “playground” of her Silver Street studio, endlessly changing the rules of the game, while using a strong thinking process.

In her series For Joshe, created for her nephew Joshe, who, for his 6th birthday requested “A piece of art in Red and Blue!”, hard edged trapezoids stand in front of each other, interconnected by a subtle penetration. By diving into the image and by playing with scale and proportion new images are created. Her Derivado series of digital prints were created through metamorphoses and transformations based on a search of depth and scale. The same microscopic exploration is used in her Suite in Green and Fuchsia, where diving into the image allows to find new images and to play with scale and position.

Luisa Duarte’s stories are encrypted in her intriguing personification of geometry. Rooted in geometric abstraction, Duarte refers to her own trapezoid shapes as human beings reexamining the mysteries of life, love, and loss. This constant investigation of strength and vulnerability creates a set of tensions, a stipulation for construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction, but also ultimately a feeling of balance, order, and freedom.


Anna Tahinci, PhD

Professor and Area Coordinator of Art History

The Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Houston,January, 2017

Artist Inc Graduation day!

Fresh Arts presents

the inaugural graduating class of Artist INC Houston 2017


Wednesday, May 17, 2017


@ The Legacy Room at City Hall

901 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002


Free and open to the public


Join Fresh Arts and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for a special evening celebrating the close of Artist INC Houston- Spring 2017 session. The free event will feature a cocktail reception and short visual presentations by the first graduating Artist INC Houston class which includes a diverse group of 24 of Houston’s brightest and most driven visual and performing artists.  Over the last 8 weeks these artists have gathered one night a week to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice through mentorship opportunities, expert presentations, and peer networks. Now in its eighth year, the Artist INC program has been completed by more than 700 regional artists. 


Presenting artists include:

Khalil AbuSharekh, Khrystyna Balushka, Aaron Jaymes Booker, Eepi Chaad, Adam Vincent Clay, Luisa Duarte, Karen Eisele, Hedwige Jacobs, Claire Drennan Jarvis, Mathieu JN Baptiste, Elaine Kuckertz, Melanie Loew, David Maldonado, Pat McEnery, Edgar Medina, Corine Michel, Karen Navarro, Roberta Paixao Cortes, Nathan Parmer, Cary Reeder, Dominique Royem, Y. E. Torres, Heather vonReichbauer, and Suzanne L Woodbury.


Artist INC Houston Spring 2017 Peer Facilitators include GONZO247, Emanualee “Outspoken” Bean, Felipe Lopez, Tami Merrick, Mollie Haven Miller, and Lori Yuill.


Artist INC is a collaborative partnership between Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center.


Artist INC Houston is administered by Fresh Arts and is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.


Special thanks to:

The City of Houston, the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Houston Public Library system for their support of this program.


And the 2017 Artist INC "Subject Matter Experts" who led lectures and shared their knowledge:  Lisa Marie Evans (Artist INC Kansas City),  Kim Stoilis (Stoilis Communications), Elizabeth White-Olsen (Writespace Houston), Kathy Ploch, CPA, Erin McClarty, PLLCMarci Dallas (Fresh Arts), and Tim DeSilva (Culture Pilot).


May 17, 2017




6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


The Legacy Room at City Hall

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Print Austin Invitational 2017

January 27 - February 12

Artist Reception:  February 4, 2017, 6-9.


Print Austin Invitational, curated by Elvia Perrin, a founding director of Print Austin, will feature select members from PrintMatters, Houston Texas.  Artists: Andis Applewhite, Luisa Duarte, Helen Gerritzen, Cathie Kayser, Suzanne Manns, and Anna Mavromatis.

The TenAnts, an art show

10 Ants is the title of an exciting and meaningful artist exhibition conceived by Valentina Atkinson of Serrano Gallery at Silver Street Studios. The opening reception will be held at Silver Street Studios on Saturday, February 11, 6-9 pm and will run through February 15.

Each of the ten artists selected are tenants of the Silos, Winter Street, Spring Street and Silver Street Studios. In addition, the reference of “ants” is very appropriate as these artists have a shared focus to further the strength and viability of the arts in Houston, while incorporating their international artistic influence from Mexico to France, Brazil to Australia.

The 10 Ants paint a broad stroke relative to their involvement with the arts. Several serve on artist advisory committees to organize events and to help expand the careers of fellow artists, curate major public art exhibitions, volunteer to teach in school art programs, produce an art magazine and generously lend their time and energy to organize complicated exhibitions. 

These are not artists who go to their studios each day and solely work on their personal projects.  These are artists who keep their studio doors open, invite conversation and help to support an entire community.  This is the definition of art with a “soul.”  Community is about holding your arms open and assisting in the efforts of others. It is about setting aside your own interests and offering generous listening to what is occurring for others. It is about knowing that what we do as artists is always better when we hold a space for others.

The art will be displayed on ten large wooden crates as used for international shipping. They are raw and fabulous and will showcase the art in an extremely unique manner. The exhibit will include painting, digital art, plastics, sculpture, mosaic, jewelry and fabric.




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