Opening Reception / Alternate Pathways
Saturday, October 19, 2019
The Union HTX
2315 Union St, Houston TX 77007
Free and open to the public
Eduardo Portillo /Arte
Luisa Duarte Art
Karen Navarro PH
Join us to celebrate the public opening of Alternate Pathways: A group exhibition highlighting Houston's cultural diversity.
Luisa Duarte// www.luisa-duarte.com
Luisa Duarte is a Houston-based visual artist. A diverse blend of cultures, have shaped her ideas and understanding of what constitutes “home”. A vague sense of displacement, and, at times, an underlying yearning to ‘belong,’ has lead the artist to create imaginary spaces that appear to straddle multiple worlds, perspectives and forms all this using a wide range of techniques.
Throughout her upbringing in Venezuela, Duarte was widely exposed to contemporary non-figurative art,this aesthetic, loosely informed her professional practice as an architect, and currently continue to influence her practice as a visual artist.
Luisa Duarte was recently selected as the Artist of the Month at the Museum of Geometric and Madi Art in Dallas, her work was part of the 6th Latino Art Now conference, The Texas Biennial, among other important art venues and she has shown her work nationally and Internationally.
Eduardo Portillo// www.eduardoportillo.com
Portillo’s paintings conduct a negotiation between the literal edges and the surface of the pictorial plane, realizing his personal desire to deviate from the rectilinear into real space. The juxtaposition is established between what is considered a painting and what is categorized as a sculpture, subverts the allotted space each is normally given. In this way, his work breathes life into these ordinarily lifeless areas, celebrating the tension between implied capacity and imposed boundary.
Eduardo Portillo was born in El Congo, El Salvador in 1986 and currently lives and works in Houston, TX. He received a BFA in painting at the University of Houston in 2011. His work has been exhibited in numerous art venues throughout Texas including Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, Site 131 in Dallas, RULE Gallery in Denver, Colorado and recently in Galerie Richard in New York City. In 2013 his exhibition with the Houston Community College was included as part of the Texas Biennial. He has been awarded artist residencies with the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas as well as the Vermont Studio Center.
Celan Bouillet// www.celanbouillet.com
Celan Bouillet is a mixed media painter based in Houston, Texas. Her upbringing in the American South influenced her love of spinning a good tale, textiles, and sublime landscapes. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Bouillet is a Vermont Studio Center Fellow, a two-‐time recipient of the Houston Artist Association Individual Artist Grant, and was selected to participate in the 2017 New Texas Talent exhibition. Most recently, she was included in 44 Artists From Texas a survey of Texas artists at LHUCA in Lubbock, Texas and World of Frida exhibit at Bedford Gallery in California. With the support of a 2019 HAA Grant, Bouillet will be displaying a new body of work “Cosmic Garden” that includes her first large scale installation in Fall 2019.
Hedwige Jacobs// www.hedwigejacobs.com
Hedwige Jacobs is a Singapore born Dutch artist. She currently lives and works in Houston.
She holds a BFA from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in The Netherlands and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Selected shows include: Women & Their Work, Austin; Lawndale Art Center, Houston; Box 13 Artspace, Houston; The Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo; Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Hague; Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Blaffer Art Museum, Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Drawing Center, New York City; Friedman Benda, New York City; and the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore. Her work is included in private, corporate and museum collections.
Karen Navarro// www.karennavarroph.com
With a background in fashion design, Argentina-born artist, Karen Navarro, works with a highly stylized aesthetic on a diverse array of mediums that includes photography and collage. Her constructed portraits are known for the use of color theory, surreal scenes and minimalist details. Navarro’s work explores themes related to identity and femininity. It expresses self-referential questions that connect in a much larger scale to ideas of social construction of reality.
Navarro lives in Houston since 2014 where she completed the certificate program in photography at Houston Center for Photography. In 2018 Navarro has been awarded a scholarship at Glassell School of Art| The Museum of Fine Art Houston where she studied analog photography. Most recently she has received the Artadia fellowship 2019. Navarro's work has been widely exhibited in the US and abroad.
Made possible in part through the City's Initiative Grant.
Houston Arts Alliance Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs
Fiscally sponsored by Fresh Arts
Photo flyer: Eduardo Portillo
Design: NETO Estudio Creativo