October 5, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Main Gallery, Middle Gallery, & Gallery 4
Featuring Ivonne Acero, Lenka Clayton, Catherine Colangelo, Karina Etcheverry Roberto, Casey Arguelles Gregory, Las Hermanas Iglesias (a project-based collaboration of Lisa and Janelle Iglesias), Courtney Kessel, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, and Barry Stone
BSC will unveil a new group exhibition featuring artists whose practice and work are informed by and melded with home life and family experience. From either the perspective of a dependent or a guardian, lineage and familial relationships are a human experience. This exhibition highlights the differing approaches of 11 artists, exploring works inspired by our shared experiences as mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and protectors.
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Ivonne Acero is an artist based in Dallas. As a visual artist, Acero’s work addresses personal family narrative through sculpture, while experimenting with diverse and uncommon materials.
Lenka Clayton’s interdisciplinary work considers, exaggerates, and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd. Home Bodies features work created while participating in the world’s first Artist-in-Residence-in-Motherhood, a project in which she founded a fully-funded artist residency that took place inside her own home and life as a mother of two young children.
On Mother’s Day 2016, An Artist Residency in Motherhood became an open-source project. There are currently almost 300 Artists-in-Residence-in-Motherhood in 31 countries on six continents. She says of the project, “As the first artist-in-resident-in-motherhood I aim to embrace the fragmented mental focus, exhaustion, nap-length studio time and countless distractions of parenthood as well as the absurd poetry of time spent with young children as my working materials and situation, rather than obstacles to be overcome.”
Creating intricate patterns on paper with gouache, Catherine Colangelo primarily focuses on her artistic practice in the evenings after the constant juggling and stresses of the day job, parenting, and running a household are over. In this body of work, she created a series of painted shields, which function as talismans. As a parent of a teenager, she is interested in the “everyday sorcery” that being a mother involves and how her role as his protector has changed over time.
Born in Mar del Plata, Argentina, photographer Karina Etcheverry Roberto has studied architecture, ceramics, and photography. Home Bodies will include selections from Roberto’s Lobster Age, a series of 50 photographs, which document her daughter’s shift from childhood to adulthood
Houston-based Casey Arguelles Gregory’s works will include a selection from her painting series Mothers are Jewels. A painter, writer and educator, she holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has exhibited widely throughout the region including solo and group shows. Gregory blogs about looking at art with her two-year-old daughter at www.artstrollertx.com, and is a regular contributor to Arts + Culture Magazine.
Las Hermanas Iglesias is the project-based collaboration between sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias. As the children of Norwegian and Dominican immigrants who grew up in Queens, New York City, their project-based, trans-disciplinary work explores issues of hybridity, social participation, and cultural fusion. Through employing playful structures that respond to the community and geographical context of each project, Las Hermanas create artworks that disrupt borders, engage absurdity, and promote the benefits of working together.
Courtney Kessel is a mother, artist, academic, and arts administrator living and working in Athens, Ohio. Through sculpture, photography, performance, video, and sound, Kessel’s work strives to make visible the quiet, understated, and often unseen love and labor of motherhood. Her performance In Balance With is a collaboration with her daughter where she balances herself against the weight of her daughter and items that represent their lives on a seesaw. She says of the work, “This piece speaks to the continual balance that I strive to create between being a parent, artist, and student.”
The artistic team of Hillerbrand + Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Together they create sculpture, installation, performance, video, and photographic works they call “Suburban Fluxus.” Often including their two children, Madeleine and Emmett, in their work, the family critiques and playfully scrutinizes contemporary suburban life. By deconstructing their iteration of the nuclear family, discussions of consumerism and stereotypes lead to larger themes of race, class, and gender roles in contemporary American life.
Barry Stone was born in Lubbock, Texas, and earned a BA in Biology and an MFA in Studio Art in Photography from the University of Texas at Austin. His work is represented by Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York and Art Palace in Houston and is the founding member of the artist collective, Lakes Were Rivers. Currently, an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Photography Program in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University, his work includes code altered portraits and landscape photographs.