Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Press Release from Texas Gallery

3 Weeks, 6 Earthworks, 1 Portable Studio, and ALL That Lies in Between

March 13 - April 17, 2010
Opening Saturday March 13, 2010 5 - 7 PM
2012 Peden
Houston, TX 77019

Texas Gallery announces the first collaborative exhibition of the artists - Jacinda Russell and Nancy Douthey in Houston. The two artists worked for two years to develop, prepare and present 3 Weeks, 6 Earthworks, 1 Portable Studio, and ALL That Lies in Between. The exhibition will include photographs, sculptures, books, and video.

For three weeks in the summer of 2009 Russell and Douthey traveled in the American West visiting 6 major earthworks created by American artists in remote locations, as well as stopping at other more accessible sites of perhaps more popular cultural significance. Fantasizing about the artists who made the works they created a commentary on the locations of the works as well as the works themselves. With gentle humor, many splashes of pink, and fake moustaches, the artists both celebrated these works as significant wonders of the art world but also found them deserving of a gentle ribbing for the sheer ambition that fed their creation in the vast Western landscape. In the current political climate of arguments about the preservation of nature vs. its destruction, of small foot prints on the land vs. large, their quest became a questioning. A significant part of the exhibition is the real time blog that recorded the day by day activities of their journey and that is still available at www.earthworksnearyou.blogspot.com.

Nancy Douthey earned her MFA in Intermedia from University of Houston. Douthey lives and works in Houston. Jacinda Russell has an MFA in photography from University of Arizona. Russell lives and works in Muncie, Indiana where she teaches at Ball State.

The exhibition will be on view until April 17, 2010. The public opening is on Saturday, March 13 from 5 - 7 pm. For further information contact Lisa Godfrey at Texas Gallery, 2012 Peden, Houston, TX 77019, 713.524.1533; 713.524.0534 (fax), info@texgal.com and www.texgal.com.

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