Join Suplex at HQ for our final Houston exhibition, Garage Sale, And So Can You on Saturday July 9 and 10 from 10AM-6PM . Inspired by the modes of urgency created when relocating, this exhibition combines the works of Texas-based artists with the personal items of Curator Max Fields in a garage sale style exhibition. All of the works featured in the exhibition live as series long gone, half-finished projects, unfamiliar one-offs, and works not suitable for display outside of this context.
Evan O'Neil, Houston-based designer and Founder of Thirty Magazines, will address the inequities that arise from structural hierarchy in the art world and in broader society in his lecture presentation, Erasing Towers. In his talk, O'Neil will analyze how our visual language enforces hierarchy in art, design, politics and commerce; and explore the opportunities for artists and designers to break these hierarchies by changing visual language.
Artist Barry Elkanick and Suplex Curator Max Fields will lead a gallery tour and discuss the exhibition Proceed to the Nearest Exit.
Join Suplex and artist Barry Elkanick at She Works Flexible's Flex Space to celebrate the opening of Proceed to the Nearest Exit.
Suplex and Aurora Picture Show are pleased to present a fun-for-all-ages morning of animation shorts by Czech animation pioneers Karel Dodal, Hermina Dodalova, and Irena Dodalova, complete with Czech breakfast bites and an assortment of light refreshments. Inspired by Eva Struskova’s biography “The Dodals”, Suplex will present a select screening of short films that trace the progression of the animator’s work in pre-war Czechoslovakia. Also included in the screening are short films that explore the pioneering spirit of early animation studios. Following the screening, join us for a flipbook activity designed by artist John Forse, where guests color and draw to make their own creativity come alive. All ages are welcome.
Celebrate the closing of Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body on Friday, February 27 at the closing reception, held at BLUEorange Gallery. Wine and beer will be served and the exhibition organizers will be in attendance to speak about the show. Admission is free and open to the public.
SUPLEX is pleased to announce an artist talk featuring CAMH Curator Dean Daderko with artist MPA, held in conjunction with the exhibition Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body. Daderko and MPA will discuss Katherine Hubbard+MPA’s 2010 performance at Higher Pictures in New York and the performance documents on view in the Public Communication exhibition. Admission is free and open to the public; space is limited.
Join co-curator Max Fields for a free tour of Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body. Admission is free and open to the public.
Moderated by Curator Max Fields, artist Jessica Borusky will discuss her work featured in Public Communication and speak on the conceptual content found in this exhibition as it relates to her practice’s over arching narrative. Seating is limited; admission is free. RSVP to reserve your space by emailing email@example.com.
Celebrate the opening of Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body at BLUEorange Gallery from 6-9PM and enjoy freshly made cocktails and light bites. At 7:30PM, artist Sarah Hill will perform their work They Wonder in the gallery space. Space is limited; admission is free and open to the public.
Join us on October 17 from 6:30-9PM for the opening reception of Suplex Presents: Jamal Cyrus held in conjunction with the series Three Exhibitions. For the exhibition Cyrus will present a site-specific work created this year on the outside of the historic Axlerad Building in the Midtown neighborhood in Houston, TX.
Suplex is pleased to announce Suplex Presents: Three Exhibitions, a series of three solo exhibitions featuring Texas-based artists Justin Boyd, Jamal Cyrus, and Lauren Moya Ford. Transforming a previously abandoned location in Houston, each artist will activate the space through site-specific installations, performances, and artworks. Three Exhibitions is inspired by participatory performances in contemporary art and an impulse to respond to those histories within the context of Houston. Each artist will determine the nature of audience engagement in his or her exhibition. By presenting artwork outside of typical institutions or white wall galleries, Suplex hopes to structure a new dynamic experience for local audiences.
Join Suplex this month for a screening of Turkish Star Wars an insane sci-fi action-packed epic that follows the heroic adventures of Murat and Ali as they trek across a deserted planet after crash landing their X-Wing spacecraft. Taking literal cues (and footage) from George Lucas’ 1977 classic Star Wars, this film’s narrative explodes through the screen in bizarre fashion as iconographic scenes and musical scores from Indiana Jones are spliced into sequences of battles with an evil wizard and his army of skeletons on horseback, romantic affairs with alien women, and moments magical revelation and clarity. Turkish Star Wars was directed by Çetin Inarç in 1982 and stars one of the most prolific actors/writers in Turkish Cinema Cüneyt Arkin, whose filmography spans five decades and over 240 films. But, due to the films stolen film sequences and soundtrack, Turkish Star Wars has never seen mainstream theatrical release. See the film as it’s intended to be seen, over drinks with friends, at Alabama Song this Saturday, September 20 at 8:30PM.
Suplex and Rice University, Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts are pleased to present the exhibition Everything we want it to be…at all times, featuring the work of Houston-based artists John Forse, Lane Hagood, Bradley Kerl, Cody Ledvina, Gabriel Martinez, and Lauren Moya Ford. The impetus for Everything we want it to be…at all times came initially in the form of a response to traditional group shows: curator-driven exhibitions where a central thematic, usually a pet interest of the curator, became the connective tissue between the work of disparate artists. Instead, Everything we want it to be…at all times attempts to be a group show about a group—it attempts to give visual and artistic form to a series of conversations, relationships, collaborations, friendships, jokes, and revelations.
Join Suplex this month for a screening of director Eddie Nicart’s 1981 Filipino action thriller, For Y’Ur Height Only, a high flying, sliding, and soaring adventure featuring martial artist and action star Ernesto de la Cruz (Weng Weng) as Agent 00. From the hokey futuristic gadgets and gizmos, to seductive girls and blazing guns, For Y’Ur Height Only takes full advantage of the spy thriller cliches established by the world famous James Bond film that it’s (loosely) based on.
Suplex is pleased to present Bizarro Blockbusters, a new monthly summer film series curated by Daniel Atkinson to be held at Alabama Song Art Space. Atkinson will kick off the series on July 19 at Alabama Song Art Space, with a screening of the 1989 film Lady Terminator. Directed by H. Tjut Djalil, Lady Terminator is a Freudian fever-dream of a film featuring exploding dicks, vaginal eels, and other scenes of titillating “erotica.” Starring Barbara Anne Constable as Tania, a naive anthropologist turned SCUM Manifesto-carrying hellraiser, the film combines elements of the Indonesian myth of the siren-like South Sea Queen with the masculine overdrive of Terminator.
In anticipation and preparation for the opening of Suplex’s upcoming group exhibition, Everything we want it to be…at all times, Suplex invites interested individuals to participate in a live brainstorming session at the comfort of their own computers.
Joe Joe Orangias. Additive/Subtractive Context considers how historical artistic processes may be re-conceptualized to directly address social and political contexts of our time. Using the additive/subtractive process of sculpture, artist Joe Joe Orangias will discuss how two of his recent sculptures on Galveston Island add and subtract materials from public space in order to propose a more equitable locale. By working with iconic representations of minority communities, his collaborative projects transform common objects to engage a diverse audience in deeper social issues. Pink Dolphin Monument works toward inclusivity for gender and sexual minority communities, while Urning Archives realizes a practice of decolonization.
Antena—Jen Hofer & John Pluecker—will facilitate a conversation that both investigates and invites participants into their artistic process. Antena's work encompasses writing, visual poetic practice, bookmaking, translating, interpreting, language justice organizing, installation, and performance. Antena views aesthetic practice as part and parcel of language justice work as they explore how critical views on language can help us to reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we inhabit. Antena wants to know what poetry has to say to the revolution, and what the revolution will do to our poetry. Antena believes in a laboratory model of experimentation, and we believe in a willingness to be deeply affected by people, places, or phenomena we encounter. Welcoming the unexpected and recognizing how much we can learn from what we do not yet know (and perhaps do not even know we need to know) are central elements of our practice. We invite you to encounter the unexpected with us, to traverse uncharted territory and enter into a radical practice of unconventional listening.
Join us this month at Alabama Song for artist David Feil’s presentation of Minimalism, Emergence, Models, and Puzzles. Drawing inspiration from the stringent requirements of computer programming and the power harnessed thereby, the discussion will explore the act of definition both as one of distillation and one of generation. Feil will walk the audience through the germination of a current project, as well as introduce select past work, using natural, art historical, and technological examples as reference points.
This event is limited to 15 participants.
RSVP to attend The Narrative Process by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join BLUEorange Gallery and Suplex Projects for a potluck-style brunch and moderated discussion with artists Lance McMahan, Roxanna Tuff, and Giovanni Valderas on the relationships between food, memory, and cultural identity on Sunday, March 9 from 1-2:30PM. Bring your family’s heirloom dish along with copies of the recipe to share with guests. After a 30-minute discussion between the three artists and Suplex member Rachel Vogel, the audience will be asked to share the family recipes with one-another.
For the fourth iteration of The Narrative Process, Houston-based artist Lovie Olivia will present Disinterest in Conformity, in which she will lead an engaging discussion that explores the themes and philosophies that inform her work.
Art League Houston and Fresh Arts are excited to invite the Houston artist community to an Artist Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Art League Houston Main Gallery.
The focus of this meeting is to collectively discuss the growing needs of artists living and working in the Houston area. Topics of discussion are open but could include issues such as artist stipends, public art and exhibition opportunities, affordable housing, studios and health insurance. The Town Hall format will be interactive, offering multiple opportunities for participants to offer input and ask questions.
The meeting will be facilitated by three respected Houston artists: Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, Carrie Schneider and Patrick Renner. Their role will be to help the audience identify some of the needs, questions and concerns that the Houston artist community is grappling with today and issues for the future.
Art League Houston and Suplex are pleased to present a solo exhibition by artist Ryan Hawk. Hawk will exhibit a series of large-scale installations, prints, drawings, and video works that investigate reoccurring themes of inner-subjectivity and reflective consciousness, illusion, and time-based transformation.