Suplex Presents: Three Exhibitions


  • Axelrad Building 1517 Alabama St Houston, TX, 77004 United States

Suplex Presents: Three Exhibitions
October 17 – November 23, 2014
Axlerad Building
1517 Alabama, Houston, TX

Jamal Cyrus
Opening Reception:
Friday, October 17 | 6-8:30PM
On view through November 23

Justin Boyd
Opening Reception:
Friday, October 24 | 6-8:30PM
On view through November 23

Lauren Moya Ford
Opening Reception:
Saturday, November 22 | 6-8:30PM
On view through November 23

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 us on October 17, 24, and November 22 for the opening reception events held in conjunction with each artist’s solo exhibition at the historic Axelrad building, located in Houston’s Midtown Neighborhood. Admission is free and open to the public.

Justin Boyd is an artist living in San Antonio. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and earned his MFA from the California Institute of Arts. He is currently the Chair of the Sculpture and Integrated Media Department at the Southwest School of Art. Justin has been the recipient of an Artist Foundation Grant, Artpace Travel Grant, and was a finalist for the Arthouse Texas Prize, while having had the privilege of participating in numerous solo and group exhibitions including The Contemporary in Austin, Artpace in San Antonio, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. 

Jamal Cyrus was born and raised in Houston, where he currently resides. He earned his BFA from the University of Houston, participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at The Kitchen in New York and Inman Gallery in Houston, as well as group exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the New Museum, the Menil Collection, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the Lawndale Art Center, and Project Row Houses. In his performances, sculptures, drawings, and collages, Cyrus appropriates and reinterprets culturally charged items, thereby offering a revisionist account of American history. He is chiefly focused on the construction of African American identity resulting from cultural and political movements, such as the 1960s and ‘70s Black Freedom movements, and their subsequent appropriation by a broader culture.

Lauren Moya Ford is an artist and writer based in Austin, TX. Her work has been featured at the Blaffer Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Joanna, the Brandon, and the Wendy. She was the 2013-2014 recipient of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center Fellowship for Interdisciplinary in the Arts and was awarded a Freed Travel Grant for study in Mexico City. Lauren’s Suplex project explores issues around the historical push westward, rock painting, the US-Mexico border, and visionary spiritual states.

Suplex Presents: Three Exhibitions is made possible with major support from the Idea Fund Grant, Common Ground, and the Brackman Family. Common Ground is a urban infill development company that is passionate about the arts and neighborhood revitalization, and has utilized its buildings at every stage of their functional life to help incubate art, performance, and community.

For more information visit www.splx.org.