PaperCity Magazine


Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 85 of 99

configuration of complementary colors, Hope and Stay, both from 2019. At Laura Rathe Fine Art, an artist known for his raucous translations of two-dimensional Pop imagery into captivating, contorted wall sculptures takes a more minimalist tack. Paul Rousso's latest series, "Abstract Solids," confidently voyages into the space-age sublime via optimistic works such as the ambitiously scaled (48 by 72 by 8 inch) mixed media on polystyrene Cotton Candy, 2020. For Foto Relevance on Culture Place, the Light and Space movement is highlighted by a pair of talents: Houston-based Deborah Bay and Colorado lenswoman Brenda Biondo. Bay abstracts reality to forge enigmatic images informed by space, light, geometry, and color; collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she has a history of creating work that has appeared in international publications and has graced the cover of the British Journal of Photography. Her ongoing "Traveling Light" series pushes the properties of prisms and lenses while recalling a century of art history, from constructivism through Color Field and concluding with the Light and Space movement. Bay's Triangle Theorem, 2018, typifies the uniqueness of her vision. In contrast to inanimate objects, Biondo employs the atmospheric effects of the Western landscape as a point of departure in her nature-informed photography, such as Shadow Legacy no. 2, 2020, which hovers between our reality and otherworldly realms. Liliana Bloch Gallery takes this month's theme and spins a two- person exhibition around it: "Light + Space: Alicia Eggert and Lynne Harlow." Eggert, who works from Dallas, updates the tradition of Jenny Holzer with text-based neon signage as evidenced by This Present Moment, 2016; in her practice, she's created site-specific work for locations from Amsterdam to Maine that speak to sociopolitical concerns veiled through a cloak of mystery. Paired with Eggert, Bloch presents conceptual sculpture by 2020 Pollock-Krasner Grant recipient Harlow; the artist's wall pieces allude to ethereal light, as realized in Venus Art + Flowers, 2017, composed of chiffon and Plexiglas. Wrap your investigations — and acquisitions — of Light and Space artists with nuanced creations by Joan Winter from Holly Johnson Gallery that ask the viewer to slow down. The Dallas artist has honed an approach informed by architecture and printmaking to craft subtle offerings such as the canvas First Light, 2020, and the sculpture Unfolding Light, 2013, both available through Culture Place. Either would be worthy of quiet contemplation and are perfect balms for our turbulent times. See all the images in this story at Artworks Exclusively Available on Page 82: Deborah Bay's Triangle Theorem, 2018, at Foto Relevance; Claire Ankenman's Hope, 2019, at Moody Gallery. Gisela Colon's Skewed Square (Copper Gold), 2020, at McClain Gallery Paul Rousso's Cotton Candy, 2020, at Laura Rathe Fine Art 84

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of PaperCity Magazine - PaperCity_Houston_December_2020