In collaboration with Paul Middendorf, we present a review of some of our favorite Houston exhibitions in 2016 as well as projects we look forward to seeing more of in the coming year. The article was published on Free Press Houston's site.
A review of the exhibition the sky and the fracture by Jo Ann Fleischhauer at the Mariago Collective:
In 2011, NASA Astronomers used the Spitzer Space Telescope to discover an abundance of buckyballs — the largest known molecules in space — floating in the void surrounding three dying stars. This discovery led to a theory that these molecules carried the seeds of life to Earth. That theory inspired an incredible installation by Jo Ann Fleischhauer, the sky and the fracture, on view at the Mariago Collective through April 25.
“I look at the sky and the fracture as a poetic melding of science, religion, and art,” says curator Tommy Gregory. “Jo Ann studies like no one I know; every day she works on her art and subject matter.”
An interview with and profile of Emily Peacock and her work in the exhibition Soft Diet at Hello Project Gallery:
In 1973, Mary Ainsworth, a psychologist who provided one of the most famous bodies of research on the differences in individual attachment, wrote that attachment is a deep and enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space. Throughout her body of work, Emily Peacock not only displays but exudes a strong sense of attachment to various members of her family. A large portion of her portfolio directly features her family members as the subject, but in her latest exhibition, Soft Diet — on display at Hello Project Gallery through February 7 — Peacock deviates from this tendency. Though a majority of the work still features members of her family, she focuses on manipulating items to depict the tactile experience of caring for her mother in a time of illness, and ultimately her passing.