GRLZ + VEILS

An interview with New York-based artist Cheryl Donegan on her recent work featured in the exhibition GRLZ + VEILS at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston

Up-cycled dresses on mannequins, paintings of deconstructed tracksuits, and massive lengths of cloth made with consumer technology fill the upstairs of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The works carry with them a balance between heavy abstraction and a DIY culture that will have you saying, “My kid could make that!” and artist Cheryl Donegan would not only agree with you but encourage you to try it yourself.

On view at the CAMH through March 31, Cheryl Donegan: GRLZ + VEILS presents a collection of works by the artist ranging from the 90s to recent years, with the subtitle referencing multiple aspects of her practice. GRLZ, which most commonly references the riot grrl subculture, which holds a great deal of significance and inspiration for Donegan, here also refers to the grills of the air conditioners that decorate the streets of New York and inform the designs in many of her dresses and paintings. The artist considers VEILS a representation of her relationship to material, drawing connections between her paintings and clothing.

Have a Seat

An interview with Tom Loeser regarding his exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Simple ideas, reimagined. This is central to Tom Loeser’s practice. A stunning combination of craft, whimsy, and invention, his pieces of furniture take on an unconventionality both functional and dysfunctional. On view in the main gallery of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft through May 12, 2019, Tom Loeser: Please Please Please is a playful exhibition that encourages viewers to reconsider the way they interact with their environments.

“The core of my work is thinking about function and undermining the way things work,” Loeser said. Throughout his career, the artist has striven to help furniture fulfill its potential as an artistic medium. It is an affinity that has lasted for years and propelled the expansion of his practice through the exploration of different media and environments.

Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign

A review of the Contemporary Art Museum Houston’s exhibition of works by the late Nicolas Moufarrege, curated by Dean Daderko

“Younger artists today are inspired by artwork and activist models created by these people in the eighties – a time we can still see as aesthetically exciting and expansive – but because so many of these folks are no longer with us, the history can easily get lost. It’s silenced.”

—Dean Daderko in DUETS

The story of Nicolas Moufarrege is a sad one. Lost to the AIDS crisis in New York City at the age of 36, the artist had only been in practice for a decade and undoubtedly had much left to produce. Curated by Dean Daderko and on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston through Feb. 17, 2019, Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign is the first solo museum exhibition for Moufarrege.