Monthly Archives: September 2013

FOTOFEST – Moving/Still

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Hector Hernandez, Hyperbeast: yellow

FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography (HCP), two of the state’s premier photographic arts organizations, continue their ongoing collaboration with the exhibition MOVING/STILL: RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY BY TEXAS ARTISTS, the fifth installment of the FotoFest seriesTalent in Texas and the third co-presented by FotoFest and HCP.

Featuring a diverse group of 12 artists from across the state, MOVING/STILLis curated by Kerry Inman, of Inman Gallery, Houston TX. The exhibition is split between the two exhibition spaces – FotoFest Headquarters Downtown and Houston Center for Photography in the Museum District. The exhibition is on view at the two venues September 20 – November 3, 2013. Beginning November 8, the exhibition will be unified at FotoFest Headquarters and continues through December 7, 2013.

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The exhibition’s title, MOVING/STILL, is in reference to the performative aspect of much of the work, whether it is documenting a physical action taking place, or presenting a vision of the human connection to an alive and conscious natural world. Many of the pieces incorporate long or multiple exposures capturing a sense of time passing. In others, surreal hybrid forms inhabit construction sites, ragged shorelines, and abandoned factories. Several projects refer to ritual and ceremony and the transformative power of these acts.

“As I reviewed recent photographic work from around the state, I was intrigued by the strong emphasis on documentation of performance in the work,” said Ms. Inman. “Many artists are presenting new relationships to the natural world, where ‘Nature’ is a more active character in an unfolding narrative. These themes are certainly not unique to Texas, but this focused exercise helped me uncover them and I hope the exhibition will provide food for thought.”

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The creatures in Hector Hernandez’ (Austin, TX) photographs are ephemeral, if anthropomorphic. Their airy and fluid bodies, made of silk and satin, rise in dynamic and dramatic fashion above seemingly human legs. The Hyperbeast Lives series is playful and intriguing.

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MOVING/STILL is a participating exhibit in the Texas Biennial 2013 – a state-wide project that features exhibitions of Texas artists in cities across the state. Information on the Texas Biennial 2013 may be found athttp://www.texasbiennial.org

For more information or for visuals from MOVING/STILL, please contact:

Vinod Hopson, FotoFest Press, 713.223.5522 ext 26, press@fotofest.org

Jonathan Beitler, HCP Press Coordinator, 832.964.9932, Email: jonathan@barrelhousemedia.com

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Kerry Inman is owner and co-director of Inman Gallery, Houston. Inman Gallery was founded in 1990 as a project space dedicated to showcasing the work of younger artists who were under-recognized by the contemporary gallery scene in Houston of the late 80’s. Since that time, Inman Gallery has steadily grown into a nationally recognized venue that encourages innovative, thoughtful visual presentations and nurtures talent. Emphasizing visual exploration and conceptual thinking over purely formal solutions have been cornerstones of the gallery programming since its inception. With director Patrick Reynolds, she has organized a number of thematic group exhibitions at the gallery, including Paper Space (2012, drawings by sculptors), Related Clues (2011, contemporary sculptural practice), do i know you (2010, contemporary portraiture), among many others. She has served on the advisory boards of the Glassell School of Art, and the Art League of Houston. Additionally, she has served as juror for numerous regional exhibitions, as well as several national panels, including Creative Capital and Altoids Collection.

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Day of the Hyperbeats

Day of the Hyperbeast

Sep14 – Oct 6
Gravelmouth Gallery
1906 S. Flores
San Antonio, TX 78204

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Day of the Hyperbeast

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Opening reception, September 14, 2013

Gravelmouth invites you to join us Second Saturday in the South Flores Arts District as we welcome Austin artist Hector Hernandez in his solo exhibit “The Day of Hyperbeast” Hectors unique investigation of color and form immediately drew us into his photography and kept us wanting more. Here is a little insight to Hectors work.

Artist statement:
The Day of Hyperbeast is about form, energy, light and movement. When I first began the series, I was interested in creating new characters, but I also wanted to add an element that I felt had been missing from my previous work. Color. The explosion of color is the “hyper” in hyperbeast. Bold, untamed and vibrant.
I began the series by experimenting with fabrics and how light reflected on them. When I added movement, the fabric changed from something I recognized as a piece of cloth, thin and fragile, to a mass of shapes and light. The hyperbeast was born.
I imagined that these creatures exist in some other universe, that they roam wild somewhere, like lions or giraffes in Africa. I am simply capturing them in their natural habitats. Then again, I sometimes imagine that these hyperbeasts exist in our own world at some hidden level. They could exist, hidden to us in the same way that atomic and subatomic particles used to be hidden. These creatures could be a part of our world, dancing and living in the same spaces where we exist.

Opening reception, September 14, 2013
Gravelmouth Gallery 
1906 S. Flores
San Antonio, TX 78204

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Red Dot @ Women & Their Work

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Thursday, September 12th @ 7pm

This is your chance to collect some of the best contemporary art being created today at the 18th annual Red Dot Art Spree & Silent Auction. Fabulous art, beautiful people and incredible silent auction packages brought to you by Women & Their Work. More than 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints and mixed media works all for $600 or less & all shopping is tax free. This party takes place in the gallery, at 1710 Lavaca Street, Austin, Texas 78701.

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Hector Hernandez

Hybridbeast, 2013

on sale at Women & Their Work

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