JUNE 2 – JULY 8, 2018
Opening Reception Saturday, June 2, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artists’ talks at 6:30 PM
Other Edens features works referencing patterns in the natural world and those imposed through human interference. These works juxtapose cycles of growth and decay, in a reflection on the evolving cycle of life. The exhibition includes works by Rebecca Braziel, Dylan Conner, Hallie Gluk, Erin Stafford, Patrick Turk, and Rachelle Vasquez.
Rebecca Braziel’s fibers background is at the core of her practice, resulting in works that focus on texture, process, material, repetition, and attention to detail. Braziel was born in Savannah, GA. She received a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008. Since graduating, she has gained experience as an artist assistant, workshop instructor, middle school art teacher, and co-op member. She has stayed involved with SCAD by returning to the fibers department as a guest critic and senior mentor. Braziel moved to Houston in 2013 and has since shown her work at the Galveston Art Center; Mountain View College, Dallas; Hunter Gather Project, Houston; and The Tank Project Space at Sawyer Yards, Houston. She recently completely a six-month artist residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. In 2017, she received an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Houston and the Houston Arts Alliance for The Creeping Vine Project.
Dylan Conner explores material, form, and process through works that incorporate concrete, steel, and plaster. He employs a unique casting process and controlled fabrication methods to accentuate the physical properties of these materials, while allowing for an element of chance in their construction. Through materials commonly found in the urban landscape, Conner investigates the dualities of liquid and solid, ridged and fluid, movement and rest, to evoke a sense of delicate balance. Conner is an artist from Houston, TX. He received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, studied art history at the University of Houston Downtown, and is currently working towards his MFA at the University of Houston. He has worked with the artists of “Itchy Acres” in Houston, Tim Glover and Ed Wilson, over the past decade to hone his craft. He was instrumental in the creation of a number of large-scale public works, including Wilson’s Soaring in the Clouds at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Conner recently completed the fabrication of his first major public commission entitled Firefly Field, which will be permanently installed as the gateway to Houston’s second oldest park, Woodland Park. Conner currently works in Houston among a tightly knit community of artists in a studio space called El Rincón Social.
Hallie Gluk constructs still-lifes that incorporate organic and ephemeral elements into vignettes that manipulate three-dimensional space. Gluk’s photographs bring the Dutch vanitas tradition into the contemporary, alluding to the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of decay. Gluk received her BA in Art History from Tufts University and her BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is currently based in Houston and works as the Education Assistant for the Houston Center for Photography. Her work was recently featured in the exhibition Relief at Flatlands Gallery.
Erin Stafford explores the concept of “keeping up appearances” as it relates to the human condition and our urges to maintain a level of perceived status for the purpose of self-preservation. Stafford received her BFA from the University of North Texas, Denton, and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Stafford’s aesthetic tendencies are reflected in her studio practice as a result of her upbringing in Dallas, TX where she found upper-middle class expectations full of irony and contradiction. This sense of cultural refinement, which included various forms of ritual and tradition, shaped her aesthetic along with her art education, inspiring her to challenge established social conventions. Following graduation from UTSA, she returned to Dallas where she continued her studio practice along with teaching and curatorial endeavors at Red Arrow Contemporary. Her work was recently featured in the 2017 Texas Biennial, as well as in solo exhibitions at Art League Houston, The Carillon Gallery in Ft. Worth and the Caetani Cultural Centre in Vernon, British Columbia. She is represented by Kirk Hooper Fine Art in Dallas.
Patrick Turk is a quasi-scientist and self-taught artist who explores the mysteries of the universe in his highly detailed hand-cut paper assemblages. Images taken from any number of resources including science-fiction novels, encyclopedias, history and scientific diagrams, are cut and assembled in oftentimes multidimensional surfaces to create curious and dark narratives. Turk was born in Galveston, TX and lives and works in Houston. His assemblages have been exhibited throughout Houston in galleries including Mystic Lyon, Art Storm, Lawndale Art Center, and Rudolph Blume Fine Art/Art Scan Gallery, as well as galleries in Dallas, Galveston and Los Angeles, CA. In 2013, he was a resident artist in Lawndale Art Center’s Artist Studio Program. His works have been published in Mung Being Magazine and include commissions for the 2009 Houston Art Car Parade Poster, as well as the Philokalia album cover by Golden Cities. Turk is one of 60 artists included in the book, The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists (Texas A&M Press), authored by Robert Craig Bunch, released in 2016. He was also featured in the concurrent exhibition, The Art of Found Objects, held at Lone Star College – Kingwood in November 2016. Turk is represented by Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas.
Rachelle Vasquez’ work predominantly deals with relationships between humans and animals, historical or fictional; and the relationships between humans and history itself. Vasquez is a Houston-native and art educator, who received her BA in Art Education with a minor in Art History from the University of Houston. She participated in artist residencies at DiverseWorks and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout Houston, including solo exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center and Box 13 ArtSpace. Vasquez was an original member of Knitta, a group of artists known for starting the “knit graffiti” movement in Houston, TX in 2005. Her work has been reviewed in the Houston Press, Arts Houston magazine and Glasstire. In 2016, she received and Individual Artist Grant from the City of Houston and the Houston Arts Alliance.
Ellen Tanner’s paintings tell intricate stories that unfold through layers of fine detail, carefully rendered textures, and rich color. Her sources of inspiration for the exhibition Fables, Families & Myths include ancient tales exposing human nature, the secret lives of animals, creatures, and characters in myths. These stories provide the framework that Tanner fills with her own unique cast of characters. Each microscopic element plays a part in the larger picture, and when woven together all the details create an intimate world to explore.
Ellen Tanner earned a BFA in Graphic Design at the University of North Texas in 1998 and worked as an illustrator and graphic designer at Fossil Watch Company for 5 years. She moved to Austin in 2003 where she earned a degree in Art Education from the University of Texas. It was during a mandatory studio art class that she fell in love with oil painting. Since that class, Ellen has devoted as much time as possible to working in the studio and teaching herself to paint. Inspired by the fine detail and luminous colors of the Flemish masters, she has sought out information on their techniques and has cobbled together a personal approach to painting with thin glazes of color over a grisaille. She applies these skills with a microscopic focus that makes each painting a tiny yet fully realized world, rich with detail and color. She is represented by Moody Gallery in Houston, TX.
This exhibition, and the accompanying catalog, was organized by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont.