NOVEMBER 25, 2017 – JANUARY 7, 2018

Opening Reception Saturday, November 25, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artists’ talks at 6:30 PM
NEW! Member preview 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Main Gallery

Dan Schmahl
Sufer’s Beach

Dan Schmahl’s exhibition, Sufer’s Beach, takes its title from sex wax graffiti on Galveston’s seawall at the artist’s favorite surfing spot. In someone’s attempt to designate the spot as a “surfer’s beach,” Schmahl found the moniker poetic and a reminder that life is suffering, even in his search for a beach break. Schmahl’s exhibition documents the romantic pipe-dream of a Galveston, Texas beachfront utopia. This hopeful surf spot will be portrayed through a body of work containing photographs, video, printed matter, and a 13 foot tall viewing platform resembling one of Galveston’s seawall lifeguard stands. Schmhal describes the stand as, “an interactive perch and sheltered gallery bench; a pivotal seat from which viewers can feel the gulf breeze through the A/C ducts, and envision an alternative future amidst the changing tides of the Anthropocene. It’s a show about what a little optimism and collective yips and howls can create: paradise dammit!”

Dan Schmahl received his BFA from Florida State University in 2012. He was a resident artist at the Galveston Artist Residency from 2013 to 2014. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Warte für Kunst, Kassel, Germany; Austin Center for Photography, Austin, TX; Signal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; MASS Gallery, Tallahassee, FL; and Working Method Contemporary, Tallahassee, FL. Schmahl owns and operates Super Hit Press, a project to self-publish handmade artist books and zines, and is a member of the Galveston DIY collective WAKE. Schmahl currently lives and works in Galveston, TX.

This exhibition is supported in part by McCoy’s Building Supply.

Related Programs:

Friday & Saturday, December 8 & 9, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Dessert Surf Films
Co-presented with Ballroom Marfa and the Texas Surf Museum, Corpus Christi

Saturday, January 6, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Poetry Reading and Picnic with Joshua Edwards
In collaboration with the Galveston Artist Residency

1878 Gallery

Joan Laughlin

Joan Laughlin’s detailed paintings of forest undergrowth and tree knots highlight the resilience of the natural world and allude to the fleeting nature of memory for the exhibition Entanglement. Laughlin’s monochromatic renderings of the tangled forest floor border between hyper-real and abstract in their attention to detail. Laughlin began this body of work while caring for her father who had Alzheimer’s. Through this experience and observations of the forest ecosystem, Laughlin reflects on the interconnections between loss and regeneration.

Joan Laughlin received her MFA in 2002 from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA. In 2015, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UTHealth. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Houston over the past 15 years and a solo exhibition at the Jung Center in 2015. Laughlin is an adjunct Art Instructor at Houston Community College. She currently lives and works in Houston, TX.

Brown Foundation Gallery

Motoyuki Noguchi and Toshimichi Minagawa
Taiguruma Radio Station

Taiguruma Radio Station reintroduces the lost art and tradition of Japanese “fish cart” lanterns through an installation by Motoyuki Noguchi and Toshimichi Minagawa. Taiguruma originated in the town of Maki in Niigata Prefecture, Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Pulled by children to cemeteries during Obon festivals each August, these lanterns were created to honor and communicate with the spirits of their carriers’ ancestors. The craft and traditions associated with Taiguruma disappeared when their last craftsman passed away over 20 years ago. Since 2004, Motoyuki Noguchi, leader of the Taiguruma Revival Project, has worked to revive and preserve this craft and engage communities in this traditional practice. Along with his collaborator, Toshimichi Minagawa, Noguchi has introduced Taiguruma through workshops and exhibitions throughout Japan and abroad. Expanding on the tradition of communicating with our ancestors, Noguchi and Minagawa’s installation offers visitors an opportunity to open a line of communication across borders, generations, and cultures through messages collected from visitors and a local radio broadcast. In collaboration with Ball High School’s KTOR radio, messages from the installation will be read on the air periodically through the duration of the exhibition.

This exhibition marks Noguchi and Toshimichi’s fifth visit to Galveston, Niigata City’s sister city. The Galveston Art League will host a Taiguruma lantern workshop November 27 – 30, 2017. Please contact Billie J. Rinaldi at for details.

To listen to some of the messages from the Taigurma Radio Station, click here or here.

Motoyuki Noguchi (b.1981) received his Master’s in Visual Communication and Design from the Nagaoka Institute of Design in Niigata, Japan, in 2004. In 2009, The Taiguruma Revival Project won the Wakuwaku Town Daisakusen Competition sponsored by Mos Burger and received sponsorship for their activities for one year. In 2011, the project received the Shinkosho Award from Tiffany Foundation, recognizing the notable contribution to the preservation of Japanese traditional arts and culture in contemporary society and revitalization of local communities. Since 2013, Taiguruma workshops have been held every November in Galveston, TX, the sister city of Niigata City, Japan.

Toshimichi Minagawa (b. 1976) graduated from Nagaoka Institute of Design in 1998, where he studied the preservation and utilization of historic cultural properties. In 2001, he began working with the Maki city town management organization on urban revitalization projects. He has served as the project planner for the Taiguruma Revival Project since 2005, working with installation design, presentations, workshops, festivals, and technical support in Japan and overseas. In 2013, Minagawa established the Nakayoshikawa Apartment Project design team, a revitalization project in a former soy sauce and miso factory in the Maki ward of Niigata City. Since 2015 the team has worked to light up the factory’s iconic red brick chimney as a remembrance of the factory’s former industry. Minagawa is also currently working with area Kenkou knife makers through sales of their products and securing a successor to learn these skills for future generations to appreciate.

This exhibition is supported in part by All Nippon Airways and Donna Fujimoto Cole.