JANUARY 13 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018

Opening Reception Saturday, January 13, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artists’ talks at 6:30 PM

Main Gallery

The Color Condition
Premium Quality

Known for their playful and immersive environments created from a variety of plastic and light weight fabrics, The Color Condition aims to make work that calls attention to the sites where they are installed. Drawn to repetition, patterns, color, and the natural motion of wind, the Color Condition transforms synthetic materials into installations that mimic objects found in the natural environment. Their exhibition, Premium Quality, explores a symbolic collision of the internal and external components of their installations, done and undone, to reveal their hidden woven structures.

The Color Condition is an ongoing collaboration and experiment established in 2010 between Dallas-based artists Marianne Newsom and Sunny Sliger. Their installations and environments have been featured across the US, including public art installations at Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL (2015 & 2016); Austin City Limits; The Pilgrimage Festival, Franklin, TN; as well as exhibitions at Umbrella Gallery and Beefhaus Gallery, Dallas, TX. Their most recent site-specific temporary public art installation for Discovery Green and Houston First Corporation was their largest to date and encompassed the park and Avenida de las Americas in downtown Houston in the fall of 2016.


1878 Gallery

Cary Reeder

Impermanence is an exhibition from a new series of paintings and cut-paper works by Houston artist Cary Reeder. Feeling unmoored by a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in 2014, Reeder began this series as a means to explore themes of loss and renewal using nature-based imagery as her muse. With Impermanence, Reeder interprets trees, hands, paths, and portals through bright, highly-saturated paintings and cut-paper painted collage works. Reeder describes her personal relationship with the subject of these works as “a metaphor for my hands and fingers, their craggy knots resembling my joints and veiny lines mimicking mine, and the paths that they shade, symbolic of a journey with an unknown end.” Having primarily exhibited paintings in her past, these new cut-paper works mark a new direction in her practice.

Cary Reedera Miami, Florida native, has made Houston, Texas her home since 1998. She worked for more than a decade as a graphic artist and typesetter in the early 80s and received her fine art training at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell School of Art. In between her stint as a graphic artist and returning to art school, she had a 20+ year career as a grant writer and fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. Her work has been included in numerous local, regional, and national juried exhibitions, along with solos shows at the Optical Project (2016) and Lawndale Art Center (2013) in Houston. She received an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance (2013), was twice featured in New American Paintings (Issues #108 and #120), and was a Hunting Prize Finalist (2014). Reeder currently teaches at the Art League Houston.


Related Program:

Saturday, February 17, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Cary Reeder Artist Talk

Brown Foundation Gallery

Michael Golden
0 – Connected

Michael Golden’s exhibition, 0 – Connected, includes collages created from images he has collected over the past 30 years of his studio practice. After retiring from teaching in 2016, Golden began sorting through his archive of images. The resulting works document his life experiences, personal associations, and play with visual metaphor through imagery pulled from science, nature and geometry. Golden’s life experiences coming out, his varied medical history, travels, and teaching are clipped and juxtaposed with representations of forgiveness, oneness, family, and gender identity. Golden’s perception of space is altered by blindness in his right eye, with these collages offering viewers insight into his two-dimensional world.

Michael Golden was born in Chicago, IL and lives and works in Houston, TX. He received his MFA in printmaking and drawing from the University of Illinois, Champaign in 1989. For 25 years he taught in the Art Department at Houston Community College-Central, where he served as Department Chair and Gallery Director. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including “The Abstract Impulse” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Rudolf Blume Fine Art/Art Scan Gallery, Houston; Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL; Project Row Houses, Houston; and Artists Space and the Painting Center, New York. Golden’s work is in collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, IN; University of California, Palo Alto; and University of Texas at Austin, as well as corporate and private collections. He has received Individual Artists Grants from HAA for both his own work and for curating.


Related Program:

Saturday, January 27, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Exhibit-Connect Workshop: Collages with Michael Golden and Christine West