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Lawndale Art Center

May, 2012

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858

Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Thursday, May 3, 2012
In This Issue
Exhibitions Opening Next Friday
Upcoming Events
Artist Opportunities
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Houston Museum District 

Upcoming Exhibitions    

On View May 11 - June 16, 2012


Opening Reception Friday, May 11, 2012 
6:30 - 8:30 PM, artist talks at 6 PM






Prospectors | Seth Mittag, David Politzer & Anne J. Regan  

Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition    


Isometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmas |  

Jack Eriksson


#everyoneisanartist | Travis McCarra & Michael Gonzales


TrendFACTORY | Leslie Mutchler




prospectorsProspectors | Seth Mittag, David Politzer & Anne J. Regan
Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition
John M. O'Quinn Gallery

The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is generously supported by the John P. McGovern Foundation. 


The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is part ofLawndale's ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with studio space on the third floor of Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston's Museum District. This exhibition features residents for the sixth year of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, Seth Mittag, David Politzer and Anne J. Regan.


Making use of his experience in New York as a puppet and set builder inthe animation industry, SethMittag will be telling a story using set pieces, photographs and a short animation. Based on events and characters from his own life, he spins a tale of a family's adventure of buying a home. This journey includes blackmailing a banker, battling el chupacabra and surviving a hurricane.



David Politzer will exhibit video works and photographs fromhisseries,When You're Out There.  For this evolving collection, Politzer uses the tropes of landscape and nature art as points of critical departure.  My Beach is a single-channel video piece that confronts our tendency to choose to look at mediated landscapes even when the real thing is as just as accessible.  Another video project (currently untitled) addresses the proliferation of landscape photography on the Internet and questions how these images relate to traditional 

notions of the picturesque.




Anne J. Regan will exhibit a newbodyof work made while at Lawndale. Her works coalesce the experience of music and the folklore of our national sonic history. Using materials she gleans from specific sites in the American landscape, she seeks to resurrect musical histories, bringing an intimacy to seemingly lost experiences and emotions.


Seth Mittag's website 
David Politzer's website 
Anne J. Regan's website 



erikssonIsometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmas

 |  Jack Eriksson

Cecily E. Horton Gallery


Isometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmas will be a full scale installation populated with 2D and 3D representations of economic data. It will show how vulnerable graphics are to unwelcome interpretation based on misguided geometry, Masonic lore and common sense. The work will identify problems and propose solutions by blending the emotional understanding of the public market with the reality of economic depression. The work will be composed primarily of found objects, office furniture, domestic items and a subscription to the Financial Times


#everyoneisanartist  |

Travis McCarra & Michael Gonzales - DSGNFRDG

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery


#everyoneisanartist uses Twitter to create an installation allowing the audience to simultaneously act as generator and spectator to this constantly changing piece. Online and physical visitors will be encouraged to "tweet" works in various media formats via hyperlink containing the Twitter hash-tag #everyoneisanartist within Twitter's 140 character limit. The received message will be processed, stored, and linked via a custom coded application. The output will then be projected to one of five frames within the gallery.

The installation is dependent on the spontaneous participation of online and physical visitors to the gallery. Given the inherent structure of the project and web-based communication, a website will also be created to act as a digital extension to the Cavnar Gallery and exhibition. The site allows online users to access real-time video, temporal history and geographical distribution map of the accumulated entries. This also allows the gallery to be viewed and interacted with continuously at all hours of the day, and provides a living memory and continuation of the exhibition after de-installation.

Travis McCarra's website
Michael Gonzales' website
DSGNFRDG website 


mutchlerTrendFACTORY | Leslie Mutchler

Project Space


TrendFACTORY is a community-driven, multi-participatory installation. Artist, Leslie Mutchler, will be exploring issues related to hand(craft), the physicality of labor, and the repetition of memes in the virtual world through hand-manufactured objects. As the "factory" is a quickly disappearing hub for work within the country, Mutchler is interested in bringing a focus back to labor and our need for commonality through shared physical experiences. The artist will focus on the ways in which a controlled community, limited to specific materials, could participate in the construction and thus curation of objects, perhaps influencing and driving the installation (both real and virtual) and thus exposing the repetitive and tedious nature of trend.

Lawndale Art Center and Leslie Mutchler invite you to participate in the making of these "factory" assembled, chipboard objects on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10AM-1PM, prior to the exhibition opening. Click here to learn more. 



Upcoming Events     



factoryParticipate in the making of Leslie Mutchler's TrendFACTORY Wednesday, May 9, 2012
10 AM - 1 PM
Free (registration requested)

Lawndale Art Center and Leslie Mutchler invite you to participate in the making of "factory" assembled, chipboard objects on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10AM-1PM, in preparation for the exhibitionTrendFACTORY, opening May 11, 2012. A short video will be aired at 10 AM, including simple instructions for building. Participants are asked to make objects (using scissors and tape), to photograph their unique objects (with their smartphone), to upload an image of their object to the artistʼs Tumblr, and finally to disassemble and recycle their object. All materials will be supplied.

Click here to register for this event. 


STOP-MO-JITOS! (Animation Workshop with Seth Mittag)  

May 17, 2012
5:30-8:30 PM
Free (registration required due to limited space)

Join 2011-2012 Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant Seth Mittag for a free Happy Hour workshop featuring two of Seth's many talents: Mojitos and Stop Motion.

Participants will be introduced to basic stop motion techniques such as storyboarding, filming and editing. During this workshop we will create a short animation using cut paper. We will also look at a few examples of more advanced puppets making techniques involving armature building and casting. The after party (Stop-all-Motion) will feature Ever-clear with a dash of food coloring!

Registration is requested as space is limited. Click here to register.  


Artist Opportunities

2012-2013 Lawndale Artist Studio Program 
Deadline: May 25, 2012

Applications for the 2012-2013 Lawndale Artist Studio Program are now available via our website. This program provides three artists with studiospace on the third floor of Lawndale Art Center, a monthly stipend, materials budget and exhibition in May 2013. Please visit our website for complete information or download the application form. Applications are due by Friday, May 25, 2012 (please note, this is NOT a postmark deadline).




Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cavnar Foundation, The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Anita and David Garten, Bruce Eames, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Jeryn & Walter Mayer, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Gabriela Trzebinski, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Party With Cris, Poggenpohl Design Studio and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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