Closing Reception For "Collective Solid"

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Closing Reception For "Collective Solid"
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Closing Reception For "Collective Solid" says
Collective Solid
Curated by Theresa Escobedo
July 18th, 2015 through August 22nd, 2015
Closing Reception: Thursday, August 20th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm


Deborah Colton Gallery and the DCG Society are pleased to invite you to a closing reception for our current Summer group exhibition, "Collective Solid." Join us for an evening with the artists from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

"Collective Solid" is a multi-faced title, rooted in the idea that we all make and do better together - collaboratively - when we involve ourselves in synergistic relationships. The exhibition evaluates the influence of shared creative space on artistic dialogue and output as well as the significance of community to an artists’ practice and is inspired by the synergistic potential for mutual benefit through collaborative effort.

Featuring works from seven Houston artists on the rise, "Collective Solid" highlights and represents a current moment in Houston art history and makes the case for the cultural relevancy of the artist-run and founded alternative creative space and its influence on its community and upon the development of the artists who work, or have worked, within its walls as they begin to represent Houston outside of its physical boundaries.

Each artist blurs the lines between their medium of choice and alternative applications and we see amongst this group overlapping and combined expressions, of painting and sculpture or photography and painting for example, as well as an openness to influence among each other and an enthusiasm for collaborative work. Common threads this panel of artists share in artistic execution are rooted in material exploration and experimentation, considered use of color, and in applied layering techniques, to name a few. A significant common denominator among this group of artists can also be found in the studio space that hosts, or has hosted in the past, their respective artistic practices – these artists work among a tightly-knit group of resident artists in one of the most dynamic artists’ space in Houston – El Rincón Social. This studio space and collective, housed in a warehouse in the city’s East End Cultural District – the newest cultural district in Houston - was founded in 2006 with the intent to support critical dialogue and artistic practice and with the understanding that combined creative effort can positively impact and shape a community. ERS, as it is familiarly known, sees in its artists and artistic products a standout dedication to process and to material exploration, unmatched elsewhere in the city.

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By: Deborah Colton Gallery