Opening Reception: Parliament Of Owls

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DiverseWorks Artspace says
The DiverseWorks Artist Board provides integral programmatic input and helps to develop policies around the artistic direction of the organization. The Artist Board was purposefully created at the founding of the organization to ensure that artists remain central to DiverseWorks mission.

Artists: Daniel Adame, The Art Guys, Julia Brown, JooYoung Choi, Oscar Rene Cornejo, Sandy Ewen, GONZO247, Mark Hirsch, Robert Hodge, Loli Fernandez-Andrade Kolber, Rosine Kouamen, Jim Nolan, Rebecca Novak, Phillip Pyle, II, Stephanie Saint Sanchez, jhon r stronks, Lillian Warren, Tek Wilson

This exhibition takes its title from the word that designates a group of owls. Species of animals travel in various groups: a dazzle of zebras, a murder of crows, a pod of whales, a tower of giraffes, or a parliament of owls. During the middle ages, owls were often symbols of ominous forces and dark magic, while today they are typically associated with wisdom. Although these two concepts may seem contradictory, they both relate to the artistic process, which requires a combination of cognitive and intuitive skills. Creativity may be defined as the act of conjuring imaginative ideas into reality in order to reveal underlying truths and patterns related to the human condition.

Describing a group of owls as a parliament presents the idea of a democratically elected governing body. As an artist-centered institution, DiverseWorks believes it is essential for artists to have a stake in its programs so they are as relevant and beneficial as possible. This is a unique feature of DiverseWorks. What these artists do in the studio—their multi-faceted activities and practices—informs their participation on the Artist Board, and in turn, the programs at DiverseWorks. Together these artists contribute to an ecosystem and conversation that is vital for DiverseWorks and for Houston.

Parliament of Owls includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media, videos, performances, and site-specific interventions in the gallery.
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