The Lens Capsule: Shoulder Pads On Vacation By Cobra Mc Vey

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One Night Only!
Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday March 4, 2016
ALH Parking Lot I Artist talk at 6:00 PM

Art League Houston is excited to host The Lens Capsule: Shoulder Pads on Vacation by Houston-based artist Cobra McVey in conjunction with FotoFest 2016 Biennial. The exhibition features snapshots of found shoulder pads touring the United States. In each snapshot nature and fabrication collide and fantasy challenges reality. Hypothesis 1: The unmanageable surplus of non-essential consumer products accumulating in the developed world mutates into new life forms. Hypothesis 2: The new life forms go on vacation.


Cobra McVey uses found objects and recycled synthetic materials in combination with traditional art making techniques to create futuristic environments that reference contemporary culture. McVey is the lead singer and guitarist for Winelord, a female punk rock trio hatched from the same B-movie aesthetic that influences her visual art. She is also co-founder, costume maker, and a major dancer of The Bar-B-Que Gang Dance Troupe, an enterprise that combines design and performance. McVey received an MFA from the University of Georgia in 2012 and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University, The Vermont Studio Center and Houston’s Post-Studio Projects. Currently, she is one of three artists in the Artist Studio Program at Houston's Lawndale Art Center. She has lived in Massachusetts and Arizona, but now considers Texas home.


The Lens Capsule is a mobile exhibition space currently hosted from the back of a rental truck. It was co-founded by Houston artists, Emily Peacock and Britt Thomas. We have operated solo and group exhibitions for emerging lens-based Texas artists during the Fotofest Biennial since 2012. This is The Lens Capsule’s third Fotofest biennial season.

The Lens Capsule’s mission is to bring professional opportunities to emerging lens-based Texas artists. As artists ourselves, we know how difficult it can be to find shows when beginning one’s career, especially at locations that attract a large crowd. Our mobile space allows us to bring art directly to the audience versus persuading an audience to visit an exhibition.
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