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Margaret Meehan on view at The Bunker Art Space, Palm Beach
Dec 2, 2022
Meehan's work is included in the exhibition 2022 Installation of The Bunker Artspace: Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody
Nasher Public: Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe
Nov 26, 2022
at Katy Trail, 2620 Katy Trail @ N. Houston St – Katy Trail @ Harvard Ave. through March 23, 2023
Artists Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe have created an installation that runs the length of the Katy Trail, from the Thomsen Overlook to just south of where the trail intersects Knox Street. Entitled Borest Forest, Grunting Grasses, the installation comprises a series of vignettes featuring sculptures of squirrels that appear at intervals along the trail. The works may blend naturally into the environment of the trail, distinguished from the real animals only by their fixity, as well as their uncanny human faces, which resemble those of the artists themselves. The various placements of the sculptures along the trail suggest a narrative, a slightly surrealist story, like a fairy tale, that reflects the vaguely otherworldly experience of the trail itself—a thin thread of nature strung along an industrial rail line that runs through the urban environs of Uptown.
The whimsical, surrealist quality of Borest Forest, Grunting Grasses typifies the work of Gibbons and Ruppe, who often experiment with environmental psychology and sound in their installations. The artists have exhibited and performed at the Nasher Sculpture Center on three occasions over the past seven years: in 2015 for the announcement of Nasher Prize, Gibbons, Ruppe, and Danny Skinner performed Dry Again? with their water tank instruments/sculptures; in 2017 for the Nasher Prize gala celebration of Laureate Pierre Huyghe, the trio performed Jane Magnolia Jane, which featured modular synthesis instruments invented by the artists and a Ficus whose biorhythms were translated into musical tones; and in 2018 for the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music and Arts Festival, Gibbons and Ruppe created Grubnik and Suzanne, an immersive installation in the Nasher Garden which featured installation, video, and sound, including a duet with the buried digital head of Liz Tonne and the biofeedback of a live oak tree translated into English phonetics in an attempt to let the tree learn how to speak. Borest Forest, Grunting Grasses, with the artist’s faces transposed on sculptures of squirrels, continues the artists’ deep consideration of our proximity to nature, both beautiful and unsettling.
For the realization of the project, Gibbons and Ruppe worked with Nick Bontrager to digitally render and 3D-print their faces and Geoffrey Broderick at the Abilene Christian University Foundry for the final castings.
Margaret Meehan at Visarts Residency - Visual Arts Center of Richmond
Nov 16, 2022
Margaret Meehan will be included in a six month studio residency at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s Studio Access Residency is designed to support emerging and established visual artists as they develop new ideas and to foster artistic exploration by providing free access to VisArts’ 17 communal studio spaces.
Anthony Sonnenberg Feature in Mod Citi
Mod Citi | Nov 10, 2022 | by Kendall Morgan
Mod Citi October 2022 issue. Pages 15-27.
Desireé Vaniecia review in Glasstire
Glasstire | Nov 4, 2022 | by Jessica Fuentes
Jeff Gibbons included in Sculpture Month Houston Festival 2022
Nov 3, 2022
Jeff Gibbons is included in the exhibition, Synaptic: The Sculptural Presentation of Neural and Psychological Systems in conjunction with SCULPTURE MONTH HOUSTON FESTIVAL 2022 - October 8 - December 3, 2022
The Silos at Sawyer Yards
1502 Sawyer St. Suite 400
Margaret Meehan, Ludwig Schwarz, Stephen Lapthisophon & Jeff Gibbons included in Site 131 exhibition
Oct 8, 2022
Margaret Meehan, Ludwig Schwarz, Stephen Lapthisophon & Jeff Gibbons are included in the Texas Collects: Carter/Wynne exhibition at Site 131, Dallas, TX from September 24 through December 10, 2022.
Jeff Gibbons at SITE Houston for Sculpture Month Houston
Oct 8, 2022
Synaptic: The Sculptural Presentation of Neural and Psychological Systems
SCULPTURE MONTH HOUSTON FESTIVAL 2022
October 8 - December 3, 2022
The Silos at Sawyer Yards
Lance Letscher and James Sullivan added to Library of Congress Prints Collection
Jul 21, 2022
Two prints, created by the artists at Flatbed Press (Austin, TX) were recently added to the permanent collection of the United States Library of Congress.
James Sullivan, Scoria (Patched) II, 2020, Etching, 15 1/2” x 19 3/4”
Lance Letscher, Flux, 2020, A la Poupeè etching with chine collè, 34” x 35 1/2”
Annabel Daou Interviewed in Strange Fire
Strange Fire Collective | Jul 20, 2022 | by Rafael Soldi
A follow up interview with Annabel Daou following the previous 2016 conversation between the artist and Strange Fire collective member, Rafael Soldi.