2014-2015 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE EXHIBITION | GRACE NDIRITU, DAN SCHMAHL, HILARY WILDER
May 30th, 2015 - July 18th, 2015
Opening Reception May 30th from 6-9pm.
Music by WILD MOCCASINS!!
Food by EATSIE BOYS!!
The Galveston Artist Residency is proud to present our Fourth Annual Artists in Residence Exhibition, featuring work by current Artists in Residence Grace Ndiritu, Dan Schmahl, and Hilary Wilder. The exhibition will open on Saturday, May 30th with a reception from 6-9pm. We invite you to come help us congratulate our artists and enjoy music by Wild Moccasins and food by Eatsie Boys.
Grace Ndiritu's newest body of work, titled Production: Post-Hippie Pop Abstraction is inspired by pre-historic rock paintings, Matisse cut-outs, aboriginal dot paintings, Aids activist quilts circa 1987 and the collection of moodboards Ndiritu has been creating for the last 15 years as the foundation of her extensive film/video practice. Shown alongside her video, A Week in the News, the work reflects where we are as a global species. The jarring energy of such disparate sources as the stock market, global media, disease, drugs, consumerism and the environment appear as disorganized and frenetic gestures. But underlying the chaos there appears to be an order, which reflects the philosophical and spiritual idea that even under chaos there is an intelligent design at work in the universe.
Dan Schmahl is a multi-disciplinary artist using photography, video, printed media, and sculpture to seek out and highlight the sublime in the everyday.This new body of work reinvestigates common features of traditional coastal aesthetics and the history of romantic landscape painting. By documenting slowly shifting patterns of light, surf, and studio habits, Galveston Island and the Gulf of Mexico are transformed into ideal places for contemplating the sublime nature of being.
Hilary Wilder's most recent body of work is based on the theme of the nocturne; each painting employs a limited palette and an array of abstract forms to suggest a narrow depth of field and the ambiguity of evening light. Some works are composed of recurring forms, while others combine dissimilar painting strategies to connote instability or disharmony. Although the paintings are primarily a response to the history of landscape painting, they are also informed by Galveston; various motifs suggest islands, water, and the co-mingling of dissimilar visual information.
The exhibition will be on view from May 30th - July 18th, 2015. To view more installation photos, please visit our facebook page here.