New Surfaces, an upcoming art exhibition, will feature new artwork by seven currently based Texas artists. Five artists from the Montrose Art Society, a Houston based artist collective, and an additional two guest artists collaborated in this new project venture that seeks to create a unique dialogue between the artwork that is being displayed on the walls and that which is occupying the entire gallery space. New Surfaces will reflect the respective processes and mediums of each artist and will include paintings, drawings, sculptures, and video installations that will examine a variety of themes including the automatism of lines, cultural influences, and the synthesis of space and time.
Featured artists include: Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola, Carlos Pozo, Angel Quesada, Raul Gonzalez, Tony Parana, Eduardo Portillo, Nico Whittaker, and Kylene Vasquez
The opening reception will be Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the MAS Alternative Exhibition Space located at 1824 Spring Street, Studio 227, Houston, Texas, 77007. Light refreshments will be available.
“The opening reception will feature a live collaboration between Pablo Gimenez Zapiola (video projections) and Carlos Pozo (ambient sound).
Carlos Pozo makes slowly evolving ambient soundscapes using a mix of abstract electric drones and pulses with melodic loops and field recordings.
Though generally working separately, Pozo’s sounds seem to sync uncannily when performed alongside Giménez Zapiola’s projected images. Both artists share an interest in clean simplicity as well as a low key search for beauty and the sublime.”
Early on in life Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola developed a particular interest in art and aesthetics, which led him to experiment with diverse visual expression techniques to develop and express his ideas. He learned composition and the subtlety and richness of color through painting. Photography allowed him for BW darkroom experimentation and to capture reality in a variety of ways. Finally, architecture gave him the knowledge of function and the skills for assemblage and 3D visualization. After completing his degree in architecture, he gained some working experience that led him toward graphic design. This combination of backgrounds taught him to understand art as a way of enhancing meaning in life and at the same time provided him a broader spectrum of resources to draw from and greater freedom to create. His work has been exhibited in galleries in Argentina; Espacio Buenos Aires, Fundación Hampatu, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Espacio Ecléctico – Buenos Aires, and the US; Schneider Gallery, Chicago – Museum of Contemporary Arts, Redline – Denver, Colorado – LeHigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – Contemporary Arts Museum, De Santos Gallery, Houston Center for Photography, Labotanica, Art Crawl, Project Raw Houses, Diverse Works, Talento Bilingüe, Houston, Texas – ArtHouse, Austin, Texas – Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Oregon – LACDA, Los Angeles, California, as well as featured on art and photography blogs. His work is part of private collections in Argentina, UK and the US.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas. Raul Gonzalez began drawing at an early age and had his first art training in high school where He won local drawing competitions. He attended Washington University in St. Louis from 1999-2001, where he studied Graphic and Fine Art. Upon returning to Houston in 2001, he found himself working several jobs throughout the Houston area. He later decided to return to school and enrolled in Lone Star College. After 3 years of being a part-time student, he transferred to the University of Houston, where he found his passion for painting. In 2010 he received his Bachelors of Fine Art and became a member of the Montrose Art Society. In 2012, Raul moved to San Antonio to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he is pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts degree. His work has been exhibited throughout Texas (Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Del Rio, Los Angeles, Kalamazoo,Michigan and Lake Charles, LA. His artwork has been placed into several notable public collections: San Antonio Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, University of Texas at San Antonio, Capital One Financial Services in Plano, Texas.
There’s different aspects on my body of work in which I employ different techniques. One is the “traditional” one where I work mainly from whatever goes through inside my head. Most of it is symbolic-figurative- some might be dark or grotesque. I use dry and wet media. Some collage too.
Another one is more about landscapes though I have a series of portraits where I experimented with digital collage. The landscape technique is based on my photography and painted over using a digital board and an optical pen.
My current work as of 2013 is exploring the purity and abstraction of the black fine line on large white paper.
I guess that all I try to do in my art is in some way show who I am, who I used to be, what happened to me and what the future could look like through my eyes. Past, present, future. What I am afraid of, what do I love, how I see the world and everything in it, what things affect me more, my suffering and my happiness as well.
Kylene Vasquez is a contemporary Mexican-American artist living and working out of the greater Houston area. Vasquez is originally from the Rio Grande Valley, but has called Houston home for the past 18 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Painting with a minor in English, after graduating with Honors from the University of Houston in the fall of 2011.
Fascinated with the ideas of inspiration, stimulation, and creation Vasquez demonstrates her learning process through a wide range of drawing and painting series. In these series, Vasquez combines various processes that include layers, lines, spills, and splashes that depict how art is constantly revolving and evolving. Vasquez considers the communicated ideas of inspiration, stimulation, and creation as creative forces and believes that without the initial ability to be inspired, there would be no creation of any sort.
As a previous lead counselor Vasquez enjoyed the opportunity to share her passion for the arts with children that better expressed their own ideas and creativity through various art mediums. Vasquez is currently an active member of the Montrose Art Society and the project and events coordinator for this Houston based artist collective, which strives to help emerging artists in the area.