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“The Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology is proud to present Houston Hauntology a series of revealing conversations about Houston’s hidden visual culture featuring noted local artists, architects, art historians and critics, curated by Valentin Diaconov.
Valentin Diaconov, born 1980 in Moscow, is an internationally recognized critic and curator. Valentin Diaconov is an internationally recognized curator and critic. He is the critic-in-residence at the Core Program of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. He writes on art for Glasstire.com, Burnaway.com, e-flux Criticism, and other publications.”
2. Chloe Chiasson: Keep Left at the Fork
October 13, 2023 – March 17, 2024
“In a process that combines painting and carpentry in defiance of traditional distinctions between fine art and craft, Chloe Chiasson’s large-scale work highlights queer life and visibility. She collages images from various time periods to suggest different histories: real, fictional, or repressed.
Chiasson’s first solo exhibition revisits Americana imagery to continue her explorations on nonconforming sexualities in environments such as those of her childhood in Texas. The artist describes the sculptural works as a drive down the main road of a small Southern town. They show idealistic visions that rural-bred teenagers and young adults are taking over storefronts, back yards and riverside parking lot. Chiasson lays before us the trappings of nostalgia as it appears for most southerners, while challenging us to consider a rewritten narrative, one that not only includes but celebrates queer identity within this distinct cultural context.”
3. Hyper Femme
Mass Gallery (Austin),
January 27 – February 20, 2024
Reception on January 27, 6-9 pm
From the Mass Gallery
“Hyper Femme explores what it means to present yourself as ‘ultra feminine’ in a world where femme bodies are considered consumable and expendable. Femme expression is generally thought as women’s default form, rather than an actively constructed identity. This show explores femme as a term that’s claimed, rather than accepted, as not just foil to the masculine (whether of men or of the femme-butch dyad), but as an exclamatory statement of self, a hyper-performance of gender, a giggle that’s in on the joke.”
4. Andrea Bianconi: Invisible Dance
Barbara Davis Gallery (Houston).
January 12 – February 13, 2024
Barbara Davis Gallery
“Barbara Davis Gallery proudly presents Invisible DanceAndrea Bianconi presents a solo show. This is Bianconi’s 15th exhibition with gallery.
Andrea Bianconi’s latest exhibition analyzes the relationships between rational and irrational, what exists between the soul and body, what is between fiction and reality.”
5. Meredith Dean Star Time
Dock Space Gallery (San Antonio),
January 13 – 30, 2024
Dock Space Gallery
“Meredith Dean is a printmaker, painter, mixed-media artist known for creating bold, colorful abstract works. After many years of teaching at UTSA, Meredith Dean served on a number of important San Antonio arts boards and regional boards.
Meredith Dean was inspired by her interest for mapping (topographical and land, road, skies, magnetic flow patterns earthquake faultlines, wind directions cartographic projections etc.). The effects of natural forces such as wind, weather, water and time, as well as internal pressures and seasonal changes. She is trying with maps and information to capture a world that is fixed, but she is faced by the reality of natural changes. These opposing, yet mutually-dependent ideas influence her imagery in various media, including printmaking and epoxy constructions. She also uses photography and drawing. Dean uses shifts of forms and color to create a personal, investigative system to express the inter-changeable, constantly shifting poetic, visual signs, and symbols with which we attempt to describe our world.”