Exhibitions on view April 22 – May 28, 2017 at Galveston Arts Center
Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents three exhibitions opening Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with artist talks beginning at 6:30 PM. In the downstairs main gallery, Gardens and Graveyards is a multimedia installation by Austin-based Jules Buck Jones and his collective Animal Facts Club. In the upstairs 1878 Gallery, Calder Kamin creates sculptures of animals made from plastic bags in an effort to call attention the proliferation of this material in our environment for the exhibition Plastic Planet. The exhibition includes hands-on activities and workshops in Kamin’s NeoCortex Classroom, providing visitors an opportunity to better understand problems facing our planet. In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Fort Worth-based multidisciplinary artist James Talambas presents a sound installation titled 2,524 Earthquakes This Past Year, referencing seismic activity in Oklahoma and North Texas. These exhibitions will remain on view through May 28, 2017.
These three shows mark the curatorial debut of curator Dennis Nance.
Austin-based Jules Buck Jones’ exhibition, Gardens and Graveyards, is a multimedia installation fusing his paintings, drawings, and sculpture with backdrops, props, and costumes from his Animal Facts Club performances. Jones' work hints at the supernatural authority of nature through anthropomorphized landscapes and pairings of odd congregations of wildlife. The work delves into thoughts of evolution, transformation, and extinction. Animal Facts Club, puts on theatrical performances which highlight the wide range of species of Texas.
Like the scavenger animals Calder Kamin sculpts, she collects a variety of colored plastic bags from her friends and family. Kamin strips and twists the bags into textures like fur or grass to create the work in her exhibition Plastic Planet. This same plastic litters roads, fills oceans, and has entered the tissue of all living things. Her work poses the question, “What are the steps to solve this crisis?” I addition to the exhibition, Kamin’s Neocortex Classroom provides visitors an opportunity to absorb the problems of our planet, such as pollution and extinction caused by humans. Through hands-on activities and events, Kamin is motivated to inspire her audience make better choices for the environment. Kamin's art sparks activism and an opportunity to participate in the greater good by transforming materials and her audiences.
Fort Worth-based multidisciplinary artist James Talambas brings his spatial-work, 2,524 Earthquakes This Past Year - a sound installation referencing seismic activity in Oklahoma and North Texas between January 1 and September 12, 2016, attributed to the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, activity in the region.
About the artists:
Jules Buck Jones earned his MFA in Painting at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, in 2008 and a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, in 2005, and has had artist residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME), The Light House Works (Fisher Island, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and AIRIE in the Everglades National Park (Homestead, FL). His work has been exhibited throughout Texas and his native Virginia. He has received commissions from Gensler (Houston, TX), Dell Children’s Hospital (Austin, TX) and the City of Austin, TX. His work is in the permanent collection at The Contemporary Austin. He is represented by Conduit Gallery (Dallas, TX) and David Shelton Gallery (Houston, TX). Animal Facts Club is a like-minded consortium of artists, scientists, musicians, and writers who come together to share awesome facts about animals with each other. They put on educational performances, create annual calendars, and make animations and videos about the amazing character traits of animals.
Calder Kamin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. Kamin was the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Truck Artist for the 2013-2014 school year and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 102 national artists to be selected for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s exhibition “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”. Kamin was a mentor for the Teen Artist + Mentor Program in 2015 and is a 2017 Crit Group fellow at Contemporary Austin. She has returned home to Austin, Texas. Her solo exhibition Plastic Planet at Women & Their Work was supported by a Mid-America Arts Alliance 2017 Artistic Innovations Grant. Her next project is to animate her Plastic Planet series for a PSA that will debut on KLRU with project funds from The Awesome Foundation. Kamin is featured in the series Arts In Context set to air on PBS in the fall of 2017.
James Talamabas is a composer and installation artist who employs technology, improvisation, and space into the pieces he composes, creating site-specific, and musician-specific electro-acoustic works. Talambas also creates original scores and sound design for film, and as the creator and owner of New Media Recordings, he produces, publishes, and arranges for artists internationally.
The galleries and the ArtWorks Museum Store are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Admission is free at all times.
GAC is the organizer of ArtWalk, which takes place every six weeks in downtown Galveston. The ArtWalk brochure, which lists participating venues, hours, information and map can be downloaded at www.galvestonartscenter.org.