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Exhibitions on view at Galveston Arts Center October 13 – November 18, 2018
News Release
Thursday, September 06, 2018

Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents three new exhibitions opening Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with artist talks beginning at 6:30. In the first-floor gallery, Buster Graybill presents sculptures made from objects associated with outdoor leisure and hobbies alongside paintings made from lawn-chair straps for the exhibition Leisurely. In the second-floor 1878 Gallery, the exhibition Cultivate includes intricate, small-scale sculptures by Jasmyne Graybill that resemble mold cultures and organic infestations of domestic objects. In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Bill Willis presents new paintings based on images sourced from his everyday life as well as vintage cookbooks for the exhibition Totally Okay. These exhibitions will remain on view through November 18, 2018.

About the Exhibitions:

Leisurely is a culmination of 3 years of sculptures and lawn chair strap “paintings” from Buster Graybill’s ongoing Recreational Modernism series. This work celebrates the formal nuances and conceptual potential of objects and materials often associated with outdoor leisure and hobbies. Graybill incorporates materials that might be found at a backyard BBQ, on a fishing trip, or in the garage while tinkering on a hotrod. Exploring Modernist tendencies through a rural working-class perspective, Graybill’s works challenge perceived notions of value and the hierarchies imposed on objects of “high” and “low” culture. Like a miner panning for gold, Graybill sifts through his own environment with a playful yet discerning eye, finding beauty, humor, poetry, and value in the sediment of everyday life.

Cultivate is an exhibition of intricate, small-scale sculptures by Jasmyne Graybill. Using dental tools, the artist meticulously sculpts polymer clay into fictional organisms grafted onto domestic objects. Inspired by nature's uncanny ability to flourish in synthetic environments, Graybill’s work visually references barnacles that encrust coastal piers and colonies of mold that fester in the dark voids within our homes. Everyday household objects like spoons, plates, or garden tools become transformed, as these fictional cultures visually adapt to the texture, color, and patterns of the host object. Scrutinizing the processes of adaptation, each work celebrates nature’s resiliency, finding wonder and beauty in the most denigrated elements of our environment. 

Bill Willis’ exhibition, Totally Okay, includes genre paintings whose sources include vintage cook books and images taken from his friend’s social media feeds to assemble an aggregate social and lifestyle fantasy. Willis’ works often embed a sly sense of humor into depictions of mundane subjects, resulting in sincere works that contemplate scenes from his internet searches and everyday life.

About GAC:

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. The galleries 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.

About the Artists:

Buster Graybill is an Assistant Professor at University of Texas at San Antonio in the Department of Art and Art History. He utilizes sculpture, installation, video, and photography to traverse cultural boundaries and reconnect with often overlooked objects, materials and places found in the rural landscape. Graybill has exhibited throughout Texas, as well as in Boston, Miami, New York, and Guanajuato, Mexico. He is an alumnus of the Skowhegan Artist Residency and the Artpace International Artist-In-Residence program, as well as a recipient of grants from the San Antonio Artist Foundation and the Idea Fund, a program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Jasmyne Graybill is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Northeast Lakeview College in San Antonio, TX. She received her Master in Fine Arts at University of Texas in San Antonio in 2008 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of North Texas in 2003. Graybill uses sculpture and installation to pose questions about our relationship with nature and our constructed environments. Her work has been featured regionally and nationally, including group exhibitions such as “Reclaimed by Nature” at the Blue Star Contemporary (San Antonio, TX), “(in)Organic” at the Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI), as well as solo exhibitions at Women and Their Work (Austin, TX), The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Gallery (Dallas, TX), The Dishman Museum of Art (Beaumont, TX) and Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX). In 2009 she was awarded “Best in Show” by Juror Mel Chin at the Texas National 2009 at the Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX and in 2010 she was awarded the Dallas Museum of Art’s Kimbrough Artist Grant.

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Bill Willis lives and works in Houston, TX. He received his MFA in Painting from the University of Houston and BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at Art Palace, Houston; Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas; Hello Project, Houston; The Joanna, Houston; and Peter Makebish Gallery, New York.




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