Recently in the print and online version of Free Press Houston, my work was featured in their 2012 year in review. Below is an excerpt from the article. To view the entire article, visit the link below for the online version. Looking forward to creating even more work in 2013. Happy New Year everyone!
A brief look at four young local artists who look beyond artistic limits and have left their mark on the Houston art scene over the past year.
By: Meghan Hendley
As a writer, artist, and lover of the arts, I often find inspiration within our local arts community. Houston is an underappreciated haven for talented creators and there are four artists in particular who have truly stood out to me in 2012. They have left an indelible impression on my visual journey across Houston and beyond. These artists are not your run-of-the-mill canvas painters. They study, they educate, they produce, they play with techniques, they don’t settle, and they advocate for the importance of the arts in our community. They push back on their medium and transform the materials they use to go beyond their perceived conventions. Most of all, they are souls of gold who engage others with a sense of duty and camaraderie using their gift as a binding agent that glues us all together. As an added note, these artists make things happen with their own talent – unrepresented and ever moving in their contemporary language.
Earlier this year, Free Press Houston featured Felipe Lopez and since then he has gone on to create some of the largest original work to date. Extracting his concept from neuroscience and psychology, Felipe artistically shows what goes on in our brains including everything from synapses to memory recognition. Taking his pieces beyond paper and canvas, Felipe uses a combination of painting and printing onto sturdy black roofing paper that is cut into strips and then woven together. He has had featured openings this fall at Winter Street Studios and War’Hous Visual Studios. Noted as the largest mono-printed sculptures being created, these pieces occupy wall space with each turn and twist, making a bold statement that hints back to the ornamentation of the baroque. The sculptures carry the idea that we choose the placement where different synapses, neurons, and receptors overlap and collide to create different thoughts through a subconscious language. These pieces are being pushed beyond normal conventions and are growing in size as his concept deepens. Placement in our local urban landscape and exhibitions on grander scales are planned for next year.
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