The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art produces an ongoing series of exhibitions, concerts, films, and other performance art as well as classes & workshops, taking place at various locations both within the organization's properties and across Houston.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

RE: TEMPT CONTEMPT
May 8 - May 28 at The Orange Show Monument
2401 Munger St., Houston, TX 77023

Opening Reception: May 8, 3-6PM

On view Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-5pm through May 28
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From Re: Tempt Contempt curator Danny Kerschen:

Re: Tempt Contempt is the newest variant of an exhibition model developed through the exhibition Temporary/Contemporary from 2004.

In 2004, I was interested in art in uncustomary spaces, developing new contexts, and exploring the expanded field. I was curious how artworks responded to heterogenous situations in which they were dis-played. I organized and curated an exhibition of exceptional artworks embedded within and responding to the Orange Show monument.


Temporary/Contemporary of 2004 was an extraordinary art exhibition in which many contemporary artists engaged with the Orange Show through temporary artworks embedded within the folk art environment. The Curator of Programming at the Orange Show, Pete Gershon, invited me back to curate a new exhibition. For this new iteration Re: Tempt Contempt in 2022, I have chosen extraordinary artists that emit vibrancy and intensity, the variety of art you won’t find anywhere else. These six outstanding artists will respond to the Orange Show monument through temporary site-specific artworks. There is no other place to find such an experience.
Ciriza is a multidisciplinary artist who explores transformative form in relation to transmuting and composting experiences of pain, molting processes, body as vessel of multiplicity and impermanence. Ciriza's works are exploration of states of fluidity and transmutation; the slippery, elusive, and anomalistic spaces materializing in tactile and visceral forms. The result is otherworldly, a connection to the infinite where phantasmagoria becomes tangible, familiar, and feral. Rooted in the medicinal, Ciriza's sculptural works illuminate the possibilities of healing and metamorphoses within the opacity of shadow and murk. 

Jean Daye is an artist and reformed influencer. Originally from Houston, they now operate worldwide. Led by the twin stars of "The Far Side" and the Zucker brothers, they've long worked in the media of post-content content. They have DJ'd and VJ'd museum openings, art spaces, music and performing arts festivals, and private events. Since the outbreak of global plague they have relapsed into a practice of making physical, visual art. For this exhibition, they are preparing a series of site-specific installations about reactionaries, Davos refugees, animal cosmonauts, and other space pilgrims. These works will combine #paintings #screenprints #survival kits #relics from Potempkin launch sites and other #cosmic jetsam.

D O M O K O S / S T A R C H I L D E 7 develops audio/visual/sculptural works concentrating on white light and anti-war energy / future Armbageddon realities + the F A N T A S Y 1 international underground network.

Alexandra Isabel Lechin is a Venezuelan-American sculptor whose work expands on modes of pacification and self-soothing through repetitive motions. She's explores this primarily through the use of the Morié optical illusion in various forms. Lechin's piece "Immortality" gives a physicality to the spirits that protect the Orange Show, a place intended for gathering, joy, and community. Immortality is accomplished so long as the stories and memories live on. The piece consists of oranges frozen in time with amber shellac surrounded by plaster angels. Working as a member of the conservation efforts for the Orange Show, Lechin has felt the spirits that linger in the space and is paying homage to the time and care that artists of past generations have poured into the monument. The oranges were eaten amongst friends and charged with happiness and laughter.

Phillip Pyle, II is a visual artist, graphic designer, photographer, and agitator based in Houston, Texas whose primary interests are race, humor, advertising, sports and popular culture. Mining imagery from sources diverse as mass consumer culture, contemporary advertising, to ephemera, historical imagery, and hip-hop, Pyle introduces a complex vision that derives from a robust comedic foundation while also looking at the abstraction and transience of our values and beliefs.

Jon Read's work is a day-glo dystopia full of bootleg animatronic hybrids, cryptids, and mutant ghouls, masquerading infantilism which obscures imminent catastrophe. Reverie and discord are both addictive pleasures, vividly hued disaster is always around the corner. Abandon all rational senses, savor the shambles. 

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

ENTRY POINTS
SITE SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL WORKS BY SIX CONTEMPORARY HOUSTON ARTISTS
Opening March 19 at The Orange Show World Headquarters
2334 Gulf Terminal Drive, Houston, TX 77023

Opening Reception: March 19, 2-5PM


On view Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-5pm through May 29
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Tickets to see Entry Points are $5 per person
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“Entry Points” features large-scale environmental pieces by six contemporary Houston artists working with creative reuse and community engagement: Jonathan Paul Jackson, Ronald L. Jones, Gabriel Martinez, Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, Patrick Renner, and Emily Sloan. In each case, visitors enter a site-specific environment, as defined by the artist, that in some way intersects with the aesthetic or spirit of the Orange Show and its expanding campus. 

 

Jonathan Paul Jackson 

Jonathan Paul Jackson is an African American Visual Artist working across various disciplines including painting, sculpture, and illustration. He has some formal education in art but is mostly self-taught. He interrupted his own practice for several years to focus on presenting the work of others, and in 2011, he returned fulltime to artmaking with a series of oil pastel works depicting jazz greats, political figures, and everyday objects. Successive waves of productivity have yielded Neo-Expressionism and action painting; color studies informed by Matisse, Warhol and Gauguin; and works inspired by Jackson’s interest in African, Latin and Native North American indigenous sculpture and culture. 

 

Ronald L. Jones 

Ronald Llewellyn Jones is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist whose artwork explores barriers between creatives and audiences and encouraging conversations about the relationship between individuals and their communities. Originally a filmmaker and photographer, he’s become best-known for his site-specific string and wire installations in gallery spaces and public outdoor areas that reference both the connections that build community and the barriers that impede progress. Jones challenges individual perceptions in relation to the availability of access and agency within normative societal structures. 

 

Gabriel Martinez

Gabriel Martinez is an artist, writer, and performer who takes the urban environment as a frame within which to examine concerns both local and global. Installations, discrete artworks, and even performative works may be made from the recontextualized detritus of city life--traffic barriers, shattered auto glass, empty cans, found fabric scraps. Martinez graduated with an MFA from Columbia University and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program before moving to Houston as a Core Program fellow and as an artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses. He is the founder of Alabama Song, an experimental arts space in Houston, and an active participant in Houston’s creative music community.  
 

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud 

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud is a native Houstonian, a fourth-generation artist, and a community leader. Inspired by mapping and geography; the natural environment; and diaspora, memory, and loss, she works across disciplines including site-specific land installations, studio-based work, and writing. She has led interdisciplinary community initiatives throughout the U.S. connecting arts, culture and the environment; and she frames new ways of imagining and advocating for natural resources and environmental justice. Currently, she is Executive Director of Bayou City Waterkeeper, where she works on wetland protection and urban water management, promotes watershed resiliency efforts that center equity and nature-based solutions, and supports community efforts to improve water quality in greater Houston. 

 

Patrick Renner 

Sculptor Patrick Renner explores refuse as a vehicle for memory and a way of exploring the human condition. He is best-known for his first large scale public sculpture, Funnel Tunnel, a 180’ woven wood and metal construction commissioned by Art League Houston and placed for over a year on Montrose Boulevard. During his decade of teaching at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts and at Sharpstown International High School, Renner led four student art car projects, winning three prizes including the Mayor’s Cup in 2011. He’s also among the founding members of El Rincon Social and of the {exurb} projects collective. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2004 and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2006.

 

Emily Sloan

Social sculptor Emily Sloan’s “recreational aesthetics” encompass performance, education, and visual arts. She works with a variety of materials including wood, clay, humor and dreams. Projects have included a faux burning house, funeral wakes for the undead, baptisms out of a pick-up truck, an art gallery in a refrigerator. She is the founding reverend of the controversial Southern Naptist Convention and Co-Director for Houston International Performance Art Biennale. In 2009, Sloan received her MFA in sculpture at the University of Houston, and in 2013 she established the Mystic Lyon art space in the Fifth Ward.