Most of us hope and pray that the places most familiar in our lives will never change. Yet the truth we know is that our most intimate and special places are in the process of evolving and metamorphosing all the while, just as we ourselves do. It is perhaps the artist alone who can record and share their personal moments and transient views of spaces most endearing to them. In this exhibition, Transient Views: The Places of Our Lives, we show three Houston artists of three generations whose works reflect places and moments of consequence which they have encountered in their own lives, and whose aesthetic expression places firm hold on these most transient of moments, freezing and perpetuating the view for themselves and all who follow. The exhibition skillfully balances the stunning contemporary architectural abstractions of the Glassell’s Ken Mazzu, with recent paintings of the legendary Richard Stout, (steeped, as they are in the artist’s reflections upon neighborhood and home); and astonishing mid-century photography of the late Jim Culberson. The selections show the remarkable facility of these three incredible hometown artists whose works mark the moments of their lives. As Houstonians begin yet another momentous year, Transient Views offers patrons a moving and inspirational art experience, with lots of personal moments for reflecting upon the meaningful places and blessed moments of our own times – both times past and times yet to come. If only we could all be artists!
Transient Views: The Places of our Lives
-Richard Stout: New Works
-Ken Mazzu: New Works
-Jim Culberson: Photographs of a Changing Bayou City
On view January 6-28, 2017
GALLERY TALKS: Saturdays from 2-4 pm
Dr. Stephen Fox, The Changing City: January 14th
Ken Mazzu: January 21st
Richard Stout: January 28th
Stephen Fox is an architectural historian and a lecturer at the Rice School of Architecture. He is also a lecturer at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture of the University of Houston and a Fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas. Fox’s work is focused on architecture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially the architecture of Houston and Texas. In his scholarship he examines the ways that architecture engages such social constructs as class identity, cultural distinction, and regional differentiation.
Fox is the author of The Country Houses of John F. Staub (2007), Rice University: An Architectural Tour in Princeton Architectural Press’s Campus Guide series (2001), and the Houston Architectural Guide (1999). He has contributed to Art and Activism: Projects of John and Dominique de Menil (2010, edited by Josef Helfenstein and Laureen Schipsi), Gwathmey Siegel: Inspiration and Transformation, (2009, edited by Douglas Sprunt),Rienzi: European Decorative Arts and Paintings (2008, edited by Katherine S. Howe), and Architectural Regionalism: Collected Writings on Place, Identity, Modernity, and Tradition (2007, edited by Vincent B. Canizaro).