LSC-Kingwood exhibit unleashes artists' visions
Artists Nathaniel Donnett and Robert Jackson Harrington are looking to make an impact on the community at Lone Star College-Kingwood over the coming month.
Donnett and Harrington are nationally known artists, with works that range from sculpture to mixed media.
The show will be held at the SFA Art Gallery on campus until March 24 and is free and open to the public. All pieces are available for purchase.
Kris Larson, art gallery director, said each artist offers an insight in a very individualized manner.
"They toy with our expectations, sense of balance and our human need for meaning and closure," Larson said. "That is where all similarity ends."
Visitors will see a wide variety in each of the artist's works, Larson said.
"Robert Jackson Harrington's disciplined and minimalistic sculptures crackle with color, potential power and implied usefulness. Nathaniel Donnett uses ordinary paper, plastic bags and found objects to evoke cultural clichés and conversations," she said.
Donnett, a native Houstonian, is a Yates High School graduate that grew up in the Third Ward. His first interest in art was revealed to him as a child when he sketched comics and cartoons.
He studied as an art major at Texas Southern University and came back to more traditional art in 2000 when he began working in mixed media, video installations, sculptures and performance art.
His focus is minimalism and social issues depicted in the African-American community. Donnett's path as an artist has been one of self discovery, he said.
"I saw there was a lack of representation with African-Americans in art. I used a systematic process to address this through puzzles, word games and play. As a teenager, I would go into spaces of creativity and images of formal restriction. It was like a dichotomy," said Donnett, who lives in the Third Ward.
Donnett, who is inspired by African-American traditions, community, sculpture, art, music and art history, will have four pieces in the show.
His work has been exhibited in the Armory Show in New York, Exit Art New York, Art Miami, Lawndale Art Center, the National Museum in Lima, Project Row Houses and the Modern Museum of Peru.
Robert Jackson Harrington
Harrington is an El Paso native who holds a bachelor's degree in sculpture from the University of Texas-El Paso and a master's degree in studio art from the San Francisco Art Institute.
His inspiration lies in the "what if" factor.
The sculptures he constructs often include wires, wood, circuits, bungee cords, lamps, wheels and potential motion.
"In reality, it's just a sculpture to look at and appreciate," said Harrington, an Austin resident. "I like playing with that tension. It's more exciting to me to see the anticipation and longing for potential in my work."
The years of formative sketching since he was a child led Harrington to a career as a graphic artist before he delved into sculpture full time.
His art has been seen recently at Lawndale Art Center and the PG Contemporary in Houston. He has an upcoming show scheduled for spring 2011 at Co-Lab in Austin.
Harrington will include three pieces in the Kingwood show.
Donnett and Harrington will both do an artist talk to coincide with the show. Harrington will speak at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. March 7 while Donnett will speak at noon March 2. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
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