Studio, Exhibition, proposal, Exploration

Night Walk

The following proposal was submitted to Lawndale Art Center's (Houston, TX) call for exhibitions.
The proposal was accepted and the exhibition has been scheduled in the Project Space for late-November 2015.

NIGHT WALK is the latest project in an on-going exploration of the relationship between ecology, community, and place-making. A key element of this relationship, in our estimation, is the active presence of the unknown and the mysterious: productive energies that open us socially to the community, and connect us emotionally to the bountiful, tumultuous, existent, non-human earth—what David Abrams terms, “the sensuous landscape.” The concept behind NIGHT WALK is twofold: to physically seek out wild, liminal spaces existing at the margins of planned development within our local environment; and to use over-looked places as points of departure for a therapeutic, creative investigation of the resulting ecological and collective traumas experienced due to the disappearance of mystery within everyday urban space.

Our working process for NIGHT WALK centers on regular exploratory walks throughout our neighborhood, Houston’s Museum District. Focusing on the things we barely see, imagine we see, and desire to see, we will record our observations, impressions, and speculations. Using the resulting set of drawings, collections, photographs, and descriptions as source material, we will create several large monochromatic ink and dye drawings on locally-sourced secondhand fabrics. Through the act of cutting, ripping, joining, mending, and re-working, we will transform these fabric drawings into large-scale curtains and hanging tapestries to be installed on the gallery walls. For the floorspace, we will create a small arrangement of three or four multi-media assemblages. These three-dimensional manifestations of our exploratory process serve as physical and visual focal points—energy-objects, either toxic or healing—human-scaled, brightly colored, and pieced from a mishmash of paper mache, found objects, and textiles. Interspersed throughout the remaining space will be a curated collection of our source material—both informative and diversionary, found and fabricated. As a whole, the installation will approximate the open-ended experience of after-dark urban exploration—peeking through fences and around corners, watching mysterious forms emerge from window lights’ cast shadow, imagining unseen narratives unfolding out of view, identifying moments where the manicured is swallowed up by a dark unknown—and highlight the collective possibilities therein.