Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to welcome our third solo exhibition for artist Bryan Florentin, entitled ACCRETION/CHURN. This exhibit will feature Florentin’s most recent photography and mixed media sculpture, opening Saturday, August 19th, with a public reception for the artist from 6.00 – 8.00 pm.
Florentin’s newest work focuses on temporary manifestations of materials (gravel, rocks, soil, plastic sheeting, rebar, etc.) within the mostly urban landscape. The DFW area is one of the fastest growing, in the nation, generating an explosion of new construction. Florentin investigates this abundancy of raw material not through directly documenting construction, just the tendency for material at the sites to get arranged into heaps of mass. Typically, material on construction or demolition sites disappears pretty quickly, but in some instances it seems to have been forgotten or abandoned. Florentin states, “photographs do what photographs usually do; they make a landscape that is always in flux seem to be static.” However static the photographs may be, they also document examples of the churn of human activity. Accretion is about cultural accumulation/layering as it is physical material. Constantly extracting, separating, and mixing materials to make other materials to build structures (roads, parking lots, etc.) that alter our landscape, proves that we are indeed restless creatures churning day in and day out.
Bryan Florentin approaches photography and installation in various ways, often exploring the ontological aspects of images and objects. Recent work has been exhibited at various venues nationally including FotoFest (inter-biennial) in Houston and Houston Center for Photography.
An active member of Society of Photographic Education (SPE), Bryan is currently Chair of the South-Central Chapter. He has served on several SPE committees including peer review, various national and regional conference committees and an ad hoc committee to define the structure of the LGBTQ caucus.
In 2013, he curated the exhibition Materiality and Identity: Garth Amundson, Pierre Gour, and Paho Mann and wrote the catalogue essay. The exhibition was at the Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) where Bryan is a Senior Lecturer. He holds an M.F.A. in photography from the University of North Texas and a B.A. in art and performance from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to exhibit New Works by Houston artist, Matt Manalo. This exhibit will feature Matt’s most recent mixed media paintings in our project space, opening Saturday, August 19th, with a public reception for the artist from 6.00 – 8.00 pm.
Originally from Manila, Philippines, Manalo creates work as a form of an ongoing journal of experiences from his time living in the Philippines in juxtaposition to his life in the United States. At the age of 18, Matt Manalo and his family decided to move to the United States in pursuit of a better life. Although living in a city as diverse as Houston he continues to reconcile his old life with his new life in the largest city in Texas. Matt states, “As an artist, I was looking for a tangible outlet to express my feelings, memories and newfound experiences.” He is constantly redefining his definition of “Home,” while struggling with memories from his homeland and the feeling of being split into two pieces emotionally.
Manalo’s work represents an abstracted image of a specific place or memory from either back home or from his new surroundings in Houston. The artist incorporates repetitive marks, shapes, collage and/or stamped images and scratch marks on his work. They signify the amount of “to and fro” with flashbacks that he has when making a piece. One notable aspect of Manalo’s work is the significant amount of physical or visual texture on the surface, which represents the grittiness of living in a city like Manila. As one will notice, Filipino artist Matt Manalo has two very different stories to tell.
Matt Manalo was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He moved to the United States along with his family to pursue his education. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History at the University of Houston. He has always been drawn to making art since he was a child. He grew up being heavily influenced by comic books and cartoons. His intuitive art making process includes the processes of collage, painting, and sculpture. His work talks about his identity as a Filipino and the places he has lived in.
PROJECT SPACE New Works by Matt Manalo August 19 - September 23, 2017
Assimilation 01. Mixed Media on Panel. 12 x 12 inches.