New Works Now

Group Exhibition

Exhibition: May 10 – Sep 9, 2012


New Works Now features the recent work of five former Artpace International Artists-in-Residence from Texas: Alex de Leon (1996), Katrina Moorhead (2005), Katie Pell (2006), Juan Miguel Ramos (2002), and Lordy Rodriguez (2001). Inspired by the importance of place and its relationship to identity and culture, each artist reflects on the significance of his or her surroundings. The exhibition considers universal and specific aspects of an environment and contemplates how truth and fiction mix in memory, while affecting a sense of nostalgia for remembered locales. Following its closing at Artpace, New Works Now will travel to the Dikeou Collection in Denver, Colorado.

Artists

Alex de León

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Alex de Leon was a long-time resident of San Antonio who was born in Edinburg, Texas in 1959 and died in 2012.  After receiving a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1983, he turned his attention to ceramics for which he is best known. La Luz Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, Fergus Fernandez Gallery in Houston, and Milagros Contemporary Art, San Angel Gallery, and the Southwest School of Art (then the Southwest Crafts Center) in San Antonio have mounted solo exhibitions of de León’s work. His designs have been featured on The Bob Newhart Show and The Tracy Ullman Show, as well as in the motion pictures Six Degrees of Separation, Reversal of Fortune, and Madonna’s Truth or Dare.

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Katie Pell

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Katie Pell was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1965 and lived and worked as an artist and art professor in San Antonio, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010. Pell passed away in December 2019 surrounded by the art community of San Antonio.

She worked with glass, ceramic, video and recycled materials of all sorts; however, her true love was drawing. “I am inspired by the boardwalk, and congregating teenagers in general; operatic and dramatic music, like early Bruce Springsteen, and Polyphonic Spree, David Bowie… I want to know where genuine living and role-playing intersect. Some of us build our own mythology out of our environment, our desires and our own furious defiance at our genetic mediocrity. I hope my work can ignite or describe the excitement of our pointless and forgettable lives, and reaffirm the value of our gorgeous desperation.” -Katie Pell

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Katrina Moorhead

Houston, Texas, USA

Katrina Moorhead’s drawings, objects, and installations focus on the seemingly ordinary. Whether translating bathroom graffiti into a planted garden or paint chips into a billboard the colors of the sky, the artist often explores artificial representations of nature and approaches each project with a delicate, spare hand that casts the familiar anew.
For her contribution to the recent 51st Venice Biennial Moorhead crafted On or About December 1981 (2005), a pair of iconic gull- wing doors from the short-lived DeLorean car, produced from 1981-83 in Northern Ireland. The artist revived the natural origins of this once-touted symbol of industrial utopianism by draining the car parts of their metallic and mechanical past. Sculpted in bass and plywood, the doors were removed from their adjacent body and lay isolated on the gallery floor like now-broken wings. This minimal work, like Moorhead’s others, is both poetic homage to intricate engineering and a melancholic exploration of the synthetic ways humans experience the natural world.
Born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland in 1971, Katrina Moorhead currently resides in Houston, TX. She received an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, in 1996. Solo shows include Inman Gallery (2006) and Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX (2002, 1998). She has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (2005); the 51st Venice Biennial, Italy (2005); and The Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland, England (2004).

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Juan Miguel Ramos

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Juan Miguel Ramos holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches photography and drawing at Northwest Vista Community College, San Antonio, TX. Truly a product of San Antonio’s art education, Ramos began his training at the age of eight, when he attended the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts. Subsequently, he studied at the San Antonio Art Institute, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and earned his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Ramos’ work has exhibited nationally and has been featured in individual exhibitions at Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; Sala Diaz, Cactus Bra Art Space, and the UTSA Satellite Space, San Antonio, TX.

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Lordy Rodriguez

Houston, Texas, USA

Drawing primarily in pen and ink, Lordy Rodriguez reconfigures existing maps creating imaginary compositions that are at once distinctly familiar and candidly absurd. Misplaced cities and fictional states appear alongside recognizable landmarks and iconic sites. While maps often assume an unquestionable authority of accuracy and fact (until they are proven outdated), Rodriguez dismantles conventional notions of locale and geography through intuitive associations and personal narratives.
Lordy Rodriguez was chosen for his ArtPace residency by Lisa Corrin, Chief Curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London, England. She has organized a number of significant shows for the Serpentine including solo exhibitions by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Chris Ofili, Jane and Louise Wilson, Bridget Riley, and an upcoming show of Rachael Whiteread. Corrin was recently appointed Deputy Director for Art/Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum, WA.

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