|Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Accumulation: Pinata Side A, Archival Digital Pigment Print, 35 x 35 ", 2011|
I went to the Darke Gallery in Houston,Texas to view the If you didn’t get to Austin to see the Texas Biennial exhibit. This is an exhibit dedicated to local Texas artists. In this gallery, the curator Virginia Rutledge represented 8 artists in the Texas Biennial: Matthew Bourbon, Wendy Wagner, Catherine Colangelo, Kathryn Kelley, Richard Martinez, Marcelyn McNeil, Kia Neill, Hillerbrand+Magsamen. The exhibition will continue to go on display until November 19, 2011. If you really didn't get a chance to attend the Texas Biennial between April and May, it was an event featuring work from 48 artists living and working in Texas.
|Darke Art Gallery, 2011|
|Hillerbrand and Magsamen, Accumulation Video Still, 2010|
To the left, there is a small room dedicated to Hillberbrand and Magsamen. These two artists have a series called House/Hold. It is a photographic series based on the suburban lifestyle of a family, and how material items affect them. There is a 4 minute HD video titled Accumulation, where the two artists make a pile of random stuff in their garage such as bicycles, trash cans, rakes, etc. There is an auctioneer voice in the background, and at the end, the arists, including their daughter, climb to the top and out of a hole in the ceiling. To me, it appears they are referencing how material items accumulate and take over your life. You have to walk over them and leave them behind to get to the top and move on. It was really interesting.
|Kathryn Kelley, Barren in That Pregnant Pause of Soul, 2011|
Altogether, the different types of art didn't really have a 'theme'. This gallery is simply exposing the variety of talent that Texas artists have to offer, whether it is performance art, installations, or paintings.