Two exhibits, Pure Comedy & Black Paintings, to open at AMSET, Dec. 14th
(Beaumont, TX; November 15, 2019) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will exhibit EMILY PEACOCK: Pure Comedy and DAVID MCGEE: Black Paintings from December 14, 2019 – March 1, 2020 in the main galleries. On Friday, December 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., AMSET will host a free and open to the public opening reception featuring a gallery talk by artists Emily Peacock and David McGee. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided complimentary of AMSET.
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Emily Peacock is currently a professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and lives in Houston. EMILY PEACOCK: Pure Comedy transforms the artist’s personal journeys through loss, motherhood, and family tragedy into photographs, film, and sculpture depicting objects and images that exist in a space between the familiar and the absurd. Using safety suits and common objects seen in her home, Peacock presents a series of oval portraits of herself and her husband that feel all at once alien and very familiar to those who have experienced caring for the safety and well-being of another. This series, titled H.S.A.N.O. (Home Security Apparatuses for Non-desirable Outcomes), also brings postpartum depression to the forefront, a public health issue that affects 10 to 15 percent of mothers. By fantastically documenting her own transition into motherhood, Peacock allows others to open up about their own experiences without fear or shame, in an attempt to de-stigmatize disorders such as this.
DAVID MCGEE: Black Paintings is an exhibition where the ongoing Urban Dread series serves as a visual and symbolic focal point to reconsider paintings spanning twenty six years of the artist’s career. The series depicts black and white 24” x 18” paintings that scroll across the museum walls, their stark black and white minimalism softened and complicated by their surfaces which consist of oil, sand, wax, and mixed medium on burlap. McGee, who was born in Lockhart, Louisiana and currently resides in Houston, addresses “urban dread” as a conflict between inner cities and suburban angst, depicting abstracted images of ropes, cuffs, crosses, targets, police vehicle coloration, hoods, land separation, hospitals, and weapons. These and other paintings present McGee’s most powerful exhibition-to-date, challenging viewers to consider the neighborhoods they live in and pass through, and how color affects each emotion, memory, and human interaction.
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Both exhibitions are generously funded, in part, by an award from the Edaren Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation. Funding for EMILY PEACOCK: Pure Comedy provided by Sheila and Jerry Reese.
Emily Peacock, H.S.A.N.O. 2 (Home Security Apparatuses for Non-desirable Outcomes), 2019,
archival inkjet print mounted to aluminum, 36 x 24 in., Loan courtesy of the Artist