Mystic Science and the Search for Intangible Truths
Patrick Turk, The Keeper, 2016, hand-cut paper and mixed media on panel,
35 x 30 x 5 in., Image courtesy of the artist and Cris Worley Fine Arts
On View March 14, 2020 through June 7, 2020
Opening Reception Friday, March 27, 2020 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Patrick Turk explores traditional histories and ancient mythologies viewed through a psychedelic lens. By combining historical illustrations with concepts from science fiction such as time travel, sentient planets, and hypothetical biology, he creates kaleidoscopic depictions of religious, mythological, and mystical allegories.
The exhibition will feature an immersive site-specific installation as well as hand-cut paper assemblages which are often materially sourced from science-fiction novels, encyclopedias, history, and scientific diagrams. Says Turk, “The intense levels of detail become a microcosm, forming a reflection of the human relationship to the plasticity of time and space, and to the process of self-unfolding.”
Patrick was born in Galveston, Texas, and lives and works in Houston. His assemblages have been exhibited at Art Storm, Cris Worley Fine Arts, Lawndale Art Center and Rudolph/Projects/Art Scan as well as galleries in Galveston, Texas and Los Angeles, California. In 2013, he was an Artist in Residence at the Lawndale Art Center. His works have been published several times in Mung Being Magazine and he has completed high profile commissions for the 2009 Houston Art Car Parade Poster as well as the Philokalia album cover by Golden Cities.
Patrick Turk is one of 60 artists included in the book, The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists (Texas A&M Press), authored by Robert Craig Bunch and released in 2016. He was also featured in the concurrent exhibition, The Art of Found Objects, held at Lone Star College-Kingwood in November 2016.
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by Rob Clark & Jerry Thacker, Architectural Alliance, Daniels Construction,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.
Kana Harada, Where We Always Meet, 2017, cut paper on watercolor,
36 x 28 5/8 in., Collection of George Morton & Karol Howard
On View March 21, 2020 through June 7, 2020
Opening Reception Friday, March 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This exhibition will feature paintings and sculptures by Dallas-based artist Kana Harada, who works with hand-cut foam sheets, along with watercolor, paper, and natural materials to create pieces that embody a wish for peace, a love for humanity, mother earth, and the universe. This artwork evokes the serenity of the “Fuji Sanctuary,” a gathering site at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan, near the artist’s birthplace of Tokyo, Japan. A peace ceremony will be held at the opening reception, inviting visitors to take part in a spiritual gathering, aiming to spread peace to all of the earth. Celestial Garden will include a site-specific installation, suspended sculptures, and two-dimensional cut paper and watercolor paintings.
Kana Harada studied graphic design, Japanese fine art, and drawing at Ochanomizu School of Fine Arts in Tokyo, Japan. Harada is the recipient of the Beth Lea and John L. Clardy Memorial Award at 23rd Annual Exhibition, Art in The Metroplex at Texas Christian University. She has had both national and international solo and group exhibitions and her work is featured in several print and online publications and reviews, including Vitamin D Magazine, Glasstire, Star Telegram, Houston Press, among others. Her work is included in the collections of Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, Texas, and the Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas.
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by the Garth Family Partnership in memory of Mary Jane Garth and Harriet Garth, 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.