de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART presents "En Bola" opening reception
de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART will present “En Bola,” an exhibit featuring Austin collective Los Outsiders working in tandem with a trio of Texas artists. Using the occasion of this exhibition as an example of the Los Outsiders’ ethos of opportunity-making, “En Bola” pairs each of the Los Outsiders members — Michael Anthony Garciá, Roberto Jackson Harrington, and Hector Hernandez — with a different artist.
With sculpture and public installations made of found-objects (mostly clothing), Michael Anthony Garciá probes trenchant issues of personal and community identity. San Antonio printmaker Lisette Chavez combines prints and print-based installations fusing religious art, medical ephemera and botanical iconography.
The assembled sculpture of mass-produced objects and manipulated digital photographs of Roberto Jackson Harrington are sly subversions of traditional norms. Haitian-born, Houston-based photographer Jean-Sebastien Boncy captures quotidian, over-looked scenes of urban Houston for his open-source archive.
Hector Hernandez’s complexly staged photographs involving the human figure are simultaneously studies in form and provocative micro-stories. In large paintings, Laredo artist Mauro Martinez confronts the singular yet bifurcated geographical and social landscape of he U.S.-Mexico border.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by art critic Jeanne Claire van Ryzin. Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through August 12.