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Concurrent with Rosa Loy's show\, McClain Gallery presents a group exhibition of six male artists in the West Gallery space.  A present ation of diverse media\, Portal will feature works by contemporary artists Kent Dorn\, Cameron Gainer\, Rashid Johnson\, Bo Joseph\, Kohei Na wa\, and Aaron Spangler.

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The works in the show were chosen due to a shared allusion to a transformative space or experience\, and also with a keen focus on varied interest in mark-making\, escapism\, materiality\, and the mystical.  All six artists uniquely and poignantly address art as poss essing the potential for altering one's experience of self\, perception\, a ppearance\, or place.

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A monolithic sculpture by Aaron Spangler anch ors the exhibition with its allusion to otherworldly\, timeless space.  In both the sculpture and three large-scale rubbings on unstretched linen\, Sp angler integrates unidentifiable structures\, mechanical objects\, natural formations\, and at times\, figural elements as points of entry for the vie wer.  Houston-based Kent Dorn's ephemeral graphite drawings on layered trac ing paper belie their delicate appearance with a nod to psychedelic subject matter and a hypnotic naturalism.  Also included in the exhibition are two paintings by Rashid Johnson made of inky black soap and wax\, which posses s a tactility and allude to transformation from one state of being to anoth er.  

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Bo Joseph\, an artist in the McClain Gallery stable\, contrib utes two graphic works on paper that densely layer ethnographic source refe rences from a range of time periods and cultures.  Japanese artist Kohei Na wa's hologram encased in a glass vitrine resides simultaneously in a state of existence and non-existence.  The reflective surface causes the deer sku ll and antlers to be both reflected and absorbed in an almost unnerving syn thesis of art and science.  Cameron Gainer's recast meteorite offers a poet ic reference to crossing over into another realm and materially "resett ing an atomic clock".  

DTEND:20130309 DTSTAMP:20140829T214819 DTSTART:20130124 GEO:29.7344499;-95.4149479 LOCATION:McClain Gallery\,2242 Richmond Avenue \nHouston\, TX 77098 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:PORTAL\, Kent Dorn\, Cameron Gainer\, Rashid Johnson\, Bo Joseph\, Kohei Nawa\, Aaron Spangler UID:254800 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130124T203000 DTSTAMP:20140829T214819 DTSTART:20130124T183000 GEO:29.7344499;-95.4149479 LOCATION:McClain Gallery\,2242 Richmond Avenue \nHouston\, TX 77098 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:PORTAL\, Kent Dorn\, Cameron Gainer\, Rashid Johnson\, Bo Joseph\, Kohei Nawa\, Aaron Spangler UID:254801 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR