Art League Houston is pleased to announce VOODOO POP, an exciting collaborative exhibition by self-taught Houston artist Mary Hayslip and Texas-born, New York-based artist Trey Speegle, which chronicles and celebrates the artists' thirty years of friendship and art through an innovative installation of sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting, collage, textile and found art. The opening reception is Friday, May 13, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. with an artist talk at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Hayslip and Trey Speegle have been friends for over thirty years, initially meeting on the dance floor of what is now the Menil's Dan Flavin Installation in Richmond Hall. Although Trey moved to New York in 1980, their admiration for each other's creativity only grew with passing time. They continued to visit one another frequently, trading ideas, collecting each other's work, and encouraging each new phase of their ever-expanding interests and obsessions.
VOODOO POP is a retrospective exhibition revealing three decades of the friendship of Hayslip and Speegle. The show features a selection of display cases containing mini collections of each other's artwork, personal correspondences, photos and individual artworks, as well as a series of wall-dependent, limited edition prints and unique sculptures. These works function as rich historical artifacts that not only describe the prolific history of the duo's friendship, but also highlight the intrinsic connections between friendship and art.
About Mary Hayslip
Mary Hayslip is a Houston-based artist whose works in collage, ceramics, beading, sculpture, textiles, found art and multi-media installation bridge the gap between craft and fine art.
About Trey Speegle
A unique mix of commercial and fine art has characterized Trey Speegle's diverse career. Using one of the world's largest collections of vintage paint-by-number paintings as source material, Speegle draws inspiration from them as a "visual vocabulary."
Through double entendre, word play, and affirmations, Speegle explores themes that resonate with a broad "Pop" appeal: hope, love, longing, and loss.
VOODOO POP is also the thirtieth anniversary of his first solo show in Houston entitled "RePop," which was an early Warholian take on Houston society and culture. Speegle's 2011 solo exhibition in New York at Benrimon Contemporary, It's Not About You," featured "The RePop Shop" with items he originally created for a collaboration with Anthropologie Home, as well as limited edition items created for the show. A selection of these items will be exhibited and available at Art League Houston.
In 2009, Speegle was commissioned by Stella McCartney to create a backdrop for her runway show in Paris. Large-scale reproductions of the painting were shown in McCartney's store windows in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Beijing in the spring of 2010.
Trey lives and works in New York's Meatpacking District and in a converted barn in the upstate Catskill Mountains.