Sediment, by sculptors Mark Schatz and Jared Steffensen, confronts the notions of both personal and geographical sediment, representing the visceral point at which nature and culture collide. Landscape is a raw material that has been accumulated over time. It is geographically layered and represents an insight into the history and sediment of daily life. Through natural periodical upheavals and societal disruptions it is re-ordered, shaken and resettled. Schatz and Steffensen's approach to Sediment parallels and transcends sociological boundaries and momentarily collides with viewers.
Moving and storage boxes (marked, worn, moth-eaten, taped and re-taped) are the catalyst for the works represented in space125gallery. As a raw material, the layers of cardboard accumulate and gradually silence the messages printed or scrawled on the previous layer. The artists' conscious use of color and attention to detail results in a fusion of connectivity through visual landscapes.
Mark Schatz is an FY08 Individual Artist Grantee. The Individual Artist Grant represents just one of the many ways in which HAA supports Houston's artistic community. The City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax generates income which is used, in part, to fund the Individual Artist Grant program. Houston is one of the few national cities to recognize and award grants to individual artists, with the Houston Arts Alliance serving as the vehicle to acknowledge the artists' contributions to Houston's quality of life and the arts as a major draw for visitors to the city.
space125gallery is located on the ground level of the Center for the Arts, located at 3201 Allen Parkway (one block west of the intersection of Waugh and Allen Parkway). The gallery will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Funding for space125gallery is provided by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. For additional information please contact (713) 527-9330 or visit our website at www.haatx.com/space125.html