Border Paintings

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Border Paintings

2627 Colquitt Street
Houston, Texas 77098
September 6th, 2012 - October 20th, 2012

United States


PEVETO is pleased to present Border Paintings. The exhibition is a record of place and memory, which pays homage to the land and peoples of the South Texas and Northern Mexico border. Made on the historic Yturria Ranch, the paintings are imprints of the land that unites these two intertwined cultures.

Border Paintings can best be described as an artistic movement initiated by G.T. Pellizzi and Ray Smith. The art works are monotype paintings composed of the soil, native plants and random debris naturally occurring in the field. The artists self-describe the process as events or happenings, that includes the participation of extended family, friends, ranch cowboys, and in the moment they exist as a unified community. Heavily paint covered canvas is placed face-down to combine with the sandy earth of the Yturria Ranch. As the paint naturally hardens, it becomes married with the local topography.

It can seem that all the extremes that exist on the border could not coexist. Pellizzi and Smith's work embraces these contradictions and create a visual language about the cultural complexity of this regional community. This artistic expression, something between action painting and documental imprints of the land, is able to unify the brutal and rapturous realities of a territory, that for all intents and purposes exist in spite of the artificial division known as the border.

The artists extend Special Thanks to: Maricruz Smith, Sarina Basta, Cecilia Smith, Marianna Smith, James Burden, Bruno Smith, and Calen Cole.

Ray Smith lives and works in New York City and Cuernavaca, Mexico. He has exhibited widely including exhibitions at John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco; OMR, Mexico City; Galeria Ramis Barquett, NYC; Sperone Westwater, NYC and Lars Bohman, Stockholm. His work has been collected by Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NYC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; The Menil Collection, Houston; Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.

G.T. Pellizzi lives in New York City and works internationally. As an early collaborator in the collective, the Bruce High Quality Foundation, he has participated in exhibitions at Sotheby's, NYC; Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich; 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London; P.S.1 MoMA, NYC; Centre Pompidou, Paris; 2010 Whitney Biennial, NYC; and Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC. The work has been reviewed by Artforum, Art in America, New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Village Voice and many others.