The Function of Attention
Art League Houston is delighted to present The Function of Attention, a three person exhibition curated by Emily Peacock featuring work by three emerging Texas-based artists: Matt McEver, Shawn Mayer and Daniela Galindo. In conjunction with the FotoFest 2014 Biennial, the exhibition features a selection of photographs that playfully explore the creative purpose of boredom as a form of attention. The opening reception is Friday February 28 from 6 - 9 PM in the Art League Front Gallery. Artist and Curator talk at 7:00 PM.
Boredom. We all experience it; artists are not exempt. The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom, wrote Susan Sontag. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
The artists in The Function of Attention avoid boredom through focus and obsession: stopping and snapping minuscule moments at one's feet; staring, pondering the significance of an everyday object for fiftieth time. These moments propel them into the process of making art. Matthew McEver's concentrated images turn tiny anthills into aerial documents of crop circles or dirt farms as seen from far above. The repetition of the circle, textured backgrounds and muted palette create a mini earthwork mosaic. Shawn Mayer's images of everyday, disheveled towels turn into comical portraits in which the viewer is left to decode the disposition of the towel based solely on its draping. Daniela Galindo's smaller photographs have an autobiographical quality. The content and composition of each image suggests that Galindo has preserved that childlike sense of wonder and curiosity about the world.
The function of McEver's, Galindo's and Mayer's images is to remind the viewer that these ordinarily unnoticed scenarios are worthy of some attention.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Emily Peacock is an artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. She received her M.F.A. at the University of Houston, with an emphasis in photograph/digital media. Her interests mainly lie in photographing and making short videos of herself and her family. Peacock's work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Vienna, Austria and she is currently a resident in the Lawndale Artist Studio Program. Her work is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston collection.
Shawn Mayer holds a BA in Music and a BFA in drawing from the University of Missouri where he graduated from in 2008. He has since worked in various capacities within the animation, production, and post-production industry working on television and commercial programming. He is currently a Graduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas where he is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts and Technology. The goal of his work is to bridge the gap between physical/traditional and technological media combining them with interactive elements to create new, unconventional art. His current studies include emergent play and folk practices utilized in gallery spaces to create unexpected experiences. Earlier this summer Shawn was accepted as an Artist-In-Residence at UTD's CentralTrak Residency and Gallery.
Matthew McEver is an artist who is presently working toward his B.F.A. at Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, TX. McEver's current work is based in photography and sculpture. He is attracted to the details of life that inspire wonder and awe and often incorporates found objects into his work. McEver has exhibited throughout Oregon and Texas and his recent solo exhibition At the Farm: 9 Months in the Woods is currently on display at Sam Houston State University.
Daniela Galindo is an artist currently living and working in Houston, Texas. She holds a BA in Photocommunications from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. Galindo works exclusively within the medium of photography. She is interested in the preservation of ordinary moments while simultaneously revealing the aesthetic value in the commonplace. As of now, she is focused on a creating a body of work with similar themes, while also exploring the place that images of everyday occurrences has in social media.