Get to know local artists with the Friendly Fire group show at Station Museum

Photo courtesy of the Station Museum of Contemporary Art

Familiarize yourself with the movers and shakers in the local art community with the Friendly Fire group show on view at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art through Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Highlighting eight Houston-based artists, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, in association with Sculpture Month Houston, presents Friendly Fire, an interdisciplinary exhibition that employs creativity, imagination, idealism, morality, and spirituality.

The exhibition also features the organizers of Alabama Song, a collaboratively-run artist space located in the historic Third Ward district.

Featured Artists

  • Regina Agu – Born in Houston and raised in transit throughout Africa and Europe, Agu’s work is conceptually oriented towards language, history, and representation. Using material featured often in Houston’s rapidly shifting landscapes to signify the economic and political factors that engender these shifts.
  • Noah Edmundson – Edmundson’s artwork has been displayed not only throughout Texas, but also commissioned and exhibited in Louisiana, Tennessee, California and Illinois. His preference for rusted metal and found objects serve to emphasize the organic nature of his work, a raw and unpretentious impression is furthered in his distinctly folk art style.
  • Robert Hodge – An interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores themes of memory and commemoration, Hodge was born in Houston and raised in the city’s Third Ward District. He studied visual art the Atlanta College of Art before returning to Houston.
  • Jesse Lott – Lott’s work involves the social implications of recycling discarded urban material into art. Lott’s mythological beings, heroes, and ordinary people symbolize the emotional, i.e., the pain and spiritual dimensions of the human being.
  • Gabriel Martinez – Martinez’s work employs a series of ongoing gestures involving the construction and deployment of sculptural objects in shared metropolitan areas to interrogate the power relations at work in the management (or mismanagement) of dominated spaces. He is the director of Alabama Song, teaches at University of Houston, and is a Friend of Angela Davis Park.
  • Lovie Olivia – Olivia is a native Houstonian and a visual artist who employs painting, printmaking, and installation to create her works. In addition to her multifaceted approach to visual art, she enjoys teaching drawing at Art League and painting at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
  • Forrest Prince – Born in Houston, Prince had no formal art education and began making art in 1969. In 1976 he was given his first solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston. Forrest Prince communicates his most profound insights into the social relevance and the healing power of art.
  • Kaneem Smith – An installation artist, conservator, and teacher, Smith uses her sculptural installations to showcase very specific social histories that question the ethics of international trade policies that highlight the overconsumption of natural resources.

Friendly Fire at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art

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Catherine Gonzalez is an arts absorber, administrator, and blogger originally from Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Art History and runs the Bonphilosophia arts blog, where she interviews and documents up and coming artists. In her current role at Houston Arts Alliance she supports online communications as well as all of HAA’s outreach opportunities and volunteer network.