Monday, September 13, 2010

Isaac Powell: September 25 through November 6, 2010

Isaac Powell
Opening: Saturday, September 25 from 8pm to 10pm
through November 6, 2010

Powell's art making process is based upon the conflict and the problem solving of visual equations. Typically, he sets up problems for himself; these oppositions can pertain to the subject matter of the piece or could be conceptual or formal. Often, throughout the development of the work, collisions happen between many different types of problems. Powell finds that in the process, vitality happens when he is able to solve both the organic and the self-imposed visual equations at the same time. Often, the image retains the leftover residue, and the important visual trajectories of the initial problem or equation. This visual evidence is necessary to activate the work.

A secondary conflict Powell feels compelled to deal with is that of his own physical 'handicap'. It is important that he displaces this physical handicap by creating highly crafted hand made supports and structures for his paintings and drawings.

About Isaac Powell:
Isaac Powell is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Washington State University who now teaches Painting and Drawing at Eastern Kentucky University. Powell interweaves the themes of life, growth, reproduction, and creativity with those of his own personal history in his still life depictions and topographic reproductions. Having been born without a right hand, the flora in his work directly references the body, its appendages and digits. By addressing his own anxieties through the imagery of plant cuttings and graftings, he has developed his own vocabulary for confronting both awkwardness and beauty.

To see more of his artwork, please visit:

Venue info:
Gallery 1724
1724 Bissonnet St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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