Monday, March 7, 2011

Doug Cason: Solo exhibition opening Friday, March 11, 8-10pm

Gallery 1724, Contemporary Art Salon is pleased to present “Doug Cason and Zepeda: Double Life” at Gallery 1724, 1724 Bissonnet St., Houston, Texas 77005. The double solo shows open Friday, March 11, 2011 from 8pm to 10pm. The exhibition runs through Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Doug Cason and Zepeda both create such thoroughly developed and highly skilled bodies of work that it can be quite a surprise to find out they are both actually created by the same artist. Cason is two fully realized artists in one. This is a very exciting approach to embracing the freedom and complexity available in contemporary art. Their adjacent shows at Gallery 1724 will be the first time Doug and Zepeda have had dual solo exhibitions at the same venue.

Curated by Emily Sloan.

"discard", oil on panel (above)

About Doug Cason’s art: Through an intervention with text, objects, and the traditional formats and trappings of contained knowledge, historical narratives become altered and contemporized. These historical documents are manipulated to the point where fact and fiction lines blur. The new work acts as a catalyst for reevaluating the validity of traditional historical narratives by creating newer fictionalized histories, which highlight irrational or problematic ideologies long overlooked over time. Photographs interface with ink, forcing one to search through layers as they pursue the concept of identity. Books become modern illuminated manuscripts through cover-to-cover revampings through painting, printmaking, bookbinding and digital manipulations.

The end products become museum-type, installations of categorized and encased books, photographs, paintings and ephemera that work together to create a falsified past. In some cases, the installation becomes viewer interactive making it possible to sit and “read” the books along with dossiers of related artifacts as if one was stepping into a scriptorium or library of a compulsive scribe or historian. It is with this ability to “read” the work, handle objects or study each under glass that information becomes reanimated. What was once a cast-off allusion to the past becomes alive again but with new identity, rooted in modernity and footnoted by the past.

About Gallery 1724: Gallery 1724 is a d.i.y. contemporary art salon offering rotating, experimental art exhibits and performances. The venue is located in the Houston Museum District at 1724 Bissonnet St. (between Dunlavy and Woodhead), Houston, Texas 77005. For more information, please visit:

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