Houston, TX - Houston Center for Photography announces Carlos and Jason Sanchez’s (Montreal, Canada) first solo exhibition in the United States, Reality Interrupted: The Cinematic Work of the Sanchez Brothers, on view in HCP’s Main Gallery from November 2 – December 23.Michele Grinstead (Boulder, CO) and Nancy O’Connor’s (Houston, TX) project Marking Time: Victoria, TX will also be on view in Gallery X, Y and the Learning Center Gallery. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, November 2from 6-8pm. All artists will be in attendance.
Carlos and Jason Sanchez create images that surpass the need for photographic veracity. Acting as cinematographers and set designers, the artists use mise-en-scène to stage eerie tableaus that evoke a frisson of psychological uncertainty. The large and consuming scale of their work encourages the viewer to step into the witness role of their hyper-real drama.
The Sanchez Brothers have exhibited widely across Canada, Europe and the United States, including the Musée National Des Beaux-Arts Du Quebec in Quebec City, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, Scope, and the International Center of Photography in New York City. The artists are represented by Christopher Cutts Gallery (Toronto).
Artists Michele Grinstead and Nancy O’Connor pay homage to the psychic energy they felt in the historic town of Victoria in south Texas in the multi-media Marking Timeproject. On view at HCP is a section of the work titled Exxon Truck Stop/Immigrant Memorial Site, an elegy to the 19 illegal immigrants who were asphyxiated in 2003 while trappedin the back of a truck bound for Houston. Containing photography, video and sculpture, the artists’ project comments on one of the most horrific tragedies in U.Simmigration history; lamenting the plight of those wishing for a better life, and the fallen desire to achieve the “American dream.”
Grinstead and O’Connor began collaborating in 2003. When asked about the process they reply, “We pass both the still camera and the video camera back and forth, allowing for both visions to emerge.” Their first exhibition together, Inhabited, premiered at FotoFest in 2004. Extensions of project Marking Time have been presented at FotoFest in 2006, at the Texas Biennial in Austin in 2007, and at the Nave Museum in Victoria, Texas. The exhibition on view at HCP contains existing and newly created pieces (2007).
Important Upcoming HCP Events
October 22, postmarked deadline for 2008 Photography Fellowship Call for Entries, juried by Anjali Gupta, Editor of Artlies magazine and Rachel Cook, Editor-in-Chief of Glasstire. Recipients are awarded $2,000 each and a solo exhibition at HCP in the summer of 2008.
Saturday, October 27, 12-8pm - HCP’s Annual Print Sale – Start your Holiday shopping with a selection prints by 25 artists from across the Houston area!