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This page is a listing of upcoming gallery exhibtions and shows at the O'Kane Gallery at the University of Houston - Downtown.

Upcoming Exhibitions Spring 2015


Annell Livingston, Fragments, Geometry & Change

February 12 – March 17, 2015

Annell Livingston’s hard-edged horizontal, vertical, and diagonal gridded paintings are filled with a multitude of hand-painted gouache shapes. The abstract works offer a lively balance between the geometric and organic as variances of value and hue subtly shift through rigid linear compositions. Livingston, a native of Houston, has lived in Taos, New Mexico since 1994. Livingston has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. The O’Kane Gallery is proud to bring Livingston’s work back to her hometown for a one-person exhibition of seventeen gouache paintings.

Livingston’s art is profoundly influenced by her environment. Living in the high desert provides an insight into the meticulous compositions. The grids may be viewed as topography mapping a large abstract plain, perfectly uniform and stable. The subtle variances of color have the effect of softness and sensuality, creating emotional depth in the composition. The works help broaden our view of nature as a uniform system that is both measurable and unpredictable; the merging of these two concepts create paintings that illicit awe and beauty.

"It is the idea behind the work that dictates the image…based on the observable phenomenon in nature of changing light and color. These works parallel nature but do not directly reflect it. The work is hard edge and I choose the medium of gouache for its’ inherent flatness and its’ intense color. My experience of the world (memory, or thought) is not as a whole, but in fragments, which are part revealed, part concealed." -Annell Livingston

Fragments, Geometry, and Change, 140, gouache on watercolor paper  by Annell Livingston

Annell Livingston, Fragments Geometry & Change #140, gouache on watercolor paper


Las Sor Juanas de Tejas: Santa Barraza, Tina Fuentes, Kathy Vargas, and Delilah Montoya

March 26 through April 23, 2015
Exhibit held jointly at two Houston locations:
MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts)
O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston-Downtown

This exhibition, jointly curated and exhibited at MECA and O’Kane Gallery at UHD, highlights four Texas artists: Santa Barraza, Tina Fuentes, Kathy Vargas, and Delilah Montoya. The exhibition is inspired by the life of the 17th century Mexican poet, Sor Juana Inez de al Cruz. Sor Juana’s struggles to obtain education as a woman present early instances of discrimination that would become a part of political change in the 20th century. The exhibition brings together four artists who have embodied and reflected on the life of Sor Juana through their own artistic achievements and professional paths.

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