Talent In Texas

This Side of Paradise brings talented Texas photographers to the forefront

This Side of Paradise highlights talented Texas photographers

The Palm Tree by Leigh Merrill
Leigh Merrill. The Palm Tree, 2014. From the series Cinder Blocks and Cherry Blossoms. Courtesy of the artist and Liliana Bloch Gallery
Cake by Desiree Espada and Kasumi Chow
Desiree Michelle Espada & Kasumi Chow. Cake, 2014. From the series truly, madly. Courtesy of the artists and The Public Trust, Dallas
Patsy Cravens for This Side of Paradise
Patsy Cravens. Untitled, 1981. Courtesy of the artist
Irby Pace at FotoFest
Irby Pace. Terra Firma, 2014. From the series Idle Voids – Pop! Courtesy of the artist and Galleri Urbane, Dallas
Happy by Carlo Zinzi
Carlo Zinzi. Happy, 2015. Courtesy of the artist
Katie, Age 15 by Lané Pittard
Lané Pittard. Katie, Age 15 (West Hollywood, CA), 2000. Courtesy of the artist
fieldbylakelight by Michele Monseau
Michele Monseau. fieldbylakelight (cantilever), 2015. Courtesy of the artist
Gigi by Nancy O'Connor
Nancy O’Connor. Gigi, 2015. Courtesy of the artist
Freedom by Mary Margaret Hansen
Mary Margaret Hansen. Freedom, 1981. Courtesy of the artist
Ring Pop by Rolando Sepulveda
Rolando Sepulveda. Ring Pop, 2015. Courtesy of the artist
Horizon II by PROJECT B (Barbara Levine and Paige Raimey with Martin Venezky)
PROJECT B (Barbara Levine & Paige Ramey with Martin Venezky). Horizon II, 2015. Courtesy of the artists
I Feel Like You Know by Christie Blizard
Christie Blizard. I Feel Like You Know, 2015. From the series The Today Show and Good Morning America. Courtesy of the artist
Goalkeeper No. 5 by Rodrigo Valenzuela
Rodrigo Valenzuela. Goalkeeper No. 5, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and David Shelton Gallery, Houston
The Palm Tree by Leigh Merrill
Cake by Desiree Espada and Kasumi Chow
Patsy Cravens for This Side of Paradise
Irby Pace at FotoFest
Happy by Carlo Zinzi
Katie, Age 15 by Lané Pittard
fieldbylakelight by Michele Monseau
Gigi by Nancy O'Connor
Freedom by Mary Margaret Hansen
Ring Pop by Rolando Sepulveda
Horizon II by PROJECT B (Barbara Levine and Paige Raimey with Martin Venezky)
I Feel Like You Know by Christie Blizard
Goalkeeper No. 5 by Rodrigo Valenzuela

As the sixth edition of their biennial series "Talent in Texas," FotoFest and the Houston Center for Photography have joined forces for This Side of Paradise: New Photographic Work by Texas Artists, an exhibition highlighting works from nearly two dozen talented artists, ranging from the newly graduated to life-long photographers.

Thoughtfully curated by PaperCity's Arts and Culture Editor Catherine Anspon, the dual-venue exhibition features the works of 23 artists who hail from Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and Odessa. Artists present lens-based work created by film or digital means — as well as photographic sculpture, collage, installation, performance and video — leading to an incredibly diverse array of subject matter and presentation.

"For this show, I really wanted to make it about discoveries, but also about rediscovering mid-career artists that are really creating extraordinary new bodies of work because the art world doesn't end when you're 20 years old," Anspon said. "There were different themes that emerged, particularly landscape portraiture (and) new documentary, but it’s not so tight, it’s a looser, abstract theme."

Ranging from Leigh Merrill's carefully reconstructed street scenes and the almost hilariously fantastical scenes created by Carlo Zinzi to Irby Pace's landscapes with mysterious colored clouds and the bright pop portraits of Kasumi Chow and Desiree Espada, the massive exhibition effectively conveys the scope of Texas' creative spirit.

The exhibition also includes Finding Our Way, made visible with a camera, a photographic installation from long-time Houston-based photographers Mary Margaret Hansen and Patsy Cravens. The installation, which explores Hansen and Cravens' real-life transformation from dejected housewives into artists armed with cameras, features works spanning almost four decades and explores cross-generational conversations about women's roles.

A number of events are being held throughout the duration of the exhibition, including a discussion with the artists at FotoFest on November 7 at 2 pm and a guided tour with Anspon on November 14 at 11 am that begins at the Houston Center for Photography.

The exhibition is on view at the Houston Center for Photography and FotoFest until November 14.