Gray Contemporary presents "The Weight of Lightness" and "Belonging in Modern Times" opening reception

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"The Weight of Lightness" and "Belonging in Modern Times" opening reception
Karen Navarro, Subject #9, laser cut embossed archival inkjet print, 18 x 14 in., 2019 Photo courtesy of Gray Contemporary

Located halfway between painting and sculpture, Francis Fontaine's The Weight of Lightness creates a coherent and fascinating bridge with textures dictated by the materials. Using paper as a medium of choice, he uses it as: pigment for color, material for reliefs. The works are monochrome and that from the original hues of the exploited paper in order to preserve its property. Only a colorless binder is added to bind the previously shredded paper. That said, natural or artificial light plays an important role in the perception of the works. The reflective light on the structures will inevitably record and project on the flat surfaces the different levels to create shadows. Shadows that gives tonality and perspective to the works. 

Meanwhile, Karen Navarro's Belonging in Modern Times explores the online self-representation used as a venue to create a sense of belongingness. Humans are innately driven to attain a sense of belonging. Just like water or shelter the sense of belonging is a human need. In modern times, as this phenomenon has transcended from the physical to the digital, social media platforms function as sites to congregate and connect. 

Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display until July 27.

Event Details



Gray Contemporary
3508 Lake St.
Houston, TX 77098


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Admission is free.