Hooks-Epstein Galleries presents Clara Hoag: "bend" and Bernard Mattox: "Chasing the Thing" opening reception
Hooks-Epstein Galleries will open its 2019-2020 season with its first solo exhibition for Houston-based ceramicist, Clara Hoag, along with a selection of works by longtime mixed media gallery artist, Bernard Mattox.
In her latest exhibition, "bend," Hoag creates pieces that reflect the human condition and the lived urban experience. With her sculptures, Hoag builds the parts, combining them with construction adhesive, epoxy, and mortar. She integrates architectural motifs into bodily shapes - segmented and layered, organic and geometric - that are caught among dense scaffolding and rubble. Each sculpture illustrates the balance between health and sickness; freedom and oppression; vulnerability and resilience; and sanity and madness.
For Mattox, the guiding principle of his work is the result of him having lived the last thirty years in the deep woods outside of New Orleans, where he was born. He considers himself more archaeologist than artist, excavating memories, dreams, and imagery from the inner strata of his mind. In his latest series, "Chasing the Thing," Mattox continues to use multiple symbols and themes to reflect a very personal experience in a subtle, yet intentional and archetypal way.
Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display until October 12.