Jonathan Hopson presents "Coyote" opening reception
Coyotes are tricksters. Not wolf, not dog, but a howling canine often associated with a romanticism of the old west. Coyotes were once revered by the Aztecs as Gods and Native Americans as teachers. Today they resonate in contemporary American consciousness as a nuisance. Coyotes are like Texas artists--somewhere between revered voices and dangerously outspoken pests.
The artists in "Coyote," all living or born in Texas, imbue their work with the spirit of of this state: a strange breed of vicious independence and quiet perseverance. The works are all tinged with a an almost folklorish romanticism: flowers, lush atmosphere over open fields, and pictorial narrative. Yet, in the lull of romance there is a sharp bite - desert heat, fierce desire, a longingly beautiful howl in the distance.
Artists include Debra Barrera, Julie DeVries, Lauren Moya Ford, Erin Joyce, Bradley Kerl, and Jessica Ninci. Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through July 30.