Berm and Swale
May 3 - June 8, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Barbara Davis Gallery is pleased to announce Berm and swale, a solo-exhibition by Houston
artist Troy Stanley, opening Friday, May 3, 2019, with an artist reception from 6:30 – 8:30PM.
This exhibition will include sculpture, installation and works on paper.
Troy Stanley's work explores the relationships between art and objecthood through the juxtaposition of the natural and the man-made. Stanley works in the constructivist canon, pushing synthetic materials and banal objects towards a perceivable life-like essence through process interventions. Inversely, he reduces living things and their trace into functional objects.
Through this, he highlights these thresholds and challenges the viewer to redefine the constructs of their environment. In his solo show, "berm and swale", the artist explores the intricate patterns in handmade lacework and uses it to mimic the visual language and form in the growth patterns of living plants.
The result is a ballet of lines, material, and moments arrested in mid stroke capturing the light and shadows in which they hang. Drawing inspiration from the urban environment of the city landscape, the work dissolves the boundaries where nature exists often at odds with the man-made.
About the artist:
Troy Stanley is a sculptor currently living and working in Houston, Texas. Upon receiving his degree in sculpture from the University of Houston in 2005, Stanley began his professional career with a solo exhibition at Lawndale Art Center in Houston. In 2007 he attended the prestigious residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. This will be his second solo show with Barbara Davis