Sunday, August 26, 2012

Enlight...Residency Exhibition @ Darke Gallery, Friday, August 31, from 6-9pm

DARKE | gallery is pleased to present Enlight, Emily Sloan's solo exhibition.  The opening reception is Labor Day weekend, Friday, August 31, 6-9 PM.  The exhibition continues through Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Emily Sloan is DARKE gallery’s artist in residence for 2012.  Sloan will be using the gallery as a studio, along with a small stipend, to create an exhibition that will open on August 31.  The four Saturdays in August are open studio days, when the public can stop in and see the work in progress.  These open houses may include a simple time to visit, a performance exercise or something inspired by mandalas.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle." In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions, art often takes a mandala form. These mandalas, concentric diagrams, are often used as a spiritual teaching tools and as aids to meditation and trance induction in meditation practices.

The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as "a representation of the unconscious self”, and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.

In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos.

The exhibtion will include a series of mandala-inspired shade sculptures and a video Sloan has created with Jonathan Jindra.

Referencing the mandalas, shade and light, the show title will be: "Enlight"

Emily Sloan has an MFA in sculpture and interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston and an MA from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has participated in many artist residencies, exhibitions, and the New York Studio School's Drawing Marathon in 2004. Sloan's work incorporates drawing, sculpture and painting. Many of her pieces use humor to engage the viewer in a dialogue about the environment and preoccupations with the social. To view more of her artwork visit:

Current projects include the Southern Naptist Convention 2012 at Venice Beach, CA; and The Kenmore exhibition object at Skydive Art Space.

Now in its sixth year, DARKE | gallery exhibits contemporary art of the finest quality, with a focus on emerging and established artists with Texas ties.  Located at 320 B Detering @ Feagan, the gallery is open noon to 5:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday, and by appointment.   For more information call 713-542-3802 or visit

The Kenmore's Artisit-in-Residence, Sasha Dela

Sasha Dela debuts new work as the Artist-in-Residence of The Kenmore, on view at Darke Gallery, August 31- September 29, 2012.

There will be a reception on Friday, August 31 from 6-9pm. Also, on view: Enlight by Emily Sloan.

Sasha Dela will be debuting a new video for her residency at The Kenmore which is sub-residing at Darke Gallery with its owner Emily Sloan while Sloan has a summer residency at Darke Gallery. For The Kenmore’s sub-residency, Sloan has provided Dela studio space, a portion of her resi
dency’s stipend, and a show to open August 31 along with her residency.

About Sasha Dela:
Dela completed a residency at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Core Program in 2007. She received her Master of Fine Art in San Francisco at California College of the Arts in 2005, and her Bachelor of Fine Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2000, and was awarded the DeCosse Fellowship, to study at the Accademia Di Belle Arte, Florence, Italy in 2000. Dela is Houston Regional Editor for the Temporary Art Review, St Louis. Sasha Dela is the co-founder and co-director of SKYDIVE, an art space hosting a range of art practices that push the limits of their material forms.

About The Kenmore:
Not just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold artist-run gallery space measuring approximately 36" x 24"x 24". It's mission is to keep ideas fresh through the opportunity of a unique exhibition context. The Kenmore participated in FotoFest 2010, FotoFest 2012 and Lawndale Art Center’s “The BIG Show” (2010) with its debut of “The small Show.”

Location of show:
Darke Gallery
320B Detering (at Feagan)
Houston, TX 77007

Emily Sloan

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Recreational Aesthetics @ Darke Gallery

For the month of August, I have DARKE gallery for a studio as their artist in residence for 2012.  During this time, I will be working on "Enlight" an exhibition to open Friday, August, 30 from 6-9pm. 

Additionally, Saturdays in August from 2:00 to 4:00 PM are open residency days for "Recreational Aesthetics".  This is a time the gallery is open to the public both to see what's going on and to be distracted from such.  Refreshments and parking provided.
August 4: Please Don't Tell My Parents
August 11: "Water, Water Fresh and Clear" hosted by special guest Carrie A. Nation
August 18: How Galleries Remind Me of Churches 

August 25: Is that a Baby Ruth in the Swimming Pool?!

Darke Gallery
320 B Detering @ Feagan
Houston, TX 77007