April 17-May23, 2010
Howard Sherman: Eating Your Friction
Relentless Cescendo, 2010
Galveston Arts Center is pleased to present Howard Sherman: Eating Your Friction, featuring brightly colored, large-scale abstract paintings by Houston-based artist Howard Sherman. The exhibition will remain on view through May 23, 2010. A color catalogue of the artist's work will be available for purchase for $10.
Filled with anxious energy, Sherman's large scale canvases are charged with vivid colors, powerful forms and fascinating texture. Dark humor has always been Sherman's forte, and in conjunction with ubiquitous elements of contemporary culture, forms the narrative underpinnings of his work. Although it is rarely obvious which social dilemma Sherman is addressing, it is clear through the sheer dynamism of his paintings that the world we live in is not always simple or kind. Less illustrative and cartoony than in the past, Howard now paints over much of his drawing, a holdover from his days as a comic strip auteur, in a push towards total abstraction. He has found a balance between thoughtful, formal execution and instinctual painting.
Subnormal Behavior, 2010
"Sherman's paintings conjure up the glory days of first- and second- generation abstract expressionism-and some of the better moments of the 1980s neoexpressionism-without wallowing in them," writes Douglas Britt of the Houston Chronicle. "There's nothing nostalgic or mannered about these brash, elegant canvases, which are as deeply felt as they are carefully thought out." Sherman intertwines spontaneous and impulsive gestural marks with hard, graphic lines and spray paint, reminiscent of graffiti art of the '80s. Howard succeeds in taking these elements and creating something distinctly new and unique.
Eating your friction, 2008
Eating Your Friction, the artist's first solo museum exhibition, was shown at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont in fall 2008. The exhibition had been slated to travel to the Galveston Arts Center but was postponed following Hurricane Ike. The current incarnation of the exhibition will include work shown in Beaumont, as well as more recent work created by the artist. Howard Sherman received a BA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin and MFA from the University of North Texas, Denton. He has twice been a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize in Houston, as well as being included in two volumes of New American Painting. His work has most recently been on view at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina, and at Pan American ArtProjects in Miami.