David Grubbs, ‘Soundwaves’ top the list of art events


Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino presents Splendid Isolation (Forces at Work), the gallery’s second solo show for contemporary artist John Sparagana.

Photo: John Sparagana, Self-Portrait in Dub, No. 11, 2019 / John Sparagana, Self-Portrait in Dub, No. 11, 2019

1. “Set the forest on fire”

Richard “Ricky” Armendariz has found an intriguing process for finding visual depth in his work. A native of El Paso, he carves images in birch plywood before layering his work with oil paints that blend the intricate lines of the wood carving with the vibrant colors of the canvas. His chosen iconography is simple and profound, with imagery consistent with an artist growing up on the border between two nations and two cultures. Set the Woods on Fire features some of his latest work.

When: Open House 12-5pm January 29th

Where: Gallery Nicole Longnecker, 440 Greengrass

Details: for free; 346-800-2780, longneckergallery.com

Andrew Dansby

2. “My Father’s Desk”

The menacingly muted hues of dusk permeate the work of Dan Sutherland, who populates his canvases with startling figures featuring sharp-edged exteriors resembling an alien being soaring through space. His new collection is titled ‘My Father’s Desk’ and will open this weekend.

Open House 12-5pm January 29; Performance runs Tue.-Fri. 10:30am-5pm; 11am-5pm Saturdays through March 12th

Where: Atmospheric Gallery, 2815 Colquitt

Details: for free; 713-526-9911, Moodygallery.com

Andrew Dansby

3.David Grubbs

David Grubbs has made more than a dozen recordings of experimental music, both under his own name and with Jim O’Rourke on the popular Gastr del Sol. He remains active as a musician, but has also written and lectured extensively about music. His new book “Good night the pleasure was ours” summarizes his more than 30 years of making music in one long poem. He will read from the book this week and talk about his life in music.

When: 1 p.m. January 28

Where: Moody Center, Room 205, Rice University

Details: free, RSVP at events.rice.edu

Andrew Dansby

4. ‘Sound Waves: Experiments in Art + Music’

The Moody Center for the Arts celebrates its fifth anniversary with a free public reception for Soundwaves: Experiments in Art + Music. The exhibition includes sculpture, audio, video, painting and performance mixed with visual and sonic elements. The collective effort of 12 artists aims to explore the intersection between sound and visual art, integrating sculpture, audio, video, painting and performance.

When: Reception, 6-8pm on January 28; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. until May 14th

Where: Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University 6100 Main Street

Details: for free; 713-348-ARTS, Moody.rice.edu

Amber Elliott

5. John Sparagana: Splendid Isolation (Forces at Work)

Contemporary artist John Sparagana’s second solo show, Splendid Isolation (Forces at Work) at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino was designed by Reto Geiser, associate professor at Rice University School of Architecture and director of undergraduate studies and founding director of design firm MG&Co. The 12-piece collection includes several new works, each constructed using the strategic cutting and blending method that has served as the foundation of Sparagana for the past 20 years.

When: 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm Saturdays through March 3rd

Where: Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, 1506 W. Alabama

Details: for free; 713-529-1313, sicardi.com

Amber Elliott

  • Andrew Dansby

    Andrew Dansby reports on local and national culture and entertainment for the Houston Chronicle. He joined the Chronicle from Rolling Stone in 2004, where he wrote about music for five years. He had previously worked in book publishing for five years, working with George RR Martin’s editor on the first two books in the series that would become Game of Thrones. He spent a year in the film industry and was involved in three “big” motions Pictures You’ve Never Seen He has written for Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Texas Music, Playboy and other publications.

    Andrew dislikes monkeys, dolphins and nature.

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    Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes about arts, entertainment and pop culture with a focus on film and media. Originally from Los Angeles, he is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University. He has served as a feature reporter or editor for the Orange County Register, Miami Herald, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He has also freelanced for a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News.


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