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Lawndale Art Center: March 13 - April 18, 2015Exhibitions
Lawndale Art Center Houston

February, 2015

Lawndale Art Center
Exhibitions on view 
March 13 - April 18, 2015
at Lawndale Art Center
Opening Reception Friday, March 13, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 PM 
Artist talks at 6 PM  

On Plasticity: Poetics of the Built | Adam Crosson, Jonas Hart & James Scheuren


With Wild Abandon | Anthony Sonnenberg

Cecily E. Horton Gallery


Tongue-and-Groove | Erin Stafford

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery


8 Ohms | Jason Flowers

Project Space



Houston, Texas - Lawndale Art Center presents four exhibitions opening March 13, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, with artist talks beginning at 6 PM. In the John M. O'Quinn Gallery, Adam CrossonJonas Hart, and James Scheuren's works in the exhibition On Plasticity: Poetics of the Built counter the monumental aesthetics of the built environment as a means to extract from it the found and the felt . Anthony Sonnenberg's With Wild Abandon tackles the topic of consumption and consumerism through media ranging from porcelain to performance. For her exhibition Tongue-and-Groove in the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery, Erin Stafford creates a floor installation using vinyl parquet tiles. In Jason Flowers' exhibition, 8 Ohmns, in the Project Space, eight cassette decks sing harmoniously with one another until a viewer approaches an individual deck, resulting in the decks falling out of tune with their peers. These exhibitions will be on view through April 18, 2015.


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John M. O'Quinn Gallery

Adam Crosson, Jonas Hart & James Scheuren

On Plasticity: Poetics of the Built

James Scheuren
Unreality of a Return, 2013
 Pigment print 
 50"x 40"


Adam Crosson, Jonas Hart, & James Scheuren's works counter the monumental aesthetics of the built environment as a means to extract from it the found and the felt. Collectively, the three artists foreground the peripheral, the accidental, the byproduct; they establish a tension between the found circumstance and its elevation to an object of tactile perception. In lieu of a focus on the overt, the works plumb facets of the latent and residual to reflect without ceremony on the ultra-familiar. With attention to ad hoc solutions, the idiosyncratic, and the subjective each artist forefronts a physical act, a record or index of the human hand and in most cases, many hands. The objects and images in this exhibition present generations of inadvertence, resulting in an invitation to observe the irreversible processes of and within systems of choice. 


Adam Crosson was born in 1982 in Little Rock, AR. Crosson is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture. Last year he was awarded a fellowship to study at the Royal College of Art, London for the fall of 2014. Crosson was also awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and received a solo exhibition at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum in Austin, TX. This year Crosson will have solo shows at Co-Lab and Pump Project Art Complex in Austin, TX as well as participation in a group show at the Alabama Center for the Arts.


Jonas Hart was born in 1980 in Logan, OH. Hart attended Goshen College in Goshen, IN and Bethel College in North Newton, KS, before completing his BFA in studio art at Ohio University in Athens, OH in 2010. He went on to receive his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Hart exhibited regularly in Ohio, including solo shows at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio; The Bowen House Arts Center in Logan, Ohio; and Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. In Texas he has been included in shows at The Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin as well as Tiny Park Gallery in Austin, TX.


James Scheuren was born in 1984 in Washington, D.C. Raised in Virginia, Scheuren earned his BA from the University of Virginia in 2008 and his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Recent exhibitions include a three-person show at Soil in Seattle, WA and the inaugural exhibition at Hello Project Gallery here in Houston, TX. Scheuren has exhibited at Needles and Pens in San Francisco, CA; The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in Charlottesville, VA; David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX; and Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.


Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Anthony Sonnenberg

With Wild Abandon


Anthony Sonnenberg 
Character Study (Silenus), 2014 
Digital Photograph 
26" x 17"

In this exhibition, With Wild Abandon, Anthony Sonnenberg tackles the topic of consumption and consumerism. Ranging in media from porcelain to performance the works in the show draw from an equally diverse range of sources such as the still life, the rococo and Greek myth. Unable to decide whether they are warnings or advertisements, these works function as markers along the artist's path to an understanding of indulgence and its effects on humanity's past, present, and future as well as his own body. Throughout the journey there is always the question; when we allow ourselves to enjoy pleasure do we also sow the seeds of our own destruction? And if so, is it better than no pleasure at all?


Anthony Sonnenberg was born and raised in Graham Texas. After receiving his BA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, he received his MFA at the University of Washington at Seattle in 2012. His work which ranges from sculpture to installation to performance has been shown nationally and internationally in institutions such as the Seattle Art Museum, the 2011 and 2013 Texas Biennials, and most recently, the Shelburne Museum. Sonnenberg has recently returned to Texas after finishing six months of residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana and Sculpture Space Artist Residency in Utica New York and is proud to call Texas home once more.


Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Erin Stafford


Erin Stafford 
Vinyl parquet tiles


Touching on ideas of etiquette and femininity, Erin Stafford's studio practice investigates the bygone era of social graces and ritualistic propriety, while also engaging the viewer with ideas of fantasy, desires and delight. For her exhibition at Lawndale Art Center, Stafford creates a floor installation using vinyl parquet tiles in the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery. The parquet floor becomes sculptural, undulating from underneath to create an uncanny visual experience that would allow the viewer to languish between beauty, humor and nostalgia. 


Erin Stafford's aesthetic tendencies are reflected in her studio practice as a result of her affluent upbringing in Dallas,Texas where she found upper-middle class expectations full of irony and contradiction. This sense of cultural refinement, which included various forms of ritual and tradition, shaped her identity until 2002, when she began her art education at the University of North Texas. It was here that she was surrounded by eccentric artists and jazz musicians, which inspired her to challenge established social conventions. After receiving her MFA at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009, she returned to her hometown where she continues her studio practice along with teaching and curatorial endeavors at Red Arrow Contemporary. Her recent exhibitions include "Hugs and Kisses" at Mountain View College in Dallas, TX, "Simple Ingredients" at Mariago Collective in Houston, TX and "floraXfauna" with (wo)


Project Space 
Jason Flowers
8 Ohms, 2013-14
Prepared cassette decks
Dimensions variable

Jason Flowers

8 Ohms


In 8 Ohms eight cassette decks act as one. They "sing" harmoniously with one another until a viewer approaches an individual deck. This deck, wired with an electronic eye, sees the intruder, becomes distracted and falls out of tune with its peers. 


Jason Flowers is currently an MFA candidate of Texas A&M University-Commerce. He lives and works in both Commerce and Dallas Texas.


About Lawndale:  

Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by Houston artists.

Lawndale presents exhibitions, lectures and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston's diverse artistic, cultural and student communities.

Gallery Hours:  
Monday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday, 12-5; Closed Sunday


Exhibitions on View:

Exhibitions open on Friday, March 13, 2015     

and will remain on view through Saturday, April 18, 2015.

For additional information, please contact:
Dennis Nance


Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Mid-America Arts Alliance, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Lia and David Rodi, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, Nancy and Sidney Williams , Nina and Michael Zilkha, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Number 4 High Performance Hair Care, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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