Please join us for the opening reception for
Alan Disparte
Saturday May 6 from 6P - 9P
This show runs through the end of May.
Please join us for the opening reception for
Saturday June 3 from 6P - 9P
This show runs through the end of June.

Alan Disparte

Hindsight bias is the belief that an event could have been predicted after it has already occurred, creating a narrative supporting what we believe could have been foreseen.

Alan Disparte is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Austin, Texas. Through a filter of gestural and psychedelic abstraction, Disparte's practice offers a hyperbolic mix of references to memory, technology, body aesthetics, nature, culture, gender, and time distortion. Disparte received his MFA in Painting and Video from San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. He has a BFA in Applied Arts from California Polytechnic University. Disparte has exhibited in Austin, Portland, San Francisco, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Phoenix and London. Encaustic: Through the process of melted wax (Encaustic Ink Transfer), Disparte explores and challenges ideas about beauty by shifting the markers of facial and body aesthetics.

The fragility of the Encaustic medium reflects the same tenuous relationships between physical appearance, ego, symmetry and complex belief systems based on historic and modern standards of beauty. Painting: The framework for many of Disparte’s pieces invokes inquiry into the creation and compression of time. Our conditioned relationship to the traditional human construct of time becomes suspended. Unexpected combinations of color and structural motifs interact with Disparte’s own reminiscences. They navigate between what he recalls having once existed, and what is now lost in the fog of mass-produced, mass-manipulated “truth.” Organic shapes and symmetry found in both nature and our human anatomy create weightless ambiguity, where familiar forms are seen in unfamiliar ways.

'The Orchard' oil on canvas 2017 42 X 38"

Tod Bailey

Born in Tyler Texas, Tod Bailey began to paint while studying Journalism at the Commerce campus of Texas A & M. After completing the university, he lived and exhibited in Dallas, relocated to Sarasota, Florida and exhibited there for three years. After which, Tod came to Houston where he has been establishing himself and gaining collectors since 2008.

In 2016 Bailey had a large solo exhibition at the Ted Casablanca Gallery in Palm Springs, and in 2017 exhibited at Monarch Gallery in Galveston. Tod has also been invited to exhibit small scale sketches in the Menil Collection bookstore.

Tod said he was uncomfortable to write about his art. He said that he realizes viewers naturally want to hear an artist explain, for instance, if his work is abstraction, or instead intensely expressionistic figuration.

"Viewers want to know if the painted forms have meaning, does this form represent sunshine hitting architecture, for example, or is that one a disembodied penis? All of that."

In his words, "It can't be avoided that references and associations rise from the subconscious, this is human, but expect the forms to appear highly stylized." It is preferable to him, that the viewer pay close attention to the canvases. "Notice coloring, some subtle, others vibrant and sumptuous, and visually take in the paint handling, brushstrokes will range from bold and energetic to purposely applied."

The most important thing to know about each composition, is the artist's passion for manipulating paint.

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