Houston Chronicle: Jesse Lott always has a hand in the action

Full article by Molly Glentzer

Jesse Lott's own hands are large and strong, on the slender side, with long fingers and nails that reflect years of an artist's tedious work with metal and wood.

The hands he creates - the ones that are a significant element of his sculptures and drawings - are almost always spread wide, expressing an indomitable human spirit.

The colorful characters he summons forth in his sculptures have highly expressive faces, arms and legs - you sense history, hardship and dignity coursing through their veins. But the hands, which are never the same, make your heart sing.

The Progress-Index: For struggling neighborhoods, "social sculpture" proves a cure

Full article by Sarah Vogelsong

In 1993, the historic and predominantly African-American Third Ward of Houston, Texas, was facing a host of problems that would not be unfamiliar to Petersburg today: a glut of poor housing, a lack of investment, violence and, with the crack cocaine epidemic surging, drugs.

Within that neighborhood, a block and a half of 22 shotgun-style houses was identified by community leaders as the worst of the worst and was targeted for demolition.

Initially, local artist Rick Lowe agreed with them — but as he spent more time in the area, his views began to shift. He started to notice the people who lived there and the subtle architectural details of the houses, the way in which they reminded him of the murals of Hampton University-educated John Biggers, a major figure in the African American art community.

Arts+Culture Texas: SHOW UP: Harold Mendez

Full Article by Laura A.L. Wellen

When we meet for coffee, Harold Mendez has just returned to Houston from the Rauschenberg Residency at Captiva Island (FL) via Chicago, where he opened a solo exhibition at Patron Gallery.  His installation at Project Row Houses for Round 45: Local Impact runs Oct. 22 – Feb. 12, 2017. Somehow, he appears rested and revitalized by his travels. We talk about a sense of optimism that he is finding in the studio, and about the deep influence Houston has had on his newest sculptural work, both conceptually and materially.

CBCnews: Gentrification expert sees challenges, opportunity in Saskatoon's Riversdale neighbourhood

Rick Lowe says he learned a lot from his recent trip to Saskatoon.

Earlier this week, the artist and former MacArthur fellow gave a lecture on gentrification at the Roxy Theatre. Lowe is best known for Project Row Houses, an art/social enterprise project in Houston, Texas that bought and renovated a number of run-down homes and turned them into art exhibition spaces and housing for artists

Now, Lowe has turned his attention to Saskatoon's Riversdale neighbourhood, an area that has seen massive changes as high-income condos have displaced low-income apartment housing.