BOMB Magazine: Seeing the Obvious, Revealing the Hidden: Yanira Collado in Conversation with Onajide Shabaka

Full article by Ryan N. Dennis

Round 49: penumbras: sacred geometries, currently on view at Project Row Houses in Houston, highlights artists whose practices incorporate the ideology of sacred geometries to form structures that allude to the body, intent, and consciousness. The six participating artists include Yanira Collado, Leticia Contreras, Charo Oquet, Aramis O’Reilly, Onajide Shabaka, and Juana Valdes, each of whom have created site-specific installations inside the art houses located on Holman Street. The artists are responding to the history of sacred geometries presented in previous installations; to the work of Dr. John Biggers; and to the architecture and essence of spirit that exists in the walls of the art houses, the community at Project Row Houses, and within Houston’s historic Third Ward.

The following interview is a conversation between artists who have worked alongside one another and understand the commonalities of space, place, materials, and the sacredness of penumbra.

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Sacred geometry is exciting, especially when you start noticing those universal patterns in architecture, art and nature. Artists have been demonstrating these complex patterns in Project Row Houses' "Round 49: Penumbras: Sacred Geometries," and PRH is inviting you to the Closing Party this Sunday with live Latin jazz, Afro-Latin food and drinks provided by Zacapa Rum. 

Houston Chronicle: Art review: Charo Oquet’s ‘Written on Skin and Sacred Gestures’ at Project Row Houses

Full article by Molly Glentzer 

The word penumbra, which refers to the shadow cast during a partial eclipse, and the mathematical concept of sacred geometries, which influenced artist John Biggers, provide the artists of Round 49 at Project Row Houses with a compelling springboard.

The mojo is most palpable in Charo Oquet’s space, an explosively colorful installation where a constellation of ceramic-headed spirit figures could also be planets in a solar system with a pulsating May pole of a sun at its center, constructed with a raw wood frame, draped fabrics, pennants, vining plastic plants and the flotsam and jetsam of massed yarn blobs. You don’t see this part until you walk into the space and look toward the front window, when it zaps you with its powerful presence.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Architecture lecture

Full article by Eric E. Harrison 

Eureka Gilkey, executive director of Project Row Houses in Houston will give a talk titled "Collective Creative Actions: Project Row Houses at 25," 6 p.m. Tuesday in the lower-level lecture hall at the Arkansas Arts Center in MacArthur Park, 501 E. Ninth St., Little Rock. It's part of the Architecture and Design Network's 2018-19 June Freeman lecture series. A 5:30 p.m. reception precedes the lecture.