Houston Chronicle: CounterCurrent 19 reaches for the edges of art and identity

Full article by Molly Glentzer 

The notion of living on the margins of society covers a lot of ground these days.

That made it a malleable theme for the sixth annual CounterCurrent festival, which begins Tuesday and runs through April 14 at several locations across the inner city.

This year’s festival features eight new works by artists who are “creating space for themselves” from the margins of culture, their discipline or location, at an urgent time, said Karen Farber, the executive director of University of Houston’s Mitchell Center for the Arts, which stages the festival with numerous partners.

Glasstire: Project Row Houses and UH Announce 2019 Fellows


Full article by Brandon Zech

Today, Project Row Houses (PRH) and the Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) at the University of Houston’s Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts announced the two artists selected to participate in the organizations’ 2019 fellowship program. Since 2017, when the fellowship was started with a $100,000 gift from Suzanne Deal Booth, the program has brought one local artist and one US-based artist into Houston’s Third Ward to develop collaborative projects that positively impact the community. The 2019 fellows, Texas-based Libby Bland and California-based Sarah Rafael García, will be mentored throughout their year-long fellowship by PRH’s Ryan N. Dennis, and CASE’s director, Sixto Wagan.

Vice Media's i-D Magazine : becoming solange


Full article by Stevona Elem-Rogers

Solange Knowles was born on a day astrologists call the Cusp of Magic – the moment when Cancer and Gemini merge. It makes sense to me – you never know what to expect from Solange, but you know it will be beauty-filled, trill, and slightly enigmatic.

It’s the day after Christmas in Houston, Texas, and I’ve arrived to a panoramic view of a misty skyline. I am anxious. I find myself pacing my hotel floor. What should make our hang simple actually makes it a daunting endeavour – I call Solange a friend. But she is also, well, Solange. And I’ve been charged to write about her. She’s a genius Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-visual artist, determined to share her origin story and human experience, specifically as a Black southern woman. I know there’s no white page that can capture her full vibrancy , but I need her to be seen.

Houstonia: ROUND 49 Exploring Shadows and Light at Project Row Houses


Full article by Brittanie Shey 

“THIS PIECE has a lot to do with healing through joy and through hope,” says Charo Oquet.

The Dominican artist is standing in the middle of her installation inside 2515 Holman Street, one of the Project Row Houses buildings. The work, titled Written on Skin and Sacred Gestures, incorporates planks of wood, glass bottles filled with dyed water, large scraps of colorful fabric, and talisman-like sculptures, all climbing up a path into the middle of the room. The installation does evoke a feeling of joy, or maybe a feeling of accomplishment, as though one has scaled a large mountain.