Inspired by the everyday life and culture of Mexico, Houston-based artist Janice Freeman creates large scale collage paintings that incorporate not only dream imagery, but also memory, observation, and the projection of wishes and desires. A retrospective of her work will be on display beginning Oct. 15 and running through Nov. 13 in the Lone Star College-Kingwood Fine Arts Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Center. An open house with refreshments will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16 at noon in the gallery, followed by an artist talk.
“Capriccio,” Freeman’s most recent body of work, will be shown with bold new monoprints and artist books, as well as with some of her earlier paintings. “Timed to coincide with the City of Houston’s Citizenship Month, “Capriccio” well represents the dynamism found in Houston’s artistic and cultural diversity.” said Kris Larson, gallery director.
Janice Freeman was born in Austin, Texas and spent most of her early youth in Pharr, Texas, growing up along the Texas -Mexican border. She moved to Houston for high school and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In 1996 Freeman lived briefly in Los Angeles, where she established relations with Paragon Gallery, then lived in a small town in the Mexican mountains, Mineral de Pozos, where she still maintains a working studio and summer school for the children of the town. She presently lives in Houston.
Freeman creates panoramic vistas populated with image saturated vignettes that she calls “pods.” Woven together within each panorama, these energetic thought bubbles are orchestrated into undulating patterns that convey an expressive yet nonlinear narrative of a place full of intrigue and passion. Both the artist’s paintings and her perspective are complex and humorous.
“This is South Texas and Mexican-inspired imagery because that’s what I grew up with, and that’s what I know. Freeman remarked of this series. “There’s also Americana, and it’s like there is a part of me that is a Japanese tourist experiencing where I come from. You see that in the intense Japanese oil paint, and in the Magic Realism aspect. To capture all of this, I’ve joked that the paintings should be called Postcards From Hiroshima Gonzalez, Jr.”
The Lone Star College Kingwood Fine Art Gallery is a participating venue in City of Houston’s Citizenship Month. Citizenship Month is an annual volunteer-driven event that celebrates Houston’s civic diversity. In November, 2014, the City of Houston will join other educational, community, faith-based and corporate organizations to host events throughout the city that celebrate the many social and economic contributions and accomplishments of all people who call Houston home. For more information, visit: Citizenship Month.
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Photo cutline: Houston-based artist, Janice Freeman creates large scale collage paintings that incorporate dream imagery, memory, observation, and the projection of wishes and desires. A retrospective of her work will be on display Oct. 15-Nov. 13 in the Lone Star College-Kingwood Fine Arts Gallery, PAC 114, on campus. An open house with refreshments will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16 at noon in the gallery, followed by an artist talk. Pictured is “Capriccio,” by Janice Freeman.