November 11 - December 3, 2017, Reception - November 11, 7pm-10pm

500X will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov 25 & 26

On Water, Solo Exhibition by Valerie Powell

Valerie Powell’s solo exhibition, On Water, features new drawings & sculptures as well as a site
specific wall installation, informed by the rising water of hurricane Harvey on the Houston area,
where she lives. Inspired by both the devastation caused by Harvey as well as the resilience of
the human condition witnessed by the kindness & generosity felt by many after the storm, this
exhibition of new work explores the tension of being under/on water. Continuing to investigate
the complexities of being human, Powell’s new work reflects upon memories of floating & the
sensation of being carried by a force greater then yourself.
Powell’s art making practice is centered around Shrinky-Dinks {a sort of magical shrinkable
plastic material} which has the ability to evolve from a thin two dimensional sheet of plastic into
a three dimensional object that takes up space once heat is introduced. This plastic material is
put through intense stress; it contorts, shrinks, melts and folds into itself, only then to rebound
and emerge as something new and stronger. This material has allowed Powell’s work to
investigate what it means to be human, be under stress & what it means to recover. On Water
maps both physical and psychological journeys navigating the space between disaster & hope.
Through a reliance on drawing, sculpture & installation, Powell links her personal experiences of
longing for various things such as love, truth and understanding with historical, mythical and
contemporary archetypes of feminine longings found in literature, film and life.

Pass Through me, Solo Exhibition by Tabatha Trolli

Tabatha Trolli’s solo exhibition, Pass Through Me, invites the viewer to inhabit a tunnel-like space as one might if shrunken and placed inside of a whale…a tomb…an underwater cave.

The space itself is a passage, momentarily transfixed by its current place in time. Connections can be made between the physical body and the sculptural object. Objects are imbued with their own unique appeal and have no shame in their boldness. The sculptures are layered, worn and seem to have lived once before, an alternate existence with different meanings. The artist is inviting her viewer to a place, vulnerable yet unafraid, to stay true to oneself. Further, she aims to provoke them to consider their own relationship between the objects and themselves.
The materials are intuitive and subconscious, as if they have chosen her. She exists in a space surrounded by objects, ranging in form and meaning, some functional, discarded; some found or gifted; pocketed; purchased; created. Tabatha hopes to transcend medium, and places no limitations on object or substrate. She uses these forms as prosthetics to aid her and her viewer’s experiences of passage, captivity, and exploration.

Upstairs Project Space: seawiid by Nat Olmo

seawiid is "an installation by Nat Olmo using remnants of sludgy trashwater environments to explore accumulation as adornment and attempt to discover connections between artificiality and a traditional sense of 'real' or 'natural'."

 

Downstairs Project Space: Plausible Structures? by Artist Scotty Hensler

Exhibition Statement: A pool of ambient information encompasses us; I unconsciously and consciously filter and sample from that expanse. There is a magnetic accumulation of notions and material that impress upon me about place and person. This new work is that amassing of materials, both physical and in thought, that spawn from my relationships with art, art history, people, structures. 

 

 

 

 
Valerie Powell

Valerie Powell

 
Tabatha Trolli

Tabatha Trolli

 
Nat Olmo

Nat Olmo

Scotty Hensler

Scotty Hensler