Nicole and Scott Horn, guest curators at the Ross-Akard Gallery, hosted the opening to Time Lapse: A Magnolia Gallery Retrospective, on Saturday, April 30th. As soon as I walked into the lobby, questions begin to form in my mind about wolves, government brain washing, and innocent girls with bunny masks. This show is representative of the Horn’s ability to spot good art talent, and I continue to be impressed with Nicole and Scott Horn’s taste and curation of all things beautiful.
As a group, the art is wonderful, but three distinct pieces really caught my eye due to their progressive composition and unique execution. These works were by Dylan Hollingsworth, Cathey Miller and Jayme Nourallah.
Dylan’s captivating black and white photograph, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, features a girl child in between two fierce wolves, the odd trio standing in a vast, desolate landscape at night. What strikes me about this piece is the fierce look on the little girls face; it is a look of a masterful warrior. The wolves’ heads are lowered, as if they are bending to this small warrior awaiting her command. There is a sense of internal strength and intelligence you feel as you stand before this piece. Does this girl live in this desert land? Does she only come out at night? Who is she? What is her story?
Cathey’s large acrylic painting, We See You, is one of the first pieces I noticed as I entered the space. I featured Cathey Miller’s show at the Magnolia last year. The large black type at the top of the painting that states clearly, We See You, as well as the white background make for a very commanding piece. Miller’s expert lettering and ability to bring the green alien form to life are impressive. A kitschy reference to Texas fashion is seen in the western shirt and bolo one of the ladies is wearing, while another green lady with identical shirt is off to the side and provides a cheeky humor to the work. Why is this future looking woman wearing a western shirt? What does she see thru that vintage view master? Is she taking my picture? Is that other lady alien some sort of robot?
Jayme’s piece, The Monsters Heart is the Worst Part, features a whimsical background with a girl standing off to the side in a pink floral dress and white knee socks while wearing a bunny mask and holding a heart in her hand. I first discovered Jayme Nourallah at Art Conspiracy last year and was captivated by her ability to give me something to think about. Her work often times features a black crow in the scene, which is missing here. I asked about the crow, and she cryptically let me know, “it is implied”. The girl is standing on a puddle of red that flows to a larger pool of red that runs off the side of the painting. Is the crow dead? Is the girl happy? Is the crow the monster? Why the bunny mask?
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Dylan Hollingsworth, Cathey Miller and Jayme Nourallah impressed me with their ability create unique pieces that go beyond the norm, and created a private revolution for me in their own way. Their work evokes questions that stay with me long after I have seen them. I look forward to following each of the artists and one day decoding the secret messages that are implied in each of their works.
This is a collective of artists that have been featured at The Magnolia Gallery. The artists include