Archway Gallery presents “What Shapes Us,” featuring new sculptures by Tracey Meyer, from Nov. 7-Dec. 3.
A virtual opening and artist talk is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, viewable at ArchwayGallery.com or Facebook Live. Private tours may be scheduled by appointment on the website. Operating hours for Archway Gallery, located at 2305 Dunlavy St., are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday and by appointment Monday through Thursday.
I would like to preface this column with a suggestion that you absolutely should check this one out, both online and in person if you can.
Being one that is primarily focused on the outdoor genre of art exhibitions, I was pessimistic when all the virtual art shows and exhibits began earlier this year. Although Art Valet readers know I have showcased many virtual events in this column.
There’s a huge leap from in-person events to whatever “device” you may be looking at to “experience” the same. For the promoter, there can be a huge expense involved, in both the creation process and capturing the attention of the audience. That expense can involve both time and money.
Still, the entrepreneur in me is fascinated by the opportunities emerging from our virtual world. After browsing thoroughly the Archway Gallery website, I’d say Archway is already well on its way to leading the evolution of a combined virtual and live art experience.
In addition to presenting member artists’ work, Archway offers art classes and concerts in their space. All are designed around pandemic measures with social distancing, mask requirements and hand sanitizer is available. Past concerts, gallery talks, tours and more are available online.
Patrons can visit the incredibly easy to navigate website today and view the current exhibit, “Diverse-City, An Ode to Houston,” featuring photography by Isabelle Perreau. The site navigation is a breeze. Gallery director Joel Anderson’s video introduction leads right into the artist’s talk and tour of her work.
Under the exhibitions tab, choose “upcoming” and a preview page for Meyer’s exhibit appears.
The page features a preview of Meyer’s sculptures and background on her, and patrons can schedule an in-person, small-group visit and tour with the artist on opening weekend.
On Nov. 7, the available work will also appear on the main page and viewers can purchase directly or in person.
Meyer’s third solo exhibition, and her first at Archway Gallery, is a sculptural exploration of the complexity of life. Meyer employs rag paper, wood and ceramic to create sculptures that each represent an imagined individual’s existence. Momentous or calamitous events are represented by the physical shaping of the whole sculptural form.
This exhibition asks the viewer to consider more deeply the hidden challenges that others experience and to re-examine the complexity of existence in general.
Meyer’s intention is to make artwork that is interesting, intriguing and pleasing to the eye. When she bends each individual cut within the artwork, she is representing the reaction to an experience or choice. The sculpture is usually then painted and, lastly, placed on its support. The reflections and shadows cast on the support tell the rest of the life’s story. They portray the outcomes of new opportunities presented to the individual, demonstrating how past experiences can still shape their lives.
Raised in Australia, Meyer has lived in Houston on and off since 1997. During this time, she attended the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell School of Art and achieved the Certificate of Art in painting and sculpture. Meyer began her working life as a teacher of history. She has spent many years on various boards and committees, has travelled extensively and is fascinated by the world around her. She is consequently driven to learn new skills. Meyer is a keen observer of the natural world and inspired by the building blocks of nature, her work aims to utilize shapes and repetition to examine the relationship between order and complexity.
She is also known to contemplate the human condition in her work. She employs a range of materials, which are either repurposed geometry or shapes she has constructed herself, and she honors these shapes with a methodical and precise way of working.
Archway Gallery is artist owned and operated since 1976. Archway Gallery, one of Houston’s, and the nation’s, oldest artist-owned and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and of course, online ArchwayGallery.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com for additional highlights and artist’s stories.