What Shall We Do Next? is a group exhibition that examines how technology and advertising have shifted our relationships to our physical bodies, shaping of subjectivity, and notions of the real. The exhibition is comprised of a variety of works across mediums – including drawings, paintings, sculpture, video animations, and performance – that all acknowledge and incorporate the effects of technology, commerce, and advertising. The artists brought together in What Shall We Do Next? — Danielle Dean, Kristin Lucas, Julien Prévieux, and the artist collective Versace Versace Versace (Loriel Beltran, Domingo Castillo, Aramis Gutierrez, and Jonathan Gonzalez) — consider ideas of the real in relation to physical materials, technology, and advertising, as well as how the body can act as both material and ideological subject.
Contemporary artists and curators are embracing and being fully embraced by technology and corporate branding structures. Artists are considering digital tools as a way to create physical stories. The creative class is no longer a small elite group of individuals and a handful of galleries and museums. From large-scale fashion houses to DIY design wearable ventures, to music videos, animation, and video games, technological devices have blurred and disrupted the boundaries between pop culture, advertising, and art. The exhibition takes its title from a video and performance work by French artist Julien Prévieux that is based on an ensemble of hand gestures that have patented by a variety of global tech companies. Prévieux’s work speaks to a series of paradoxes in our over-technologized and copyrighted world. The artist asks a number of fundamental questions: Why do we move the way we do? Who owns our gestures? How will we move our bodies in one, ten, or a hundred years?
About the Artists
Danielle Dean received her BFA from Central St. Martin’s in London in 2006 and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2012. Dean participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program in 2013 and is a 2014–16 Core artist in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has shown her work in solo exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, and The Bindery Projects, Minnesota, and in group exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Orange, CA. She was awarded the 2014 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award and is a 2015 recipient of a Creative Capital Award.
Kristin Lucas received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 1994 and her MFA from Stanford University in 2006. Solo exhibitions include Air on the Go, XPO Gallery, Paris, France; If Then Else End If, Postmasters, New York; and Wi-Sci, Fluent Collaborative @ Big Orange, Austin. She has been in group exhibitions and performed at numerous venues including Eyebeam, New York; PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, New York; the New Museum, New York; San Jose Museum of Art; and the Exploratorium, San Francisco. She is represented by Postmasters in New York. Currently, Lucas is an Assistant Professor in Transmedia at the University of Texas at Austin.
Julien Prévieux has had solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris; FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen; Synagogue de Delme Art Center; Domaine de Kerguénnec Art Center, Bignan; among other institutions and was included in the 10th International Istanbul Biennale, the Lyon Biennale. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Witte de With, Rotterdam; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara; and Kunstverein Hannover. He is the recipient of the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2014 and is represented by Galerie Jousse Enterprise, Paris.
Versace Versace Versace is an artist collective and artist-run space in Miami comprised of Loriel Beltran, Domingo Castillo, Aramis Gutierrez, and Jonathan Gonzalez. Beltran has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Wolfsonian Museum Bridge Tender’s House, the Fredric Snitzer Gallery and Locust Projects. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Perez Art Museum Miami, Museo de Arte Acarigua Araure in Acarigua, Venezuela, The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, among others. Castillo is an inter-disciplinary artist who has exhibited widely throughout the Miami region and internationally. Gutierrez has had solo exhibitions at David Castillo Gallery, Legal Art, Spinello Projects and Big Pictures. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Gonzalez is a Miami-based architect and designer. He is the founder of Office GA, a multi-disciplinary design and fabrication practice, and Design Director for Gonzalez Architects, where he oversees projects throughout North America, South America and the Caribbean.
On ViewJanuary 15 - March 19, 2016
Opening ReceptionThursday, January 14
6 - 8 pm
Exhibition Walkthrough: 6:30 pm
3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002