Drawing Conclusions


PRESS RELEASE: Drawing Conclusions, Jul 27 - Sep 22, 2007

Drawing Conclusions
Jul 27 – Sep 22, 2007

Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to present “Drawing Conclusions” a group exhibition of works on paper.  The artists include; John Adelman, Kenneth James Beasley, Scott Calhoun, Alain Gerard Clement, Janaki Lennie, Jessica McCambly, William Steiger, and Jackie Tileston.  The exhibition runs July 27th through September 22nd with an opening reception Friday, July 27th from 6 to 8 p.m.

John Adelman (Houston) received his M.F.A. from The University of North Texas.  His work was exhibited in “Drawings” at Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas in 2007.  The obsessively complex drawings of John Adelman follow traditions of rule-based art.

Kenneth James Beasley (Houston) received his B.F.A. from University of Houston. In the Assistance League of Houston’s exhibition “Texas Art 2007” he was given a second place award by Carter Foster, Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  In 2004 he did a residency at the Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY.  Beasley’s drawings are about an invented character named after a storm cloud - raining down their burdens, filling landscapes with waste, conflict, and procrastination.

Scott Calhoun (Brooklyn) received his M.F.A. at the University of Houston. His work has been shown in Dallas, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles.  Calhoun employs a cast of characters in his works recognizable to us through their narrative appeal and seeped in romanticism recalling the Victorian era.

Alain Gerard Clement (Galveston) received a degree in law from The University of Dijon France.  His work was featured at Holly Johnson Gallery (2006). His works are included in Bibliothèque Nationale of France, Dallas Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, The Menil Collection and MFA, Houston. Clement’s classically themed photogenic drawings are heightened by their rich sepia tones and their elegant mysticism.

Janaki Lennie (St. Johns, Newfoundland) received her M.F.A. from The University of Houston.  Her work was featured at Holly Johnson Gallery in 2006, as well as at The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (2006).  Her works are included in the Dallas Museum of Art and the Cornell Art Museum. Lennie’s drawings of miniscule figures and short ruled lines successfully imply vast and barren spaces from a peculiar perspective.

Jessica McCambly (Dallas) received her M.F.A. from The University of North Texas.  Her work has been featured in numerous Dallas exhibitions. Using formal composition and choosing sensual materials, McCambly creates large scale drawings of simplified patterns, lines, and shapes unrecognizable from their original source.

William Stieger (New York City) received an M.F.A. from Yale University.  His work has been shown recently at in Chicago, New York, and Atlanta.  His work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Modern Art.  Technical skill and obsessive precision is evident through Steiger’s draftsman-like drawings that explore the landscape, architectural elements, and icons of American culture.

Jackie Tileston (Philadelphia) received an M.F.A. from Indiana University.  Her work has been shown in Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, and Los Angeles.  Her works are included in The Dallas Museum of Art and the MFA, Houston. Tileston’s works are stylistically painted, including intensely colored figures, cartoon-like collaged elements, and computer generated imagery – bringing together cultural sensibilities from the East to the West.