Friday, October 21, 2011

Tears for a Dying Sun

Friday, October 7, 2011

Project Row House


Contact: Ashley Clemmer Hoffman

Public Art Manager




(Houston, Texas) - Project Row Houses is pleased to announce the opening of seven new projects in the art houses on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 4.00pm - 7:00pm (2505-2521 Holman Street). Round 35 will be on view from October 15 through March 4, 2012, and is free and open to the public. There will be an Artist/Community Talk on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in our main building at 2521 Holman Street.

ROUND 35 (2505-2515 Holman St.)

Artists include: Regina Agu, Ashley Hunt, Sharon Kopriva, Patrick McFarlin, Robert McKnight, Carrie Schneider and Charles Washington

PRH has invited seven artists, from Houston and across the US, to create new projects in the historic shotgun houses on the 2500 block of Holman Street. Round 35 embraces the approach of Project Row Houses’ early days when the rounds were not thematic and each selected artist was provided a house to create and explore freely within the context of the historic Third Ward community.

Round 35 Participants & Projects:

Regina Agu, Houston, TX

A Nostalgia for the Living is an exploration of how the body serves as a reservoir of memories, myths and shared experiences. Through an installation and large wall drawing on fabric, Agu investigates the parallels between the personal and the physical.

Sharon Kopriva, Houston, TX

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS PROJECT explores the universality of these spiritual shortcomings by illustrating transgressions, in both mortal and venial degrees, through the sculptural forms of Kopriva's dogs, Pluto, Luna and Thor.

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Patrick McFarlin, Santa Fe, NM

Out on a Limb features a selection of illustrations (drawings & paintings) of both McFarlin's personal experiences of going out on a limb in his life as well as highlighting visionaries, eccentrics, activists and game-changers from history. The community will be invited to participate by sharing their own personal stories, which McFarlin will incorporate and/or later illustrate.

Robert McKnight, Miami, FL

Tears for a Dying Sun - A Temple of Improvisational Art is a paper installation created in collaboration with the Third Ward Community. Inspired by improvisational Jazz music, McKnight leads residents in using the rhythms, patterns and shapes found in everyday life to create three­-dimensional visual representations.

Carrie Schneider, Houston, TX

Hear Our Houston, a hub of public generated audio walking tours, narrated by a variety of individuals from throughout the city, will be housed in one of the row houses for Round 35. Schneider will focus on collecting tours centered in the Third Ward to add to the already growing collection as well as offer some public "how to give a walking tour" workshops.

Charles Washington, Houston, TX

What’s in a door? is a global project comprised of recycled, hand-painted doors that build on the metaphor of a door as opportunity. In collaboration with PRH's Education, Young Mothers and Residential Programs, Washington will create a series of personalized doors that will be placed in one of the art houses, on PRH's site and around the Third Ward Neighborhood.

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Ashley Hunt, Los Angeles, CA

PRH Round 35 Press Release Page 2

PRH Round 35 Press Release Page 2

Communograph, is a multi-platform art project, created in response to PRH's interest in creating a map of the Third Ward neighborhood. Through Hunt's initial conversations with community members and questions about what it even means to make a map today, the project expanded into a framework for community-based research, featuring five parallel activities. The title, “Communograph,” combining “community” (communo-) with “writing” (-graph) grounds this research in “a writing of community from the perspective of the community itself.” In this way, each research activity serves as a platform for community members to enter into conversation, thinking about authorship in different ways, with the aim of building local questions, knowledge, audience and interpretation in ways that will, in the end, serve as an atlas for community members and institutions.

These five platforms include:

1. Communograph House (2505 Holman Street), an exhibition of research-based artworks by Houston artists: Regina Agu, Lisa Harris, journey, Michael Khalil Taylor, Rebecca Novak, and Ifeanyi “Res” Okoro; the exhibition is organized collaboratively between the artists and the project’s organizers, project manager Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Ashley Hunt.

2. Communograph: Mapping Community Through Creative Action, a series of public programs presented in collaboration with the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts (MC). This series was curated by Bree Edwards (MC) and Ashley Clemmer Hoffman (PRH) and features artist talks by Mel Chin, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, a conversation between Rick Lowe and Ashley Hunt, and architectural and photography tours of the Third Ward, led by Stephen Fox and Ray Carrington.

3. Sidewalk Talks, a neighborhood conversation series will take place in front of the Communograph House twice a month, organized by the artists from the Communograph House and members of the surrounding community.

4. The PRH Welcome Center, featuring participatory Third Ward mapping (2521 Holman Street), will be open to participation by all members of the public and visitors to Project Row Houses, constructed by students of Cheryl Beckett’s Graphic Design class at the University of Houston’s School of Art

5. An interactive website ( will offer information on the project while acting as an archive for the research built during the project, designed by the students of Beckham Dossett’s Graphic Communications and Web Design class at the University of Houston’s School of Art.

See a full listing of all related programs at:

Text Box: PRH is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Group tours can be scheduled by calling 713.526.7662. For more information about Project Row Houses and other upcoming events, visit our website at / /

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PRH Round 35 Press Release Page 3

Programming at Project Row Houses is generously supported by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; The Brown Foundation; The Bruner Foundation Inc.; Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts; Chevron Corporation; Adelaide de Menil; Ann & Jim Harithas; Houston Endowment, Inc.; Joan Hohlt & Roger Wich Foundation; Kinder Morgan Foundation; Kensinger & Co.; The Kresge Foundation; Leveraging Investments in Creativity; The Lewis Family Foundation; The McGovern Foundation; The MetLife Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Picnic; The Simmons Foundation; Small Ventures USA; Texas Commission on the Arts; United Airlines; William Hill Land & Cattle Co.; William Stamps Farish Foundation; the Winston Family Foundation; City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance

Friday, August 12, 2011



It may be only four feet in height, and sixteen inches wide on any side, but, both for the children who will see it and for the meaning it represents, it is truly monumental. “It” is the small but very significant monument which was unveiled on July 1 at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park, located on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (NW 62nd Street) and NW 12th Avenue in Miami’s Liberty City district, in a special Remembrance attended by Miami City Commissioner Richard P. Dunn, II.

The occasion was the fifth anniversary of the tragic death of nine-year-old Shedavia, struck by a stray bullet as she played in front of her home in the historic Liberty Square project (affectionately known as the “Pork ‘n’ Beans”, across the Boulevard from the Park), as two men exchanged gunfire on July 1, 2006. In keeping with the spirit of that remembrance, the names of 109 children whose lives were lost to gun violence just during Sherdavia’s brief lifetime were read aloud. (Indeed, she was the sixteenth child to die of gun violence in that year alone, and became the symbol of all such deaths before and since.) The monument unveiling on that day was of a plain, stucco structure, with an open chamber into which memorabilia from the community could be placed, prior to the top being sealed.

That was only the beginning. Throughout the month of July, members of the community-based Kuumba Artists Collective, were busy preparing tiles with hand-colored butterflies and a special tile plaque, which they installed in an all-day collective effort on July 31, with David Jenkins, Sherdavia’s father, on hand to provide assistance. Tile butterflies, broken tiles, beads, shimmering flattened glass balls and other creative bits, along with Sherdavia’s picture, facing the Park, found their artistic way onto the monument, to the inspiring rhythm of jazz music. (Very appropriately, that music included Roberta Flack’s hauntingly beautiful rendition of “Angelitos Negros,” which translates as “Little Black Angels,” recognizing that all innocent children, regardless of their color, go to heaven.) The installation became something of a performing art, with many passers-by pausing to watch, comment, and ask questions.

In the weeks which followed, as materials allowed to dry, finishing touches were added and, now, following a final cleaning and sealing, the monument stands as a permanent, joyous remembrance of all of those children who, although taken from us too soon, brought joy into our lives while they lived, and as a tribute to all of the present and future children and families who will visit and use the Park.

The monument itself is also just a beginning: Budget woes have halted the City’s plans to fully develop the Mini-Park with artistic fencing and amenities, but July 1 clearly marked a turning point in the history of the Park and the community. Not only was the monument unveiled, but flowers were planted on that occasion which are being maintained by the City; the adjacent concrete bus shelter which was cleaned and repainted by the County is no longer being defaced by ugly promotional posters, and local residents have taken a new pride in the park, helping to keep it clean of trash.

Artists and community residents are also looking to the future, exploring ways to acquire playground equipment, build child-sized chess tables (the game at which Sherdavia excelled at her young age), and install memorial brick pavers with the names of the children who died of gun violence during Sherdavia’s lifetime, so that they, too, will be always remembered, and all so that the Park will also become a fitting landmark on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Change has come to Liberty City, with the realization that all hope for a brighter future rests with “regular citizens” and what we ourselves are prepared to do, including ensuring that our elected officials understand what it really important.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

When man fails He won't

Donald McKnight sent this drawing about two weeks ago after turning Himself in for a outstanding Arrest warrant from the state of Georgia. It seem that in 1989 he was arrested and convicted of burglary,he basically trashed the trailer of his employer who had left town without paying him (stinking thinking NA speak).The Courts found him guilty and sentenced him to Five Years. Two years into his stay Georgia decided that due to lack of space they would place Donald on parole . He asked that his case be turned over to the state of Florida,with their blessings he came home reported to the Florida parole office.Somewhere over the past 20 years some one dropped the ball and On June 1,2011 the courts will determine Don's fate.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Oscar Thomas 11

Oscar Thomas 11





Sunday, March 13, 2011

It's A New Day

The move has been made.I should finish tomorrow and remove the canopy Weneday.the move wll be complete an then begins the search for a new studio not to far away.