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Previous Exhibits

April 21–May 27, 2012
Karin Broker: Wired, Nailed, Drawn and Printed


Heart on Hold, 2011
mixed media
11.75 x 11.75 inches
Courtesy of the artist
and McClain Gallery,
Houston, TX

The title, Wired, Nailed, Drawn and Printed, reflects the variety of media and methods employed by the artist. Vintage rhinestone jewelry is wired to found objects, or woven into three-dimensional shapes while other objects and pieces of flattened tin are nailed to shaped panels like collaged retablos. Broker creates large-scale drawings with Conté crayon on Formica panels depicting lush bouquets of roses, peonies and other flowers, rendered meticulously in black and white, evocative of 16th century Dutch still life paintings. The floral imagery is echoed in her prints as well, including photogravures and linocuts, in what has been called an exuberantly baroque style.

The artist writes, “My work has visually dealt with bad boyfriends, quirky family problems, death, and that ever-marching ticking of time called aging. I just like to make things. These ‘things’ are my personal and quiet conversations with melancholia…. The final objects, I hope, revel in optimism, beauty, and the quirkiness, silliness, and seriousness of all of the above.” The exhibition will include work in a variety of media, in scale ranging from intimate to epic, and completed during the past few years.


Photo Captions: 
Busy Boys, 2006
mixed media
11.25 x 2.75 inches
Courtesy of the artist and
McClain Gallery, Houston, TX

Broker was born in Pennsylvania and and moved to Houston in 1980 to join the faculty at Rice University where she served as chair of the Department of Visual Arts and continues to teach printmaking and drawing. She has degrees from the University of Iowa and University of Wisconsin and studied printmaking at Atelier 17 in Paris. Her work was featured in a two person exhibition, Drawing on Sculpture, with Stephen Daly at the Galveston Arts Center in 1992. She was the Texas Artist of the Year in 1994. Her work has been shown extensively in the US, as well as in China, Germany, Holland, Russia, France, Brazil, Australia and London and is included in numerous public and private collections worldwide.