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January 19 – March 3, 2013
CURTIS GANNON: Never Enough
Recent Drawings


Association Grid, 2012,
collage, 8" X 8",
courtesy of the artist,
Houston

Galveston Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Houston-based artist Curtis Gannon. The exhibition, which features collages and a site-specific installation, will open during the January 19th ArtWalk. It will remain on view through March 3, 2013. Curator Clint Willour will lead a gallery talk with the artist beginning at 6:30 pm during ArtWalk. The event is free and open to the public.



Plot Weave, 2012,
collage, 9" X 9",
courtesy of the artist,
Houston

Gannon is inspired by comic books, an interest he has had since early childhood. He is drawn to the innocence of comics from the 1950’s, and has spent much of his artistic life creating paintings of those comics. Recently, Gannon decided that he wasn’t fully expressing his feelings on the medium and decided to grab a pair of scissors. His current exhibition Never Enough contains work that has been sliced and diced from his favorite comic books.

“My work references the Pop language of American action comics as source material for abstract collages, sculptures, and installations,” says Gannon.  “Comic book iconography offers a visual language that is recognizable and accessible by audiences from many diverse backgrounds. This subculture medium represents a modern mythology that brings larger-than-life subject matter into the predictability of our everyday life. The works explore the organization of time and space as prescribed by comics’ sequential format through the use of multi-panel surfaces and the layering of visual information.”


Plot Weave Circuit,
collage, 72" X 72",
courtesy of the artist,
Houston

“It’s totally goofy, too,” explains Gannon. “I think about simple childhood projects and what you do with paper. The projects you would have done in Sunday schoolor even in the second grade. I try to keep my hand in multiple formats because I find that really interesting. It keeps me sharp and I think it also keeps the viewers interested.” While the comics Gannon uses are real, he would never cut up a vintage Superman comic book for the sake of his art. “I use reprints of the actual comic books,” laughs Gannon.