09/06/2019 - 07/19/2020
For anyone who has taken that proverbial road trip across Texas knows that skies can change in a minute, and roads curve and bend and reveal roaring creeks and glistening lakes. The wide-ranging regions of Texas are fraught with landscapes of an range of skies, fields, horizons galore, all with varying degrees of textures and clarity, due to atmosphere. Have you ever heard it said, “If you don’t like the weather? Wait a minute, or two, it could change.” Rivers, Streams and Skies in Texas Landscape: From the Collection takes that long slow examination of the weather, the big skies, the distant horizons and looks closely at what the art has to say about these particular elements seen in landscape paintings and photographs. Artists employ recognizable imagery ,and also step away from realism, into a more stylized approach, as is seen in the ruminations of water by Charles Mary Kubricht (American, b. 1946) Water 3, 2001, acrylic on wood panels, 70” x 105”, Anonymous Donor, Via Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas. Isolation of subjects, such as a single cloud-form, as in the astounding photograph of James Evan’s Cloud of Summer, 1999 a brown-toned silver gelatin print, given by the Gonzalez-Falla Photography Fund takes a special place in the field of landscape/weather/water/sky. By definition a cloud shifts, a photograph is fixed and yet the image hovers there in all its beauty. Right here, in Texas.