NEWS

May 2017

Thank you to Texas Monthly for including me!

“10 Texas Artist to Collect Now” http://www.texasmonthly.com/style/10-texas-artists-collect-now/

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November 2016_DALLAS/ AUSTIN

I am excited to be participating in EAST 2016 in Austin, Texas. The East Austin Studio Tour is one of the best parts of Austin, I think. Please come by to see my new work as well as the work of several other artists and Bercy Chen Studio’s architectural models at 1111 E. 11th St., Suite 200 on Nov. 12-13 & 19-20.

“Branch” is a series of functional stainless steel benches suitable for outdoors and indoors. The folded metal forms a breezy, delicate shelf that allows the wind to whip through and gives a feeling of sitting on a swinging “branch” of a tree… or a folded-up drawing. The piece is meant to engage people in the experience of climbing a tree and finding a sturdy branch and sitting up in the wind.”

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May 2016_TOKALON PARK, DALLAS

This past year and spring have been filled with commissioned works. Traveling to the sites has taken me to Hutton Branch Creek in Denton painting cacti, Hackberry Creek in Dallas, Shoal Creek in Austin, deep East Texas, Wyoming, West Texas, Brenham, and Waco to paint Cameron Park, the largest city park in Texas. Below is a new painting from this spring in Tokalon Park just as the Queen Anne’s Lace and purple thistle were beginning to bloom. Tokalon Park is in the center of Dallas, three miles from downtown.

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August 2015_HACKBERRY CREEK IN HIGHLAND PARK, DALLAS

While painting in Hackberry Creek in April, May, June, and July, I was sitting down in the creek corridor near the 1922 Highland Park Town Hall which was the first section developed in the towns of Highland Park and University Park. The neighborhood developers hired the design of Beverly Hills, California to design curving streets around the merging of Turtle Creek and its tributary, Hackberry Creek in Davis Park. The first painting, Landscape Recording Static/Dynamic: Hackberry Creek I,  is a commission by a family whose grown children spent time wading in the creek and they now live in Austin. The painting of Dallas hangs in Austin and is a recording of the place where the children loved and grew up.

The artwork depicts exposed tree roots lacing in and out of the creek bank. These roots of a medium sized tree are holding up the earthen creek bank and the tree’s branches and leaves are giving refreshing sunlit shade above. In May 2015, major floods in the Trinity River watershed caused Hackberry Creek to rise up to ten feet. All of the storm sewers of the neighborhood run to the creek and the rising waters flow to the Trinity River and out to the Gulf of Mexico. The creek bank held strong, supported by this resilient, deep rooted tree. Time, history, sense of place, change…this series is going to record the changes onsite within an historic residential neighborhood that began as a real estate development envisioned as a garden suburb. I usually paint “urban wilderness” that is still in a process of being turned into a park– such as the Trinity River– or which is low-maintenance– such as a Cameron Park. Thus, it is incredible to step into the  creek corridor within an urbane neighborhood such as Highland Park with its endless green lawns.

 

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August 2014_SHOW AT GALLERY SHOAL CREEK, AUSTIN

What an incredible summer/fall…beginning in June. August 15 was the opening night of the show of my new paintings created over June, July, and August. Painted in Shoal Creek Greenbelt at 9th St. in downtown Austin, the cycle of four canvases were painted life-size and recorded the eroded roots of a cedar elm tree holding in the creek bank. I enjoyed the painting in the heat and recored videos of anyone who stopped to talk. But, really, the days were just me, the water, the minnows, turtles, and dragonflies…

Gallery Shoal Creek commissioned the cycle and I chose to paint the pieces next to Duncan Park after lots of site walks. The other artist showing work was Karina Hean from Santa Fe who works in monotypes to portray landscapes of her imagination.

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9 mos. 2013-2014_ACTIVATING VACANCY

Spanning nine months from October 2013 to June 2014, the Activating Vacancy initiative  http://activatingvacancy.bcworkshop.org worked to enliven an historic neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. I was honored to be selected by the jury as one of ten artists commissioned to create six temporary installation artpieces in the neighborhood. With a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts as well as funding from other private donors, the initiative involved community residents throughout the design and imagining process. There were lots of cookouts and new friends made.  I was involved in two collaborative artworks: “Story Corners” and “Ghostbridges” and a solo installation called “Bird Bridge” which was in an abandoned city right-of-way within the heart of the Tenth Street neighborhood. Dealing with sense of place and time, the piece used hardware store birdseed and metal building supplies to construct edible sculptures on armatures that were eaten away slowly as performance art by resident birds in the urban wilderness. bcWORKSHOP produced and curated the initiative.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places yet having fallen on hard times since its heyday in the 1930’s and 1940’s, the Freedman’s Town “Tenth Street Historic District” struggles with vagrants, empty streets, lack of basic retail, poor public maintenance, and the closure of its beloved public elementary school. Abandoned clapboard shotgun cottages from the turn of the century are being demolished by the city to fight crime– thus destroying the special built fabric that entitled the neighborhood to become a historic district.

Thanks to our amazing leads at bcWORKSHOP: Thomas Simpson, Isaac Cohen, Evan Todtz, and Mark Lea.

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Bird Bridge and neighborhood kids who brought their drawings to our curated art show in a shipping container.

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2013_SHANNON BOWERS DESIGNS SOLO SHOW

Exciting! Orientations: Urban Wilderness in the Trinity River Sump at Shannon Bowers Design Studio was a great success! It ran from September 12, 2013 to November 7, 2013! Ten paintings and three drawings were completed on site in the Trinity River in Dallas, Texas next to downtown. Recording temporal aspects of the site, the work exists as a visual document of the river’s urban watershed infrastructure from July and August 2013. The opening party was wonderful! Thank you to Shannon Bowers for curating the show, and to Lendsay Costello for logistics for  gallery support. Thanks to friends and family for coming out. Thanks to purchasers, I am so appreciative!

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NEW WORK / TWO EDITIONS OF 25 LITHOGRAPHS
Shoal Creek I + Shoal Creek II
Drawn, printed, framed in Austin, Texas

I am excited to present two new editions of lithographs: Shoal Creek I and Shoal Creek II.  Drawn outdoors in Austin’s urban Shoal Creek Greenbelt near 24th St., these two lithographs are in the same series of work recording Shoal Creek as the paintings featured in a Tribeza profile. These lithographs are drawn onsite by the creek in the same “urban wilderness” as the paintings but since I do not do preparatory drawings for my paintings, these prints allow the handdrawn linework to remain visible without paint. They record change in landscape processes in an urban setting– depicting the unique assemblages of sticks and branches carried by past floodwaters of Shoal Creek.
    
Shoal Creek I                                                             Shoal Creek II

 

Printed through Flatbed Press, Austin’s renowned print shop located on East MLK Blvd, deep in East Austin’s art community, these prints show all the marks of handprinting. The lithograph process begins with the drawing. Using a wax crayon, the lines are drawn on an aluminum plate– in this case while sitting outdoors at Shoal Creek at 24th St.  The second step is to take the plate to the printshop and douse it in a series of successive washes to ready it for ink. Two printers work in tandem to roll the ink on the plate and rag off the excess. Then a sheet of paper is laid precisely on top of the plate and the stack is carefully run through the press.

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Two printers, Tom Drueker and Margaret Simpson, edition the prints

The prints are framed in custom white painted poplar frames built by Derek Mulch of Green Summit Studio in Austin, Texas.  Each print is floated against a white matt board and titled either Shoal Creek I or Shoal Creek II, signed by the artist and numbered with the unique edition number.

    
Framed 18″x24″ lithographs on wall, a pair     Cropped view showing title of piece

DETAILS:
18″x24″ framed
16″x20″ paper size
12″x15″ image size
Fabriano Artistico Traditional White paper
Unique print number in the lower left corner of the paper
Signed Erika Huddleston at lower right corner of the paper
Titled Shoal Creek I or  Shoal Creek II
Flatbed chop in the lower right corner
Each comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist and the printshop, Flatbed Press
Purchase as a pair or separately, framed or unframed

Please go to Big Cartel website to purchase the prints online:
http://www.erikahuddleston.bigcartel.com

Studio cat and bobble head Queen Elizabeth

It was such a great experience being in the room where decades of art has been created. It was in the air.  So creative and dedicated. And fun.

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Thanks to Tribeza Magazine for the profile! Click on the logo to read the article:

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The show at Flatbed (September 2012) in Austin went so well. It was a two week run extended. Here are shots from the opening party with black and white film photos by my friend’s husband, George Gonzalez– a local Austin photographer who is so so talented and did these as a gift to me. Thanks to Katherine Brimberry and Tina Weitz of Flatbed. www.flatbedpress.com