“4 Scenarios”

Themes of self-identity and belonging are examined in the new Rudolph Projects/ArtScan Gallery exhibit

A quartet of Houston artists have come together for “4 Scenarios” — Miguel Avila, Ryan Geiger, Lillian Warren and Gabriela Trzebinski. Avila lives and works in Houston now, but he lived for many years in Mexico. That influence is clearly seen in his work, with images of Mexican food and masked wrestlers in his paintings. Avila has a sense of humor about his work; in one painting we see toy figures of masked wrestlers standing on top of a television set playing La Venganza de las Mujeres Vampiro” (The Revenge of the Vampire Women).

Fellow Houstonian Trzebinski’s ethnic background and travels also influence her work. As a white Kenyan, born in Nairobi to European parents, Trzebinski often examines race and identity. In 2006 she produced a series of paintings depicting the Lost Boys of Sudan, showing their arrival in the U.S. on a red, white and blue American Airlines jet, their brown faces peeking out of the plane’s windows. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays. Through February 9. Rudolph Projects/ArtScan Gallery, 1836 Richmond. For information, 713-807-1836 or visit www.rudolphprojects.com. Free.
Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Dec. 18. Continues through Feb. 9, 2008

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