This Friday is a much anticipated opening at Bill’s Junk, the spunky junk shop and gallery run by artist and Core Fellow Alumni Bill Davenport. Most in Houston are familiar with this revered Heights gallery, but if not, it is a must see. The small storefront has been exhibiting local and regional artists for over seven years now and even included an exhibition/presentation of a model replica of the beloved Astro World, created by a former employee of the Houston amusement park.
Elaine Bradford’s Masks is a continuing series of works started in 2015 when Bradford created 55 crocheted headpieces for the Fresh Arts Community Supported Art program. Under the stipulation of participation, contributors and collectors were asked by the artist to photograph themselves sporting the mask and allowing them to evolve into the project.
In 2016 Bradford gathered the unsold masks of her previous chapter of the exhibition and asked several artist to choose and create with them and later present images of their involvement. Three of these photos, along with the masks, were shared with several local artists who were asked to make an artwork in response. The exhibition will show the works created by these artists along with the masks and documentation of their projects.
Bradford has been a celebrated Houston artist living and making work within the region for over a decade. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been included in shows both nationally and internationally. She was one of the founding members BOX 13 ArtSpace, which started from the remaining artists from the defunct Commerce Street Artists Warehouse.
Bradford was represented by the one time Isabella Court gallery Art Palace and still widely collected around the state and beyond. Having previously worked heavy in taxidermy, she reconfigured them into mythical like creatures and oddities adorned in bright crocheted garments and casings.
It’s refreshing to see Bradford’s work again in this new exhibition and certainly a show to be heavily attended by many of Houston’s whos who of the creative community. Eleven masks from the ongoing practice will be on view this coming Friday, which includes work from Cinthia Gomez, Lindsay Kayser, Emily Link, Gene Morgan, Angel Oloshove, and more. Encouraging viewer participation with many of the mask on display, Bradford will be documenting onsite and later displaying photos in collaboration with the works.
Don’t be a dope and miss this show, everyone will make fun of you.
You can follow the progress of this community supported project at https://www.tumblr.com/blog/elainebradfordcsa
Elaine Bradford’s Mask opens Friday January 26 at 6pm and runs till February 11, 2018