Texas Art House | 2017 Exhibitions – Rachel Gardner: Encounter
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2017 Exhibitions – Rachel Gardner: Encounter



June 3 – July 2

ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, June 24, 5-7 pm

Join us in honoring artist Rachel Gardner and photographer Michael Loyd Young

“Throughout history, human beings and animals in the wild have coexisted for various reasons and in various ways. For contemporary urban dwellers our relationship with the wilderness has diminished. Animals of the wild are often hunted, more often for sport rather than for subsistence. Rachel Gardner has devoted her art to the exploration of wild nature and our relationship with the birds and beasts of the deserts and forests. She loves deep nature, old growth forests and the wild animals that live in that environment disconnected from the urban community. Her art is a reminder that it is still possible to have a creative connection with animals of the wild, and those who breach the edges of our own human spaces.”

-Jim Edwards, co-author of book
“Texas Abstract: Modern/Contemporary”

About the Exhibition

Texas Art House is pleased to present Rachel Gardner in a solo exhibition encounter June 3 through July 2 featuring life sized mixed media sculptures of wolves, ravens and deer carcasses, together with recent charcoal drawings. Also on view are a series of black and white photographs, in collaboration with photographer Michael Loyd Young,of the sculptures integrated into the Texas Hill Country landscape.As Gardner says, “When they are juxtaposed with the natural world, the sculpture tell their own stories sharing unique messages calling us to meditate on life, death and rebirth.”

Gardner has exhibited widely in Texas including a solo exhibition at the Galveston Arts Center in 2016 and as a visiting artist at Molzberger Academy of Fine Arts, Hilmsen, Germany in 2015 . She received her MFA from Houston Baptist University, where she currently teaches.

Rachel Gardner 'wolf looking back' life sized mixed media sculpture
Rachel Gardner 'two wolves playing together' life sized mixed media sculpture
Rachel Gardner 'raven r20' life sized mixed media sculpture
Rachel Gardner with photographer Michael Loyd Young 'voices of nature' photograph on archival paper 20 x 30 edition of 1
Rachel Gardner with photographer Michael Loyd Young 'the messengers' photograph on archival paper 20 x 30 edition of 1