HCG Gallery | Dallas Texas | Circa 2010

For a number of years this was the website for the HCG Gallery, located in Dallas Texas.
Content is from the site's 2010 archived pages offering just a glimpse of what visitors could expect to find regarding the gallery's artists and shows.

HCG Gallery
1130 Dragon Street
Suite 190 (off Howell)
Dallas Texas 75207

HCG Gallery currently represents the following artists:

Gary Bishop
Dwayne Bohuslav
Kurth Bousman
Adriana Carvalho
Danville Chadbourne
Christopher Ciccone
Martin Delabano
Alejandro Diaz
Carlos Donjuan
Sergio Garcia

Luke Harnden
Roberta Harris
Bert L. Long
David McCullough
Floyd Newsum
Rosane Volchan O'Conor
George Schroeder
Ansen Seale
Dick Wray


Adriana Carvalho
Adriana Carvalho in Weisman Foundation Show

Work by HCG artist Adriana Carvalho has been selected for inclusion in an exhibition at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., alongside artists Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and David Hockney. The show, titled "Under the Influence of Fashion and Finance," will be on display until December 2010.

Delabano Receives Distinguished Texas Artist Award

Martin Delabano has been selected by the Fort Worth Community Arts Center as its 2010 Distinguished Texas Artist. An exhibition of Martin's work will be on display at the Center in September and October, with a reception Saturday, September 11 from 6:00-9:00 pm. The pieces included in this mixed-media exhibition feature textural assemblages of hundreds of found objects. "Layered, stacked and packed into the frame, life's discarded minutiae coalesce into a singular narrative. It's abstract, yet deliberate; full, but not chaotic. The overall effect is one of abundance, of visual wealth," says art historian Elizabeth Delaney of Delabano's artwork.

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is located at 1300 Gendry Street. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Martin Delabano
Bert the Film
JULY 2010

"Bert," a production of Just Right Films, will have its Dallas premiere at The Mac on August 6 at 7:00 pm. The event is sponsored by The Mac and HCG Gallery.

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary is located at 3120 McKinney Avenue. Call 214-953-1212 for more information.

"My Loving Wife," acrylic on canvas with paper, 53" x 29"
London Calling
JULY 2010

Ann Carrington, famous for her sequined portraits of the queen and her frilly and fringed denim works (which landed her in the Levi Strauss collection) is to exhibit in a solo show at HCG Gallery in 2011. For a preview of works to come you can catch a glimpse of her this fall in a group show with artists Roberta Harris and Miru Kim. You can currently tune into the Bravo Network to see her and her art on the television show N9ne by Design.

Brazilian Artist Rosane Volchan O'Conor Debuts New Wall Installation at the Pearl Museum
MAY 2010


Rosane Volchan O'Conor
Rosane Volchan O'Conor, a native Brazilian living and working in Houston, unveils her new on-site wall installation in a solo exhibition opening at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts on May 14, 2010. Titled Linhas Iluminadas (Lines Illuminated), the exhibition also includes O'Conor's colorful multi-layered monoprints and wire sculptures. Llinhas Iluminadas will remain on view through August 8, 2010, with a special South American celebration at the museum honoring O'Conor, Friday, June 18, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

O'Conor's creations reflect a lifelong fascination with biology, music, and the rhythms of the natural world. This focus is clearly portrayed in her colorful and biological monoprints and organic wall installations, with their free-floating ecosystems featuring microorganisms and cellular structures from land, sea, and the human form.
See time-lapse video of 9-day installation

Installation in progress
Diaz Wins Kobes Prize
MAY 2010

HCG's Alejandro Diaz was the recipient of a cash prize awarded by the Kobes Arts Foundation at the Dallas Contemporary's WISH! auction this past Saturday. Dia z is currently creating art for his first solo show at HCG Gallery, tentatively scheduled for February 2011. If you would like to stay updated on the progress of work, please send an email to the gallery with "Alex Diaz" as the subject and you will periodically receive previews of the art before the exhibit opens.

"What I Was Becoming"
Oil and acrylic on canvas
40" x 29"
Bert Long at the Jung Center in Houston
MAY 2010

Houston art scene fixture Bert Long presents 18 new pieces at the Jung Center based on The Red Book, Carl Jung's personal art journal. Jung's artwork was based largely on the symbolism of dreams, and Long mines his own personal unconscious for this show, incorporating elements evocative of Jung's personal style. Many of Long's works utilize collage; assemblages of objects with paintings. Long's work shows at the Jung Center April 17-May 28, 2010.

Stay tuned for more on Long's The Red Book, coming to HCG in July. Also see the Dallas premiere of Riding the Tiger (see story below) at the Dallas Video Festival this summer.

From the Jung Center exhibition
Cheech Marin Visits HCG Gallery
MAY 2010

Cheech Marin, who holds one of the largest private collections of Chicano art in the United States, paid a visit to HCG to view works by Carlos Donjuan, purchasing artwork for his traveling exhibitions.
Photos of the visit

Marin with HCG artists
It's Not Dry Yet
MARCH 2010

Few modern myths about art have been as persistent or as annoying as the so-called death of painting. Unless, of course, it is the belief that abstract and representational painting are oil and water, never to meet as one. Actually, the two notions are related.
Read full article in The New York Times' Art & Design section

"Loddie," by Michael Williams, 2007
Former Kimbell Director Edmund Pillsbury Dies
MARCH 2010

Edmund Pillsbury, who turned Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum into a world-renowned institution during his 18 years as director, has died. He was 66.

"Ted was one of the greatest museum directors of his generation, and his impact on the Kimbell Museum of Art is immeasurable," Eric Lee, the Kimbell's current director, said in a statement Friday. "As a connoisseur, Ted had an unerring eye and consistently made brilliant acquisitions. Many of the exhibitions he brought to the Kimbell in the 1980s and 1990s are remembered and discussed to this day. I have tremendous admiration for Ted's achievements at the Kimbell and am honored and humbled to follow in his footsteps."

Edmund Pillsbury
Director Kayla Brown speaks to Arts+Culture

Why did you decide Christopher Ciccone's art was of merit?
HCG Gallery isn't the first gallery to exhibit Christopher's work, and his art exists in some interesting and important private collections, including that of David Geffen. I remember seeing the Booty Collection several years ago and enjoyed the work, never realizing who the artist was. The work is valid because his desire to create is authentic and not just precipitated by commercial interests. It would not be shown in this gallery if we didn't believe in it and enjoy it.

Apart from his affiliation from his sister, what will people find intriguing about Ciccone's technique(s) and sensibility?
I can't gauge entirely why others might be attracted to his art, but so far the feedback I have received agrees with my own sensibilities. The brush strokes in the glassine works are quick and suggestive, akin to Chinese ink drawings. The tonal and shock qualities of the photography, the medium of glassine, and the unique perspectives the videography provides have all been of interest to viewers.

How does his affiliation with Madonna as dancer and videographer figure into your decision to show his work?
He was the art director of two considerable world music tours for one of the largest art enterprises on earth. His professional affiliation with Madonna as a videographer and art director, of course, were factors I took into consideration. His being a dancer didn't figure into my interest in having a Christopher Ciccone exhibit, but it definitely makes him all the more dynamic.

People would be talking about this show even if they didn't have any idea who the artist is related to. When you walk into the gallery and see projected onto the wall a very ironic, techno affectation of Dolly Parton's rendition of "Peace Train," which Cat Stevens originally wrote . . . how could you not be intrigued?

Christopher Ciccone (center) with HCG owner Kirk Hopper and director Kayla Brown
Sergio Garcia Wins Big at Celebrate Texas Art 2010

Our own Sergio Garcia (the "G") took the First Place award of $5,000 at the Assistance League of Houston's Celebrate Texas Art 2010 exhibition. The show was juried by John Zarobell, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Celebrate Texas Art 2010 runs January 14 to February 19 at Williams Tower Gallery in Houston. Congratulations, Sergio!

Its not always easy to tell whats real and whats fabricated, 42" by 50" tall
Charge it, Point it, Zoom it, Click it


Gary Bishop
"Anyone who's pointing a camera and saying they're representing 'the truth' is a liar, or stupid. It's only their interpretation of the truth."Gary Bishop, a youthful 65, is a tireless philosophizing raconteur, and continues to riff on subjective photographic truth and the paradox that what a photographer doesn't shoot is as significant as what he does shoot.
Check out "Lens Master," Bishop in the latest issue of Dallas Modern Luxury

Cowboy with Camera, Pueblo, Colo., capture date 1970, print date 2009, 49" x 74", photographic print
Sam Scott Honorary Artist 2010

Sam Scott's canvases embody a vision of "brave beauty" that has motivated him since his youth. Arising from nearly seven decades of life experiences, the paintings invite a dialogue that offers fresh revelations, time over time, to those who are attentive to them.

The Santa Fe Gallery Association's ARTsmart has chosen Sam Scott as the featured artist in their annual ARTfeast, a weekend of artful events combined with sensational savories and drink, the proceeds from which benefit art programs for Santa Fe's youth. Scott will also be working with students at Capital High School and Santa Fe High School.
See complete story and video interview

Sam Scott
Bert Long Video Documents Ike


Bert Long, Jr.
After Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas coast on September 13, 2008, Houston artist Bert Long drove through the Bolivar Peninsula, the area hardest hit by the storm. Over the next eight months, Long photographed the devastation, and in "Hell and High Water: Bolivar After Ike," by Long and Kelly Klaasmeyer, his images are placed under the voices of four Bolivar residents.
See the video

Hell and High Water: Bolivar After Ike, color video, 8:14 min
Carvalho Interview in The Lead

"The Developed World: Adriana Carvalho Juxtaposes Women and Work" spotlights the Brazilian-born and Miami Beach-based artist's latest body of work: dresses shaped out of metal pieces such as tin can lids and pop-tops, and elaborate corsets and ball gown-like sculptures made of ironic materials.
Read the interview

Yui Kugimiya Work Online at MoMA

One of the four artists in the current show at HCG Gallery, Command, Shift, Tab, Return, Delete, Yui Kugimiya's video work is also part of the Museum of Modern Art's digital archives.
View online gallery at MOMA

The Love Story, video (color, sound), 2:22 min
Ansen Seale at Land Heritage Institute


A site-specific photo installation by Ansen Seale is currently being shown by the Land Heritage Institute along the Medina River south of San Antonio. The group of light boxes, collectively called "The Corn Crib," is installed in a small stone building once used to store corn for drying (in the days when the property was used as farm land). This show acts as a prelude to next month's "art-sci symposium," The Nature of Place. Seale's installation is composed entirely of photographs of corn displayed as light boxes.
More photos of "The Corn Crib"

Carlos Donjuan
Donjuan Around Texas

HCG's Carlos Donjuan is showing works at the Victoria Museum in Victoria Texas, from October 22 to November 22, after which the works will travel toThe Station Museum in Houston.

Christopher Ciccone on for February

Director Kayla Brown and Christopher Ciccone finalize plans for an exhibition of the artist's work. Christopher will show photos, drawings, paintings and video works at his one-person show in February 2010 at HCG Gallery.

McCullough at Picnic in the Park


Chairs and coolers didn't provide the only splashes of color at this month's Picnic in the Park. Artist David McCullough created a signature brightly colored canvas as the Dallas Wind Symphony played. Children clustered around him as he worked and concertgoers snapped photos. The painting was later sold by McCullough's representative, HCG Gallery.
George Stands Tall in Houston; Roberta Takes to the Sky

George Schroeder just completed an installation of his largest commission to date. Titled "Synergy," the stainless steel sculpture stands 35 feet tall. Roberta Harris, who just joined HCG Gallery, completed her first airplane commission. Look for it in the skies above Houston.

On a much smaller scale, George's influence can be seen in some of the flowing curves and kinetic swirls of some of the newer sterling silver rings sold by a fashionable online jewelry outlet. The online store has some of the most innovative sterling silver ring designs available anywhere and readily admit to being influenced by the artist. You can view their latest mesh sterling silver rings at sterlingforever.com.

Artadia Award Winner Floyd Newsum


Houston's Floyd Newsum combines colors, symbols, personal material and images from other cultures in his works on paper. Floyd's work can be found at HCG Gallery and in many museum collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi and at the University of Houston-Downtown, where Floyd has been a professor of art for the last 30 years. Newsum is interviewed at www.29-95.com about his Artadia win and his newest work.

Ghost Series Sirigu, "Janie's Apron"
Carvalho's Quinceanera at Chicago's Columbia College

For young Latino girls, the Quinceanera is one of the most important moments in their youth. "Layer Cake: Tales from a Quinceanera" explores this coming out ritual in all its tension, delight, embarrassment, desire, joy, pride, confusion and beauty. Adriana Carvalho's one-woman show at Columbia College's C33 Gallery runs September 8 to October 28.

Carlos Donjuan Part of Marin Collection

Two paintings by HCG artist Carlos Donjuan have been acquired by the prestigious Cheech Marin collection. Cheech Marin holds one of the largest private collections of Chicano art in the United States. Carlos' work can be seen at HCG Gallery and as part of a group show this August at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin.

Roberta Harris to Join HCG Gallery


Roberta Harris
HCG is pleased to welcome Houston artist Roberta Harris to their artist lineup. Her latest works explore "the role of culturally significant symbols and their meanings in art with a focus on the concept of 'Hope' and its complements joy, strategy, peace and imagination." Roberta currently has a retrospective of her work showing at the Women's Museum in Dallas.
Online interview with Roberta Harris on iliveindallas.com

"Charlie's Angels," 2007, 48" x 60", oil and mixed media on canvas

Rosane Volchan O'Conor
O'Conor at Centro Cultural dos Correios

Brazilian Artist Rosane Volchan O'Conor will be showing Linhas Sinapticas—a new series of monoprints and wall installations—at the Centro Cultural dos Correios in Rio de Janeiro from August 12 till September 13, 2009. Rosa has been selected as a 2009 Summer Studio Artist atProject Row Houses this summer.

Centro Cultural dos Correios
". . . inferno of passion as an artist"
JUNE 2009

A wonderful article was written by Everett Taasevigen about artist Bert Long Jr. The words describe his home, studio space, vegetable garden and accomplishments as an artist. Read the full article on the Glasstire website.

Burckhardt Named Texas State Artist 2010
MAY 2009


Marc Burckhardt
HCG's Marc Burckhardt has been named Texas State Artist for 2010. No stranger to publicity, he has done work for the History Channel, TIME magazine, and Texas Monthly, just to name a few. His work has been collected by the late Johnny Cash, Ralph Lauren, and Oprah Winfrey. Burckhardt has put his mark on the national and international art scene exhibiting in several shows a year since 2004. This hardworking artist is in great company. The full list of Texas State Artists of the Year that Burckhardt shares the honor with are on the Texas State Artists website.
Mural of a Lifetime


HCG's Bert L. Long Jr. was on hand to supervise installation of his mural CompletingArt/Life in the children's area of the Looscan Neighborhood Library in River Oaks, Texas. Long was awarded the commission from the Houston Arts Alliance, and after two surgeries extended what was supposed to be a three-month project to 17 months, he finished last week.

Still from "Mural of a Lifetime," video by Brett Coomer, November 2008