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Examine Themes of Earth and Human Memory During Excavations, an All-New Exhibit

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Spend your Saturday evening with Sawyer Yards, when they welcome their latest exhibition! Join The Silos on Sawyer on October 12th for the opening reception of “Excavations”!

"Excavations" at Gallery 200 of the Silos features the work of Ellen Ray and Erik Hagen. The two artists share an interest in human interaction with and impact on the Earth and create work dealing with different aspects of that relationship. Though they speak to the same topic, their work is distinct from each other in a way that they hope presents a compelling and visually exciting exhibition.

Ray works on paper and specially prepared burlap. Layering both wet and dry media, she straddles the space between painting and drawing and allows the viewer a glimpse at her process. The works in "Excavations" deal with Earth memory and human memory, showing a shared history, and often reference strata on both a physical and conscious level.

Hagen references geologic processes like sedimentation, fossils, and erosion to evoke 4.5 billion years of earth history. The ‘Fossils’ series represent artifacts that might appear in some future epoch. Children’s toys become a broader metaphor for humanity’s relatively short tenure on planet Earth while evoking the plastic-age of the 20th and 21st centuries. Weathered artifacts pulled from Houston’s bayous, post-Harvey, are a reminder of the transience and ephemerality of humanity itself.

Just three minutes from Houston’s downtown business district, Sawyer Yards is defined by eight city blocks of industrial warehouses, revived and reimagined as an anchor for the city’s vibrant art scene. Sawyer Yards is a creative community thriving in the heart of Houston’s historic First Ward and Arts District Houston, surrounded by an active rail yard where 20+ trains change the landscape each day.

Against this backdrop, industrial warehouses transformed into built-for-purpose studios are now home to one of the largest working artist communities in the country. This exceptional art community is complemented by creative businesses, public galleries, unique dining and entertainment venues— all brought to life through an active schedule of special events.

Enjoy a free showing of “Excavations” this Saturday at 5:00 p.m.! Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until January 4, 2020. For more information, please visit www.sawyeryards.com.

If you feel like escaping The Enclave at Woodbridge Apartments in Sugar Land, Texas for the day, this event is a perfect opportunity to do just that! Trust us when we say that there’s no harm in getting out and exploring the greater community.

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, October 12, 2019—5:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
The Silos on Sawyer
1502 Sawyer Street
Houston, Texas 77007

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