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July 18 - August 16, 2014

Opening reception: Friday July 18, 6:30-9:30pm

Hello Project Gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition Summer Party. Director Jon Hopson brings together new works by five emerging artists inspired by the allure of summer. Like the shimmer of a pool in the distance, Summer Party is a cool oasis under a hot Houston sun.

Alika Herreshoff's paintings take root in an interest in cartoons and comics and draw deeply upon the high-keyed palette of those sources. Cartoons and art objects bound by graphic flatness and the vapidity of object-hood are incredibly limited and powerful means of expression. The bulbous shapes and looping lines in these works suggest contours of speech bubbles, backs of heads, and nubs of limbs. Paint, color, and shape take on the liminal subjectivity of the cartoon. These paintings are filled with glyphic suggestions and onomatopoeic outbursts--more dream than joke.

Herreshoff was born in 1980 in Honolulu, HI. He received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2002 and his MFA from Cornell University in 2008. Herreshoff lives and works in Houston, TX.

Angel Oloshove started her practice studying painting at the California College of the Arts under Raymond Saunders where she eventually found sculpture as her primary medium. Working as toy designer and commercial artist who lived in Japan for six years she is influenced by her travels through Asia where abstract religious iconography often juxtaposed supersaturated pop culture. The pairing of sacred sites with ultra-modernity is the base for her visual vocabulary where high-gloss sheen meets hand-formed artifact. Oloshove's forms become beautiful relics that connect intimately with the viewer and offer up a moment of transcendence.

Oloshove was born in 1984 in Michigan. She studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and worked as a toy designer and commercial artist in Japan for six years. Oloshove currently lives and works in Houston, TX.

Operating from an extensive mental archive of painting and art history, Michelle Rawlings creates intimate paintings inspired by famous landscapes. In these works, she explores the ponds of Monet's garden and Roy Lichenstein's landscape series. Effortlessly shifting between abstract impasto and gestural figurative mark making, Rawlings' works are reverent expressions of the history of painting.

Rawlings was born in 1980 in Dallas, TX., received a BA from Pepperdine University in 2003, she studied art history and painting in Rome in 2004 and received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2006. She was an artist-in-residence at Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris, CiteCulture, Paris, France in 2007. Rawlings received her MFA in Painting with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012.

James Scheuren's photographs record histories that people create when no one else is around. The images reveal marks or expedient objects created as byproducts of private pseudo-rituals––conditions created not for aesthetic purposes, but rather, very human ones. Often closely cropped and resolutely two-dimensional, his images tend to abstract their subjects from a contextual surrounding and thus attenuate them to qualities of line and color. Such aesthetic estrangement lends itself to a fetishization of the personal. The images become stand-ins for the lapsed histories that preceded them; they are projections of people and their activities, flocculent afterthoughts of the human reality.

Scheuren, born in 1984 in Washington, D.C., received a BA from the University of Virginia in 2008 and an MFA from The University of Texas in 2014. He lives and works in Austin, TX.

Carlos Rosales-Silva's work balances the beauty and the tension in cheap goods consumed by Black and Chicano/Latino populations. It is urban youth fashion trends, faux representations of wealth, late 90s rap album art, online bling text generators, cheap and ingenious construction methods, bright colors, and dark skin. He boils these emblems down to their basic visual elements and filters them through a contemporary art language. Hybrid forms emerge that are familiar but funky. Funk is key. These are Friday night paintings, ready for the club.

Rosales-Silva was born in 1982 in Texas. He received his BFA from the University of Texas in 2010. He is a member of the Texas founded art collective Okay Mountain. He currently lives and works in New York, NY.

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