Installation: SurREAL

Installation: Kenny Morrison, Storm #5, #7, #3

Kenny Morrison

Storm #5, 2015

Archival print

20 x 30 inches

Kenny Morrison

Storm #7, 2015

Archival print

20 x 30 inches

Kenny Morrison

Storm #3, 2015

Archival print

20 x 30 inches

Installation: Chuck Ramirez, Euro Bags & Acenar: Muy Borracho

Chuck Ramirez

Euro Bags: Pink Small Handles, 2009

Pigmentink on watercolor paper

14 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches

Chuck Ramirez

Euro Bags: Green, 2009

Pigmentink on watercolor paper

14 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches

Chuck Ramirez

Euro Bags: Blue Dark, 2009

Pigmentink on watercolor paper

14 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches

Installation: Chuck Ramirez

Chuck Ramirez
Acenar: Muy Borracho, 2004
Archival injet print
32 x 48 inches
Edition of 6

Chuck Ramirez

Ancenar: Paleta de Limon, 2004

Permanent inkjet print on plexi

32 x 32 inches

Chuck Ramirez

Black Heart (Candy Tray Series), 2002 / 2011

Pigment ink print on watercolor paper

48 x 48 inches

Chuck Ramirez

Acenar: Dulce de Coco, 2004

Permanent inkjet print on plexi

32 x 32 inches

Installation: Kenny Morrison

Installation: Kenny Morrison, Storm #1 & #4

Installation: Kenny Morrison, Storm #6 & #2

Kenny Morrison
Storm #1, 2015
Archival pigment print
50 x 40 inches

Kenny Morrison

Storm #4, 2015

Archival print

40 x 50 inches

Kenny Morrison

Storm #6, 2015

Archival print

40 x 50 inches

Kenny Morrison

Storm #2, 2015

Archival print

40 x 50 inches

Installation: SurREAL

SurREAL

Octavia Art Gallery | Houston

March 9 – April 1, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 9, 6 - 8 pm

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present SurREAL | Houston, featuring photographs by Kenny Morrison and Chuck Ramirez. This exhibition explores the interconnections between the real, imagined and simulated.

Kenny Morrison is a photographer, director, and cinematographer. He is passionate about making images and storytelling. His work pushes boundaries as he searches for limits to situations. Photographs from Morrison’s Storm series are included in this exhibition, which are specifically inspired by the surreal ambiguity in John Brosio paintings. Morrison resides in New Orleans, a city that embraces and reinforces his craft by allowing him the flexibility and creativity for pursuing the many adaptations of film.

Chuck Ramirez was an artist, graphic designer, and a major force in the San Antonio art community before his untimely death in 2010. He employed the visual and conceptual techniques found in contemporary advertising and package design, isolating and re-contextualizing familiar objects to explore cultural identity, mortality, and consumerism through his photographs and installations. Ramirez’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and his works are within many prestigious collections including the San Antonio Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; The European Museum of Photography, Paris; and the AT&T Center Art Collection, among others. The works included in this exhibition are through a collaboration with RH Art, the exclusive representative of the Chuck Ramirez estate.

SurREAL examines these artists' representations of reality as a subjective and malleable state of mind or a fixed truth. Morrison uses the tool of illusionistic representation to subvert reality entirely, while Ramirez captures realism, which can also be perceived as surreal.