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KATY HEINLEIN: Snake Eyes

KATY HEINLEIN: Snake Eyes

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Deasil presents new work by Katy Heinlein in the West Gallery at McClain.

Katy Heinlein’s exhibition Snake Eyes challenges the sublime possibilities of symmetry, and indulges in the humor, awkwardness, and flustered physicality that comes with disrupting that symmetry. Heinlein fashions pragmatic materials like wood and aluminum into nimble structures, ready to be wrapped and draped in costumes of brightly colored cloth. Like dressing for a night out, the works take on a very human folly: the effort to conceal, emphasize and seduce.

Heinlein’s rectilinear frames and high-fashion color sensibilities result in works that are playfully referential. Her palette utilizes dusky blues and grays punctuated by comically brilliant chartreuse and vermillion. The careful draping evokes the assumed sanctity of the human body; tension and buoyancy allow for anthropomorphism. In the same bifurcated form, a viewer might interpret a graceful choir gown or a cartoon villain jammed up in some hijinks. 

Heinlein indicates a subversive affection toward geometry, minimalism, and couture. While these disciplines are heavy with absolute idealism, Snake Eyes accepts and elevates the value of oddity. The posture of perfection is absurd- but there is satisfaction in the slouch of a hearty laugh.

Heinlein received her MFA in sculpture from Texas Tech University and her BFA from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. In addition to her previous exhibitions at Art Palace, Katy’s work has been exhibited internationally and locally through the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Diverseworks, Lawndale Art Center, and Bryan Miller Gallery (CTRL.) She has collaborated on set and costume design for the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater for Spectre de la Rose, performed at Miller Outdoor Theatre and Zilka Hall. Heinlein lives and works in Houston, TX.

Snake Eyes is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

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Additional parking for the opening reception of Snake Eyes is available across Richmond Avenue in the lot shared by Dino’s Den.

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