KGA and Photographer Sergio Santos Collaborate for FOTOFEST

Friday March 7, 2008 through Sunday April 20, 2008
GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday through Saturday 1-5 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday March 13, 2008

Historic Magnolia Brewery Building’s, “Petal Gallery”
715 Franklin St. Houston, TX 77002
www.magnoliaballroom.com

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Transformed Permanence: KGA and photographer Sergio Santos
Collaborate for FOTOFEST

Transformed Permanence represents the collaborative efforts of art furniture designer Kelly Gale Amen and photographer Sergio Santos; Art furniture lasting 1000 years and photography capturing the juxtaposed existence of the here and now.  Symbolically Amen’s notions are brought to reality through the bronze, iron, and aluminum that Amen states “…will be here long after we are gone.”  Conversely, Santos playfully riddles his imagery’s landscapes with impermanent beings in gas masks. The world Santos creates is a strange but familiar place where chaos, fear, and paranoia run rampant. Transformed Permanence fittingly takes place at the Petal Gallery in the historic Magnolia Brewery Building  – in affiliation with Bering and James.

The exhibit is part of Houston’s Fotofest 2008, and will run from March 7, 2008, through April 20, 2008 at the Historic Magnolia Brewery Building’s, “Petal Gallery” in affiliation with Bering and James Gallery. The Artist Reception will take place on Thursday March 13, 2008 from 6-9. The Reception will feature new pieces from the Susan G Komen for the Cure®, KGA Honoring the Promise Collection. Admission is free and open to the public.

Kelly Gale Amen is first an interior designer, second a furniture designer and third a supporter of the arts.  Amen began experimenting with furniture design in the early nineties: the rarity of functional artwork intrigued him. While many agree that three-dimensional works of art, “sculpture” exist primarily in space visually, the impact of functional art on humans is more complex. When function is added to form, the human element is further illuminated through tactile involvement. Perhaps we become the object of the art.

Sergio Santos is a familiar face on the Houston fine art photography circuit. A past winner of the NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Culture) Fund For the Arts, and two-time recipient of the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), Individual Artist Grant Established Artist Fellowship, Santos’ photography has been featured in group and individual shows ranging from Corpus Christi to Austin.

For more information on the “Transformed Permanence” show at the Magnolia Ballroom, contact Kelly Gale Amen via e-mail at info@kellygaleamen.com or (713) 206-5346. Sergio Santos may also be reached via e-mail atsergio@sergiosantosphotography.com or (832)659-5608.
The Magnolia Ballroom’s Petal Gallery is located at 715 Franklin (at Milam), (in the Main St. Market Square Historic District) in Downtown Houston, TX.

ARTIST STATEMENT SERGIO SANTOS:

The idea of narrative voice is introduced to most as they learn to write. As a youth, I knew that my personal voice held the key to what I would be in life. I naturally thought that my medium for expression was writing—that I would be a poet, an essayist or go on to write novels. The immediacy and urgency that I craved in expression, however, was not sufficient for me in written word. The image, in turn, is the perfect vehicle to convey that urgency. Photography is my new text—actualizing my voice the way I envisioned from the beginning.

ARTIST STATEMENT KELLY GALE AMEN:

Kelly Gale Amen is first an interior designer, second a furniture designer and third a supporter of the arts.  Amen began experimenting with furniture design in the early nineties: the rarity of functional artwork intrigued him. While many agree that three-dimensional works of art, “sculpture” exist primarily in space visually, the impact of functional art on humans is more complex. When function is added to form, the human element is further illuminated through tactile involvement. Perhaps we become the object of the art.

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