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ArtHouston 2012 Exhibitions    Jul 13 - Aug 18, 2012

July 13th – August 18th, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13th, 2012, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Open House: Saturday, July 14th, 2012, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Main Solo Exhibition: Alfredo Scaroina: Taming Matter / Domando la Materia
Roberto del Rio: Subject to Change / Sujeto a Cambio
Works by Michael Macedo Meazell
Becky Soria: Body Talk / Lenguajes del Cuerpo
Tania Marmolejo: The Awakening / El Despertar
Marjon F. Aucoin: Once Upon a Forest

Deborah Colton Gallery is pleased to present an exciting series of exhibitions showcasing mainly Latin- American artists, including Alfredo Scaroina in the Gallery’s main exhibition, Taming Matter / Domando la Materia, solo exhibitions by Roberto del Rio in Subject to Change / Sujeto a Cambio and works by Michael Macedo-Meazell. The Gallery will also feature three Vignette Exhibitions, including Body Talk / Lenguajes del Cuerpo, by artist Becky Soria, The Awakening / El Despertar by artist Tania Marmolejo, and Once Upon a Forest by Marjon F. Aucoin. These exhibitions open on Friday, July 13th with a public reception from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.


Alfredo Scaroina
Taming Matter / Domando la Materia

Alfredo Scaroina’s exhibition Taming Matter / Domando la Materia explores matters of abstraction. His interest follows emotional and psychological expression as it changes from one culture to another. Scaroina examines with his work how everyday events, information, personal experience, news media, politics, etc., whether positive or negative, influence not only the individual and subconscious, but also the collective consciousness and cultural perceptions. This influence comes through in this body of work, revealing the artist’s creative process and the subject matter, where concepts of matter as an art form, symbolism, urbanism and modernism are consummated through a direct affair with the creative process itself.

Alfredo Scaroina was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. From a very early age Scaroina studied Fine Arts under well known Latin American artist Migdalia Chavez and Spanish Master Joaquin Castellote.

Alfredo Scaroina has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including participation at The Dallas Art Fair 2012 and Vuelos de Dibujos, a group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His art is found in many prestigious collections throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. An upcoming project for Scaroina is a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo in 2013.


Roberto Del Rio
Subject to Change / Sujeto a Cambio

Roberto Del Rio’s most recent body of work is based on the secrecy of cryptolography. For this series, he has based his study on mono alphabetic cipher, a method of encryption by which units of plain text are replaced with cipher text, according to a system in which the "units" are single letters. As well as being used to encipher the plaintext into cipher text, the keyword is also used by the receiver to decipher the cipher text back into plain text. The images (drawings) used for this series of work are based on different periods of human history and the evolution of our species as a whole.

Roberto Del Rio was born in Mexico City, Mexico and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States. Del Rio received much acclaim at last years Dallas Art Fair and is in many prestigious collections. His upcoming projects include a November solo exhibition in Mexico in conjunction with Deborah Colton Gallery, Anonymous Gallery and White Spider, a curatorial firm. Also upcoming for Del Rio is a January-Februrary 2013 solo exhibition at Madismad Gallery in Madrid, Spain.


Michael Macedo Meazell
Works by Michael Macedo Meazell

A life-long Houstonian and the Founder and Director of the Arts Initiative Houston, Michael Macedo Meazell creates work that perfectly combines elements of assemblage and collage with digital technologies that are changing our culture’s idea of mixed media. Using found objects, the artist creates digital collages by layering manipulated computer scans, then outputting onto aluminum panels to which he later adds paint by hand. The juxtaposition of artifacts from the past with emerging digital processes results in work that is simultaneously nostalgic and inherently contemporary.

Beginning his art making as a child, Michael pursued art studies at Lamar University. As a scholarship recipient and post-grad student at the MFAH’s Glassell School, he later began to develop his unique process and signature style.

Michael Macedo Meazell’s work has been exhibited widely in Houston and in Group Exhibitions nation-wide and internationally.


Becky Soria
Body Talk / Lenguajes del Cuerpo

Becky Soria, born in South America, began her artistic career in the 80’s. She studied painting in the studios of well-known South American artists and the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas. Her background in Biology and Medicine influence the subject matter of her paintings. Her artworks express an impressionistic aesthetic and are and heavily influenced by Latin American pictorial vocabulary that has roots in ancient Paleolithic forms. In Body Talk / Lenguajes del Cuerpo her work is focused on women, from their anatomy to their psychology, and attempts to assert the women’s existential role in our contemporary world.

Soria’s work has been exhibited widely in Houston and in solo exhibitions internationally, in cites such as Verona, Italy, Satiago, Chile, and La Paz and Cochabamba, Bolivia.


Tania Marmolejo
El Despertar

Tania Marmolejo is half Swedish, half Dominican. Her lineage has influenced in her a spirit of questioning society's views on the experience of the female from an early point in her life. In her work the female is represented as an idol of innocence and purity, but also perversity. Tania Marmolejo’s paintings of girls with penetrating stares highlight the metamorphosis of the female. Her illustrated subjects are depicted in moments of self-discovery, self- realization, and self-actualization, their delicate lace and string dresses (a nod to the Victorian ideals of purity) barely cover their bodies, unraveling dangerously, mimicking the inevitable loss of innocence.

Born in Santo Domingo in 1975, Tania studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design in Norway, Altos De Chavon (The Dominican Republic) and Parsons School of Design in New York. Her work includes animation designs for MTV, PBS, Hyperion/Disney and Scholastic Books. Her paintings have been shown in The Dominican Republic and New York City and include art fairs such as PINTA and events such as The Vagina Monologues.


Marjon F. Aucoin
Once Upon a Forest

Combining a specialty in depicting the human figure with an interest in the world of fantasy, Marjon F. Aucoin creates unique pieces of art that transcend the boundaries between reality and dream like imagery. Facial features are highly rendered and there is a constant theme of movement throughout her pieces whether it be through hair, fabric, smoke, etc. This light and elegant movement is contrasted by dark images to create an organic balance. Mysterious glances, uncommon creatures, and twisted forms make their way throughout her compositions. She applies multiple thin layers of oil paint to achieve her final desired effect. Aucoin’s ability to render in oil on canvas results in the creation of a soul for each of her subjects and provokes questions and intrigue for the viewer.


Deborah Colton Gallery is founded on being an innovative showcase for ongoing presentation and promotion of strong historical and visionary contemporary artists world-wide, whose diverse practices include painting, works on paper, sculpture, video, photography, performance and conceptual future media installations. The gallery aspires to provide a forum through connecting Texas, national and international artists to make positive change.

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