Hooks-Epstein Galleries Presents Opening of Angel Castelán and Sunni Forcier Exhibitions

July 23, 2019 - August 10, 2019
Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Hooks-Epstein Galleries
2631 Colquitt | Houston, TX 77098
Phone: (713) 522-0718
Times: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Free Admission
Area of Town: Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza
Free Admission: Yes

The works of Angel Castelán depict a series of ordinary moments that could be a snapshot into anyone’s daily life. However, looking further in, the work is a dialogue in itself, which speaks on identity and personal relationships. Castelán, who is a gay, Latinx male, sources his own life as reference material for the prints, drawings, and paintings in his exhibition, entitled Echoes. He depicts the authenticity and vulnerability of these intimate interactions that are reserved for private moments or settings and are unconstrained by cultural and societal influences. Angel Castelán earned his MFA in Painting from the University of Houston (UH) in 2019. He was a Teaching Fellow at UH from fall of 2017 through spring of 2019. He has had solo exhibitions in Houston including To Be Honestat Project Space Gallery in 2019 and Drawn Superstitionat the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library in 2017. Also, in 2019, Castelán participated in the group exhibitions Hombres Sinceros at the Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts organization (MECA) and UH School of Art 41st Annual MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum (Houston). In December of 2018, he was featured in VoyageHouston’s Art and Life with Angel Castelán. In her exhibition, Collection of Whispers, Sunni Forcier examines each piece as a specimen under her personal lens for analysis, treating the creation of her work as an investigative process. She works intuitively, allowing the process and the materials to guide her decisions. Forcier’s impulse to take this exploratory approach comes from a litany of health issues and other unexpected circumstances within her family that have led her to delve into themes of memory, time, history, and impermanence. The works in her exhibition—a collection of books, which Forcier has dismantled and incorporated found objects and seemingly mundane illustrations into—speaks on the larger subject of curiosity opening the door to a personal history. Sunni Forcier earned her MFA in Photography from the University of Houston in 2019. She was a Teaching Fellow at UH from fall of 2017 through spring of 2019. In 2016, Forcier had a solo show, Investigating Luminosity, at Third Space (UH). In 2019, she participated in the group exhibition UH School of Art 41st Annual MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum. In 2015, Sunni Forcier was published in Photographer’s Forum, Best of College Photography.

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