For two months, lululemon Houston Heights Local featured some of my art in their store. We then hosted a closing Pop Up Art Show at the shop to introduce my new works + create space for connection--with both my art + the community.
I'm tremendously grateful for the opportunity for my art to breathe + be engaged in spaces that people occupy daily. I consider it part of my studio practice. It encourages me to learn of local businesses who desire to support local artists + "think outside the gallery" with regards to making art accessible to people. I find it not only beneficial for the artists but also for the community.
We hunger for bread + thirst for water; we also hunger to encounter beauty + thirst to witness creativity in the world around us. It fills my heart with delight to see the work of artists on walls of city buildings, buses, local coffee shops, stores + numerous other public spaces as I move around the world. I love it! The art slows me down, + invites me to pay attention to the world around me. They remind me of the creative potential of humanity at times when our capability to destroy is loud + disheartening.
Here are a few glimpses of what this looked like for me in partnership with lululemon HTX Heights Local:
On view are selected pieces from the following body of work currently in process in the studio:
Black|Blue Collection – This series of paintings explores concepts of creation + many aspects of the human condition, as well as the color language of black + ultramarine blue.
Broom Paintings – Inspired by the works of Edward Clark + other Black American artists who lived, worked + embraced abstraction in Paris after World War II. This is a series of works—created by the strokes of a broom— that is part of my preparation for my upcoming residency this fall as Visiting Artist at The American Church in Paris, France.
The Weathered Heart Collection – This series explores the resiliency of the human heart as is negotiates various seasons in the cycle of life.
Still Life Abstract Collection - I often find beauty + life in the art that happens on objects in my studio (paper towel, canvas drop cloth, paint palette, paper, etc.) as I am fully engaged in the creative process.
Each piece is unique. Each piece holds the energy of the process.
The works in this collection are created from the remnants of + fragments from larger paintings from my Black|Blue Series, Weathered Heart Collection + Intuitive Collages.
Click HERE to view + purchase selected works from this collection.
lululemon focuses on the body--how we care for it, move it, clothe it. Again, I'm grateful that they made space for my body of work, that they support local artists/creatives, + that they are willing to collaborate in ways that inspire care for the whole self.
Currently my work is on view + available for purchase at Throughgood Coffee in the Houston Heights + CrwnHTX in East Downtown Houston.
Photography by Zach McKenzie + Lanecia Rouse Tinsley
Words by Lanecia Rouse Tinsley. Edited by Ciona D. Rouse.
Lanecia A. Rouse Tinsley