A Three-Woman Show
Works by Alexis Houston, Claudia Maysen, and Joy Reyes
November 6 - 28, 2023
On view in the Dale Brock & Visiting Angels Gallery
The Arts Forth Worth 2022 Biennial Exhibition juried by Lilia Kudelia in 2022 not only highlighted and celebrated the artistic talents of Texas artists but
gave viewers an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of artworks, vote for
their favorite ones and reward their authors with a show. The winners,
Alexis Houston, Claudia Maysen and Joy Reyes, have come together to present a selection of recent pieces. This exhibition encompasses paintings, sculptures and installations in a wide array of mediums, including clay, bronze, steel, wood, fabric and acrylics. These artworks speak of conflicts with the world’s perception of beauty and our animalistic instincts, social issues in our communities, and family, through a feminine perspective.
Ever since Alexis Houston drew on the walls at a childhood friend's house and was banned from their home, she knew art would be a big part of her life. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, she attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a BFA in Sculpture. Houston primarily works with metal but also enjoys clay, printmaking, painting, jewelry, mixed media and murals. (She still loves drawing on walls.) In Her art, Houston's humanoid figures and plant forms express the struggles the world forces upon us, releasing the basic animalistic instincts that lurk dormant to reveal our true selves.
In the darkness, Houston finds something beautiful and inspiring.
Claudia Maysen is a Mexican American artist who merges abstraction with representation to explore emotions, social issues, and the meaning of community. Using collages of her own figurative drawings, she focuses on impactful subjects and incorporates ambiguous elements through water media, graphite, spray paint and ink, to hold the viewer’s interest and open the door to reflection. Inspired by her previous career in architecture, she moves to the three-dimensional space to expand on certain topics. Wood, steel and readymade objects, help her build sculptures and installations that support diverse interpretations.
Maysen got her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and graduated with honors from Monterrey Tech, where she also trained in Drawing and Painting. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, Illinois, at Woman Made Gallery, and in many venues in Texas, including Dallas City Hall, Arts Fort Worth, Austin Central Public Library, Create Arlington Gallery, and San Marcos Public Library. In 2022 she received the People’s Choice Award at the Fort Worth Biennial juried by Lilia Kudelia at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, and the 1st Place Prize and
Community Favorite Award at the World AIDS Day Art Contest presented by Tarrant County at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Maysen also creates public art. She recently completed a mural for the AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth and an art bench sculpture for the Bates Festival Street in Keller, TX.
Committed to making a positive impact in the community through the arts, Maysen participates in consulting, teaching, and engaging activities for nonprofits. This year, she joined the review panel for the Will Rogers Memorial Center interpretative text project at Fort Worth Public Art, continued her work as Mixed Media Instructor for at-risk senior citizens and organized museum visits for them and their families.