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Jonathan Hopson, Houston, Texas, USA
June 18, 2017 – July 30, 2017
Jonathan Hopson presents Coyote, a summer group show curated by Jonathan Hopson uniting six artists who, all living or born in Texas, imbue their work with the spirit of this state: a strange breed of vicious independence and quiet perseverance.
While diverse in their styles, the works by Debra Barrera, Julie DeVries, Lauren Moya Ford, Erin Joyce, Bradley Kerl, and Jessica Ninci are all tinged with a folklorish romanticism: flowers, lush atmosphere over open fields, and pictorial narrative. Yet, in the lull of romance there is a sharp bite –desert heat, fierce desire, a longingly beautiful howl in the distance.
Well he cursed all the roads and the oil men,
And he cursed the automobile,
Said this is no place for an hombre like I am,
In this new world of asphalt and steel.
Then he’d look off some place in the distance,
At something only he could see,
He’d say all that’s left now of the old days,
Those damned old coyotes and me…
Coyotes are tricksters. Not wolf, not dog, but a howling canine often associated with a romanticism of the old west. Coyotes were once revered by the Aztecs as Gods and Native Americans as teachers; today, they resonate in contemporary American consciousness as a nuisance. Coyotes are like Texas artists –somewhere between revered voices and dangerously outspoken pests.