gH / Space HL

Volver::Moe Penders

March 30 – April 28

Opening Reception March 30, 6-9pm

Space HL is please to present our newest exhibition by artist Moe Penders in partnership with Latino Art Now and the City of Houston.  Volver is a project featuring large scale photographs, and sculptures addressing the violent history of El Salvador and the mystery surrounding the death of the artist’s father in 1993.  The interdisciplinary installation and exhibition focuses on historical moments of the period within political turmoil and personal tragedy. Pender works the mystery and dangers that still continue to plague the lives today of fellow Salvadorans who still face the dangers of oligarchy, war, inequality of wealth and corruption which follows.

The project will mainly focus on a personal story, which can be paired with events in Penders’s life and the history of El Salvador. Houston is a city filled with immigrants from Central America and many more countries around the world. This narrative is not exclusive to El Salvador. This is the experience the artist is familiar with, and it may speak to many people who are part of the Central American diaspora, but will not be limited to this group. As this project is an investigation based on the death of my father, it will touch on intersectionality. Making reference to historic events such as the civil war in El Salvador and involvement the US has had in many political issues there, and the manners in which this affects people today Volver brings together a more precise image of a scarred history we all share. Through installation, photography, and sculpture Penders uses cues from the past to build a more comprehensive investigation in injustice and torn equality.  Volver becomes an ongoing essay into war, death, warp political intervention, and those seeking asylum.

Space HL 1303 Cullen Blvd. Houston TX 77023 503-819-9656 www.spacehl.org

galleryHOMELAND reopening and rebranding!

This November galleryHOMELAND takes ownership of its new Headquarters  located at the heart of Houston’s 2nd Ward and East End. Executive Director Paul Middendorf has been brought on full time by The galleryHOMELAND board and the organization has signed a 6 year lease on its new building.  After a long hiatus of a permanent location gH reopens and rebrands as Space HL!

From Then to Now

galleryHOMELAND started as a grassroots organization and non profit in Portland Oregon in 2005 and opened a second location in Houston Texas in 2012.  Working vigorously across the country and after 10 years gH closed its Portland branch and made its HQ and home solely in Houston TX.  Now galleryHOMELAND is growing once again. What was once a small experimental exhibitions and events space has become so much more and has expanded on its vision more than ever.  galleryHOMELAND now becomes Space HL!

Space HL – Same organization Same grand Vision!

From civic involvement and social engagement galleryHOMELAND has worked on new projects and initiatives locally, nationally and internationally.  As Space HL and with its new location in Houston’s East Side, we have opened a second location, annex, and creative incubator. The annex is in Partnership with the organization Swale run by NYC artist Mary Mattingly and group project Swale on the Historic Governors Island in NYC. With this new bold move and cultural exchange we will be hosting and featuring visiting artists Bret Shirley for the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Back in Houston Space HL opens its doors to a new season of programming and bold events with such experimental projects as Dallas based installation team Jeff Gibbons and Greg Ruppe and local composer and avante garde performer Lynn Lane and his project Transitory Sound and Movement Collective.  End of November Space HL brings back it culinary and famed Chef event Scratch, making its elevated take on the traditional “bake sale”. The popular event happens the Sunday before Thanksgiving and features executive chefs from around the city. Space HL ends the month on November 30th with its lavish membership dinner and VIP event giving members and participants an exclusive look at its new programming and vision.

That’s not all! Space HL continues its celebrated events like artists funding event Sunday Soup, experimental music series, and will be participating in a Spring project in collaboration with Gabriel Martinez and the Smithsonian Museum featuring Latino Artists across the region and beyond.  Space HL opens its doors in November with new project by Jeff Gibbons and Greg Ruppe and will have its grand opening group show in December. Stay tuned for more. We are back and more dedicated than ever.