gH / Space HL

Jose Villabos::Gay As An Accessory

Aug 2-Sept 15

Opening Reception August 2nd 6-10pm, Performance 8pm

San Antonio Jose Villalobos presents his new solo exhibit Gay as an Accessory for Space HL’s latest summer exhibition. Tailored of new and old works the show concentrates on the idea that exists that LGBTQ+ individuals are queer by choice as he recently experienced the same criticism. Being gay is not a choice, being gay is not an accessory for a trend. Heavily including works comprised of found objects mostly being items to accessorize they carry a symbol of power. Villalobos protests the toxicity of machismo through the use of objects that carry a history, specifically within the Norteño culture, by deconstructing and altering them. Although new forms are created, he demonstrates the battle between the acceptance of being maricón and assimilating to cultural expectations. Villalobos will be performing at 8pm in conjuntion with the exhibition.03-81

Ronald Jones::Of The Topic of RACE

Opening Reception August 2nd 6-10pm

Ronald Jones is a Houston artist and creative that explores the physical and mental use of negative space with his new green space installation. Through the open space investigation Jones examines the roles we are placed within as individuals with regards to race. The sculpture asks questions about access, agency and how we navigate the physical plane as well as examines ideas about how we mentally allocate space for these conversations. Highlighting the origins of humankind and the current state of our existence the and the contrasts of dark and light give rise to conversations about race and issues of colorism within communities of color. Encompasing Space HL’s green spaces the installation asks that our subconscious conversations be made physically present and that we navigate them with the understanding that we all deserve to have space, access and agency in this world.
Please join us this Friday at Space HL 6-10pm for a not to be missed evening of exhibitions. 1303 Cullen Blvd.
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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.