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Previous Exhibits

June 11–July 10, 2011
Michael Guidry: The Son and The Heir

Someone Like You, 2010
Latex on canvas
over wood panel
54 x 38 inches
Courtesy the artist,

Michael Guidry: The Son and The Heir features a series of paintings that skirt the edges of abstraction and representation by Guidry of Houston.

Show Me, 2010
Latex on canvas over wood panel
72 x 60 inches
Courtesy the artist, Houston

Informed by melancholic music, dystopian sci-fi films and a disconnected relationship with the natural world, Guidry uses his camera and computer to generate compositions which read as both virtual landscapes and geometric abstractions, evocative of fractured, virtual alien landscapes. His palette includes unexpected combinations of hot and cold, yet muted, colors (matte acrylic paint mixed by this local Home Depot) which the artist applies in precise, clean lines and hard-edged planes that suggest both flatness and depth.

Your Messed Up Life Still Thrills Me, 2010
Latex on canvas over wood panel,
44 x 77 inches
Courtesy the artist, Houston

Historically, Guidry’s work has been informed by his interests in pattern, decoration, early abstract painting, music, order and structure. While earlier paintings dealt with the environment around the artist, the current series, started in 2005, address the artist’s place within the landscape. “I have this ambivalent feeling toward nature,” the artist writes. “I like to look at it, appreciate it from a distance but have no interest in being in it. Part of me wants to control it, sculpt it, and clean it up. I’d rather swim in a chlorine-filled pool than the ocean, or sit on pavement rather than grass.” The current series of paintings are psychological “landscapes,” inspired by photographs of the artist in different environments. Guidry then digitally manipulates the image, breaking the surface into flat planes so that the figure becomes invisibly blended into the new landscape.

Latex on canvas
over wood panel
48 x 63 inches
Courtesy the artist,

A native of New Orleans, Guidry received a BA from the University of New Orleans in 1992, and an MFA in painting from the University of Houston in 1996. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions, most recently in a solo exhibition at Wade Wilson Art in Houston; Stealtharts in Birmingham, Alabama; and Suzanne Zinsel Gallery in New Orleans. He was included in the 1997 New American Talent exhibition which traveled to several venues across Texas. The artist currently lives and works in Houston.