An acclaimed exhibition series, the Cell Series presents living artists and their work. It offers a rare opportunity to encounter work that is attempting to interpret and translate the world we universally experience in unique and surprising ways. The founders of the OJAC were passionate about supporting and showing living artists and their work - the museum continues this important mission with the Cell Series.
Lily Cox-Richard is a sculptor based in Houston. Her recent projects focus on systems and networks that exist all around us yet often go unnoticed - the electrical wiring and plumbing between walls, the sprawling mycelium of fungus underfoot, and the goods created by cottage industries. She often transforms these systems into art, asserting their strength in formal terms by crafting buckets into columns, pallets into plinths, and baskets into niches.
Image: Adam Schreiber
For her upcoming Cell Series installation, she will incorporate a new series of works, "Sculptures the Size of Hailstones." These works expand her investigations into natural resources, historic litter and stewardship, with specific attention to the landscape and weather of Texas.
Lily Cox-Richard has been awarded an Artadia grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a postdoctoral fellowship in the University of Michigan's Society of Fellows, and residencies at the Core Program, Millay Colonay, RAIR Philadelphia, Artpace, and the MacDowell Colony. Recent Solo exhibitions include: She Works Flexible (Houston), Hirschl & Adler Modern (New York), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), and the Hudson River Museum (New York).
"Salv. was originally commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio, in collaboration with Recycled Artist in Residency, Philadelphia.
In Salv., Lily Cox-Richard explores stewardship asking, 'How does value work?' which she unpacks via a winding account involving the National Park system, accidents, art historic bravado, asphalt, copper, and geologic specimens. This installation investigates how we cast value, account for labor, and become more responsible custodians.
Narration modified from material written by Laura A. L. Wellen
Narration voiced by Tia Reiss
Additional footage and stills shot by Hondo Aguilar
'This Land is Your Land' by Woodie Guthrie
Performed by Bruce Springsteen / 'Born in the U.S.A.' tour 1985."
Video: Created by Sharad K. Patel / UFOclub Creative LLC.
The 2018 Cell Series is sponsored in part by Susie & Joe Clack, Amy & Patrick Kelly, Gene & Marsha Gray, Sally & Robert Porter and generously supported by the McGinnis Family Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas.