Joseph Havel - SPILL

Joseph Havel: Spill

January 16 – February 20, 2016

Spill is the third in a series of exhibitions featuring new drawings and bronze sculptures that respond to a poem by Dean Young entitled “How to Draw a Circle.”   Through a chance meeting during an awards presentation, Havel and the Texas State Laureate began a friendship and later an unconventional collaboration.  After receiving Young’s poem, Havel began his first set of mixed media drawings that map the formation of circular forms coming into being.  It is the third series of drawings, “How to Draw a Circle 4,” that will be featured in the gallery’s show.  These twelve pieces show how the round shapes have begun to break down and fall apart into loose, expressive, dark forms.

In addition, a second group of drawings entitled Thistle and many of the bronze sculptures also show the influence of Havel’s interest in the theory of entropy, in which all matter changes from a state of order into a condition of disorder. Yet, instead of ending or becoming lost, the disorder allows for an endless number of new combinations and a cycle of re-generation.  The drawings depict Havel’s recognized collar forms as they play out different abstract configurations and then split apart to create new patterns.

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1975, Havel received a M.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1979. Havel’s work has been shown in recent solo exhibitions at Anthony Meier Fine Art, San Francisco, and Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston.  The artist is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Texas Artist of the Year, Art League of Houston; the 2008 Dallas Contemporary Legends Award; the 2004 Artadia Fellowship; the 1999 Cultural Arts Council of Houston Artist's Award; the 1998 American Institute of Architects, Houston, Artist's Award; the 1995 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award; and the 1987 National Endowment for the Arts, Artist's Fellowship.

Havel’s sculptures and drawings are included in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis; The Menil Collection, Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Honolulu; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Musée Arte, Roubaix, France; S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.  The artist lives and works in Houston, Texas, and currently serves as the Director of the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.