October 29, 2013
Cypress Lakes High School art teacher Lee Ann Carrier used a bright color palette to paint organic forms within a mural as part of the Project Row Houses exhibition “Looking Back, Moving Forward” at the 2509 Holman Street address in Houston’s Third Ward.
Oct. 29, 2013—Cypress Lakes High School art teacher Lee Ann Carrier was selected to collaborate on a mural as part of Project Row Houses (PRH), a neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward.
The project began in 1993 following discussions among African-American artists who wanted to establish a positive and creative presence in their own community. Using an abandoned block of 22 shotgun-style houses, the artists pursued a new form of art by renovating the buildings and using the interior as their “canvas.” Since its inception, PRH has grown to six blocks and 40 properties; including 12 artist exhibition or residency spaces, seven houses for young mothers, artist residencies, office spaces, a community gallery, a park and low-income residential and commercial spaces.
The current PRH exhibition, “Looking Back, Moving Forward” celebrates 20 years of the program and encouraged the artists to create a site-specific installation based on archival findings. The featured artist for House No. 2509 (located at 2509 Holman Street), Troy Gooden, gathered Carrier and three other local artists to create an installation that represents his theme, “Wards in Color.” The theme spotlights Houston’s diversity while exploring the concept of color as it enriches the human condition of those living, working and playing in Houston.
Carrier and her three fellow artists—Angel Quesada, Wiley Robertson and Ignacio Sanchez—used the word “Rebirth” to evoke images representing the theme of the exhibit and house. Working from Sept. 23 – Oct. 5 and using bright color palettes, each artist chose a wall on the inside of the house, tying the ends of each mural together for cohesiveness, then collaborated on the front of the house with a tree of lines, colors and shapes.
Carrier said she painted organic forms that created an entanglement along with radial patterns throughout three walls. The organic forms were inspired by the work of renowned artist Dr. John Biggers (1924-2001), who painted the row houses within his own murals.
“I was honored with the opportunity to create art in a public space that benefits and improves the community, which is the organization’s mission,” Carrier said.
The “Looking Back, Moving Forward” exhibition will be shown at 2505-2517 Holman Street from Oct. 5 – March 2, and is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the PRH website.