The Great Eight begin with Neo Geo: Jonathan Leach’s art is the future mixed with a dose of ’80s neo geo, but there’s no arguing with the persuasion of his precisionist painting at Gallery Sonja Roesch (through April 27).
The Year of Bianconi: Sculptor, installationist and alchemical performance artist the marked-for-greatness Italian Andrea Bianconi returns to Barbara Davis Gallery in “Love Story” where he concocts an extraordinary site-specific wall drawing formed from live flowers (through April 20).
Mickey D’s: Just when you thought our art world was becoming market driven, there’s “Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger,” a Paul Horn CrackPot Production in tandem with Solomon Kane. This one-night-only happening pops up in the kid’s birthday party room at McDonald’s at North Main and 1-45 on (natch) Monday, April 1, 6 to 8 pm, with the unofficial after-party Taco Taco at Tex-Mex joint Andy’s in the Heights. The lineup to dates encompasses notables Sharon Engelstein, Aaron Parazette, Rachel Hecker, Brent Bruni Comiskey, Lester Marks and Whitney Biennial talent Daniel Johnston.
Pop Explosion: Texas art master Ray Phillips solos at Laura Rathe Fine Art (through April 20) with a new series of paintings with inspirations drawn from his golden American childhood. We’ll be there!
Twaddle’s Tiles: Randy Twaddle’s artistic practice embraces a tantalizing dose of design. Check out the Houston talent’s new drawings, collages and most especially a fresh series of tiles at Moody Gallery, which are manufactured here in town (though April 20).
Surrealism on the Town: It’s a double-header at Hooks-Epstein Gallery, which pairs a duo of Surrealists, Kelly Scott Kelley and Ross Richmond, who engage with, respectively, painting and glass (through April 20). Watch for Richmond’s almost Gothic figures — so hauntingly creepy.
Palace Intrigue: Don’t miss the Art Palace debut for a very promising MFAH Core Fellow: Tatiana Istomina, who unveils a series of greatly anticipated paintings and conceptual creations that address the history of American modernism via a fictionalized female protagonist. The Russian-born talent, who also works in video, was a Kandinsky Prize finalist in 2012 (April 5 – May 11).
A Marching Band’s in the House: The Mitchell Center’s Artist in Residence, Daniel Bernard Roumain, joins with the UH Cougar Marching Band to enact a project that spans two years and culminates with “En Masse,” an extraordinary alfresco performance at Discovery Green Saturday, April 20, 4 to 8 pm (free). Former Mitchell Center Artist in Residence, multidisciplinary artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, directs. FYI: Roumain, who’s appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall, has to date collaborated with diverse impresarios from Philip Glass to Lady Gaga.
Empire State of Mind: Support Dominic Walsh Dance Theater’s Joyce Theater debut in Manhattan with the clever cocktail fund-raiser Empire State of Mind Thursday, May 2, at Deborah Colton Gallery, chaired by Miz Colton and Mady Kades. Manhattans and a dance performance will be served (tickets Ashley Dennis, email@example.com).