Roberts is about to break out into the big, wide Texas art world, with his distinctive canvases employing digital collage elements. The painter's studio is on premises in the back rooms of Cardoza, where this pic was taken.
Gallerist Pablo Cardoza opened his eponymous space in November 2010; he's gained traction as a incubator space for notables such as Chris Cascio. On left: a canvas by street artist Dual. On the right, works by James Burns.
Another Dual effort, "In the Blue," 2014, is an accomplished piece of aerosol action.
Up soon at Cardoza, Houston cult-fave painter/UH recent grad Dylan Roberts, appearing in a pop-up August 1 and 2.
Dual's provocatively titled, "Paul in a Clown Suit on LSD," 2015.
Chris Henry, one of three Houston up-and-comers headlining now at Cardoza, contributes this cool low-brow take on a tapestry, "Ocean of Funk," 2014.
I also peeked into Bret Shirley's studio/chem lab, where the artist grows alum crystals, the raw materials for his paintings.
Dual, who began as a street artist, manages to marry abstraction and figuration in a nifty stew, realized in the complex aerosol and acrylic on vinyl work, "Waitin' on My Man," 2014.
James Burns, another Houston talent in Cardoza's now-on-view showcase, made this aerosol and acrylic on panel, "Untitled," 2014.
Chris Henry's roster of computer-based paintings, which riff on tech situations — pngs, gifs and search bars.
Cardoza Fine Art's modest windows are vine-encased, providing little clues to the hotbed of activity inside.
Dual's definitely the aerosol master! Above, the Houston artist's "Into the Void," 2015, which shows a seamless sense of color and line.
ArtCity Dispatch: On paper, Pablo Cardoza‘s credentials give no hint at the fact that he’s rapidly becoming an art-world power player and gallery arbiter.
He shared his unlikely trajectory to becoming an art dealer. “I dropped out of UH during my senior year and spent the next few years directionless,” he says
“I was friends with some of the people that started the gallery Art Storm and, inspired by their efforts, I decided to turn the warehouse space I lived in into a gallery.”
The space that Cardoza references has become what insiders know as the sleeper space among Houston galleries: aka Cardoza Fine Art. If you haven’t heard much about it, that will change this fall, with a show for Houston’s most famous/infamous living artist, Mark Flood — opening night is set for September 12 — at which A-list collectors, museum insiders and the curious will all flock to Cardoza’s rough ‘n ready 1320 Nance Street locale.
The space has a familiar vibe when I visited it, but I could not put my finger on it. Then I recalled it was once the very edgy venue Atomic Cafe, former home of Infernal Bridegroom Productions. (Theatrical impresario Wayne Wilden remains involved as a very avant-garde landlord.) Footsteps from the haute eatery/new cuisine HQ Oxheart, Cardoza holds court in a low-slung historical warehouse, which you have to really seek out to find.
Second bit of news: Cadoza is stepping up and will exhibit in the upcoming iteration of the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, year five, opening October 1, at George R. Brown.
Scroll through our slide show for some of our fave discoveries during our recent visit. Hurry: Current show, the cleverly monikered “Side Effects That Nobody Wants: New Works by James Burns, Chris Henry, Dual,” closes on July 19.