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Arts / Museums

One Houston Artist Is The Toast of London;

Another Repurposes His Way to the Top

BY // 04.30.16

Two Houston artists have a way with paper, creating allusions to the antique while incorporating timeworn ephemera; their now-on-view works are among the must-see exhibitions for May.

Jerry Jeanmard, the design maestro at the top of the pedigreed firm Wells Design/Jerry Jeanmard, made a foray back to graphic design — his early calling — with a well-received exhibition at Moody Gallery in 2014, accompanied by the collectible volume Paper People. Now Jeanmard’s “Paper People” is winging it to London, showcased in his international debut at Rebecca Hossack.

This exhibition continues the artist’s passionate 50-plus-year obsession with all manner of paper. His media encompasses “newsprint, graph paper, kraft paper, wrapping paper, book paper, construction paper, any paper plain or printed — I’m a sucker for it all … It’s very rewarding to begin with very little preconception and watch these motley scraps take on an identity of their own,” notes the designer/collagist.

Jerry Jeanmard: PaperPeople” at Rebecca Hossack, Charlotte St., London, May 4 – 28.

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Russell Prince’s “Rope Burns,” 2014, at Devin Borden Gallery. Courtesy the artist and Devin Borden Gallery.

Russell Prince, a hometown talent who has exhibited at the Menil Bookstore and The Jung Center, solos at Devin Borden Gallery, presenting recent collages that could pass for works by a mid-century master. Formed from disassembled, repurposed book jackets and spines, they exude a post-cubist, geometric vibe and often bear subtle text fragments. Stoic and handsome, Prince’s timeless collages allude to the palpable presence of the past.

“Russell Prince” at Devin Borden Gallery, May 6 – June 18.

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