This week, we visit the Cris Worley Fine Arts and speak with Howard Sherman about his work in the show, List of demands. On view through October 6, 2012.
Howard Sherman — “It is a battle of epic proportions with a multi-pronged attack and a slight tickle. This cocktail is extremely potent because many of its constituents contrast”. Welcome to the world of Howard Sherman. Houston artist Howard Sherman never shies away from humorous dialog, whether it is in his work or in discussing his art. When describing his paintings, Sherman likens them to an explosively “visual 190 proof margarita that is excessive and ambitious”. That sounds about right. Sherman has perfected a child-like sophistication that challenges his viewers to see how impulsiveness, humor, volatility, and aggression can all work together to create something playful yet thought provoking.
By integrating neo-expressionism, a hint of gestural expression, comedic comic strip motifs and social criticism, Sherman generates something that is uniquely his. Now, this sounds like a lot to take in, and Sherman’s work is, but that is what makes it accessible and entertaining. He invites you in with his bright colors and haphazard brushwork, and then he slyly confronts you with dark humor and a commentary on the chaos of today. Even in the midst of this clash, you are drawn in further because Sherman has not only engaged your aesthetic eye, but also your intellect.
All of this simply oozes from the collection of Sherman’s work entitled “List of Demands”, opening at Cris Worley Fine Arts’ new gallery space on Slocum Street on Saturday September 8th. “List of Demands” contains many of Sherman’s large-scale acrylic and marker paintings and some of his smaller paper pieces. This show has such visual and intellectual intrigue, making it a must see show. —- Clare Milliken
[Howard Sherman received his B.A. in Studio Art in 1993 from the University of Texas and then in 2006 he received his M.F.A in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas. Sherman has permanent collections at several institutions including the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, he has been published in New American Paintings three times, and has received many awards, including being a finalist for the 2011 Hunting Art Prize.]
Howard Sherman on 29-95
Howard Sherman-Flanders Press (pdf)
Howard Sherman on youtube
Cris Worley artist pages