Judy Haberl’s Latest Exhibtion Hidden Agendas Saturday February 26th

Judy Haberl’s  Latest Exhibtion  Hidden Agendas Saturday February 26th

Hidden Agendas Convey Feelings of Violence, Seduction, and Intrigue in Unique Dual-Medium Art Exhibit.

Houston, Texas (January 26th, 2011)— From  February 26th through March 26th, the DeSantos Art Gallery will reveal the veiled secrets held within icy containers in a special exhibit featuring the photographs and sculptures from artist Judy Haberl’s Hidden Agendas.  The DeSantos Art Gallery invites you to preview the collection at a special evening reception from 5:30pm until 8pm on Saturday the 26th of February at the Gallery located at 1724 Richmond Avenue, Houston TX 77098.

The DeSantos Art Gallery makes a rare exception by including Haberl’s sculptures alongside her photographs in this exhibit.  The photographs in the series Unutterable feature vase-shaped ice sculptures and purse-shaped sculptures Haberl crafted with ice and rubber.   Haberl encases normally hidden and private items within the containers that are obscured yet reveal private, Hidden Agendas within the translucent ice and rubber.  “I have been fascinated for a long while by the terrain of secrets and the implications of being contained.”  Judy Haberl shares the history of the series.  “Everyone has a private, secret side and the ice obfuscates our ability to know exactly what is there.”  The ice sculptures quickly melt away and are destroyed when Haberl photographs them, leaving only the rich, 40” x 30” C-prints as evidence they once existed.   She has worked with ice as her sculpting medium for many years and after creating several ice purses and photographing them, she began working with translucent rubber to preserve some of the sculptures, which until then always remained only as images in her photographs.

About the Artist

Judy Haberl was born and raised in Northern Colorado and received her BA at the University of North Colorado before moving East.  She received her MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University in Massachusetts and currently resides in Newtonville, Massachusetts.  She is the professor of sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston and has developed highly reviewed art courses, including one she co-wrote and taught entitled Image and Object with photographer and colleague Laura McPhee.  Her solo exhibition of Unutterable at the Gallery Kayafas was voted Best Photography Show in Boston by the Boston Art Awards.  She is included in the current Discoveries traveling photography exhibition by FotoFest and it was through the FotoFest 2010 Biennial where DeSantos Director, Gemma DeSantos, first saw her pieces and reached out an offer to represent her work here in Houston, TX at the upcoming exhibit.  One of her most notable series entitled Freeze consists of cast ice sculptures photographed using the Moby C Polaroid camera, Edwin Land’s unique room-size showpiece in New York, to film the sculptures and create a portfolio of enormous 40” x  90” Polaroid photographs.   She has been featured at numerous galleries and exhibitions the DeCordova Museum, Gallery Kayafas, Akin Gallery, The M.A.C. Center, Dallas, the Cultural Center, Havana Cuba and many others.  Her complete bio is available on her website at JudyHaberl.com.

About DeSantos Art Gallery

The DeSantos Art Gallery is one of only two fine art photographic galleries in Houston and is dedicated to bringing fine art photography, both traditional and contemporary pieces, to the Houston community.  In 2003, DeSantos moved into a new location after unveiling a custom constructed stucco and glass 4 story building designed by architect Fernando Brave.  The gallery is located in the rapidly evolving artistic community near the Menil Museum, University of St. Thomas, and Houston Museum District.  The DeSantos Gallery represents both American and International photographers and prides itself in selecting fine art photographers from the 20th and 21st century regardless of short-lived trends.  The DeSantos Gallery also provides art consulting services, education and lectures on fine art photography and provides expert guidance to individual and corporate buyers regarding photography purchases and placement.

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