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Your Presence Is Required – Group Exhibition  
And Performance: Better On The Outside  
Thu. March 9th & Fri. Mar.10th 
From 6 – 8pm 
Zoya Tommy Gallery, 4102 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77004 

Zoya Tommy Gallery is pleased to present Your Presence Is Required, an invitational exhibition featuring a performance curated by Daniela Antelo and recent works by artists Elise Weber, Kyla Crawford, James Radcliffe and gallery artist Gil Rocha. The exhibition is based around the performance titled “Better On The Outside” by Antelo which compliments the works surrounding it. As a collective the artists explore the subject matter of fabric, texture, and the female form. 

The two-day performance “Better On The Outside”, consists of two dancers, Daniela Antelo and Anasheh Partiai, who will perform with large pieces of fabrics. The fabric will be arranged throughout the main gallery floor with the dancers underneath them. As they move throughout the space the dancers will create textures and the fabric will abstract the shape of the female form. This exchange between cloth and figure will culminate as the fabrics completely overtake the dancers. “Better On The Outside” will be performed at the Opening Reception on Thursday March 9th, Starting at 6:30pm and on Friday March 10th, also at 6:30pm.  

Accompanying Antelos performance will be the photographs of Elise Weber, the textile works of Kyla Crawford, texture paintings of James Radcliffe and the fabric sculptures of Gil Rocha. Rocha will also unveil a new art piece created specifically for this exhibition. 

Daniela Antelo is a multi-disciplinary artist working in Houston, TX. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston in 2015. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela but has lived and travelled extensively. Her works involve performance and audience participation through time-based installations. She often uses elements of sculpture with her other passion, which is dance and movement. She is interested in process more than final product. Her inspiration often comes from the potential of the random. In addition to studying visual arts, she trains in modern dance and ballet since 2007, working with a variety of choreographers both in Houston and the Middle East.

She has performed and shown work at institutions such as Diverse Works, Alabama Song, University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery, The Barn, Asia Society, The Wortham Theater and Hope Stone Center. For Daniela, collaboration is a major part of her work. Daniela continues to collaborate with local artists in the creation of visual art works. 

Elise Weber received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sam Houston State University. Awarded the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fellowship, Weber is continuing her education at the University of Houston as a graduate teaching fellow, to receive her Master of Fine Arts in May. Exploring a variety of mediums with a revolving theme of feminism she has exhibited in galleries and alternative art spaces across the country. Extending her reach in 2017 Weber concluded her residency in Marfa, TX with an exhibition in Nantes, France. Weber’s interdisciplinary work discusses issues of variegated typologies of the female and the societal definitions of Her. 

Kyla Crawford grew up in Metro Detroit Michigan, but now works and lives in the city of Houston. After graduating from Wayne State University in 2009 with a Bachelors in Art Education and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in fibers and painting, she taught art at the High School level. Crawford soon became the district’s authority on textile arts. She continues to make art to this day, as a sculptor who works with paint, craft, and everyday materials. While currently working on her MFA at the University of Houston, Crawford gives forms to fantastical creatures, from an invisible world, who mimic our personalities. Crawford’s textile artwork has exhibited all over Detroit in pop up art shows and student shows. Her work has most recently been seen at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and The 3rd Space Gallery. 

James Radcliffe is a Houston-based artist currently pursuing an MFA in painting from the University of Houston. He produces his drawings and paintings on found and salvaged supports to add an underlying history upon which his marks elaborate. Radcliffe explores abstractions derived from a repetitious mark-making activity which employs color, or the lack thereof, to engage the viewer. Radcliffe has exhibited at Project Row Houses, DiverseWorks, Alabama Song Art Space, and was awarded the 2015 Idea Fund Grant. 

Gil Rocha was born in 1977 in Laredo, Texas, Rocha creates work that is very unpredictable and process driven. He moves through various media, including painting, sculpture, sound and wordplay; often resulting in installations informed by his immediate, cultural surroundings. His work subtly weaves humor with deeper, more serious issues of contemporary border life.

Gil Rocha has an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the University in San Antonio. Rocha has participated in group shows and a solo exhibition with the gallery and will be showing again with a new work of art specifically made for this exhibition. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include:  The Reason and the End, Museum of Pocket Art, Austin, Texas,  Masticando Color Candy con los Eyes, Estacion Palabra, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and painting a monumental mural commission for Cotulla, Texas portraying the history of the city. His work has been exhibited at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Angel Zarrage and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Alfredo Zalce, amongst others. He was also selected for the 9th and 14th Annual Young Latino Artist exhibition. Rocha’s work is currently part of the permanent collections at Kunsthaus Santa Fe and Mexico-Arte Museum. Rocha has been with the Zoya Tommy gallery since 2013.

Your Presence Is Required, will open to the public on Thursday, Mar. 9th, and again on Friday Mar. 10th from 6-8 pm. The exhibition will be on view at Zoya Tommy Gallery through April 8th, 2017 

Zoya Tommy Gallery is committed to exhibiting artwork that reflects the fascinating culture of today’s society as well as offering competing ideas about contemporary art using a variety of themes.