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ROUX EXHIBITION

ROUX EXHIBITION

PrintHouston I

“No good gumbo starts without a good roux, and just as roux is the base of traditional American sauces, the African-American Matrilineal legacy is an integral base to American culture, and more specifically the base of our own nuclear families. Great-Grandma made a good roux. Or did she? This and other similar questions fascinate artists’, Ann ‘Sole Sister’ Johnson, Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia, also known as: The ROUX Collective, of Houston, TX. The collective is interested in unconventional methods of printmaking as fuel that burns their creativity to convey messages within their work. As the collective confronts the disciplines of printmaking, they continue to produce challenging exhibitions that examine the cultural and societal issues of genealogy, feminism, identity, and other topics that affect woman of the African Diaspora.

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Great Grandma Betty

Great Grandma Betty

Exhibition: ROUX I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2011

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects

10" H x 10" W

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HIDDEN HESTER

HIDDEN HESTER

Exhibition: ROUX I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2011

Mixed Media: Intaglio on feather
7" H x 5" W

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Nested & Protected

Nested & Protected

Exhibition: ROUX I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2011

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects
7" H x 5" W

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Great Grandma Betty

Great Grandma Betty

Exhibition: ROUX I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2011

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects
10" H x 10" W

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Cousin Hester

Cousin Hester

Exhibition: ROUX I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2011

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects
10" H x 10" W

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THEY SAY HIS NUMBER HIT WHEN HE DIED

THEY SAY HIS NUMBER HIT WHEN HE DIED

Exhibition: ROUX I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2011

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects

7" H x 5" W

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STIR EXHIBITION

STIR EXHIBITION

PrintHouston II

The four artists who have come together to form the exhibition “STIR” prove to possess a gift for making a ruckus in their studio as printmakers. Since their initial exhibition entitled ‘ROUX’ premiered at the Houston Museum of African American Art and Culture 2011, artists Rabéa Ballin, Ann Johnson, Delita Pinchback Martin, and Lovie Olivia continue to explore the female nature of the world around them in singular ways. Ballin abstracts intimate moments with a comb over the scalps of faceless sitters. Johnson pursues the residue left from the holes in her family tree. Martin contrasts soft skin portraits with sharp graphic encounters. And Lovie Olivia’s sculptural monoprints gives weight to the shoulders of the ghosts that this artist stands on today.

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STIR

STIR

EXHBITION I STIR I GALLERY M SQUARED I HOUSTON, TX PRINT HOUSTON 2012

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Preserved (detail, installation)

Preserved (detail, installation)

EXHBITION I STIR I GALLERY M SQUARED I HOUSTON, TX
PRINT HOUSTON 2012

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Preserved: Big Brother

Preserved: Big Brother

EXHIBITION: STIR I GALLERY M SQUARED I HOUSTON, Texas I 2012

Intaglio on cucumber paper.
3" H x 3" W

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JOHNSON BROTHERS

JOHNSON BROTHERS

EXHIBITION: STIR I GALLERY M SQUARED I HOUSTON, Texas I 2012

Intaglio Found Objects
Price: $400.00    
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bas EXHIBITION

bas EXHIBITION

PrintHouston III

EXHIBITIONS: bās I Art League Houston I Houston, TX PrintHouston 2013 Rabéa Ballin, Ann Johnson, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia unite for the third year with PRINTMATTERS/PRINTHOUSTON to turn their many roundtable discussions into visual interpretations through the medium of printmaking. Getting back to the “BASics” of things, these artists revisit the desire to work from the heart; the place of impulse, desire, chance and truth. Raw ideas and organic pursuits are on their creative agenda as they fuse contemporary processes with traditional techniques using various objects, sculptures and forms in an attempt to push the boundaries of this sometimes forgotten art form of printmaking. They cut, pour, sculpt, suspend, transfer, screen and etch their way into a broader conversation.

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NESTING

NESTING

EXHIBITIONS: Southwestern University I Austin, Texas I Southwest Cultural Center I Dallas, TX I

bās I Art League Houston I Houston, TX
PrintHouston 2013

Intaglio, found objects


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Nesting

Nesting

EXHIBITIONS: bās I Art League Houston I Houston, TX
PrintHouston 2013

Intaglio, found objects
8" H x 8" W

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Clone Nest

Clone Nest

EXHIBITIONS: bās I Art League Houston I Houston, TX
PrintHouston 2013

Intaglio, found objects
5" H x 5" W

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SUGA BLUES EXHIBITION

SUGA BLUES EXHIBITION

PrintHouston IV

Exhibition: SUGA I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2014

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects
Suga Blues is the antithesis of my Nesting series. Where Nesting explores an individual’s private space, thoughts and moments of conceptual seclusion, Suga Blues examines an impromptu conversation. For Suga Blues each print is born from a still shot of an accompanying video to capture a visual moment in the conversation. The images alone create a hint of mystery without the video, as well as, explores an interest into the individual’s state of mind at that moment. The personalities in the videos are a random group of folks in the community, who each tell a unique story.

MIXED MEDIA: INTAGLIO, VIDEO, FOUND OBJECTS
SIZE VARIED
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I HAVE TO BE READY FOR THE BLUES (Peace Be Still)

I HAVE TO BE READY FOR THE BLUES (Peace Be Still)

Exhibition: SUGA I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2014

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects

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BLUE MARLON (DETAIL)

BLUE MARLON (DETAIL)

Exhibition: SUGA I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2014

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects
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MY FAVORITE COLOR USED TO BE BLUE

MY FAVORITE COLOR USED TO BE BLUE

Exhibition: SUGA I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2014

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects
5" H x 5" W

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LOVIES BLUES

LOVIES BLUES

Exhibition: SUGA I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2014

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects
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A PIMP ONCE TOLD ME I WOULD LOOK GOOD IN BLUE *DETAIL)

A PIMP ONCE TOLD ME I WOULD LOOK GOOD IN BLUE *DETAIL)

Exhibition: SUGA I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2014

Mixed Media: Intaglio, found objects
5" H x 7" W

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I'VE BEEN CALLED A SUGAR PUSHER. (DETAIL)

I'VE BEEN CALLED A SUGAR PUSHER. (DETAIL)

Exhibition: SUGA I Houston Museum of African American Culture I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2014

MIXED MEDIA: INTAGLIO, FOUND OBJECTS, VIDEO
5" H x 5" W

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COAL EXHIBITION

COAL EXHIBITION

PrintHouston V

As coal is a hard black or dark brown sedimentary rock used as fuel, so is the narrative and printmaking of artists’ Rabe’a Ballin, Ann Johnson, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia. For a fifth consecutive year these artist joined forces as the ROUX Collective to create the exhibition COAL for PrintHouston. Using innovative printmaking as a primary medium, each artist explores identity, personal narratives, reflections, and engages the viewer in interactive conversation.

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YOU CAN'T SEE WHAT I CAN SEE

YOU CAN'T SEE WHAT I CAN SEE

Exhibition: COAL I University Museum @ Texas Southern University I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2015

Installation: Transfer and Reflective Print

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YOU CAN'T SEE (detail)

YOU CAN'T SEE (detail)

Exhibition: COAL I University Museum @ Texas Southern University I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2015

Installation: Transfer and Reflective Print

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Converse: Real Talk

Converse: Real Talk

Exhibition: COAL I University Museum @ Texas Southern University I Houston, TX I PrintHouston 2015 Installation: Converse: Real Talk

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SALT EXHIBITION

SALT EXHIBITION

PrintHouston VI

The four artists of the ROUX Collective not only embrace and challenge drawing conventions in medium, surface and concept, but apply unusual approaches to the process and ingredients of printmaking, installation, video, sculpture, and painting. Their 7th group exhibition, SALT, is presented in conjunction with PrintHouston 2017.

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SALT EXHIBITION

SALT EXHIBITION

PrintHouston 2017

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SALT EXHIBITION

SALT EXHIBITION

PrintHouston 2017

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SALT EXHIBITION

SALT EXHIBITION

PrintHouston 2017

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Family Portrait

Family Portrait

Clockwise: Lovie Olivia, Delita Martin, Ann Johnson, Rabéa Ballin

ROUX [ROO} A mixture of flour and fat that, after being slowly cooked over low heat, is used to thicken mixtures such as soups and sauces. This dark nutty-flavored base is indispensable for specialties like GUMBO, ETOUFFEE, and BECHAMEL.

In 2011 the artist collective ROUX was formed as part of the inaugural exhibition series PrintHouston. ROUX contributes to the discourse of contemporary printmaking by using traditional and experimental methods while highlighting the diverse art practices of Rabéa Ballin, Ann Johnson, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia. These four artists’ works navigate between styles of the past and the proposed future and addresses experiences unique to Women of Color residing in the American South.

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