Alexander Squier is a visual artist who works across a variety of mediums including printmaking, painting, and photography. Squier earned his Master's of Fine Arts from SMFA/Tufts University in 2013. He returned to his hometown of Houston in 2014 to work on a large-scale installation in Sharpstown. Squier currently serves as the Exhibitions Director at Box 13 Artspace in Houston's East End, and also teaches printmaking at the University of Houston and the Glassell School.
Carl Vestweber is an artist working primarily with collage and mixed media. Born in Mason City, Iowa, Vestweber attended the art program at South Texas College before receiving his Master's of Fine Arts from SMFA/Tufts in 2013. Vestweber has been exhibiting his artwork in Texas since 2004. Currently based in McAllen, Vestweber teaches a variety of studio art and art history classes at UT Rio Grande Valley and other schools in the area.
Goodluckhavefun was established in 2020 by Tim McCool and Kira Prentice with the goal of exhibiting a wide range of artists from Texas and beyond. Although its first exhibition will be virtual, Goodluckhavefun will open for exhibits at its physical location in Clarksville when permissible.
For its inaugural exhibition, Goodluckhavefun presents "Weird Amalgamation" by two Texas artists, Alexander Squier and Carl Vestweber. Through the mediums of mixed media, painting, and printmaking, these two artists depict a strange, otherworldly Texas.
In his paintings and prints of uncanny architectural and natural spaces, Alexander Squier takes us into a realm where human interaction with the environment is challenged and questioned. Plants, cacti, forests, and other elements spill out and over human built structures, asking us to consider the cycle of construction and destruction that we participate in, voluntarily or involuntarily. Squier's subjects range from the abstract to the realistic to the imagined, but this varied approach is centered around ideas regarding monuments, memories, and the lasting impact we have on our environment.
Carl Vestweber creates mixed media depictions of landscapes, of flowers and butterflies scattered across hilltops. Vestweber's pieces are large yet densely packed with tiny dots of bright color spastically arranged, like Seurat on acid. The viewer can be excused for blinking and rubbing their eyes while looking at these pieces, to make sure the tiny spots of color they're seeing are not imagined or hallucinated, and that they are stationary and not shimmering and sliding across the page. The work is full of color, bright and cheerful, but we are looking at alien plants and skies filled with thousands of suns (or moons, or neighboring planets). These landscapes are equal parts strange and beautiful, raising questions about the stability, serenity, and longevity of traditional landscape focused work.
Both artists use the formal language of landscape painting and reinterpret it in a number of unusual ways. The work in this exhibition is unified by a collage mentality and approach. This show will also include a series of collaborative works that the artists will work on together in the time leading up to the exhibition. Additionally, there will be an artist's dialogue conducted between the two artists and a video filmed of the exhibition.
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