Eastext | Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola
Thursday, October 27, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Eastext: Transforming the East End into a moving canvas for poetry projections. Multimedia artist Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola presents Eastext; a series of three live, mobile projections performances of poetry throughout Houston’s East End. These upcoming events will take place outdoors in different parts of the district. Each event will feature text projections on to the environment (houses, warehouses, buildings, etc.) from a moving vehicle, followed by an artist talk, recitations by participating Houston poets, and additional projections in a gallery space.
Acknowledging the attention the East End area has received in the last few years, Gimenez-Zapiola believes that this art project will provide expanded exposure to it. By literally using the East End as a canvas for poetry, he seeks to promote the integration, engagement, and ultimate enrichment of this community with its various cultural identities. By developing the project in public places Gimenez-Zapiola aims to involve people in an interactive way, providing an opportunity for dialogue between the community, the artist, and the poets —drawing people to appreciate the project in multiple ways, creating a positive, public, visual statement in the community. Through the interaction of text over the environment, the projections become something like an ephemeral or harmless graffiti, which only exist for fractions of a second. The words literally travel over the projected surfaces and the viewer travels along, in some degree becoming part of the statement, and to some extent; of its meaning.
Thursday, October 13, 6:40PM – 8:40PM
El Rincón Social – 3210 Preston St, Houston, TX 77003
Thursday, October 20, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Gallery HOMELAND – 3401 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003
Thursday, October 27, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
BOX 13 ArtSpace – 6700 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011
1 – Audience meets at the venue at start time to receive the itinerary of the projections.
2 – Moving projections are performed during 45 minutes on streets around the venue.
3 – After the moving projections public gathers at venue for artist talk, poetry recitations and additional projections.
Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola was born in Argentina and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires. Currently residing in Houston, he primarily works with photography and video. He is an active member of the art community in Houston, often performing video projections in local events and happenings. In 2010, he was selected one of the ten “Discoveries of Fotofest Meeting Place”; and he has been twice awarded a City of Houston funded Individual Artist Grant via the Houston Arts Alliance: in 2011 and 2016.
Gimenez-Zapiola’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Argentina; Espacio Buenos Aires, Fundación Hampatu, Centro Cultural Recoleta – Buenos Aires, and the US; Schneider Gallery, Chicago – Museum of Contemporary Arts, Redline Gallery – Denver, Colorado – LeHigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – Contemporary Arts Museum, De Santos Gallery, Anya Tish Gallery, Lawndale Art Center, Labotanica, Houston Center for Photography, Project Row Houses, Diverse Works, Talento Bilingüe, Houston, Texas – ArtHouse, Austin, Texas – Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Oregon – LACDA, Los Angeles, California – Museum of Transport, Off Festival, Bratislava, Czech Republic. His work has been featured in art and photography blogs, and is part of private collections in Argentina, UK and the US, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Le High University Art Gallery. Awards: Finalist of the Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, 2016. 1st, 2nd place and Honorable Mention in three categories in Moscow International Photo Awards. Finalist of the Lumen Prize, London, UK, 2014/2013. Honorable Mention – Dave Bown Projects, USA, 2013. Finalist Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012. pablogimenezzapiola.com