1125 E 11th St. Houston, Texas
Saturdays 12-5, Sundays 1-5 or by appointment


April 8- May 7, 2011:
Giles Lyon: Psychedelic Cave Paintings

Untitled, 2011 (detail)

Opening reception for the artist Friday, April 8, 6-8pm

Step 1: Make an interesting cave wall.
Step 2: Go into a paint-induced trance; maintain for hours until body gives out.
Step 3: Paint what you see. Invent nothing.

With influences including Wols, Frankenthaler, Sam Francis, tie-die, R. Crumb, Jim Woodring
and tons of freaky manga illustration, Lyon calls his work "pure tachisme": looking for the lyrical, narrative implications inherent in gestural painting when seen as imagery, rather than flat sculpture or performance.

Psyhchedelic Cave Paintings at Optical Project is concurrent with Lyon's Letters to a Drowning Man on view at notsouH Gallery in downtown Houston.

Giles Lyon came to Houston in 1989 as a CORE Fellow at the Museum of Fine Art's Glasssell School, and still owns a house here. He has lived and worked in New York since 1996.

About Optical Project
Optical Project is an artist-run gallery by Houston artist and writer Bill Davenport. It is located near the intersection of Studewood and 11th Sts. in Houston Heights, next door to DaCapo's bakery and Bill's Junk.