Curtis Gannon: Beeville Art Museum

Sep 19, 2015

An exhibition of recent works by Houston-based artist Curtis Gannon featuring five site-specific installations made from a variety of materials—ranging from paper and acrylic, to a bottle installation suspended from the ceiling—will open at the Beeville Art Museum on Saturday, September 19, 2015. An opening reception for Urban Myths, free and open to the public, with the artist in attendance, will be held from noon to 2 p.m.

Drawn to American action comics since his boyhood, Curtis Gannon uses them as creative inspiration for his work, cutting them up and reassembling them into colorful grids and woven collages. Gannon enjoys the flexibility and accessibility of the medium, stating, “comic book iconography offers a visual language that is recognizable and accessible by such a wide range of people.” Referring to his respect for the medium, he makes clear that he rarely uses original vintage comics for his artwork, working primarily from reprints of the actual comics.

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Gannon moved to Texas in 1978 and grew up in the small town of Alice, about an hour’s drive from Beeville. He holds a BA in Painting from the University of Houston and an MFA in Painting from San Diego State University. Gannon’s work has been included in exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston; the Galveston Art Center; Hunter Gather Project; Sicardi Gallery and Lawndale Art Center.