Malone's first exhibit
premieres at Blaffer
By Keitha Johnson
Daily Cougar Staff
For the past 18 years, Tierney Malone has
lived and worked in the Third Ward community, which surrounds UH.
However, his new exhibit at the Blaffer
Gallery will mark the first time his solo work has been shown in a major
My Favorite Things and Other Rent Party
Songs: New and Classic Works will debut Saturday at the Blaffer.
The gallery's latest installment will run
concurrently with its other exhibition, Spirits of the Cloth: Quilts by
African American Artists, which is already on view.
Both shows feature the work of African-American
artists and represent the diversity Blaffer likes to bring to its audiences.
In his work, Malone draws heavily from
the world of music -- especially jazz. While creating his art he often
listens to music for inspiration.
Malone says he considers the music to be
his soundtrack, but he wants viewers to hear their own soundtrack when
enjoying his artwork.
You can see the influence of all facets
of art in his work.
He uses musicians, literary figures, song
titles and literature as his subjects, paying homage to the people and
things that have inspired him.
The exhibition is multimedia, using everything
from photographs to sketches to mural-sized paintings.
It is also site-specific, meaning the paintings
and other artworks were created directly on the walls of the gallery.
This also means that Malone created the
exhibition specifically with the Blaffer in mind.
This eclectic show will benefit anyone
who loves art and diversity.
In 1995, Malone collaborated with fellow
local artists Dave Darraugh and David McGee on a piece of art called The
Ruins. The exhibit, constructed in DiverseWorks' gallery,
was described by the Houston Chronicle
as "a multistage theater in which the protagonist is the individual visitor."Malone's
work will run until Dec. 21 on the second floor of the
Blaffer Gallery in UH's Fine Arts building.