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Avis Frank Gallery is pleased to present Dan Havel: HOMEWRECKER - Disrupted Architecture . Opening Reception Friday September 6, 2013, 6-8pm. Show runs through October 1.Dan Havel has not shown his solo work in Houston for seven years. Through his many collaborations with Dean Ruck he has achieved international recognition. In his new exhibition Havel embraces the act of creating art as a journey in which the work is a byproduct of formality, chance and chaos.From the Artist:
Chaos meets Order. This is the root premise of my current studio explorations. These drawings and sculptures illustrate a process of dissecting the exacting language of architectural space with conceptual reanalysis and physical agitation.The house form represents a perfect, stable structural icon. It acts as a universal memory of home. The perfection is slowly disrupted and worn by its function as vessel for living. Eventually, time takes its toll, along with acts of nature, to weaken the structure. Its final demise, brought on by disaster, development, or rotting neglect, will permanently disrupt the perfection of the house and leave a dynamic reorganization of its geometry.All that is left of the disrupted structure is the footprint hinting at the perfection that once was. The energy behind this disruption of order is what I am attempting to convey.The floor plan has been a reoccurring image in my work. It is the first instrument of functional organization before a structure is built. It is the footprint left behind when the structure is gone. It creates volume with a few simple lines. It contains and releases space with the interplay between mass and void. It acts as a structural grid for the chaotic process of living. In the end, the floor plan is a snapshot into the lives of the people who have inhabited it.