Lindy Chambers. Beware of Dog, 2018. Oil on canvas. 60 × 60 in

summer IS wrapPING up and Houston’s art venues are preparing for a busy fall season. Here’s a handpicked list of commercial gallery exhibitions to check out before August comes to a close. 

Alexis Pye: The Real and the Fantastic | The Irrational Joys of the Axis 

Through portrait paintings, Houston-based artist Alexis Pye offers an intimate glimpse into Black male vulnerability. Her subjects range from family members to friends and strangers who are depicted in lush, garden environments. On view at Inman Gallery until August 21. 

Lindy Chambers: Living the Dream 

Inspired by rural Texas, Lindy Chamber paints the overlooked aspects of everyday life. Her vibrant and detailed compositions are a result of her transferring her observations directly onto the canvas. On view at the Deborah Colton Gallery until August 21. 

Subtext 

This group exhibition features work by artists Gabriel de la Mora, León Ferrari, Oscar Muñoz, Marie Orensanz, Miguel Angel Ríos, Miguel Ángel Rojas, and Ana Maria Tavares. Each artist explores the relationship between images in words, bridging the gap between two disparate disciplines. On view at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino through August 21, 2021. 

Jack Thompson: The Time Between 

Travel back to the not-so-distant past through photographs by Jack Thompson, as he reflects on his experience of the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The black and white images are an introspective look into the artist’s home life. On view at Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art until September 4. 

Alia Ali: Cartographies of Pattern 

The Yemeni-Bosnian-US multimedia artist, Alia Ali is a world traveler whose work explores the historical legacies of textiles. From the global trade of the material to the symbolic power of certain patterns, textiles are the subject of over 25 photographs displayed in multicolored, upholstered frames. On view at Foto Relevance until September 4.

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