In science fiction, a “pocket universe” refers to a world that fits into a larger frame or device. The term can describe an actual miniature universe that could fit into your pocket, a nano-existence just beyond a microscope or a world nesting within another.
What does any of this have to do with oil paint on canvas? A lot, according to Houston artist Lindsay Peyton, who is curating the show “Pocket Universe,” on Saturday, April 25.The show is open to the public without charge. The one-night-only event begins at 6 p.m. at the Winter Street Studios Gallery, upstairs at 2101 Winter Street in Houston, 77007. Paintings by Peyton and two of her favorite local artists – Ian Anderson and Justin Dunford – will be on display.
“A pocket universe has a lot in common with the type of art we will showcase – these small but accessible other worlds contained on canvas,” Peyton said. “Whether it’s a still life, an interior or a figurative work – you’ll see that paintings can become their own magical realms, inviting viewers to step in and explore.”
Ian Anderson studied art at Otis College in California and the Glassell School of Art in Houston. He lived in Los Angeles for five years, working in animation and painting custom tiles. For Anderson, art is a form of storytelling, and he is currently drawn to science fiction. He is inspired by quantum mechanics and modern theories in science and enjoys expressing these new ideas with an old medium – oil paint.
Justin Dunford is a Houston-based, mixed media artist who has shown in a number group shows over the past 12 years, including Lawndale Art Center’s Big Show, M2 Gallery and Winter Street Studios. He also received a “best in show” at Betz Gallery. He graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in 2005. He founded Red-handed Productions in 2012, a new production company, specializing in puppet theatre and art events. He is currently focused on his paintings and creating narratives with the traditional practice of still lifes and illustration of objects in space.
Peyton maintains studios both in Montgomery, just north of Houston, and Seattle. Her work has been featured in several group and solo shows – and her current focus is using oil paint to explore interior spaces. A Houston native, Peyton is a photojournalism graduate of UT- Austin and principal of Cadence Enterprise, a creative services firm.