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(W​)​hole

by Drawing from the Wound

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(w)Hole is an art exhibition comprised of six Houston-based representational artists. Our exhibition focuses on the themes of grief, apology, and healing. We began working on this group exhibition in 2019.

We exist in a time of contradiction, fractured thought, misleading information, an epidemic of loneliness, and in many cases, alienation from our neighbors and families. Many of these issues can find their roots in unexplored personal pain and loss. Our exhibition was initially inspired by Brené Brown’s, The Call To Courage, Eve Ensler’s book The Apology, and Jenny Odell’s book, How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. In early stages of organizing this exhibition, we agreed topics of grief, apology, and healing are urgent conversations that need to be explored. Utilizing an audio-visual format allowed us to expand our stories beyond the display wall.

Throughout the Covid 19 pandemic our personal perspectives have become more pervasive and important as people from around the globe continue facing these same issues, sometimes in silence, as individuals and oftentimes unknowingly as a (w)Hole.

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released November 12, 2022

The (w)Hole art exhibition aims to help facilitate reflection and healing within the community by holding a space for a sincere, non-sentimental approach to exploring the human condition during times of turbulent change and loss. Each work draws from real life experiences ranging from the loss of a loved one to healing on a beach halfway around the world after a terrorist attack. We weave a collective tapestry of what it means to be human using the tools of vulnerability, strength, and humor. (w)Hole seeks to diminish loneliness, isolation, and stigmatization of loss, creating an atmosphere of healing while fostering conversations which are oftentimes culturally taboo.

All artists crafted three flash non-fiction written works, each under 800 words. These writings address grief, apology, and healing. The refined and edited works are the scaffolding for the visual artwork that followed. Each artwork began with the artist physically inscribing the canvas with their written story and integrating their writing into the final artwork. This writing may be obscured, hidden, revealed, or illuminated as the focus of the final artwork.

To make this exhibition more ruminative and immersive, the collective created an audio recording to be listened to while looking at each artwork. Professional actors performed the recordings.

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60s and 90s- influenced psych rock-n-pop that runs a colorful gamut from The Monkees to Beck.

Bradley Dean Whyte is from St. Louis, NYC and Thailand. Currently residing in Houston.

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