Texas State University-San Marcos is home to the two-for-one Gallery I & II in the School of Art and Design. Just opened in Gallery II is Jessica Halonen and Vince Falsetta’s show: Spinode. At the opening of the show, Jessica Halonen’s sculptural works quickly stuck out to me as the most interesting pieces in either gallery. Halonen’s quietly colored natural wood sculptures are complemented by Falsetta’s process paintings in bright pastels and achromatics. Halonen’s sculptures are from the Rx Garden: Sticky Ends series referring to pharmaceutical production and the practice of gene splicing. She uses different kinds of branches sealed together to make forms of balls and coils with the colored bands that indicate where the branches have been sealed together. In Gallery II her sculptures beautifully mesh within the structure of the gallery. Untitled (Coil) is perfectly nestled alone within the auxiliary interior space. While her pieces are definitely interesting, the most impressive is Rx Garden: Sticky Ends 3 which is a spherical form much larger in size than her other works in the space. Unfortunately, her Sticky Ends 3 is installed upon an unfinished wood palette, which is quite distracting compared to a more traditional solid white pedestal. Halonen’s works steal the show; go see it at Gallery I &II in San Marcos before November 21, 2010.
Jessica Halonen’s web presence is located at: www.jessicahalonen.com
Gallery I and II is located in the Joann Cole Mitte building home of the Texas State School of Art and Design–
visit the webpage here: http://www.finearts.txstate.edu/Art/gallery.html
That’s all for now, watch for this weekly art hit on Fridays.
–Caitlin G. McCollom