Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to welcome our third solo exhibition for
artist Bryan Florentin, entitled ACCRETION/CHURN.  This exhibit will feature Florentin’s most recent
photography and mixed media sculpture, opening Saturday, August 19th, with a public reception
for the artist from 6.00 – 8.00 pm.

Florentin’s newest work focuses on temporary manifestations of materials (gravel, rocks, soil, plastic
sheeting, rebar, etc.) within the mostly urban landscape. The DFW area is one of the fastest
growing, in the nation, generating an explosion of new construction. Florentin investigates this
abundancy of raw material not through directly documenting construction, just the tendency for
material at the sites to get arranged into heaps of mass. Typically, material on construction or
demolition sites disappears pretty quickly, but in some instances it seems to have been forgotten or
abandoned. Florentin states, “photographs do what photographs usually do; they make a
landscape that is always in flux seem to be static.” However static the photographs may be, they
also document examples of the churn of human activity. Accretion is about cultural
accumulation/layering as it is physical material. Constantly extracting, separating, and mixing
materials to make other materials to build structures (roads, parking lots, etc.) that alter our
landscape, proves that we are indeed restless creatures churning day in and day out.

Artist Biography

Bryan Florentin approaches photography and installation in various ways, often exploring the
ontological aspects of images and objects. Recent work has been exhibited at various venues
nationally including FotoFest (inter-biennial) in Houston and Houston Center for Photography.

An active member of Society of Photographic Education (SPE), Bryan is currently Chair of the
South-Central Chapter. He has served on several SPE committees including peer review, various
national and regional conference committees and an ad hoc committee to define the structure
of the LGBTQ caucus.

In 2013, he curated the exhibition Materiality and Identity: Garth Amundson, Pierre Gour, and
Paho Mann and wrote the catalogue essay. The exhibition was at the Gallery at the University of
Texas at Arlington (UTA) where Bryan is a Senior Lecturer. He holds an M.F.A. in photography from
the University of North Texas and a B.A. in art and performance from the University of Texas at
Kirk Hopper Fine Art
3008 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas 75226
August 19 - September 23, 2017
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Temporary Landscape 35, 2016. Inkjet print.
20 x 30 inches


Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to exhibit New Works by Houston artist,
Matt Manalo. This exhibit will feature Matt’s most recent mixed media paintings in our project
space, opening Saturday, August 19th, with a public reception for the artist from 6.00 – 8.00 pm.

Originally from Manila, Philippines, Manalo creates work as a form of an ongoing journal of
experiences from his time living in the Philippines in juxtaposition to his life in the United States. At
the age of 18, Matt Manalo and his family decided to move to the United States in pursuit of a
better life. Although living in a city as diverse as Houston he continues to reconcile his old life with
his new life in the largest city in Texas. Matt states, “As an artist, I was looking for a tangible outlet to
express my feelings, memories and newfound experiences.” He is constantly redefining his
definition of “Home,” while struggling with memories from his homeland and the feeling of being
split into two pieces emotionally.

Manalo’s work represents an abstracted image of a specific place or memory from either back
home or from his new surroundings in Houston. The artist incorporates repetitive marks, shapes,
collage and/or stamped images and scratch marks on his work. They signify the amount of “to and
fro” with flashbacks that he has when making a piece. One notable aspect of Manalo’s work is
the significant amount of physical or visual texture on the surface, which represents the grittiness of
living in a city like Manila. As one will notice, Filipino artist Matt Manalo has two very different
stories to tell.

Artist Biography                                     

Matt Manalo was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He moved to the United States along
with his family to pursue his education. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a
minor in Art History at the University of Houston. He has always been drawn to making art since he
was a child. He grew up being heavily influenced by comic books and cartoons. His intuitive art
making process includes the processes of collage, painting, and sculpture. His work talks about his
identity as a Filipino and the places he has lived in.
New Works by Matt Manalo
August 19 - September 23, 2017
Assimilation 01. Mixed Media on Panel.
12 x 12 inches.