Art Notes

The Great Eight begin with Neo Geo: Jonathan Leach%26rsquo;s art is the future mixed with a dose of %26rsquo;80s neo geo, but there%26rsquo;s no arguing with the persuasion of his precisionist painting at Gallery Sonja Roesch (through April 27).

The Year of Bianconi: Sculptor, installationist and alchemical performance artist the marked-for-greatness Italian Andrea Bianconi returns to Barbara Davis Gallery in %26ldquo;Love Story%26rdquo; where he concocts an extraordinary site-specific wall drawing formed from live flowers (through April 20).

Mickey D%26rsquo;s: Just when you thought our art world was becoming market driven, there%26rsquo;s %26ldquo;Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger,%26rdquo; a Paul Horn CrackPot Production in tandem with Solomon Kane. This one-night-only happening pops up in the kid%26rsquo;s birthday party room at McDonald%26rsquo;s at North Main and 1-45 on (natch) Monday, April 1, 6 to 8 pm, with the unofficial after-party Taco Taco at Tex-Mex joint Andy%26rsquo;s in the Heights. The lineup to dates encompasses notables Sharon Engelstein, Aaron Parazette, Rachel Hecker, Brent Bruni Comiskey, Lester Marks and Whitney Biennial talent Daniel Johnston.

Pop Explosion: Texas art master Ray Phillips solos at Laura Rathe Fine Art (through April 20) with a new series of paintings with inspirations drawn from his golden American childhood. We%26rsquo;ll be there!

Twaddle%26rsquo;s Tiles: Randy Twaddle%26rsquo;s artistic practice embraces a tantalizing dose of design. Check out the Houston talent%26rsquo;s new drawings, collages and most especially a fresh series of tiles at Moody Gallery, which are manufactured here in town (though April 20).

Surrealism on the Town: It%26rsquo;s a double-header at Hooks-Epstein Gallery, which pairs a duo of Surrealists, Kelly Scott Kelley and Ross Richmond, who engage with, respectively, painting and glass (through April 20). Watch for Richmond%26rsquo;s almost Gothic figures %26mdash; so hauntingly creepy.

Palace Intrigue: Don%26rsquo;t miss the Art Palace debut for a very promising MFAH Core Fellow: Tatiana Istomina, who unveils a series of greatly anticipated paintings and conceptual creations that address the history of American modernism via a fictionalized female protagonist. The Russian-born talent, who also works in video, was a Kandinsky Prize finalist in 2012%26nbsp; (April 5 %26ndash; May 11).

A Marching Band%26rsquo;s in the House: The Mitchell Center%26rsquo;s Artist in Residence, Daniel Bernard Roumain, joins with the UH Cougar Marching Band to enact a project that spans two years and culminates with %26ldquo;En Masse,%26rdquo; an extraordinary alfresco performance at Discovery Green Saturday, April 20, 4 to 8 pm (free). Former Mitchell Center Artist in Residence, multidisciplinary artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, directs. FYI: Roumain, who%26rsquo;s appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall, has to date collaborated with diverse impresarios from Philip Glass to Lady Gaga.

Empire State of Mind: Support Dominic Walsh Dance Theater%26rsquo;s Joyce Theater debut in Manhattan with the clever cocktail fund-raiser Empire State of Mind Thursday, May 2, at Deborah Colton Gallery, chaired by Miz Colton and Mady Kades. Manhattans and a dance performance will be served (tickets Ashley Dennis,


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