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Mark Cowardin: Until the Sun Moves

August 3, 2023 - October 28, 2023
Crossroads Hotel


Mark Cowardin's sculptural installations use basic building materials, such as ladders, fluorescent lights, and electrical cords, to bathe the viewer and the gallery in an implied serenity inspired by skyscapes and sunsets.
Through his unexpected use of these found materials, Cowardin seeks to highlight humanity's sometimes absurd relationship with Nature. The sculptures in this exhibition sing with levity and joy, but in truth, each work also holds the stress of its creation. Through his use of ordinary materials, Until the Sun Moves cleverly beckons viewers into deeper contemplation of our existence's complexities.

Illustrative of this irony, Cowardin’s sculptures connect to electrical outlets through power cords whose length serves as a reminder of our dependence on and impact upon nature. Borrowed from Aesop’s fable of "The Two Clouds," the exhibition title references the fleeting nature of life. Until the Sun Moves embodies this dependency upon the grid, even as it imitates natural phenomena, and calls us to consider our larger role within a delicate planet.


Until the Sun Moves is curated by Tiffany Meesha Thompson.

Crossroads Hotel Gallery and art program is organized by El Dorado and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston with Tiffany Meesha Thompson.