Installation view of Outside the Lines (Outside the Lines series) at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2013. Photo by Paul Hester.

Installation view of Outside the Lines (Outside the Lines series) at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2013. Photo by Paul Hester.

Past Exhibition

Outside the Lines (Outside the Lines series)

October 31, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Brown Foundation Gallery


If someone says the word ‘painting,’ what image do you picture in your head? The word routinely conjures an image of a more-or-less rectangular canvas displayed on a wall. As valid as this notion is, such a perception fails to recognize some of the most materially diverse and spatially adventurous works being made by painters today.

The artists in Outside the Lines create paintings that are visually vibrant, physically unruly, and utterly surprising. In addition to stretched canvases, their paintings are made on unstretched silk, logs from a felled maple tree, and three-dimensional forms. The notion of painting as process and activity, or even as performative act, is explored in moving images. Paint may in fact be avoided altogether, its liquid tactility suggested by undulating folds of draped fabric. In Outside the Lines, paintings migrate away from walls to occupy central positions in the middle of the room, wrap around corners, and hybridize with natural forms. A site-response painting created for this exhibition throws perceptions of architectural solidity into pleasant confusion. Visitors may even find themselves lowering personal effects beneath the inky surface of an indigo dye bath at a one-day event in November where a group activity produces an incidental painting. Playing with the structural and historical perceptions of what painting is, the artists in Outside the Lines—Travis Boyer, Sarah Cain, Leidy Churchman, Katy Heinlein, Fabienne Lasserre, Siobhan Liddell, Benny Merris, Dona Nelson, and Susie Rosmarin—propel their medium toward new and inspiring frontiers.


Outside the Lines (Outside the Lines series) is curated by Dean Daderko, Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.


Outside the Lines has been made possible by the patrons, benefactors and donors to the Museum’s Major Exhibition Fund: Major Patron -Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Fayez Sarofim, and Michael Zilkha. Patrons – Carol C. Ballard, Mr. and Mrs. I. H. Kempner III, Ms. LouisaStude Sarofim and Mr. Wallace Wilson. Benefactors – George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, Louise D. Jamail, Anne and David Kirkland, KPMG, LLP, Beverly and Howard Robinson, Andrew Schirrmeister III and Leigh and Reggie Smith. Donors – A Fare Extraordinaire, Anonymous, Bank of Texas, Bergner and Johnson Design, Jereann Chaney, Elizabeth Howard Crowell, Dillon Kyle Architecture, Sara Paschall Dodd, Ruth Dreessen and Thomas Van Laan, Marita and J.B. Fairbanks, Jo and Jim Furr, Barbara and Michael Gamson, Brenda and William Goldberg, King & Spalding L.L.P., Marley Lott, Belinda Phelps and Randy Howard, Phillips, Lauren Rottet, Susan Vaughan Foundation, Inc., and Karen and Harry Susman.

Extended Media


Outside the Lines series