Spellerberg Projects, Main Street
103 S Main St, Lockhart TX
Not much else to do but watch the grass grow, organize chopped wood, or burn the weekly garbage. Villarreal paints the mundanity of random moments around his household during the pandemic. The clear representation of subjects is direct until further investigation reveals an array of color and brushstrokes creating a new but familiar environment.
Michael Villarreal is a visual artist based in Lytton Springs, TX. In 2013, Villarreal received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX and a Master of Fine Arts in 2017 at the University of Nebraska. He has exhibited in solo exhibitions at Art Palace Contemporary Art Gallery, Houston, TX, and Project Project, Omaha, NE. He’s been in numerous group exhibitions including The International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE, Undercurrent in Brooklyn, NY, DATELINE in Denver, CO, Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, TX, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE, and LA Artcore: Brewery Annex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been featured in several publications such as Huffington Post, New American Paintings, and Art Maze Magazine. In 2019, he was a recipient of the Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Villarreal currently teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX and is a member of ICOSA Collective in Austin, TX.
Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Curated by Hollie Brown
“I’m attracted to woodworking and painting because both require unique problem solving. I really enjoy painting because it is free of the rules of physics that are required in woodworking. It allows me to be truly free with my style and not rigid. Humans, animals, inanimate objects, random shapes and the space between are used to make my paintings. I use bright colors depicting these objects in action and at rest, in predicaments that may not be so graceful or comfortable looking. I try to catch these moments, and allow the viewer to come away with their own version of what is going on or what is about to happen… this is what I find very amusing.
“I usually title my paintings and I encourage the viewer to come up with their own title or caption, as we all relate to these every day moments but with our own interpretation. Maybe it just creates an emotion, like or dislike.”