Fig Pudding Performs! 2.19.14 at DiverseWorks, Houston, TX.

Organized by DiverseWorks Artist Board Member Regina Agu and Sandy Ewen 

Fig Pudding will perform a series of original scores written by Regina Agu, Carol Sandin Cooley, Megan Easley, Sandy Ewen, Gabriel Martinez, Rebecca Novak, Rachel Orosco, Carrie Schneider, Ronnie Yates, and Hanna Yoo.

Fig Pudding is the current iteration of an evolving music and performance ensemble that performs improvisation, graphic scores, performance pieces, and occasionally more traditional forms of composition. Sandy Ewen founded the all-female group in 2009 as a way to capitalize on the under-utilized resource of creative women in experimental music. The group has changed its name to a different fruit flavor for every performance. Memorable performances include: the Pawpaw Pomelo show atop the Mekong Plaza on July 4, 2010, wherein the band accompanied live fireworks with an amplified vocal performance; the Pina Colada show at NMAS in Austin, Texas wherein the band collaborated with video artist Rebecca Carlisle-Healy; the Durian Durian show at the Menil Collection, which showcased site-specific performance pieces; and the Gooseberry Marmalade show at 14 Pews in Houston wherein the band performed Scratch Orchestra pieces in collaboration with Keith Rowe. The group has a CDr release, but all the copies have gone missing. The CDr was fondly referred to as the “touchy-feely” album because of the fake fur that was glued on the covers.

Regina Agu is an interdisciplinary artist and has performed with Fig Pudding since 2012. Agu was born in Houston and raised in transit throughout Africa and Europe. She is a graduate of Cornell University. Agu’s work has been included in exhibitions, public readings, and performances at New Museum, labotanica, Project Row Houses, University Museum at Texas Southern University, Box 13, and Lawndale Arts Center, among other venues. She is a 2012 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant recipient and a 2014 The Idea Fund grantee. Agu is a current member of the DiverseWorks Artist Board.

Sandy Ewen plays electric guitar. Born in Toronto, Canada in 1985, Ewen received a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Since then she has resided in Houston, TX where she pursues her musical and visual projects and her architecture license. Ewen has performed music throughout North America as a collaborative improviser and member of the Weird Weeds. Lately, Ewen has been focusing on her visual art, frequently presenting it alongside experimental music.

DiverseWorks on Wednesdays is supported in part by Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Topo Chico USA.

The Houston Chronicle reviewed my current show at Lawndale Art Center.

There are some images of the final work included.

Thank you!

Check out our performances tomorrow!

comingthroughthegap:

Coming Through The Gap in the Mountain on an Elephant
Special Programs and Performances

The University Museum of Texas Southern University presents the first of 3 special programs and performances by the artists from Coming Through the Gap in the Mountain on an Elephant.
 
This Saturday at Noon, Artists Regina Agu, Rosine, Kouamen, and Autumn Knight will stage a series of presentations and performances that will dissect and extend some the themes of the exhibition and their artworks in the exhibition.


Regina Agu

"Celebration Mix" explores situations and expressions centered on national and cultural branding. Some research cues include the hyper-nationalism of sporting events and crowd celebrations, flag ceremonies, group communication, and mimicry/camouflage.

Rosine Kouamen & Autumn Knight

This untitled piece takes the form of a discussion examining the social, psychological, cultural, economic gaps in the relationship between contemporary African Americans and Africans living in America today. Rosine Kouamen and Autumn Knight collaborate as moderators of this dialogue that is also an extension of Kouamen’s art work in this group show.

Autumn Knight

Where do all the Black Breasts Go? is a site-specific performance piece located in the main gallery at the TSU University Museum.  This work utilizes the architectural structure of the building’s interior and the culturally dense locale to embody the theme: breasts.

Please Join us this Saturday, at noon
University Museum
Texas Southern University
Fairchild Bldg South East Wing
3100 Cleburne AVE,
Houston TX, 77004
713 313 7145

Directions and Parking information here

Recent press/reviews

“Visible Unseen,” Regina Agu at Fresh Arts Gallery on Glasstire


Exploring what is visible but unseen to Regina Agu on The Great God Pan is Dead


Houston Modern Luxury 2012 Arts and Power Issue - an awesome photoshoot. Honored to have been a featured artist.


Executing Elements on Free Press Houston – You can also view in the current 2012 Year in Review Issue.

Works sold at Art League holiday mini-mART last weekend.  Includes sketches, drawings, and collages on paper. I had no plan to exhibit these works and it seemed like the perfect venue to share some smaller pieces.
(c) Regina Agu 2011 - 2012 Works sold at Art League holiday mini-mART last weekend.  Includes sketches, drawings, and collages on paper. I had no plan to exhibit these works and it seemed like the perfect venue to share some smaller pieces.
(c) Regina Agu 2011 - 2012 Works sold at Art League holiday mini-mART last weekend.  Includes sketches, drawings, and collages on paper. I had no plan to exhibit these works and it seemed like the perfect venue to share some smaller pieces.
(c) Regina Agu 2011 - 2012 Works sold at Art League holiday mini-mART last weekend.  Includes sketches, drawings, and collages on paper. I had no plan to exhibit these works and it seemed like the perfect venue to share some smaller pieces.
(c) Regina Agu 2011 - 2012 Works sold at Art League holiday mini-mART last weekend.  Includes sketches, drawings, and collages on paper. I had no plan to exhibit these works and it seemed like the perfect venue to share some smaller pieces.
(c) Regina Agu 2011 - 2012 Works sold at Art League holiday mini-mART last weekend.  Includes sketches, drawings, and collages on paper. I had no plan to exhibit these works and it seemed like the perfect venue to share some smaller pieces.
(c) Regina Agu 2011 - 2012

Works sold at Art League holiday mini-mART last weekend.  Includes sketches, drawings, and collages on paper. I had no plan to exhibit these works and it seemed like the perfect venue to share some smaller pieces.

(c) Regina Agu 2011 - 2012

"Dental Records (Heirlooms)"

Gold leaf, gold paint, collage on vinyl film - gold paint on vintage textbook paper
2012
9 x 12 in
(c) Regina Agu

Sold to private collector

exhibited in my recent solo exhibition Visible Unseen

Some folks have been writing about my exhibition:

Exploring What is Visible but Unseen to Regina Agu on The Great God Pan is Dead

A review of “Visible Unseen” on Glasstire

If you are in Houston, my solo exhibition is up until this Friday the 26th at Fresh Arts.

Thank you for your support.

Image details:

“A Rare Specimen (Mami Wata Suite No. 3)”

Collage, gouache, parchment on paper

2012

8 x 11 in

(c) Regina Agu

I’m giving an artist talk tonight as part of the Fresh Arts monthly SPEAKeasy, along with artist Adela Andea. I’m discussing my current solo exhibition at Fresh Arts, “Visible Unseen" and other work.

2101 Winter Street, Suite B11, Houston, TX, 77007.

Drinks and refreshments are served at 6:30; formal talks are underway at 7:00

You can view images from the exhibition on my site.

Image details:

The Journey Home

Collage, ink, parchment on paper
2012
8 x 11 in
(c) Regina Agu

My mini-feature as part of the “Bearden 100” - Romare Bearden Centennial:

http://www.beardencentennial.org/regina-agu

Image details:

"Oracle"

Collage and gold paint on vinyl film, gold paint on vintage anatomy textbook paper

2012

9 x 12 in

(c) Regina Agu

http://reginaagu.com/

*This collage is currently on view through October 26 at Fresh Arts in Houston, TX at my solo exhibition “Visible Unseen”.

 
Visible Unseen
New Works by Regina Agu
Fresh Arts features solo exhibition by artist Regina Agu
September 22 - October 26, 2012
 
HOUSTON (September 7, 2012) - Fresh Arts is pleased to present Visible Unseen, a solo exhibition by Houston artist Regina Agu, as part of its ARC Exhibition Series.  Agu’s new drawings and collages incorporate a range of materials and references including found and original photography, as well as illustrated material from vintage biology and anatomy texts, transforming these mundane artifacts into meditations on the body, collective memory, and hidden and forgotten histories. Her work is rooted in her interests in mythology, futurism, science-fiction, and scientific frameworks.
 
The artist has likened her process to that of a researcher, “discovering and documenting layers of memories, much like the way we examine the rings of a cut tree or dig into layers of earth to reveal the realities of the past.” The works exhibited in Visible Unseen form a self-portrait at levels of observation that usually go unseen.  Agu views her physical body as a reservoir of personal and collective memories, experiences, and myths.
 
Visible Unseen is on view from September 22 through October 26, with a free opening reception on Saturday, September 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition to Monday through Friday gallery visits by appointment, the show will also be open to the public on Saturday, October 6th from 5 to 10 p.m., in conjunction with the Annual Winter & Spring Street Studios Fall Open House and Saturday, October 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. for the monthly Second Saturday Open Studios at Winter Street Studios. In addition, viewers can hear from Agu directly about herself and her work at a free artist talk called the Artist SPEAKeasy on Wednesday, October 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
 
 
JOIN US FOR
 
Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 22, 6 - 8 p.m.
@ the Fresh Arts ARC (Artist Resource Center)
2101 Winter Street, #B11
Houston, TX 77007
RSVP and share with friends ->
 
Annual Winter & Spring Street Studios Fall Open House:
October 6, 5 - 10 p.m.
@ Winter Street Studios