Saturday, June 30 at Inman Gallery
Conversation between artists: 5pm to 6pm
Reception and listening party: 6pm to 7pm
Zahira Gutierrez and Cody Swann of Houston indie-pop outfit Wild Moccasins join artist Dario Robleto at Inman Gallery for a discussion about their collaboration on the artwork for the band’s forthcoming album, “Look Together.” For their conversation, the artists will discuss relationships between their disparate practices, the process of translating the complex narrative behind “Look Together” into a visual artwork, and the importance of collaboration between musicians and contemporary artists.
Following their conversation, the artists will host a listening party in the gallery, where Robleto’s artwork for the album will be on view. Signed and personalized LP’s and CD’s of “Look Together” will be available for purchase.
Admission is free; seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided at the gallery.
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About Dario Robleto
Dario Robleto is a transdisciplinary artist, citizen-scientist, researcher, writer and teacher based in Houston, Texas. He has exhibited his work extensively since 1997, most recently at the Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2014) and the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014). Robleto has been a visiting artist and lecturer at many universities and institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. He has been a research fellow and resident at institutions such as Rice University, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. In 2015 he joined a distinguished team of scientists as the artistic consultant to “Breakthrough Message”—a multi-national effort that aims to encourage intellectual and technical debate about how and what to communicate if the current search for intelligent life beyond Earth is successful. In 2016 he was appointed as the Texas State Artist Laureate. Currently, he is serving as Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering, the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA, and as Artist-at-Large at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and the Block Museum of Art.
About Wild Moccasins
Fronted by Zahira Gutierrez (vocals/keyboard) and Cody Swann (guitar/vocals), Wild Moccasins’ forthcoming third full-length album serves as a new beginning for the group. “Look Together” tackles themes of repairing relationships, shedding insecurities, and fresh starts, with vibrant guitar/synth lines layered under Gutierrez’s pop melodies. The impassioned 12-track LP began to form merely a week after the release of 2014’s «88 92,” as Gutierrez and Swann’s decade-long romantic relationship dissolved.
Healing proved to be difficult, as Wild Moccasins were charted for two years of extensive touring. Gutierrez and Swann would spend countless hours in a shared van, painfully staring each other down on stage and exchanging exaggerated he-said-she-said’s through songwriting.
Gutierrez and Swann began their writing partnership roughly a year into their romantic relationship, in 2007. The group has undergone roster changes over the years, but currently exists with the addition of Avery Davis (drums) and original member Nicholas Cody (bass). Their latest effort is highly pop-powered, with Ben H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter, Animal Collective) at the production helm. The result is a diverse album that blends guitar-driven elements of Wild Moccasins’ early discography with expansive electronic and '80s/'90s pop components, culminating as a resilient break-up record co-written by exes who chose to reconcile their differences the only way they knew how – working towards a common musical goal.