Monday, December 27, 2010

Anniversary Special and Stephanie Saint Sanchez...opening Saturday, January 15, 2010

It's The Kenmore's anniversary! This will be celebrated with:

A champagne toast!

A film from Stephanie Saint Sanchez's "La Chicana Laundry Pictures!"

A commemorative giveaway!

All on Saturday, January 15 from 7pm to 9:30pm.

Location and contact info:
The Kenmore
Box 13 ArtSpace
6700 Harrisburg Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77011

Nacho Mama's Fridge!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nacho Mama's Fridge!!!

“Nacho Mama’s Fridge” is a group show of art-for-sale-at-irresistibly-affordable-prices celebrating both generosity and democracy in art with most art priced under $20 at The Kenmore, Box 13 ArtSpace, November 13- December 31, 2010. The opening reception is Saturday, November 13 from 7pm to 9:30pm.

Bonnie Blue, known for her “Women Who Rock” series encompassing portraits on rocks, shoes, bras, and an art car, Cody Ledvina, artist and co-founder of “The Joanna Gallery” in Houston, Texas, Veronica Jackson, Houston-based poet and painter, Merilee Minshew, artist and jewelry designer, Jarrod “Toonzi!” Perez, cartoonist, comic artist and creator of “Screwed-Up Comics”, Keith Reynolds, artist and founder of “The Houston Entertainicle”, Madeline Robinson, capturer of personalities, Lindsey Simard, painter of watercolor hipsters, and Kristi Wilson, current resident at The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft present work at The Kenmore at Box 13 Artspace this Saturday. The exhibition is curated by Emily Sloan.

The majority of the artists in this show sell their works at extremely affordable prices on a regular basis in an attempt to share it with more people and provide themselves with a quick turnaround in their invested materials and time so they can keep creations flowing. Several other artists interested in this idea and approach have joined in creating “irresistibly affordable” art especially for this show. Unlike the refrigerator art a proud parent may exhibit, all of the works are for sale! Additionally, nachos will be served during the opening.

Image: Sweet Meats, earrings by Merilee Minshew

The Kenmore
Box 13 Artspace
6700 Harrisburg
Houston, Texas 77011

Contact The Kenmore at 713-582-1198 or

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ariane Roesch and Christoph Hüppi, RJ Curatorial Experiences, Inc.

Ariane Roesch and Christoph Hüppi Debut New Work in a Two-Person Exhibition curated by RJ Experiences, Inc.

On view at The Kenmore, Box 13 Artspace, September 18- October 21, 2010.

Above: RJ Curatorial Experiences, Inc. (Rachel Hooper and Jonathan Leech) installing their exhibition.

Ariane Roesch installing.

"More Heat." by Ariane Roesch

"More Heat" details.

Paintings from Christoph Hüppi's "Get to the Point" series.

Hüppi details.

Christoph Hüppi and Ariane Roesch. (above)

Opening reception on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

A special thank you to Jonathan Leach, Rachel Hooper, Christoph Hüppi, and Ariane Roesch.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ariane Roesch and Christoph Hüppi Debut New Work in a Two-Person Exhibition on view at The Kenmore, Box 13 Artspace, September 18- October 21, 2010

Ariane Roesch, “Unwind,” 2010, EL wire installation, Courtesy the artist

Christoph Hüppi, “Pipe 16,” 2010, acrylic on canvas, Courtesy the artist and galleryHOMELAND, Portland, OR

Contact: Emily Sloan,

Ariane Roesch and Christoph Hüppi Debut New Work in a Two-Person Exhibition
on view at The Kenmore, Box 13 Artspace, September 18- October 21, 2010

For Immediate Release-- HOUSTON (September 12, 2010)-- Ariane Roesch, a graduate student at CalArts, and Christoph Hüppi, a painter who lives in Zürich, Switzerland, debut new work at The Kenmore at Box 13 Artspace this Friday. Roesch's installation transforms the inside of the refrigerator into hot oven using her signature EL wire, a glowing cord commonly used for commercial signs. Hüppi debuts three new paintings from his “Get to the Point” series, which uses opulent, pearlescent colors to create fluid lines that appear to pulse and vibrate on the canvas. A series of tiny 4 x 5 inch canvases is also featured on the sides of the refrigerator. The exhibition is curated by the collective RJ Curatorial Experiences, Inc.

“I am so excited to present this experimental work that has never been seen in Houston before,” said Emily Sloan, aritst and owner of The Kenmore. “I wanted to open my studio to other artists to give them a chance to show new small scale work that might not be appropriate for other venues. With a common interest in communication, systems of exchange, and patterns of transmission, Ariane Roesch and Christoph Hüppi are a good pair whose work really speaks to each other.”

Christoph Hüppi was born in 1976 in Zurich, Switzerland, where he currently lives and works. He has a BFA from the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and also studied at Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy and the Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich. His work has recently been shown in solo exhibitions at Galerie Baviera in Zurich (2010) and galleryHOMELAND in Portland, Oregon (2008) and in group exhibitions at Starkart Exhibitions in Zurich (2010), Kunstraum in Baden, Switzerland (2010), and Birla Art Gallery in Mumbai, India (2006).

Ariane Roesch was born in 1984 in Wuerzburg, Germany, and moved to Houston, TX, in 1996. Roesch received her BFA from the University of Houston in 2007. Her work has recently been exhibited at Horselaw Press in Zurich, Switzerland, and PS in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is also the co-founder of SKYDIVE, an artist-run alternative space focused on hosting artists working in a range of art practices that push the limits of their material forms. Currently she is working on her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.

About The Kenmore:
Not just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold artist-run gallery space measuring approximately 36" x 24"x 24". It is located at Box 13 ArtSpace in Houston, Texas. The Kenmore's mission is to keep ideas fresh through the opportunity of a unique exhibition context. It is owned and operated by Emily Sloan, whose art practice includes object making, performance, social involvement and spaces, and curating unique venues including a contemporary art salon, a mini-fridge, and a bathroom hidden behind a bookcase. She is a latituder at labotanica's School of Latitudes. While at labotanica, she is working on "WAKE." Check out labotanica at:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Christoph Huppi and Ariane Roesch, curated by RJ Curatorial Experiences, Inc.

Christoph Huppi (The Kenmore's outside)


Ariane Roesch (The Kenmore's inside)

curated by RJ Curatorial Experiences, Inc.

Opening Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 7-9:30pm.


The Kenmore
inside Box 13 ArtSpace
6700 Harrisburg
Houston, Texas 77011

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Next up: RJ Curatorial Experiences, Inc.

After a run at Lawndale Art Center, The Kenmore will be in a new location within Box 13 ArtSpace! Our next show opens Saturday, September 18 from 7-9:30pm. RJ Curatorial Experiences, Inc. will be hosting the exhibition.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Kenmore's "The small Show"

The Kenmore presents "The small Show" at Lawndale Art Center. Artists: Aisen Caro Chacin, Loli Fernandez-A, Valerie Powell and Emily Sloan. Opening July 9 through August 7, 2010.

Drop-off and installation with Loli Fernandez-A.

Below: Drop-off and installation with Valerie Powell.

Below: Drop-off and installation with Aisen Caro Chacin.

The Kenmore at Lawndale Art Center's "The BIG Show."
"Outer Sculpture Garden" by Valerie Powell.
plastic, magnets

Below: "miscellaneous" by "The small Show" curator Emily Sloan.

Below: "Homage to Judd" by Loli Fernandez-A.

Below: "The Freezer Gallery" by Aisen Caro Chacin.
Recording of Unchained Melody, strawberry ice cream, peas.

Art model Bobby Younce and The Kenmore.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The small Show within Lawndale Art Center's The BIG Show

The Kenmore's "The small Show" within Lawndale Art Center's "The BIG Show" will open Friday, July 9, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm inside Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. "The small Show" will remain on view at Lawndale Art Center through August 7, 2010.

Aisen Caro Chacin, The Freezer Gallery
Loli Fernandez-A, Homage to Judd (pictured above)
Valerie Powell, Outer Sculpture Garden
Emily Sloan, curator of "The small Show" and owner of The Kenmore and its miscellaneous items

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Aisen Caro Chacin: Lechuguillita

Aisen installing:

Exhibition views:

One night only!---Saturday, May 15 from 7-9:30pm.

The Kenmore's location:
Box 13 ArtSpace
6700 Harrisburg (at Cesar Chavez)
Houston, Texas 77011

After a long period of scientific research limited access, Lechuguillita, the smallest cave of the Americas, is open to the public on May 15th for the first time. Salt and copper sulfate pentahydrate crystal formations deck the 0.25 cubic ft. frozen cave. Lechuguillita Cave lies beneath studio wilderness area. However, it appears that the cave's passages may extend out of the studio into adjacent Bureau of Art Management (BAM) land. A major threat to the cave is proposed drilling on BAM land. Any leakage of gas or fluids into the cave's passages could kill cave life or cause explosions.

Read more about Ms. Chacin on our history page!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Art Lies Spring Roundup

Art Lies (a contemporary art quarterly) will be having their Spring Roundup at Box 13 Artspace on Saturday, April 24. All Box 13 artists-in-residence will have their studios open. The Kenmore will also be open!

Event info:
Art Lies Spring Roundup and Auction
Saturday, April 24, 7-10pm
(VIP 6-7pm)
Tickets: $50/$75 for VIP

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Michael Brims: Ink

Michael installing:

Exhibition views:

Above: pizza, beer, cookie dough, carrots, art


One night only!---Saturday, March 13 from 7-9:30pm.

The Kenmore's location:
Box 13 ArtSpace
6700 Harrisburg (at Cesar Chavez)
Houston, Texas 77001

Ink consists of a video of a partial portrait. However, the piece seems more like a still image. Nothing changes, except for the occasional movement of the eye. The amount of detail conveyed through the use of High Definition stands in stark contrast to the ambiguity of the piece. Ink is The Kenmore's first FotoFest exhibit.

Michael grew up where The Sound of Music was filmed. He came to America on Thanksgiving Day 1999, wondering why all the Americans on the plane were eating Turkey. He then settled in Houston for the warm weather and the friendly people. In 2008 he graduated with an MFA from the City’s prestigious TIER One pursuing University. (This is where we met!) He spent one semester teaching Design, Photography, Digital Imaging and Video Art at Lamar University in Beaumont and now runs his own video production company.

For more information on Michael's life or work go to

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For more information about Fotofest visit:

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Cody Ledvina: A tiny war between racists about the origin of Adam

...all that conflict in one box!!!

One night only, and that night is Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 7-9:30pm. Please join us on the first floor of Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg, Houston, TX 77011.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

History of The Kenmore...

Prior to January 2010, The Kenmore was referred to as The Fridge. Its first owner was artist Loli Fernández-Andrade Kolber. Fernández-Andrade Kolber housed The Fridge in her studio while attending the University of Houston. Fernández-Andrade Kolber housed a test-tube art project along with edibles in the space. In August 2007, Fernández-Andrade Kolber sold The Fridge to artist Emily Sloan in exchange for helping to move her out of her studio and a magazine subscription. Sloan then housed The Fridge in her studio at the University of Houston with drawings, lists, and notes on the outside walls and a clear resin ice-like rat on the inside guarding its edibles. In August 2009, Sloan relocated The Fridge to Box 13 ArtSpace, also in Houston, Texas.

December 2009, Aisen Caro Chacin and Tyson Urich hosted an exhibition called “Cooler Than Usual” at her N Gallery. This exhibition included artworks in the gallery’s freezer. Thrilled by this creative approach, Sloan approached Chacin with the proposition of a similar space. Chacin happily gave her approval. January 2010, Sloan changed the name of the space from The Fridge to The Kenmore to mark its coming out to the public.

It immediately became clear that The Kenmore was an independent space in its own right. It has a life of its own, encompassing the refrigerator, freezer, the outside wall of the space, and even the surrounding area of wherever it happens to be. At one time, The Kenmore even ventured outside of Box 13 ArtSpace to Lawndale Art Center for an exhibition.

The Kenmore has offered artists from Texas to Switzerland the opportunity to collaborate with an every day object and hopefully some new insights. In turn, it is an object most of us have collaborated with since childhood, often in the form of drawings displayed on the door.

The Kenmore gratefully acknowledges all of its contributors including Aisen Caro Chacin, Box 13 ArtSpace, caretaker Emily Sloan, all of the artists/curators collaborating with The Kenmore, and other refrigerator galleries especially those exhibiting many artists' first artworks.

Contact info:
The Kenmore
Box 13 ArtSpace
6700 Harrisburg Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77011