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Welcome to The Houston Literary Review

Visual Arts Pages

We are proud to offer our readers the best illustrators, painters, sculptures, and imaginative visual artists from Texas and beyond.


Within these pages you will find the artistry of national and international artists.


Joseph Nechvatal is our featured artist in the March 2008 issue.


Joseph Nechvatal's digital paintings conjure up an enigmatic world of almost dreadful depth – a depth that signals the dynamic critical intricacy of a contemporary practice engaged in the fragile wedding of image production and image resistance. His computer-robotic assisted paintings are made up of an oddly excessive concoction of ambiguous sexual body parts (morphed from both sexes) and expressions of political ire; thereby exploring the theme of allegory which addresses the global influence of the viral form.

Nechvatal’s art evokes a process of self-sampling and psychic self-mixing that apes, yet critiques, the ideological compositional devices engaged in by mainstream media, which it uses to create seemingly “objective” continuous permutations of representational meaning. But Nechvatal also brings a subversive reading to computational media by presenting an artistic hyper-self-consciousness that articulates contemporary concerns regarding safety, truth, identity and objectivity.

To contribute to the visual arts section, please send digitized work with a brief biographical sketch (including techniques used in the work) to photoeditor@thehoustonliteraryreview.com

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  Diana Magallon in the Summer 2007 issue





by: Diana Magallon





Elegia 4


Diana Magallon