Back in the Art Biz Again, Cuppa Joe on the Side

The Brandon

Catherine D. Anspon  |  Photos by Curatorial trio, testosterone brio: Patrick Bresnan, Cody Ledvina, Dan Fergus. Photo by Shau Lin Hon.
November 25, 2013

Fall’s most heralded return in the Houston art world takes place around a fabled Montrose watering hole and coffee bar. Entrepreneur Dan Fergus has reopened next to Brasil in a restored 1930s bungalow that has evolved from Mixture Contemporary Art to Domy Books and now into an art space again. The Brandon is named after one of the principal’s puppets, so it’s hard to know what to expect —and that’s how the catalysts like it. Fergus divvies up curatorial duties with artist/former Joanna co-founder Cody Ledvina (a reliable bet for anything disarming) and filmmaker Patrick Bresnan. Their debut show was the best gallery group exhibition in years, balancing works by Whitney Biennialists Trenton Doyle Hancock and Robyn O’Neil with their teacher Lee Baxter Davis and mid-career faves Michael Bise and Dennis Harper, plus new-discovery photog Mike Osborne. Up next: NYC-based painter Jackie Gendel (her parents are hometown arts patrons Diane and Harry Gendel) joins Peter Labier and Tim Lokiec in a must-see tri-person presentation (through November 30). 1709 Westheimer Road, 713.522.0369;