Falon Mihalic is a landscape architect and land artist working in sculpture, painting, textiles, and site installation. The landscape experience- from the microscopic plant cell to the landforms of regions – inspires her work across multiple media types. Falon is a native of the Florida panhandle where moss-laden live oaks overhang turquoise springs and the mainland is fringed by white sand barrier islands.
She received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. While a student at RISD, she received the distinguished Dan Tuttle Endowed Scholarship Award for Design Excellence, three travel and research grants, and a Landscape Architecture Department Fellowship. Her recent honors include the winning competition entry for a public art installation at RE Gallery in Dallas, the 2015 Emerging Artist Award from the Houston Arts Alliance, and a 2016 Artist Residency at Sojourn Studios. Her recent public art project, Color Clouds, was produced in partnership with the East End Foundation with support from the City of Houston. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and public spaces in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Providence, and Boston.
Falon owns and directs Falon Land Studio, a landscape architecture and public art firm.
I create sculpture, installation, and painting of hyper-colored organic forms using aluminum mesh, dyed fabric, paper, and paint. My work begins with an ephemeral moment in the natural world- storm clouds building, wood decaying, plant cells dividing- and that moment is abstracted into something fantastical in saturated colors. I’m astonished by the deep blue that builds on the underside of storm clouds and the thunder that comes with downpouring rain. These moments demonstrate the wonder embodied in the living landscape. I make art in an attempt to uncover that experience of wonder.
My work is based in the landscapes of the south- hot, humid, swampy places that blister with beauty and delight. I’m particularly inspired by boisterous overgrown urban wild plants and bizarre color schemes that punctuate the grey sprawl in the searing sun of Texas and Florida. I work in sweeping gestures by using smeared chalk pastels and diffused paint washes to layer colors. The building up of color layers directs each piece.
My hands are my most important tool. Their movements are embedded in every piece I make. In this way, the work is human-scaled, immersive, and experiential with bold punches of color; the gestures evident.
Lives and works in Houston, TX
MLA, Rhode Island School of Design
BA, New College of Florida
EXHIBITIONS + AWARDS
Esquina de Musica, grant-funded public art project, Houston, TX
Playshapes, grant-funded public art project, Houston, TX
Grounding, Solo Show, m Architects, Houston, TX
PLEAT Gallery, Two Person Show, pleatgallery.com
Bayou Meander, Public Art Commission, Momentum Fitness, Houston, TX
Joyful Walls, Two-Person Show at Joybird Flagship Store, Houston, TX
Bastrop Art in Public Places, Winning Concept Design, Bastrop, TX
Public Art Commission Central Avenue, Baltimore City, MD
Selected Artist in Residence, Aurora Residency. Houston, TX
Fantastic Terrain, Pop-up Park for Park(ing) Day,City Hall, Houston, TX
Monsoon Season, Group Show, Sojourn Studios, Houston, TX
Emerging Artist Grant, Houston Arts Alliance. Houston, TX
Winning Competition Entry, RE: Projects. Dallas, Texas
Future Clouds, Group Show, Muir Fine Art Gallery, Houston, TX
Color Clouds, Public Art Installation, 4100 Harrisburg Blvd. Presented by the East End Foundation, Houston, TX
Painted Leaves, Video Projection for Bring Your own Beamer, Co-presented by the Aurora Picture Show & the Menil Collection. Houston, TX
Mycorrhiza. Public Art Installation, Winning competition entry for RE Gallery. Dallas, TX
What ought to be: Envisioning the Impossible. Group Show, Box13 Gallery. Houston, TX
Finalist, Baltimore Red Line Public Art in Transit, Awarded an honorarium and invited to develop a public art concept proposal for a new train station plaza in Baltimore, MD.
I Dream in Color. Public Art Installation, Houston Makerspace. Houston, TX
Urban Wild: A Pop-up Garden. Installation. Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival, Chicago
Expand, Hybrid Drawing Group Exhibition. BEB Gallery, Providence RI
Living Great Lakes Map. Art on Armitage Gallery, Chicago IL
Light the Wind, Installation, DuPage County Preserve. Naperville, IL
Creative Practice, Group Show. The Gallery at Sasaki. Watertown, MA
RISD Graduate Show, Landscape Architecture, Rhode Island Convention Center
Illuminated Garden, Group Show, Ballard Park Conservancy, Newport RI
Compost Grove, Environmental Art, Tillinghast Farm, Barrington RI
RedDoor Gallery, Group Show, Chicago, IL
American Society of Landscape Architects Graduate Award
The Dan Tuttle Endowed Scholarship for Design Excellence, RISD.
Graduate Studies Grant Award for New Work, RISD.
Architectural Research Travel Grant, RISD.
Fellowship, Landscape Architecture, RISD
New College Admissions Committee Scholarship
Florida Bright Futures Scholar