On View through January 21, 2018
Head Gear features three artists who use masks and portraiture to perform, interrogate, and subvert constructed identities. Inspired by the historical uses of armor and veils, Kate Clements, Arielle DePinto, and Matt Lambert explore the implications of concealing and revealing oneself through ornament. Through a combination of objects and accompanying studio portraits, the artists experiment with classic archetypes like beauty queens, brides, widows, athletes, and soldiers to create entirely new and complex identities.
Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt
On View through January 7, 2018
Storyline highlights the spectrum of contemporary quilt-making techniques and traditions. As living artifacts that change over time, historically, quilts have depicted personal histories and fostered community-building throughout many different cultures. Storyline brings together a diverse selection of quilters, including Kathryn Clark, Carolyn Mazloomi, Aaron McIntosh, and Anna Von Mertens, who utilize various techniques, patterns, and materials to document their stories as well as comment on broader cultural narratives. Each artist uses the language of fiber to capture the unique content of his or her work.
For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America
Extended through January 14, 2018
Exploring the rich history and current renaissance of hand-lettered signs, For Hire showcases a range of contemporary sign painters who use traditional methods to create banners, sandwich boards, paper signs, murals, fictional advertisements, and more. Some pieces will be installed from the start of the show, while others will be created in the gallery, during public hours, over the course of the exhibition. This will allow visitors to witness, firsthand, a variety of sign-painting processes.
HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL
November 4, 2017
Families and visitors of all ages attended this fun day of indoor/outdoor activities focused on fiber art. Participating groups included the Houston Area Machine Knitters, The Community Cloth, Workshop Houston, and local artists Olga Tarasova, Rebecca Braziel, Liz Robb, and Molly Koehn, all of whom led craft activities and demonstrations. Photos by Scott Cartwright.
Viewers can expect to see and feel the unexpected in Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions, a solo exhibition of recent work by the furniture maker. Punctuated by carpeted shapes that frame her furniture, Evelyn’s installation entices the visitor to experience her craftsmanship firsthand by taking a seat. Using alternative materials to upholster her chairs, she manipulates tessellations of cement and aluminum to create comfortable, squishy seat cushions. These seemingly hard and rigid materials are so surprisingly relaxing to sit on, the experience of interacting with the work is sure to change the viewer’s first impression. Photos by Scott Cartwright.
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