The collection of images below were taken at various exhibitions and events at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. All photos and videos by Scott Cartwright/Studio WAC.
Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action
FEBRUARY 9 — MAY 13, 2018
Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action is a group show featuring artists who create a spectacle of light, color, and movement through neon and plasma sculpture and performance. Viewers will be enchanted by the variety of glowing artworks on display.
Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft
JANUARY 26 — APRIL 15, 2018
Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft features Michael Crowder and Julia Maria Künnap, two artists who use surrealist strategies and references in their work. The exhibition offers a series of puzzling and beautiful objects made from cast glass, fine metals and gemstones, along with nontraditional materials like ash and soap, to highlight the unexpected relationship between Surrealism and craft.
NOVEMBER 17, 2017 — 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
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 — 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
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 — 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.
The Sound of Things
AUGUST 4, 2017 — NOVEMBER 11, 2017
The Sound of Things, featuring the work of artists Bohyun Yoon and Alyce Santoro, conceptualizes sound and its laden potential within objects and craft materials. The exhibition prompts visitors to ask: What does glass sound like? What does a sonic weaving look like? Yoon and Santoro have mined the history of their respective materials—glass and woven audio tape—to engage with these questions and make tangible what was once unperceivable.
Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions
JUNE 16 — SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
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.
Edward Eberle Retrospective
JUNE 16 — SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
Edward Eberle Retrospective brings works from the mid-1980s to the present into dialogue, allowing visitors to discover the timeless and intriguing work of a true master. Comprised of over 40 works, the show highlights the evolution of Eberle’s exquisite forms and fragmented dreamlike imagery by featuring both his trademark porcelain work, as well as a series of works on paper. Audiences will see paper-thin wheel-thrown vessels of both closed and open forms, as well as more conceptual pieces from the early 2000s. The exhibition culminates with examples of the artist’s most recent mixed-media sculptures and large paper cylinders.
JANUARY 20 — MARCH 18, 2017
Diminutive, yet exactingly crafted, the miniature has an undeniable allure. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Pocket Museum, a group exhibition that spotlights the contemporary craft miniature. Featuring five artists working in ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, and wood–Jon Almeda, Althea Crome, Sean Donlon, Nash Quinn, and Marco Terenzi–the exhibition explores the relevance of small-scale objects in contemporary material culture and the renewed fascination with this timeless form.
United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool
FEBRUARY 3, 2017 — MAY 28, 2017
Through works on view in the galleries and a series of craft-based programs, United by Hand pays tribute to U.S. veterans and aims to create neutral ground, raising critical awareness about the history and current state of war culture in the United States.
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