In 2012, an annual, summer-long, outdoor photographic exhibition was launched as a sister initiative to Photoville (NYC) in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It was called THE FENCE and has since expanded to Atlanta and Boston. This year, THE FENCE will open in Houston on December 6 (on view through March 31st).
The folks at THE FENCE say they selected Houston because its artists “exemplify the essence of ‘community.’” (Houston may be the most racially and ethnically diverse city in the country, but we’re not sure that boast can yet be claimed by the art community.) To represent the idea of community, artists were asked to submit 3-6 images of works for any or all of the following categories: Creatures, Home, People, Play, Streets, and Nature.
Perhaps in an effort to expand the notion of community, all entries are considered for any or all of the four locations, selected by a jury of more than forty professionals. It sounds like it could be a mess, but at least a flashy mess—500 feet of large-format photographs from artists around the world. Check it out this Sunday between the 3500-3700 blocks of Main Street.