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Yusuke Asai: yamatane

Rice University Art Gallery

October 2 through November 23, 2014

Rice University Art Gallery has commissioned Japanese artist Yusuke Asai to create an installation in conjunction with The Menil’s exhibition Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. In his immersive murals, Asai paints with different types of mud, dust, soil, and other natural materials he finds locally. For his first U.S. exhibition, Asai will transform Houston's swampy soil found in its bayous and surrounding areas into a stylized, fantastical landscape.

Creature Worlds

Rice University Art Gallery

October 2 through November 23, 2014

In the six short videos presented in Rice's RG Cubicle video space, animators create imaginative mini-universes full of animals, humans, and characters in between the two. Using stop-motion animation and other techniques, these creatures often playfully shift and morph to tell stories of larger cycles of life and evolution.

Connect Five: 5 Years of the UH MFA Painting Program

4411 Montrose

November 14 through 23, 2014

Two of the exhibiting artists (Melinda Laszczynski and Caroline Roberts) have curated a group show of 21 artists, spanning five years of the University of Houston’s MFA Painting Program. The other 19 artists: Heather Bause, Jamie Davis, Lauren Moya Ford, John Forse, Erika Harper, Zaeed Kala, Tracey Keller, Bradley Kerl, El Franco Lee II, Jennifer McClish, Sebastian Montes, Jessica Ninci, Eric Ockrassa, James Radcliffe, Rajab Sayed, Caroline Sharpless, Lindsey Stern, Michael Toskovich, Amy Beth Wright.

Suplex Presents: Lauren Moya Ford

All Over Houston Multi-venue

November 22 through 23, 2014

The last of a series of three solo exhibitions featuring Texas-based artists Justin Boyd, Jamal Cyrus, and Lauren Moya Ford. Transforming a previously abandoned location in Houston (at 1517 Alabama St.), each artist will activate the space through site-specific installations, performances, and artworks.

Heath Flagtvedt: New Body

Self Actualization

November 21 through 23, 2014

Flagtvedt makes plastic sculptures and conceptual artworks, which examine ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations. He creates intense personal moments unhindered by historical or physical reality.

ArtCrawl Houston 2014

Hardy & Nance Street Studio Complex

November 22 through 23, 2014

Well, they stubbornly continue to use this logo, waiting for it to turn into some sort of kitsch, nostalgia, retro, or inside humor, and they wait still. But they keep putting on their annual Art Crawl Houston, now in its 22nd year! The largest and longest running, free-to-the-public showing of art just about anywhere in Texas. Encompassing six square blocks of Houston's Historic Downtown Art Warehouse District, it has long been home to many of this city's finest creative sorts.

Bethany Johnson: Field Notes

Moody Gallery

Last Chance - October 25 through November 26, 2014

Field Notes presents a selection of drawings that reference the careful study of natural sciences. Johnson's methodically drawn tight parallel lines evoke a variety of historical referents, from antique engravings and cartography through early computer graphics, television monitors and contemporary printing technologies.

Christopher St. Leger: Mass and Void

Hooks-Epstein Galleries

Last Chance - October 25 through November 26, 2014

St. Leger chooses the city and its people as the focus of his watercolors, "because the delicate spilling of watercolor on concrete isn't a gesture of expressionism—it's human vulnerability.”

Russell Prince: Best Laid Plans

Jung Center

Last Chance - November 1 through 26, 2014

Prince’s collages explore the effects of time and change on our environments and the battle between modernity and nostalgia.

Larry Bell: Three Decades of Art

Nicole Longnecker Gallery

Last Chance - October 25 through November 26, 2014

One of the most influential artists to emerge from the 1960s Los Angeles art scene, Bell began to explore passing light through glass cubes he vacuum coated with metallic films. In the late 1970s, he started experimenting with metallic films on paper, a process he continues to use today and forms the exhibition’s body of work. In addition, If you can’t make it out to Chinati to see his big show there (on view through July, 2015), go check it out.

Seeing the Light

Williams Tower Gallery

Last Chance - October 22 through November 28, 2014

Seeing the Light presents a diverse group of works in which light plays an essential role. Artists: Adela Andea, Steve Burtch, Marta Chilindron, Kristen Cliburn, Gabriel de la Mora, Don Foster, Thomas Glassford, Will Henry, Barbara Jackson, Perla Krauze, Michelle Prazak, Robert Ruello, Sigrid Sandstrom, Rusty Scruby, Brent Steen, Luis Tomasello, Liz Ward.

Vernon Fisher: Dissent of Man

Hiram Butler Gallery

Last Chance - October 4 through November 29, 2014

More meticulously crafted, deadpan goofy works from Fort Worth’s own Vernon Fisher. Internationally celebrated for well over three decades, he just stays in Texas and keeps making stuff.

Collector's Eye: The Maloney Collection

FotoFest

Last Chance - October 23 through November 29, 2014

The collection of James Edward Maloney features a wide range of museum-quality photography, from the classical and avant-garde to the contemporary.

Judith Foosaner & Gian Garofalo

Laura Rathe Fine Art

Last Chance - October 25 through November 29, 2014

Two artists explore abstraction, Garofalo paints in vivid stripes and Foosaner investigates the relationship between black and white tones and shadows.

Right Here, Right Now: Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

Last Chance - August 23 through November 30, 2014

The first of "an occasional and ongoing series through which the museum will investigate localized artistic practices." (Read: we'll do shows of local artists from time to time, but don't hold us to any kind of schedule!) The CAMH's Bill Arning, Valerie Cassell Oliver and Dean Daderko each chose a Houston artist to feature: Debra Barrera, Nathaniel Donnett, and Carrie Marie Schneider, respectively.

Transported + Renewed

All Over Houston Multi-venue

Last Chance - September 1 through November 30, 2014

A massive three-month project involving parades, visual arts installations, performances, outdoor concerts, and much more—all in celebration of the centennial of the Houston Ship Channel. We'll be selectively posting some of the individual events as they occur, but click here for the full, hefty listing of this ambitious project. (Note new date on schedule for Silos III event due to weather.)

Michael Wommack: There is no "I" in suburb

Redbud Gallery

Last Chance - November 1 through 30, 2014

A series of pastel drawings by the Philadelphia-based artist record his observations of growing up in an archetypal American 1950s subdivision. Triggered by subconsciously remembered imagery, they are vivid but meant to remain ambiguous.

Perpetual Praxis

Main Street Projects- Houston

Last Chance - November 6 through 30, 2014

An evolving, public space installation devised by five Houston-based creatives: painter Amy Beth Wright, sculptor Michael Simmonds, chemist and craft enthusiast Diana Nash, and mechanical programmers Adam and Evelyn Sunderland. Perpetual Praxis weaves together elements of each artist’s respective lifelong practice to create a thoroughly multi-disciplinary and collaborative installation.

Carole A. Feuerman

Octavia Art Gallery

October 30 through December 5, 2014

Feuerman has been making hyperrealist sculpture for four decades, but this her first solo exhibition in Houston.

Buildering: Misbehaving the City

Blaffer Art Museum

September 21 through December 6, 2014

A traveling group exhibition exploring the creative misuse of built structures, suggesting the possibility of alternative forms of engagement, both physical and psychological— “parkour turned into art.” Organized by Steven Matijcio for the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati.

Candace Hicks: Super String Theory

post-studio projects

November 14 through December 6, 2014

Hicks not only collects coincidences, but offers an alternative model of the cosmos with coincidence as the key to natural law. Super String Theory is a larger collection of works on the subject of coincidence including all three volumes of String Theory.

Street Scenes: Street Photography and the Moving Image

The Brandon

November 12 through December 12, 2014

As part of the Houston Cinema Art Festival (HCAF), the Brandon Gallery/Brasil Café will serve as headquarters for its “Cinema on the Verge” and host a gallery exhibition and screening series presenting works by James Nares, Ken Jacobs, Jem Cohen and Cheryl Dunn. Each guest artist will display street photography and video works in the Brandon Gallery and present screenings at the Brandon, Menil Collection and Sundance Cinemas. Check HCAF for special screening times at all locations.

Chuck & George, Autumn Knight, Danielle C. Head, and Brian Piana

BOX 13 ArtSpace

November 8 through December 13, 2014

Four shows. The collaborative team Chuck & George present work inspired by their personal history of movies, children's stories, toys, music and TV shows in Table Scrappin': Less than Nowhere Now. Autumn Knight's Yates vs. Worthing borrows its content from interviews collected from her mother and father. Danielle C. Head's photographic work examines the mysterious and anachronistic intersections between the past and the present in her exhibition, Lester Kannon. Brian Piana's new works expand on his usage of color patterns generated by searching Twitter's public timeline for references to the words "red," "green," "blue," and "yellow" in New Compositions in RGB and Sometimes Y.

Corinne Jones: New work

Avis Frank Gallery

November 14 through December 14, 2014

Texas artist Corinne Jones uses the simplest of techniques to convey the language of her art, from earth drawings made by rubbing her native yard-dirt into paper, to layered silhouettes of creatures both observed and extinct.

Deborah Roberts: One and Many

Art Palace

October 25 through December 20, 2014

Deborah Roberts contradicts and exposes uncomfortable truths, taboos and myths about Black identity and idealized beauty, giving a contemporary voice to personal and political histories.

Gabriel de la Mora: Luciferos

Sicardi Gallery

October 30 through December 20, 2014

In de la Mora’s recent work, he uses fire-making as a vehicle for reconsidering geometric abstraction. Through the patterns of thousands of used matches, he evokes two distinct historical moments: Minimalist/Op Art paintings from the 1950s-60s, and that of the industrialization of fire through the invention of matches. By pairing these two narratives, de la Mora explores issues of abstraction and vision, invention and industrialization.

Ebony Porter: The Quilt Show

Art Palace

October 25 through December 20, 2014

Ebony Porter presents a selection of hand-quilted pieces inspired by a cross-section of the American landscape, cultural histories, folklore, and minimalism. As studies in patience and repetition, her work pieces together time, space, heritage, and destiny.

Tony Feher: Super Special Happy Group

Hiram Butler Gallery

November 1 through December 27, 2014

After his 25-year survey organized by The Blaffer in 2012, Tony Feher is back in town. A sculptor who uses non-precious, commonly available materials and found objects, Feher also engages site-determined, architecturally-based installations.

Homage to Domestic Familiarity III

Anya Tish Gallery

November 21 through December 27, 2014

As the third installment of the Domestic Familiarity exhibitions, the common thread amongst these diversified artists is their emphasis on depicting the mundane. Artists: Jonathan Clark, Daniela Edburg, Vadim Gushchin, Katja Loher, Shelby David Meier, Neva Mikulicz, Japheth Storlie, and James Zamora.

Bret Shirley: VALU+ Judgement

Cordoza Fine Art

November 21 through December 28, 2014

Shirley employs the use inorganic lab grown salt crystals, LEDs, casting resins, and concrete to create a series of sculptures and paintings that reflect on humanity's long standing fascination with the beauty and symmetry of crystalline structures.

Thais Mather: Wonder Bitch

The UNIT Store at Spring Street Studios

November 8, 2014 through January 3, 2015

A solo exhibition of work by artist/writer/feminist Thais Mather. Wonder Bitch was born out of a rough patch in her life, where she was using the post-it as a diaristic method of taking a hard look at herself and creating reminders of what not to do with her life. It culminated in a series of 500 post-it note drawings, with occasional text discussing the semiotics of the cultural violence of gender, race, class and how we might deconstruct them with a snide humor.

Michael Velliquette: Serpent Worship

David Shelton Gallery

November 14, 2014 through January 3, 2015

Velliquette’s new series of dimensional cut paper constructions embrace their folkloric origins, but insist on a new spiritual vocabulary—one that combines aspects of 20th-century formalism with contemporary sensibilities about the handmade.

Julon Pinkston: Nailed

Zoya Tommy Contemporary

November 21, 2014 through January 3, 2015

In Pinkston’s current work, he creates impasto paintings along with paint made to look and feel like ubiquitous objects relating to his studio practice—duct tape, plywood, red stickers—using acrylic paint as a medium.

Dario Robleto: The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed

Menil Collection

August 15, 2014 through January 4, 2015

This exhibit is the perfect union of cabinet of curiosity artist and cabinet of curiosity. Robleto has been researching NASA heartbeat recordings as well as the recent medical breakthrough of the beatless artificial heart, for "the largely unexplored history of the human heartbeat."

Robert Hodge: Destroy and Rebuild

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

October 3, 2014 through January 4, 2015

The first  solo museum show for Houston musician and visual artist, Robert Hodge. Though his practice has expanded to include site-specific sculpture and hip hop recording, Destroy and Rebuild features fifteen paintings and an off-site presentation of The Beauty Box, a second iteration of Hodge's 2013 site-specific sculpture, this time in Houston's Fifth Ward at 3705 Lyons Street.

The People's Plate with Otabenga Jones & Associates: Lawndale 2014 mural

Lawndale Art Center

February 28, 2014 through January 10, 2015

The 2014 mural at Lawndale Art Center will feature Otabenga Jones & Associates. This project will be the fourth mural at Lawndale Art Center. In addition to the mural at Lawndale there will be a series of adjacent programs, kicking off a year-long commitment to health education. Programs will include cooking classes, a foraging workshop, an urban gardening workshop and a line of mass produced lunchboxes that will be made available to the public.

RAW MATERIAL: Mari Omori, Kia Neill, and Cassie Normandy White

Hunter Gather

November 13, 2014 through January 10, 2015

Mari Omori creates wall installations and sculptures using tea bags; multi-media artist Kia Niell creates fantastical simulations of nature with watercolor and clay; and Cassie Normandy White’s biomorphic prints stem from a playful obsession with form, color and a fascination with the controlled accidents inherent to the medium.

Chelsea Knight and Mark Tribe: Posse Comitatus

Diverseworks

November 21, 2014 through January 10, 2015

An ongoing collaborative project by New York-based artists Knight and Tribe, Posse Comitatus examines the socio-cultural dynamics of paramilitary groups and the representation of their political ideologies through performative gestures and movement. They will present the final iteration of this three-year project, which includes a video installation, photographs, and a reading series—together speaking to issues of protection and preparedness, concepts that have particular resonance in Texas and to American society at large.

How the Light Gets In: Recent Work by Former Core Fellows

Glassell School of Art

October 10, 2014 through January 11, 2015

In homage to the building that has been the MFAH’s Core program's home since its inception, Mary Leclère and Lily Cox-Richard have organized a show of seven former Core fellows. Featuring works by Mequitta Ahuja, Vasco Araújo, Nick Barbee, Steffani Jemison, Karyn Olivier, Fraser Stables, and Jeff Williams. After this show, the Glassell will host the spring 2015 Core Exhibition and then THAT’S IT for this iconic building.

Drive

Lawndale Art Center

November 21, 2014 through January 22, 2015

Questioning how freeways have impacted art making—whether as inspiration, antagonist, or more neutrally as platform or stage—curators Joshua Fischer and Katia Zavistovski feature a broad range of work by artists and architects. Work by The Art Guys, Anthony Álvares, Jesse Morgan Barnett, Claudia Casbarian, Bryan Gardner, Heather Johnson, Cody Ledvina, Lars Lerup, Mike Osborne, Flash Gordon Parks, Susie Rosmarin, Thumb (Luke Bulman and Jessica Young) and Charisse Weston.

Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel

Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson Building

September 2, 2014 through January 31, 2015

Houston wouldn't be Houston without the Ship Channel, and this show will explore the "lore of work" associated with the city's port — and there is nothing not to love about their press image of the heavily tattooed young man suggestively wrangling two big ropes. Dockworkers of the world, UNITE! In conjunction with Transported + Renewed.

Rajni Perera: AFRIKA GALAKTIKA

Art League Houston

November 14, 2014 through April 24, 2015

This exhibition of new works by Sri-Lankan born artist Rajni Perera features a large-scale mural, and a series of paintings that cross-translate between the visual languages of Indian miniaturist art, Blaxploitation, and the images produced by the Hubble Deep Field Telescope. Floating between Western and Immigrant culture, the work creates an interesting East-West dialogue of ideas, concerning immigrant identity issues, female sexuality and science fiction and fantasy.

Jason Villegas: Mineral Spirit

Art League Houston

November 14, 2014 through April 24, 2015

A site-specific sculptural installation, inspired by string theory and spiritual vibrations, by Houston-based artist Jason Villegas in the ALH Sculpture Garden.

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