Top Five: April 7, 2022

by Glasstire April 7, 2022

Glasstire counts down the top five art events in Texas.

For last week’s picks, please go here.

A screen shot from a film by Harun Farocki. The black and white image is taken from a plane and appears to show two bombs that are being dropped.

Harun Farocki, “Images of the World and the Inscription of War,” 1988, B&W and color, sound, 4:3, 16mm film, 1:17:03 minutes. Image copyright of the artist, courtesy of Video Data Bank,, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

1. I’d hammer out danger, I’d hammer out a warning
FotoFest, Silver Street Studios Room 206 (Houston)
April 7 – 30, 2022

From Fotofest:
“The three-part exhibition features four films by artists and filmmakers whose work has been inspirational to the conceptual development of the upcoming FotoFest Biennial 2022 exhibition If I Had a Hammer. The presented films explore, through varied methods and approaches, the ways the circulation of images both inform and reflect social movements, political ideologies, and cultural imaginaries.”

A painting by Benito Huerta of oversized pink lilies placed together to create a circle in the middle of the canvas. The lilies are set against a dark sky with scattered distant stars and a rainbow forms a circle behind the flowers.

Benito Huerta, “As The World Turns,” 2022, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.

2. Benito Huerta: As the World Turns
Kirk Hopper Fine Art (Dallas)
April 2 – May 7, 2022

From Benito Huerta:
“This exhibition utilizes the title from the popular television soap opera As the World Turns, which began airing in 1958. Looking at events in our current world reminds us of similarities to events of the 1950’s – possible war with Communist Russia, the threat of nuclear war, and ongoing research to attempt to find cures for diseases. The works in this exhibition draw parallels between some of these past and current issues.”

A painting by Jason Willome of a raging fire visible through an open door of a home. A majority of the work is painted with a red overtone including the trees outside and the wood walls and ceiling of the home.

Jason Willome, “Follie à deux.”

3. Jason Willome: Bewilderment
Un Grito Gallery (San Antonio)
March 31 – April 22, 2022

From Un Grito Gallery:
Bewilderment is a selection of paintings made over the last 2 years. The title refers to a quote from Tarjei Vesaas’ The Boat in the Evening; ‘Bewilderment increases in the presence of mirrors.’

Jason Willome works across a range of mediums, investigating the tension between the mental and the physical. At the heart of Willome’s practice is painting – a medium that he treats in a uniquely tactile way. His work rubs together competing aspects of pictorial space and surface, or illusion and sculptural form, exploring moments of paradox and metaphor in the picture where image crosses into the space of the viewer. His recent paintings depict disasters and wreckage – flooded or snow-filled landscapes with only traces of human presence – created by pours of house paint, faux painting techniques, and other surface artifacts that attenuate the representational space and frame it as fantasy – a reflection of the willful ignorance and softened reality of the current moment.”

A painting by Robert R. Jones of a Black person wearing black torn Converse shoes with short white socks. The painting only reveals from the shins down so we do not know what the figure looks like beyond that. The image is set against a vivid purple background.

Robert R. Jones, “Resurrection,” 2008, acrylic on canvas.

4. Robert R. Jones Walking in My Shoes
San Marcos Art Center
April 6 – 30, 2022

From the San Marcos Art Center:
“Many San Marcos locals are familiar with the large diversity mural that was unveiled on January 16th, 2021 off the corner of LBJ Dr. and Martin Luther King Dr. near Downtown San Marcos. The artist of the mural, Robert R. Jones, is set to unveil a new exhibit of original works at the San Marcos Art Center starting April 6th through April 30th. While the diversity mural, titled “Celebrate”, was the largest piece Jones has created, totaling at 16 panels and 500 hours of work, Jones’ new exhibit exhibit, ‘Walking in My Shoes’ will show a series of paintings and prints reflecting on the experiences of the artist’s life.”

A fiber work by Hurieah Heravi using Dyed, sewn and glued quilt batting.

A work by Hurieh Heravi.

5. Hurieh Heravi
The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center For The Arts (Lubbock)
April 1 – 20, 2022

“Huriah Heravi will be celebrating her MFA exhibition addressing issues found in the complex relationship between totalitarian and suppressive societies. Her sculptural work consists of non objective highly textured pieces that have roots in clothing and other found materials often with a connection to her native Iran.”

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