Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pan Recommends for the week of March 21 to March 27

Robert Boyd

Do you want to see every art event this week? Sorry, you can't. This is one of the most crowded art weekends I've seen in Houston. In addition to the NCECA conference and the Bayou City Art Festival, there are, by my count, 37 art openings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! This list below only captures a small sampling. (And let me recommend Glasstire's listings if you want a more complete picture.) I'll be running around trying to see them all--so maybe I'll see you somewhere along the way!


A ceramic installation from the NCECA Conference website

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference at the Brown Convention Center, today and Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 8:30 am to 11 am. NCECA actually started on Tuesday, and you may have noticed ceramics exhibits opening up in galleries and art spaces all over town in the past week or so. Attendance is a little pricey, but the exhibitors list alone looks worth it.

Miguel Ángel Rojas, Caquetá, 2007. Video, 7:38 minutes

Caquetá by Miguel Ángel Rojas at Sicardi Galleryruns through Saturday. A former Colombian soldier missing both hands cleans off the camouflage paint on his body. Part of Miguel Ángel Rojas' continued examination of the costs of the drug wars in Colombia.


Image by Teri Frame

Skin Embellished featuring Teri Frame, Ryan Kelly, Linda Lopez, Matthew McConnell, Margaret Meehan, Julie Moon, and Lindsay Pichaske at Gallery 1724, 7 pm (runs through March 23, so catch it quick). This NCECA-related exhibit explores "skin." I don't know what to expect, but that Teri Frame image above freaks me out!

Nils Olav Bøe, Constructed Landscape 7, 2004. From the series Constructed Landscape

International Discoveries IV featuring Nils Olav Bøe, Kim Tae Dong, FLORA, Patrick Gries and Ian Teh at Fotofest, 7 pm (runs through May 4). If you are a little tired of ceramics, Fotofest has a new photography show going up.

The Bridge Club, their trailer, and Sam Houston (photo by Matt Weedman)

The Trailer by the Bridge Club at the Art League, 2 to 8 pm. The performance group's trailer will be at the Art League (which is opening four other shows, so expect a party).


Fired Up by Audrey Heller

The Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park, 10 am to 6 pm each day. I like strolling through this Festival and checking out the booths. I particularly like to see beautifully crafted wooden items, and always do a little early Christmas shopping there. The fact is, you never know what you'll see--for example, photographer Audrey Heller at Booth 287.


I'm pretty sure this one is by Funk

Funk and Budge (Vernon Funk and Susan Budge) at Darke Gallery,  6 pm, up through April 20. I would see any exhibit (or Blaxploitation buddy movie) called "Funk and Budge," but in this case, they happen to be the artists' names. More ceramics from two accomplished practitioners.


Randy Twaddle, Forager's Compass, 2013, charcoal on paper

New Work: Drawings, Collages, and Tiles by Randy Twaddle at Moody Gallery, 5 pm (through April 20). Every show by Randy Twaddle is a good one, and I expect this will be no exception.


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