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CALL FOR ARTISTS: CRAFTTEXAS 2018

Application Now Open!

Exhibition Overview
Organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), CraftTexas 2018 is the tenth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the finest in Texas-made contemporary craft.  In the fall of 2018, this encompassing exhibition will feature artists from across the state who work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.

The exhibition provides an introduction for the general public to develop an appreciation for the depth and breadth of craft being made in their local communities and across the state. Additionally, this unique show provides Texas artists the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections.

Juror
CraftTexas 2018 will be juried by Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. She has curated a number of exhibitions at that institution, including Melvin Edwards: In OklahomaJeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me, and ArtNow 2017. From 2013 through 2015, she was a New York-based independent curator focusing on contemporary art and design.  Her exhibitions included Pathmakers: Women in Art; Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York.

Previously, Scanlan was the associate curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. She has lectured internationally and has taught at Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School in London, England, and at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has a BA in art history and Italian from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and a MA in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York.

Exhibition Dates
September 28, 2018 – January 13, 2019 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Artist Eligibility

  • CraftTexas 2018 is open to craft artists currently residing in Texas.
  • The following craft media is accepted: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.
  • Each artist may submit up to three (3) original works completed within the last two (2) years.
  • Work must be available for the duration of the show and may not be withdrawn from the exhibition at any time prior to the closing date of January 6, 2019.
  • Crated work must fit through a 4′ x 8′ door, and actual work may not exceed 200 pounds in weight.
  • Work cannot have been exhibited at HCCC in the past.

Awards

  • Three (3) Award of Merit prizes of $1000 each will be selected by the juror.

Online Application Process

  • All applications must be completed and submitted online via the Slideroom system.
  • Applications will be accepted December 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 (Midnight, Central Standard Time).
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Submission Materials

  • Artist statement (maximum of 1000 characters).
  • Artists may enter up to three (3) pieces of work. Artists should submit only one (1) digital image per work, for a total of up to three (3) images. All images must be in high-resolution .jpeg format (minimum size of 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches.) DO NOT submit detail images.
  • Non-refundable entry fee of $36 to be paid by credit card.

Jury Process
Work submitted to CraftTexas 2018 will be juried via the Slideroom system using high-resolution digital images. Images must be accurate representations of the work. Accepted work that differs significantly from the images may be rejected at the discretion of HCCC. No substitutions of accepted work will be allowed.

Accepted Work

  • Notification of acceptance will be on or before June 1, 2018.
  • Accepted work must arrive to HCCC between Monday, September 17, and Friday, September 24, 2018. Please make proper arrangements for delivery or with your shipper to ensure arrival dates.
  • All work will be installed by professional staff and may not be shown at the discretion of HCCC’s curatorial department. Packaging and artworks must be in good condition and able to withstand the strains of transportation. Work must be properly packaged for travel; wooden crates or double-boxed cardboard containers are highly recommended.
  • Artists are responsible for transit and insurance of accepted work to HCCC. COD shipments will not be accepted.
  • HCCC will provide insurance for all works while they are exhibited on site and upon their return to the artist.
  • HCCC reserves the right to photograph and distribute any images of work in the exhibition for educational or publicity purposes, via electronic or print media of any kind.
  • HCCC may use the images submitted for the jury process for publication and publicity. Please ensure submitted images are professionally photographed and are print quality (minimum size of 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches).

About Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC)
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is dedicated to advancing education about the process, product, and history of craft. HCCC provides exhibition, retail, and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators and the community-at-large.

Questions?
Address questions regarding application guidelines and submission process to applications@crafthouston.org.


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TREACHERY OF MATERIAL: THE SURREALIST IMPULSE IN CRAFT


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft, featuring 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.

Known for its outlandish and irrational imagery meant to express the power of imagination and the unconscious mind, Surrealism has maintained its strong cultural relevance since its introduction in the 1920s, becoming a mainstay not only in art museums but in ad campaigns, films, fashion, and household objects as well.  Both Surrealism and craft incorporate a range of materials and traditions that have proven difficult to categorize as a whole. Many of the Surrealist masters, notably Salvador Dalí, Méret Oppenheim, Max Ernst, and Pedro Friedeberg, made forays into craft media during their careers, producing work in jewelry and metals, fiber and furniture. Their influence on craft continues today, as seen in the works of Crowder and Künnap.

Though he creates much of his sculpture from kiln-fired glass, often employing a pâte de verre technique that fuses glass particles into an open crystalline structure, Michael Crowder incorporates a range of particulate mediums like soap, sugar, chocolate, marble dust, wax, and ashes in his cast objects. His body of work, L’heure bleue, was completed during a fellowship at the home of Dora Maar (which she shared with Pablo Picasso) in Ménerbes, France. In the series, which references the “blue hour” between daylight and dark, he portrays 20th-century art historical icons that are sculpted and cast from nontraditional materials, which would be self-obliterating if ever used for their intended purpose.  From a wax pipe referencing Magritte’s famous painting, The Treachery of Images (1929), to a cast-glass tire alluding to Robert Raushenberg’s Untitled (glass tires) (1997), each of Crowder’s sculptural objects is made from materials that defy its function.

Künnap, on the other hand, applies her mastery of lapidary stonecutting to form gemstones that visually defy and denature the material itself.  Through an incredibly precise and time-consuming process, she captures a sense of wonderment in her work, creating gemstones that appear to be in an eternal state of melting, dripping, and splashing.  By capturing impossibilities that seem conceived of in a dream state, her pieces hold a strong conceptual link to some of the most famous visual strategies of Surrealism, such as the “melting” clocks depicted in Salvador Dalí’s seminal painting, The Persistence of Memory (1931).

Treachery of Material was curated by HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro, who traces a lineage of Surrealism in craft media through the exhibition. “The show brings to the fore two contemporary artists whose works apply key strategies and tenets of Surrealism to demonstrate the contemporary and continual significance of Surrealism in visual culture.”

About the Artists 

Michael Crowder holds an MFA degree from Kent State University in Ohio and is currently based in Houston, Texas. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of American Glass; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Gandi Maidan Museum in Patna, India.  He was nominated for the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award and was the recipient of multiple Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, fellowships at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France.

Julia Maria Künnap holds an MFA in jewelry art from the Estonian Academy of the Arts and a degree from Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. She is currently based in Tallinn, Estonia. She was the recipient of the prestigious Ruth Reisert-Hafner Stipendium and residency at the Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery in Florence. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and her first solo exhibition took place at the Emerging Artist Platform at Sienna Patti Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts.

When:
Jan 26, 2018 to Apr 15, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
10:00-5:00pm Free
Thursday Time & Price:
10:00-5:00pm Free
Friday Time & Price:
10:00-5:00pm Free
Saturday Time & Price:
10:00-5:00pm Free
Sunday Time & Price:
12:00-5:00pm Free
General Categories: 

CALL FOR ARTISTS: CRAFTTEXAS 2018

Application Now Open!

Exhibition Overview
Organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), CraftTexas 2018 is the tenth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the finest in Texas-made contemporary craft.  In the fall of 2018, this encompassing exhibition will feature artists from across the state who work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.

The exhibition provides an introduction for the general public to develop an appreciation for the depth and breadth of craft being made in their local communities and across the state. Additionally, this unique show provides Texas artists the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections.

Juror
CraftTexas 2018 will be juried by Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. She has curated a number of exhibitions at that institution, including Melvin Edwards: In OklahomaJeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me, and ArtNow 2017. From 2013 through 2015, she was a New York-based independent curator focusing on contemporary art and design.  Her exhibitions included Pathmakers: Women in Art; Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York.

Previously, Scanlan was the associate curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. She has lectured internationally and has taught at Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School in London, England, and at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has a BA in art history and Italian from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and a MA in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York.

Exhibition Dates
September 28, 2018 – January 13, 2019 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Artist Eligibility

  • CraftTexas 2018 is open to craft artists currently residing in Texas.
  • The following craft media is accepted: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.
  • Each artist may submit up to three (3) original works completed within the last two (2) years.
  • Work must be available for the duration of the show and may not be withdrawn from the exhibition at any time prior to the closing date of January 6, 2019.
  • Crated work must fit through a 4′ x 8′ door, and actual work may not exceed 200 pounds in weight.
  • Work cannot have been exhibited at HCCC in the past.

Awards

  • Three (3) Award of Merit prizes of $1000 each will be selected by the juror.

Online Application Process

  • All applications must be completed and submitted online via the Slideroom system.
  • Applications will be accepted December 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 (Midnight, Central Standard Time).
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Submission Materials

  • Artist statement (maximum of 1000 characters).
  • Artists may enter up to three (3) pieces of work. Artists should submit only one (1) digital image per work, for a total of up to three (3) images. All images must be in high-resolution .jpeg format (minimum size of 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches.) DO NOT submit detail images.
  • Non-refundable entry fee of $36 to be paid by credit card.

Jury Process
Work submitted to CraftTexas 2018 will be juried via the Slideroom system using high-resolution digital images. Images must be accurate representations of the work. Accepted work that differs significantly from the images may be rejected at the discretion of HCCC. No substitutions of accepted work will be allowed.

Accepted Work

  • Notification of acceptance will be on or before June 1, 2018.
  • Accepted work must arrive to HCCC between Monday, September 17, and Friday, September 24, 2018. Please make proper arrangements for delivery or with your shipper to ensure arrival dates.
  • All work will be installed by professional staff and may not be shown at the discretion of HCCC’s curatorial department. Packaging and artworks must be in good condition and able to withstand the strains of transportation. Work must be properly packaged for travel; wooden crates or double-boxed cardboard containers are highly recommended.
  • Artists are responsible for transit and insurance of accepted work to HCCC. COD shipments will not be accepted.
  • HCCC will provide insurance for all works while they are exhibited on site and upon their return to the artist.
  • HCCC reserves the right to photograph and distribute any images of work in the exhibition for educational or publicity purposes, via electronic or print media of any kind.
  • HCCC may use the images submitted for the jury process for publication and publicity. Please ensure submitted images are professionally photographed and are print quality (minimum size of 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches).

About Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC)
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is dedicated to advancing education about the process, product, and history of craft. HCCC provides exhibition, retail, and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators and the community-at-large.

Questions?
Address questions regarding application guidelines and submission process to applications@crafthouston.org.

When:
Dec 20, 2017 to Apr 30, 2018
Cost:
36.00
Time:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Texas Teapot Tournament

Submit your functional and decorative teapots to the 2018 juried exhibit

Eligibility and Media:  All submitted work must be original, represent teapots, either functional or sculptural, and be completed within the last three years. This exhibit is open to all artists who work in clay. Each piece must be at least 60% fired clay, weigh no more than 25 lbs and be no larger than 24” in any direction.  

Prizes:  All accepted entries will be eligible for 1st place “Purchase Award” and 2nd Place “Memorial Award”.
The 2018 ”Memorial Award” will be given in honor of Robin Hopper. The winning work will be featured on TEA+ART and C.A.M.E.O. websites during the month. Cash Awards are: $1,000 for 1st place “Purchase Award” and $500 for 2nd place “Memorial Award”. Both winning teapots will be added to CAMEO’s permanent museum collection.

The winning artists will receive the award amount even if the winning teapot is priced higher.  The winning artists are paid the full amount of the award. TEAplusART foregoes their percentage on all prize awards.

Due Date: Dec 15, 2017
Contact Name: Lee Q Garcia
Phone: 832-955-1767
Fee: $45
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Visual Arts Alliance presents Houston Studio Glass tour, Thursday, December 7

Private demo of Italian glass blowing by Dick Moiel and Kathy Poeppel

On Thursday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m., Visual Arts Alliance will be given a private demonstration of Italian glass blowing by DIck Moiel and Kathy Poeppel of Houston Studio Glass. Dick and Kathy will explain the art of Italian off hand or free hand blowing as done in Murano, Italy for hundreds of years. Sitting on a gaffer's bench, they will work the glass while hot and demonstrate the process of gathering, blowing and punting the glass. They will finish by putting the piece in the annealing oven or kiln. There the temperature is stabilized and over a period of hours the glass is brought down to room temperature.

 

Dick Moiel and Kathy Poeppel's interest began with collecting. After taking their first glass blowing class in 1994, they built a basic hot shop and began melting glass the following year. The couple blows both decorative and functional objects during climate friendly months (October through April.) They continue to take more classes during the summer months. The retired physician and his PA/RN wife are nationally known in glass blowing circles.

Many of Dick and Kathy's pieces will be on display as well as for sale. Houston Studio Glass is located at 610 Jackson Hill, Houston, 77007.

 

 

Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) is an educational organization for serious practitioners of the visual arts and interested members of the general public. Founded in Houston, TX in 1981, VAA is an all-volunteer-run, 501(c)3, nonprofit organization. In addition to educational and recreational programs, VAA also produces professionally juried art exhibitions providing opportunities for members and non-members to have their work professionally judged and viewed by the general public.  For membership details and more information, visit www.VisualArtsAlliance.org. 

When:
Dec 7, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:30 pm
General Categories: 

Houston Studio Glass - Last Day of Open House

Extended shopping for handcrafted studio glass.

Join in the last day for holiday shopping at Houston Studio Glass,
the city's longest running owner-operated glassblowing studio.

When:
Dec 16, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
10am - 5pm; free
General Categories: 

Houston Studio Glass -- Craft Art Weekend

Handmade by local craft artists

Houston Studio Glass expands its 19th Annual Studio Open House to include artists working with other craft materials.  No glassblowing demonstrations this weekend to open the space for amazing works in clay, wood, leather and jewelry, in addition to blown, cast, fused and slumped glass.  Come visit with the artists, learn about process and shop for the holidays.

Visit the website for more details.

V. Chin

Barry Perez

Leslie Ravey

Richard Moiel & Kathy Poeppel

Gene Hester

Ellen Abbott & Marc Leva

Bob Straight

Liz Conces Spencer


When:
Dec 9, 2017 to Dec 10, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
10am - 5pm; free
Sunday Time & Price:
10am - 5pm; free
General Categories: 

Houston Studio Glass Holiday Open House

Handmade Studio Glass by Local Artists

Houston Studio Glass will host their 19th Annual Studio Open House as Houston's longest running owner-operated glassblowing studio.  Glassblowing demonstrations are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, free and open to the public (limited seating available).  Guest artists will also be onsite with beautiful examples of kiln cast, fused and slumped glass.

Visit the website for details

Richard Moiel & Kathy Poeppel

Gene Hester

Ellen Abbott & Marc Leva

Bob Straight

Liz Conces Spencer


When:
Dec 1, 2017 to Dec 3, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Friday Time & Price:
6pm - 9pm; free
Saturday Time & Price:
10am - 5pm; free
Sunday Time & Price:
10am - 5pm; free
General Categories: 

Open Call for the 12th Arte Laguna Prize

International art competition: apply now to win art residencies, prize money, personal exhibitions
The Arte Laguna Prize is an international art
competition aimed at promoting and enhancing contemporary art. The contest
stands out in the global art scene for the variety of its partnerships and
opportunities offered to artists, and is recognized worldwide as a real
springboard for the artists’ career. 
9 Contest categories:
painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and short
films, performance, virtual art, digital graphics, land art and this year's new
entry, urban art.


The theme is free and there are no age
or nationality restrictions
The international jury will select 115 artists for:

- the final exhibition in Venice in March 2018

- 5 cash prizes of € 7,000 each

- publication in the official catalogue


The Prize international Partners will select the
winners among all the participants for:


- 3 personal exhibitions in international Art Galleries

- 3 collaborations with companies and promotion platforms

- 11 Art Residencies

- participation in 3 International Festivals end exhibitions

- 1 Sustainability and Art Prize




www.artelagunaprize.com >>
ENTRIES OPEN  UNTIL 16.11.2017 >>
WHAT THE
ARTISTS WIN


Prize money

€ 7.000,00
Painting

€ 7.000,00 Sculpture and Installation | Virtual Art

€ 7.000,00 Photographic Art | Digital Graphics

€ 7.000,00 Video Art and Short Films | Performance

€ 7.000,00 Land Art | Urban Art


3
Artist in Gallery Prizes


Realization of 3 personal exhibitions in
international Art Galleries including: set-up, grant of € 500 and a dedicated
digital catalogue.

Galerie Isabelle
Lesmeister, Regensburg Germany


Galeria Fernando
Santos, Porto Portugal


Chelouche Gallery
for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Israel


PRIZE
SUSTAINABILITY AND ART


Development of creative projects to support
sustainability.



ARS (Art Reuse
Sustainability) of glass


Prize of 3,000 Euro for the winning project that enhances glass as part of the
RRR strategies (Reuse, Recycle, Reduce).


11
Artist in Residence Prizes


Art Residency programs in Italy and abroad in
order to provide a space and time to experience a new culture, create new works
and participate in new activities in a multicultural environment.
San Francisco Art Residency, San
Francisco USA


The Art Department - Casa dell’Arte
International Artists' Residency, Bodrum Turkey


GLO'ART, Lanaken Belgium

Espronceda, Barcelona Spain

Basu Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata
India


Artistic Serigraphy Fallani, Venice
Italy


Farm Cultural Park, Favara Italy

Arte Sella, Trentino Italy

The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai
China


Maradiva Cultural Residency,
Flic-en-Flac Mauritius


Murano Art Glass
Residency, Murano Venice, Italy


3
Business for Art Prizes


Collaborations
with companies meant to connect creativity with craftsmanship.



Zanetto
Craftsmanship, Padua Italy
: Prize of
2,000 Euro for the winning product design for a vase which will contain at
least one noble metal sheet, and realization of the project.

Biafarin, Canada: 12 Gold Membership
Packages for 12 artists, 12 Biafarin Blue Membership Packages. Prize of US$ 4,000
to 4 selected artists (Each US$ 1,000)

Artmajeur,
France
: Promotion of 1 artist through the platform
and the services of the portal artmajeur.com For the
finalist artists
: a
free Platinum account, for 1 year



3 Festivals & Exhibitions

International collaborations with Festivals
and Organizations to create a network where artists, visibility, and new
projects meet.



Art Stays, Ptuj Slovenia: participation in the Festival and 7-day stay

Art Nova 100, Beijing China: exhibition of the 10 finalist videos in Summer
2018

Open International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice Italy: participation
in the exhibition for 1 month


FINAL
EXHIBITION: ARSENALE OF VENICE


The major collective exhibition will take
place in the historical location of the Arsenale in Venice in March 2018: 30
works of painting, 25 sculptures and installations, 25 works of photographic
art, 10 videos, 5 land art works, 5 works of urban art, 5 works of virtual art,
5 works of digital graphics, 5 performances.which will be performed live during
the exhibition’s opening ceremony.


WHO’S
SELECTING


The selection of the submitted artworks will
be made by an international jury composed of 11 members subdivided into the
contest categories. 
CURATOR AND HEAD OF JURY

Igor Zanti
(Italy, Curator and
Art Critic)



JURY

Domenico De Chirico (Italy, Independent Curator)

Caroline Corbetta (Italy, Independent Curator)

Denis Curti (Italy, Artistic Director of Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice)

Nicolangelo Gelormini (Italy, Film Director)

Emanuele Montibeller (Italy, Artistic Director of Arte Sella in Trentino)

Simone Pallotta (Italy, Curator of public and urban art)

Nadim Samman (Great Britain, Curator and Art Historian)

Manuel Segade (Spain, Director of Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid)

Ekaterina Shcherbakova (Russia, Independent Curator and Art Critic)

Eva Wittocx (Belgium, Senior Curator at M-Museum in Lovanio)


CONTEST
TERMS >>>


APPLY
NOW >>>


tel. +39 041 5937242

info@artelagunaprize.com

www.artelagunaprize.com


Due Date: Nov 17, 2017
Contact Name: Sara Tortato
Phone: +390415937242
Fee: 55 euro per work submitted. Reduced fee for Under 25 artists
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Katja Loher: The Trembling of a Leaf or the Movement of the Universe?

Katja Loher: The Trembling of the Leaf or the Movement of the Universe?

Artist Reception: Friday, September 8, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

On view: September 8-October 7, 2017

Characters from Loher's videos will be present and performing in the gallery.

 

Anya Tish Gallery is thrilled to announce the return of Swiss-born, New York-based multidisciplinary artist Katja Loher for The Trembling of a Leaf or the Movement of the Universe?, her fifth solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring her latest body of work: video, video-sculpture and installation

Katja Loher is changing the face of video art by choosing to project her fantastical works onto organic sculptural forms, or Videoportals, in lieu of a more traditional flat rectangular screen. The effect is the seamless fusion of nature and technology which parallels the fantastic worlds, or Miniverses, she creates to further explore the consequences of living in a globalized world. Each video is the product of a collaborative effort between creative talents such as poet Gian-Maria Annovi, composer Asako Fujimoto, and costume designer Ley Ouchi as well as a team of theatrical producers, dancers, and performers who, under the creative direction of Loher, work to animate the imagined world of the artist.

Each vibrant video performance addresses ecological urgencies such as the plight of pollinators, abuses of technology, and the future of humanity while simultaneously drawing attention to the beauty intrinsic to the life sustaining processes that support our planet. Performers intertwine to form letters, words and questions, while costumed dancers dressed as animals mimic the somatic or sonar communication inherent to different species. While Loher proposes the question in her works, she does not offer the solution- that task is left to the viewer who will emerge from her Miniverse inspired by a renewed appreciation for the splendor and complexity of nature and the desire to preserve its beauty for generations to come.

A graduate of the Fine Art Academy in Basel, Switzerland, Katja Loher (b. 1979) is an internationally recognized artist whose work has been featured in exhibitions throughout China, Japan, Europe, South America and the United States, in such venues as Telfair Museum, Savannah, Georgia; Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa; Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, São Paulo, Brasil; The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain; Connecticut; State Hermitage Museum, Moscow, Russia; World Expo Museum, Shanghai, China; SIGGRAPHY Asia, Yokohama, Japan; and the United Nations Pavillion, Shanghai Expo, China. Loher was selected for the 2010 inaugural exhibition at Rome’s National Museum of the Arts of the XXIst Century (MAXXI), the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennial, and the Tina B Festival for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic. Her work can be found in several public and private collections worldwide, including the New Britain Museum, New Britain, Connecticut; 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville, Arkansas; Credit Suisse, Geneva, Switzerland; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida; Anthem of the Seas Collection, Miami, Florida; eN Arts Collection, Tokyo, Japan; and Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa.

When:
Sep 8, 2017 to Oct 7, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Tuesday Time & Price:
10:30 - 6:00, Free
Wednesday Time & Price:
10:30 - 6:00, Free
Thursday Time & Price:
10:30 - 6:00, Free
Friday Time & Price:
10:30 - 6:00, Free
Saturday Time & Price:
10:30 - 5:00, Free
Location:


PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


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