Cultured Cocktails with On The Ledge exhibition

Please join us for drinks and conversation at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, January 18th, when a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour will go to support On the Ledge exhibition. So enjoy a drink or two, meet the On the Ledge team, and take-in Boheme's bohemian atmosphere! The proceeds from the evening will support the group so don't be shy, raise a glass (or three) while raising funds for On the Ledge.

About On The Ledge:
On the Ledge (working title) features work by Houston-based artists Hillaree Hamblin and Grace Zuniga, whose art resides at the intersection of craft and installation, highlighting innovative ways of making and displaying. 

Hillaree Hamblin collects and crafts curious assemblages of found rocks and mineral masses fabricated from hot glue, spray foam and paint, and salt washes. Morphing into mutant crystal altars, each object has its own formation narrative. Grace Zuniga conjures fragile, yet tough microcosms made from charcoal, paper, resin, lead, and gold leaf. When combined, these elements transform into large-scale wall installations, engulfing the viewer in an ecosystem of fibrous, layered systems. 

Inspired by traditional display methods such as altars or cabinets of curiosity, the artists engage in acts of constructivist storytelling, exploring within these narratives material lifespan, animating the inanimate, and establishing moods through color and form. The individual components in their installations are akin to a cast of characters, with each object representing a specific point of interest, memory, or moment in time. As they come together in the larger composition, individual meanings combine to form statements— disseminated in clusters throughout the space, influenced by the context created through their placement. 

Both artists rework everyday objects by pounding, snapping, pressing, stitching, melting, spraying, and molding—carefully guiding materials into new states of being. Compositions constructed from plastics, styrofoam, salts, inks, paper, thread, lead, gold leaf, spray paint, glue, resin, charcoal, and wood come together in different alchemical stages, weaving new, rich environments. All elements are politically and poetically charged in some form—the toxicity and longevity of plastic materials, the value and histories found in gold and lead, the fabrication and manipulation of carbon—and the artists use this to push the objects beyond their everyday uses into something more. 

This exhibition will take place at BOX 13 from Feb 3-March 24, 2018, co-curated by Kelly Johnson and Chris Beer.

About Fresh Arts’ Cultured Cocktails:
Fresh Arts' Cultured Cocktails at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar (located at 307 Fairview St. near the corner of Taft St.) has become a popular weekly event that has grown tremendously over the past few years. Participating organizations receive 10% of all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour. 

Cultured Cocktails is a community building fundraiser in celebration of the arts. Since its inception in 2008, Cultured Cocktails has raised over $100,000 and hosted 400+ happy hours benefiting hundreds of local artists and arts organizations! Fresh Arts' Cultured Cocktails program is generously sponsored by Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar.

Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston's arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public's engagement with the arts.

Jan 18, 2018
A portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour will go to support On The Ledge exhibition. 
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
Happy hour: 5-8pm

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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