Press Releases

TOPSOIL FINDS FERTILE GROUND BETWEEN CRAFT AND NATURE

Posted March 9, 2014 in Press Releases

Topsoil
April 4 – May 25, 2014
Artist Hall at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

Opening Reception – Friday, April 4, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
5:45 – Artist Talk

Hours & Admission
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Summer Hours: Closed July 4th and Sundays, July 6th – Labor Day.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) March 7, 2014 – Houston Center for Contemporary (HCCC) presents Topsoil, an exhibition of work by three artists who harvest their creative sustenance from the mathematics, science, and aesthetics of the planet’s waters and terrains. As the most vibrant and rich portion of the Earth’s soil, topsoil yields the highest concentration of organic matter. This fertile ground fosters the growth and production of the living organisms that thrive on its nutrients just as it nourishes the imagination of these artists. Continue Reading »

LA FRONTERA EXPLORES US-MEXICO BORDER
THROUGH JEWELRY

Posted March 5, 2014 in Press Releases

La Frontera
May 30 – September 7, 2014
Main Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

Opening Reception – Friday, May 30, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
5:45 – Artist Talk by Sandie Zilker (Texas Masters Series)
6:00 – Curator’s Talk by Mike Holmes (La Frontera)
The opening will also feature Texas Masters Series: Sandie Zilker in the Front Gallery.
Open studios by current resident artists to follow talks. 

Hours & Admission
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Summer Hours: Closed July 4th and Sundays, July 6th – Labor Day.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) March 5, 2014 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is proud to present La Frontera (The Borderlands), an international exhibition of contemporary jewelry that explores the physical space where the complex relationship between Mexico and the United States is most evident. With startling results, 90 artists from the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Latin America explore the underlying currents of the border environment within geographic, political, social, cultural, and ideological contexts.

At 1,969 miles long, the U.S.-Mexico border has the largest number of legal and illegal crossings in the world. An estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants currently live in the United States, according to studies by the Pew Hispanic Research Center. Concerns about illegal immigration, combined with the increase in drug trafficking and violence, instigated the controversial construction of the border fence, which is now 700 miles long and counting. This timely exhibition occurs as the U.S. Congress is considering an immigration reform bill that would extend the Border Wall an additional 700 miles and add another 20,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents. Still, the border is a vibrant and vital corridor, and its extremely porous nature allows not only the passage of illegal arms and drugs but also valuable ideas and projects, families and culture. Continue Reading »

HOUSTON JEWELER FEATURED IN
TEXAS MASTERS SERIES AT HCCC

Posted March 5, 2014 in Press Releases

Texas Masters Series: Sandie Zilker
May 30 – September 7, 2014
Front Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

Opening Reception – Friday, May 30, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
5:45 – Artist Talk by Sandie Zilker
6:00 – Curator’s Talk by Mike Holmes (La Frontera)
The opening will also feature La Frontera in the Main Gallery.
Open studios by current resident artists to follow talks. 

Hours & Admission
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Summer Hours: Closed July 4th and Sundays, July 6th – Labor Day.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) March 5, 2014 – This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Houston metalsmith and educator, Sandie Zilker, the fifth artist to be featured in HCCC’s Texas Masters Series. The Houston native joins the roster of former Texas Masters—Harlan Butt, Cindy Hickok, Rachelle Thiewes, and Piero Fenci—nominated by their peers and recognized for their roles as career artists in Texas who have made a significant impact on the field of craft.  As the 2014 Texas Master, Zilker’s work is featured in this solo show, and she will serve as one of three jurors for the CraftTexas 2016 biennial exhibition at HCCC.

As evidenced by her jewelry, Zilker is no stranger to experimentation in color, contrast, texture, pattern, and form.  Using the body as a frame of reference, she pulls from elements of illusion and surprise to elevate adornment to its fullest potential.  Each of her pieces is packed with personality, increasing the wearer’s senses and creating a unique relationship between wearer and object. Continue Reading »

6TH ANNUAL MARTINI MADNESS!
GOES TROPICAL WITH “A NIGHT IN HAVANA”
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014

Posted January 5, 2014 in Press Releases

WHAT:
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) hosts Martini Madness! A Night in Havana, a chic cocktail fundraiser featuring one-of-a-kind glasses, bottomless martinis, sizzling snacks, and a big-board auction.  This year, the mid-century-themed soiree gets a tropical twist, with live Latin jazz reminiscent of 1950s Havana by Trio Forte.  At the beginning of the evening, guests select an artisan martini glass of their choice to use and take home.  Guests choose from an incredible array of glasses—all of which are handmade in a variety of styles and materials by local and national craft artists. Mid-century cocktail attire (“Mad Men”-style fashions inspired by the ‘50s and ‘60s) is suggested for this fun, swanky soiree.  All proceeds benefit HCCC. Continue Reading »

HCCC PARTICIPATES IN FOTOFEST
WITH CYAN SILHOUETTES

Posted December 18, 2013 in Press Releases

Cyan Silhouettes: Works by Anna Mavromatis & Thea Clark
On View January 31 – March 30, 2014
In the Artist Hall at
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

(HOUSTON, TX) December 18, 2013 – As a participating space of the FotoFest 2014 Biennial, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents Cyan Silhouettes: Works by Anna Mavromatis & Thea Clark, on view January 31 – March 30, 2014. Captured by rays of ultraviolet light onto silk, paper, and linen, fragments bearing an uncanny familiarity and a collection of photographs and mementos take the form of Prussian-blue and dark-brown silhouettes. Through handmade books, jewelry, quilts, and clothing, Anna Mavromatis and Thea Clark employ the cyanotype process to expose the memories and associations assigned to personal possessions. Used to shape identity and strengthen ties with the past, the significance of these objects is as transitory as the photographic process used to render their likeness. While each cyanotype marks an impression, these imprints, and the viewer’s relationship to them, evolve over time like the silhouettes created by exposure to the sun. Continue Reading »

HCCC NAMES NEW CURATOR:
ELIZABETH KOZLOWSKI

Posted December 12, 2013 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) December 11, 2013 —Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Kozlowski will join its staff in January, 2014, as its new curator.

Kozlowski, who comes to HCCC with a background in contemporary craft and museum studies, plans to continue in her role as a facilitator of the arts and welcomes the opportunities that Houston presents:  “I am especially interested in supporting the role of the makers and creators of objects that become such an integral part of our lives, and I’m excited to be in the middle of Houston’s vibrant arts community, where so much is happening within the field of contemporary craft.”   As Curator at HCCC, she will oversee all aspects of exhibitions, including curating original exhibitions, coordinating traveling shows, creating related programming and events, and managing curatorial staff. Continue Reading »

MEXICAN-AMERICAN IDENTITY GOES GLOBAL

Posted November 29, 2013 in Press Releases

Spectra: Work by Adrian Esparza
On View February 7 – May 11, 2014,
at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

(HOUSTON, TX) November 29, 2013 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Spectra, a site-specific installation by El Paso native, Adrian Esparza. Through his transformation of low-cost mass-produced products, such as T-shirts, serapes, and posters, Esparza combines traditional Mexican-American craft-based practices with the universal language of geometric abstraction. Permeating HCCC’s Front Gallery, his deconstructed serape installation brings Mexican-American identity to the forefront by calling into question the serape’s function as Mexican icon. Through a process of unweaving and reconfiguration, Esparza dilutes the textile’s potency as a clean-cut symbol of Mexican heritage. Taken as an aesthetic platform, Esparza’s installation opens up a conversation that addresses the socio-economic and political issues of living in a border town. On a broader level, the work connects Mexican-American identity to a global heritage. Continue Reading »

Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of
Christine Nofchissey McHorse

Posted November 26, 2013 in Press Releases

Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse
On View February 7 – May 11, 2014,
at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

(HOUSTON, TX) November 26, 2013 – In Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents works by one of the most innovative contemporary forces in Native American potteryWorking from traditional materials and techniques, Christine Nofchissey McHorse’s vessel-based art blends the boundaries of pottery and sculpture, erasing the line between function and form. As the Navajo artist’s first traveling exhibition, the show exhibits the unadorned sophistication of the sultry curves, black satiny surfaces, and modern forms of her Dark Light series, created from 1997 to present. An amalgam of Puebloan, Navajo, and contemporary influences, each sculpture possesses a cultural splendor that is as fertile as the Northern New Mexico riverbeds where McHorse harvests her clay. Continue Reading »

SOCIETY’S REMAINS BECOME
JEWELRY & HEADWEAR IN DETRITUS

Posted October 27, 2013 in Press Releases

Detritus
November 15, 2013 – January 26, 2014
In the Artist Hall at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

(HOUSTON, TX) October 25, 2013 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Detritus, on view November 15, 2013 – January 26, 2014, in the Artist Hall. With material investigation as the foundation of their practices, artists Kat Cole, Laritza Garcia, Tara Locklear and Chesley Williams have constructed objects of adornment that employ found elements, remnants of industrial products, and other alternative non-precious materials that carry meaning and hint at a purpose. By observing their environments and taking up the practice of collecting, these artists have created inspiring jewelry and headwear that contain a gritty richness reminiscent of urban and industrial landscapes. Incorporating detritus and evidence of human inhabitance, the works possess an artifact-like quality that not only presents a reinterpretation and re-contextualization of ubiquitous materials but also allows the viewer to consider what the source materials reveal about contemporary society. Continue Reading »

SPRAWL SPEAKER SERIES
PROVIDES FORUM FOR HOUSTON’S RICH
DIALOGUE ON URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Posted September 15, 2013 in Press Releases

SPRAWL Speaker Series
October 18, 2013 – January 9, 2014
at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

(HOUSTON, TX) September 13, 2013 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present the SPRAWL Speaker Series, featuring prominent individuals from city, county, academic, architectural, and urban planning backgrounds who explore issues related to urban development.  The series takes place during HCCC’s major fall exhibition, SPRAWL (on view October 4, 2013 – January 19, 2014), which includes 16 national artists whose works deal with the urban landscape. The six speaking events are free and open to the public; all take place at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street. Continue Reading »