Posted April 25, 2016 in Press Releases

In Residence
May 27– August 27, 2016
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, May 27, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening also features the opening of A View Within in the Main Gallery, Charlotte Potter: Glass Armory in the Front Gallery, and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

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

(HOUSTON, TX) April 25, 2016 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is delighted to present In Residence, an exhibition displaying works produced by seven artists who began their residencies at HCCC in 2014: Clara Hoag, Natasha Hovey, Jera Rose Petal Lodge, Sarah Mizer, Alexis Myre, Collette Spears, and Rena Wood. This annual exhibition of clay, fiber, glass, metal, and mixed media celebrates HCCC’s Artist Residency Program, which has supported makers and their ingenuity in the field of craft for the past 15 years.

The Artist Residency Program at HCCC provides a space for creative exploration, exchange, and collaboration with artists, professionals in the field, and the public. In their open studios, resident artists are able to engage with visitors as they work and explain the processes behind their craft. This experience incorporates enriching group activities and professional development, along with opportunities to display in Asher Gallery, the sales gallery within HCCC, and in the Project Space. Though they develop individual bodies of work during their tenure, the collegiality of the program encourages lines of collective inspiration between their works.

Clara Hoag’s sculptural ceramic works cobble figurative elements with architectural forms that inspire a critical comparison between building infrastructure and the human body. Hoag’s work reflects on the human condition and a transforming urban experience. Limbs reach outward, beckoning the viewer, while scaffolding and soaring skyscrapers act as supports. Individual elements are assembled to comprise her works. Further informed by her process, Hoag explores the ambiguous boundaries between fragility and stability, construction and decomposition.

Natasha Hovey uses her medium of clay to examine unknown frontiers of human physiology and disease at a microscopic and genetic level. She is inspired by processes of genetic mapping that interpret and reduce complex bodily systems into more easily comprehensible, two-dimensional representations. Hovey transforms genetic diagrams into large-scale ceramic installations that play across the gallery wall. Her ceramic forms are replicated through slip-casting, and, when arranged, their use of space and scale allows viewers to come into contact with these complex biological functions made tangible.

Forging dynamic works through lines of steel and precious metals, Jera Rose Petal Lodge creates fluid objects that function as jewelry pieces as well as interactive sculptures. Inspired by architecture and geometric forms, her jewelry is made up of shapes and kinetic patterns that become activated through interaction and play. Drawing from architectural principles, Lodge’s jewelry pieces are as much about the space within the delicate wire chambers she creates as the strength of their overall structure.

Sarah Mizer’s work ranges, in medium, from glass installations to billboards and 3-D prints. She takes inspiration from natural surroundings and distilled depictions of nature throughout art history. She is particularly interested in the way in which 16th– and 17th-century vanitas still-life paintings explore themes of transience and decay, reminding viewers of the fragility of their own lives. The verdant gardens and flourishing weeds she encountered during her time in Houston became her subjects—refined, and in some cases elevated, by the fragile glass blossoms she creates. She continues to develop this work in self-contained pieces that render nature in both glass and 3-D printing, speaking to themes of time and fragility through material and display.

Alexis Myre builds microcosmic mixed-media works that apply material in intricate and symbolic ways. Plexiglas serves as the base for thread that is both embroidered and held carefully taught over the surface with pins, defining and mapping the space. Additionally, lines of graphite, paint, and found objects feature in her work. Referencing her background in mathematics, industrial design, and metalsmithing, each material thoughtfully serves within the confines of her work. Plexiglas brings rigidity to its structure, while pencil markings reference underlying logic, and the tension of the thread holds kinetic potential in an interconnected universe.

The double-walled ceramic vessels created by Collette Spears are made with incredible precision. The elaborate interconnected carvings of the outer walls overlay the vessels in a way that feels as balanced and naturally rendered as ribs encasing organs. She explores the therapeutic potential of her artistic process by paying particular attention to vulnerability, pattern, and connection.

Fiber artist Rena Wood’s sinuous wall pieces make manifest processes of memory. Each stitch and knot traces the passage of time and the construction of memory—in her mind, as well as in her hands—through skilled, repetitive action. She forms and breaks down materials within the same piece to evoke the ambiguous and volatile nature of memory, which constantly retains and forgets, constructs and deconstructs. Applying her fiber techniques to metal wire during her residency, she was able to explore the memory and movement held in different materials.

In Residence was curated by Sarah Darro, HCCC Curatorial Fellow. To learn more about Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s Residency Program, please visit:

About Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit visual arts center 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. This year, HCCC is celebrating its quinceañera—15 years of educating people of all ages about the beauty and value of contemporary craft.

Located in the Museum District at 4848 Main Street, HCCC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 5th – Labor Day. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is free. Free parking is available directly behind the facility, off Rosedale and Travis Street. HCCC is three blocks south of Wheeler Ave. MetroRail station on Main Street.

HCCC is funded in part by grants from The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Endowment, Inc.; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; Texas Commission on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Kinder Foundation; the Morgan Foundation; Windgate Charitable Foundation; and the Wortham Foundation. HCCC is a member of the Houston Museum District and the Midtown Arts District.

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