The transdisciplinary artist skewers traditional symbols and images in a new Houston Center for Contemporary Craft exhibition.
By Anna Lassmann
LARGE PIECES OF JAGGED CANVAS, painted with an assortment of primary colors depicting a person with bright purple hair, a red polka dot nose, and a pink turtleneck, engulfed in iconography of hairspray, smiley faces, and words such as “commotion,” make up the eight-foot-wide piece titled Electric Shock by Houston transdisciplinary artist B. Anele.
“I believe the world needs more color,” Anele says. “There is so much gray and brown everywhere, and colors seen to be reserved for children, which I think says a lot about society’s projections on growing up—meaning you have to lose some sense of wonder, excitement, and self-expression.”
Electric Shock is one piece from Anele’s most recent body of work currently on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The exhibit, “I Don’t Play That Game,” features about a dozen pieces mostly composed from canvas and paint, resembling extravagant fashion pieces. Another piece is a ten-foot-tall gray jumpsuit with road stripes dividing the legs titled The Road to What.
“There is kind of a theme of the road, which is such an American trope, like road trips,” says Sarah Darro, curatorial fellow at HCCC. “A lot of their work alludes to roadside attractions and the counterculture you can experience while pulling off to a random roadside attraction.”
“It’s communicating to the viewer that they want you to take a trip,” Darro adds. Continue Reading »