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When you think about craft, in contrast to art, you might think about the traditional and the familiar. On this week’s Art Beat, we preview two exhibits where everything old is new again. Produced by Stacee Hawkins and broadcast March 3rd, 2017 on Stafford METV.
There are gloves the size of a fingernail, tiny pottery vessels, tiny silver tableware or tools barely exceeding the height of ten stacked pennies. There are objects, many and very diverse, and they all demonstrate something: that art does not understand size and discipline and that miniature crafts need their space in museums. The ‘Pocket Museum ‘ show, which can be seen until March 18 at the Artist Hall of the Houston Center For Contemporary Craft , is proof of this.
Published on 02/14/2017
The exhibition aims to explore and reflect on the increasing importance that small objects are acquiring in contemporary culture so characterized by its attachment to the material. To do this, brings together the work of five artists, Jon Almeda, Althea Crome, Sean Donlon, Nash Quinn and Marco Terenzi, who work respectively ceramics, fiber, glass, metal and wood, explained in the web of the sample .
The bet of Pocket Museum is to move to a physical environment these crafts that we habituamos to see in virtual galleries and to grant them the protagonism that they deserve far from the models of which they are usually part. One of the strong points of the exhibition revolves around the fascination that the process of creation of these objects produces. For example, Almeda ceramic vessels are made with a five-centimeter mechanized wheel; And the tiny gloves of Crome are made with fine silk thread that can include 80 stitches in 2.5 centimeters.
Opening Reception for “Pocket Museum”
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Hello! Cuteness alert. When we heard about the new “Pocket Museum” exhibit, we had no idea that meant itty, bitty, tiny, little objects and tools. Working with ceramic, fiber, glass, metal and wood, the five contributing artists give us a contemporary look at this timeless art form. The reception also celebrates the opening of two other exhibits: “United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool,” which pays tribute to U.S. veterans; and “Future Tradition: Melissa Cody,” an exploration of Navajo art by a fourth-generation weaver.
Three U.S. military veterans-turned-artists turn their own—and others’—stories into art.
AFTER SIX YEARS IN THE U.S. ARMY, including a period on the ground in Iraq in 2003, Drew Cameron was thrust back into civilian life. He struggled with anxiety, alcohol and, simply, finding his purpose. Then, in 2007, he took a papermaking workshop, cut up his uniform, and turned it into paper, a therapeutic experience that inspired him to co-found the Combat Paper Project. Continue Reading »
Here’s a tiny reason to go to Houston this season. Pocket Museum, opened at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and runs through March 18, showing impressive miniature ceramics, metalwork, glassware, and other works of small-scale dexterity and creativity. – Pavia, CEO
Military uniforms and other clothing will be transformed into a handmade paper flag to pay tribute to veterans.
“YOU ARE WHAT YOU WEAR” IS FREQUENTLY AN OVERSTATEMENT (despite what my pants say about me, I am not about to do any yoga), but some clothing undoubtedly carries a deeper personal meaning—like military uniforms, for example. That’s the idea behind Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s upcoming installation. The museum is inviting members of the public to donate military uniforms and civilian clothing that artist Drew Cameron will turn into a handmade paper flag entitled 9.5 x 5: Houston. Cameron is one of three artist-veterans behind United by Hand, an HCCC exhibition paying tribute to veterans and raise awareness about war culture in the United States. Continue Reading »
Though her classmates preferred Jansport or L.L. Bean, the backpack Julia Gabriel wore to class at Virginia Commonwealth University was one of a kind: part of a line of accessories she made to mimic her favorite crumbling, historic buildings.
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Viewing art at a museum or gallery can be a very abstract experience. On our first Art Beat, Randall Williams learns how two area organizations teamed up to help people grasp, guide literally, the concept of ceramics. Broadcast November 18th, 2016 on Stafford METV.
Nick West: BEST IF USED BY opened at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft recently and includes your artwork “Anicca”. The title of your piece makes reference to impermanence from a Buddhist perspective. For those who haven’t seen the exhibition, how would you describe this work? Continue Reading »