Artist Profile: Aisen Caro Chacin

Sensory Substitution, Devices, Perception, Alternative Displays, Bone Conduction Hearing, Parametric Sound, Tactile Visual Displays, HipHop, Gastronomy, Echolocation, Accessibility, Hardware, Physiology, Bionics, Tongue Display Unit, Electrode Vibrotactile Stimulation These are the keywords listed in Aisen Caro Chacin’s MFA thesis on sensory substitution. In the year and a half since she left Houston for The New School, [...]

Play-a-grill, Echolocation Headphones, and PopMatrix

Interview with Lauren Kelley

Lauren Kelley creates animated videos that often feature Barbies altered by clay and confectioner’s sugar and that evoke a complex commentary on race, youth and desire. Kelley’s works also engage materiality and the craft of making miniatures. Her show True Falsetto is currently up at Women & Their Work through January 17th. I sat down [...]

Lauren Kelley working in her studio.

2013 Spring Preview

Glasstire contributors offer up their picks for the best spring shows around the state. Think we missed something great? Post it in the comments section below! AUSTIN Alison Kuo: Colorful Food 1117 Garland January 4 – February 14 Former Austin resident and current School of Visual Art grad student, Alison Kuo will present a psychedelic [...]

Keri Oldham

“WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY” at the MFAH: All But Death, can be Adjusted…

Draped in camouflage, bunting, or shroud, war’s singular product is death. In face after face of WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, nothing is more abundantly clear than the awful intimacy of war and death. The exhibition begs the question, is our greatest modern efficiency murder? [...]

W. Eugene Smith, American (1918–1978), Dying Infant Found by American "Soldiers in Saipan, June 1944," gelatin silver print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Will Michels in honor of Anne Wilkes Tucker. © Estate of W. Eugene Smith / Black Star

“Soldier, at Ease” at the Houston Center for Photography

Soldier, At Ease, at the Houston Center for Photography, runs concurrently with the extensive WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts. Both exhibitions include works by Tim Hetherington, Louie Palu and Erin Trieb. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY focuses on an exploration of the role of photography in documenting various aspects of conflict, including the periods between fighting. Soldier, [...]

Louie Palu (Washington, D.C.)
US Marine Lcpl. Patrick "Sweetums" Stanborough, age 21, Garmsir, Helmand, Afghanistan. Patrick is from Carmel NY and he has also done a tour of Iraq in addition to this tour. 2008
From the series Afghanistan: Garmsir Marines
Pigment print
20 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the artist and ZUMA Press (San Clemente, CA)

Apocalypse: Desire for the End

Oh how we long for the End! Is there not something slightly disappointing about waking up to an unchanged world after everything was supposed to be snuffed out? That small sense of dread, the apocalypse has not arrived and our daily routines resume as if nothing at all happened (because nothing at all did happen). [...]

Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant, detail Crucifixion and Last Judgement diptych, c. 1430–40. Oil on canvas, transferred from wood.

Interview with Eva Rothschild

In October, the Nasher Sculpture Center installed a meandering serpentine sculpture by the Irish-born, London-based artist Eva Rothschild for its current Sightings exhibition, a series which focuses on the work of contemporary sculptors. Rothschild’s piece, called Why Not You (Dallas), is made of painted aluminum and bends its way around the main corridor of the [...]

Interview with Eva Rothschild

Nathaniel Donnett: ZZzzzzzz

ZZzzzzzz by Nathaniel Donnett was the result of his one-week residency at Art League Houston as part of the group show/mini residency STACKS, curated by Robert Pruitt. On opening night for STACKS, the five participating artists—Phillip Pyle II, Nathaniel Donnett, Jamal Cyrus, M’kina Tapscott and Autumn Knight—were clad in gray hazmat suits while they inventoried, announced, axed [...]

Nathaniel Donnett: ZZzzzzzz

The Perot Museum and Downtown Dallas

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has an exterior that looks like one of the collection’s incredible mineral crystals. Conjunctive cubes intersect each other and rest on an undulating foundation of polished concrete, rocks and shrubs. The building itself appears to be in a state of change, which is appropriate for a science museum. [...]

The Perot Museum and Downtown Dallas

Calvin Tomkins at the Menil

In celebration of the Menil Collection’s 25th anniversary this fall, Calvin Tomkins spoke at the Menil in conversation with director Josef Helfenstein. Because of the occasion, their discussion centered around artists connected to the Menils and Tomkins’ memories of John and Dominique de Menil. Tomkins even wore a kelly green tie in honor of John [...]

John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Robert Rauschenberg, London, 1964. Photo: Douglas Jeffreys.

“Dear John & Dominique: Letters and Drawings from the Menil Archives”

In celebration of the Menil Collection’s twenty-fifth anniversary, the museum has mined its archives to produce Dear John and Dominique. Curator Michelle White and archivist Geraldine Aramanda have gathered a thoughtful collection of letters written to John and Dominique de Menil accompanied by ephemera, photographs and art objects. With low lighting, available seating and a [...]

Victor Brauner, New Year's greeting from artist Victor Brauner, 1957 (c) 2012, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris Menil Archives, Manuscript Collection

God, War, Politics and Time Travel at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary

Three different exhibitions—Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet’s The 99 Names of God, Moreshsin Allahyari’s Re: apologies to the many wonderful Iranians and Christopher Blay’s Machine Time are on display at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary through December 8. Both Birk/Pignolet and Allahyari examine mis/perceptions of the Middle East, addressing the ramifications of political warfare. Meanwhile, Blay [...]

God, War, Politics and Time Travel at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary

Michael Bise: Life On the List, Chapter 2

The Glasstire Drawing Project presents Chapter 2 of Michael Bise’s “Life On the List,” an autobiographical comic about life on the heart transplant list. For Chapter 1, click here. CHAPTER 2  Coverage of Houston artists has been made possible in part by the William A. Graham Fund.

Michael Bise: Life On the List, Chapter 2

The Ten List: Walk as Art

“Walking, in particular drifting, or strolling, is already – with the speed culture of our time – a kind of resistance…a very immediate method for unfolding stories.” – Francis Alÿs Lots of folks walk all the time and don’t call it art, but some of them do. In many parts of Houston, walking is so bizarre [...]

Tightrope Walking

Interview with Emily Roysdon

Emily Roysdon is an artist who lives in Stockholm and New York, when she’s not traveling around the globe, mounting collaborative and site-specific projects. Roysdon was an artist in residence at the University of Texas’s Visual Arts Center this fall, where she developed the installation Pause, Pose, Discompose. While she was in the midst of [...]

Installation view of "Emily Roysdon: Pause, Pose, Discompose" at the Visual Arts Center in the UT Department of Art and Art History. Photo credit: Sandy Carson

“Cryosphere,” Liz Ward at Moody Gallery

The cryosphere is the area of the earth’s surface where water is in solid form, such as glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, sea ice and permafrost. It exists in a close relationship of climactic linkages and feedback loops to the hydrosphere, earth’s areas of liquid water. The works in this exhibition explore the fluctuating zone [...]

Ice Balloon (Cryosphere), 2012, watercolor on paper, 52 1/4" x 53 1/2"

350 Words: “Cosmopolitanism” at Conduit Gallery

The word “cosmopolitanism” conjures up worldly, cultured and possibly elitist connotations. The idea that all humanity belongs to a single moral community is a lesser-known definition of the word. Theoretically I buy into that idea, but on a practical level, trying to achieve consensus on the definition of morality would prove impossible. Curator Ben Lima’s [...]

Héctor Zamora, "Sciame di Dirigibili," video still, 1:05