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1. Patrick Turk: The Demiurge | Mystic Lyon
On view through October 17
The sculptural collages of local self-taught artist Patrick Turk are truly a sight to behold. Featuring repeated botanical and anatomical motifs (think plants, flowers, internal organs and the occasional critter), Turk’s meaty assemblages are dense with layers of symbolism. Plus they just look great. Mystic Lyon is an artist-run space in the Fifth Ward, located at the corner of Mystic and Lyon streets. This installation is on view 24/7 in their storefront window.
2. The Big Show | Lawndale Art Center
On view through August 12
The Big Show is Houston’s annual knock-down-drag-out summer exhibition featuring artists who live and work within 100 miles of the city. This year’s iteration, which was juried by local curator and museum director Toby Kamps, truly lives up to its name, featuring more than 180 paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos and more. Stop by to see works by old and new Houston-based creatives and to get a feel of the artistic trends permeating the city.
3. Hillaree Hamblin: Short Term Memory | The TANK Space (inside Spring Street Studios) On view through September 9
Houston artist Hillaree Hamblin creates sculptural vignettes that harken back to long-lost memo- ries. Her exhibition Short Term Memory, installed in a small room in the hallways of the Spring Street studio complex, offers a glimpse into her way of organizing her mind. Dramatically lit sculptural amalgamations sit atop stalagmite-looking pedestals that feel as if they might topple over at any moment and turn Hamblin’s carefully selected objects back into insignificant detri- tus from our daily lives.
4. Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions | Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
On view through September 2
Annie Evelyn’s furniture designs are deceptive – how could a chair cushion made from peb- bles, a bench decorated with ceramic tiles and a beanbag covered in metal baubles possibly feel plush and comfortable? This North Carolina-based designer has created functional art- works that are unexpectedly agreeable to use. This is art you can sit on.
5. In the Studio: Craft in Postwar America, 1950–1970 | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
On view through October 8
This exhibition cherry picks nearly 40 American objects from the MFAH’s permanent design collection. These furnishings, jewelry, ceramics and weavings were created during two mid-century decades when artists focused on creating objects by hand, rather than working with industrial production methods. Don’t miss the delicate, cobwebby pots of Houstonian Ruth Laird!