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1. R. Eric McMaster: A Routine in Parts at Lawndale Art Center
Austin-based artist Eric McMaster teaches at UT and manages the school’s digital fabrication lab. His work revolves around athletes: how they move, how they think, how they look in see-through uniforms. In his videos, athletes’ normal activity has somehow been disrupted: a skater performs without his pairs partner; hockey teams play in a comically small ring; a gymnast performs a pom- mel horse routine underwater. No word yet on whether his photographs of athletes wearing clear plastic equipment and nothing else will be on view, but here’s hoping!
2. Catherine Colangelo: Talismanic at Cindy Lisica Gallery
Houston artist Catherine Colangelo’s intimate gouache paintings were a standout at last fall’s Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Colangelo is inspired by sources as diverse as quilts, illuminated manuscript and Islamic miniatures. The exotic becomes universal in her work’s detailed patterns and rich colors. We challenge you not to love this stuff.
3. Magdalena Fernández at the Cistern and Sicardi Gallery
In addition to Magdalena Fernández’ video installation Rain in the Cistern at Buffalo Bayou, Sicardi Gallery opens a show of the Venezuelan artist’s kinetic sculptures and never-before-seen drawings on January 12. The exhibition will feature a large interactive installation that will ll Sicardi’s entire downstairs gallery – expect an elegant geometric structure that you can move into different con gurations. It’s art you can touch.
4. Analia Saban at Blaffer Art Museum
In the notes for this show, the Blaffer Museum at UH comments that Argentinian artist Analia Saban “surveys art history as if it were a murder scene.” There is something a little dark and deadpan about this show (and it only includes works she’s made in a limited palette of beige, white and black), but there is also humor in her clever inversions of the expected. Above all, Saban is inter- ested in paint as a sculptural material – here she’s poured it into sagging pouches that will take decades to dry; there she’s laser-cut a thin, lacy layer of it; elsewhere she’s cast it in the shape of a bath towel.
5. The Front [an artist collective]: I Love America and America Loves Me
at BOX 13 ArtSpace
The Front is an artist-run space and collective in New Orleans. For this show, 18 artists will take over the entire Box 13 building in Houston’s East End with art and installations that “examine the role of art and artists under the unfolding volatility of the Trump administration.” Fun! The exhibition continues through March 4, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 28, from 7–9pm at BOX 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg, Houston, TX 77011.