1. DEVIN BORDEN GALLERY – Exact Nature | Through July 25
Jillian Conrad’s works borrow from the worlds of furniture, architecture and music. The surfaces of objects resist and separate themselves from the structures which support them in 3-dimensional scale relative to the human body: A slip- cover of woven photo paper extends the surface of a chair-like object; printed images of carpet fragments are assembled into an oversized architectural model; and the lining of a flute case swings free of its case.
2. LAWNDALE ART CENTER – The Big Show | Opens July 10
A Lawndale tradition going strong since 1984, The Big Show is the center’s annual open-call, juried exhibition. The show offers an opportunity for emerg- ing and underrepresented area artists to gain exposure. A guest juror selects from works submitted by artists living within 100 miles of Houston for a chance to be included in the exhibition as well as win $3,000 in cash awards. www.lawndaleartcenter.org
3. ART CAR MUSEUM – Ride-on | Through the summer
Ride-On features the work of Amber Eagle, Dion Laurent and Jonathan Rosenstein in a fusion of disciplines. Amber Eagle’s “Rosebud,” her most recent art car, will be featured. Her work merges aliens, space and Mexican culture, culminating in an explosion of immigration culture. Laurent’s travels are reflect- ed in her multimedia works with references to both art and science, evoking a sense of waking up and acting globally. Jonathan Rosenstein’s works are thoughtfully curated found objects reflecting current consumer culture. www.artcarmuseum.com
4. SPRING STREET STUDIOS – Dreams and Visions | July 9, 5–9pm
This exhibit shares a fun opening night called The Midsummer Night’s DreamBar Throwback Thursday Art Opening. Support local arts by visiting the studios where local artists work. Enjoy DreamBars (to first 150 visitors) and kick it old-school on the dance floor. Enjoy snacks by Prego, Beaver’s, Les Givrals and more. Singer/songwriter Leslie Krafka will be performing live music. Enjoy the curated show on the first floor. Fariba Abedin’s colorful geometric creations will be among the works.