OPENING RECEPTION “Summer Exhibitions” at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

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OPENING RECEPTION “Summer Exhibitions” at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

MAY 25 – AUGUST 24, 2024: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents two summer exhibitions: Georgina Treviño: La Fuente del Deseo (The Fountain of Desire) and “Disclosure: The Whiteness of Glass.”

Georgina Treviño: La Fuente del Deseo (The Fountain of Desire) is the first, institutional solo exhibition of work by this interdisciplinary artist and metalsmith from Tijuana, Mexico, based in San Diego, California. Treviño’s expansive approach to adornment combines art jewelry and sculptural traditions with the vernacular material culture, architecture, and norteño music of the Mexico-United States border. The artist occupies a radical peripheral space, both in regional perspective and artistic discipline, which allows her to deftly traverse various realms of creative production, ranging from cast-silver jewelry and tableware to custom wearables for celebrities and industrially scaled sculpture. Her oeuvre is centered on transforming everyday scenes of the world around her–from the hand-painted signs of joyerías and carnitas ricas trucks to the chewing gum covering the border wall and glinting pennies resting at the bottom of plaza fountains–into jewelry-inflected works of art.

La Fuente del Deseo presents Treviño’s wide-ranging sculptural practice within three architectural installations: the pawn shop, the playground, and the plaza. This experiential framework immerses visitors in the artist’s visionary world and source materials. Iconic jewelry pieces, including the Ms. Honey door-knocker earrings worn by Beyoncé in her groundbreaking Renaissance visual album, and the red ski mask dripping with gemstones and silver chains worn by Bad Bunny for his Rolling Stone cover issue, are featured alongside handwrought cast-silver works within the pawn-shop installation, while her monumental, Siéntase Señora nameplate-necklace bench and swing sets, emblazoned with early 2000s norteño song lyrics, are the focus of the playground installation.

Disclosure: The Whiteness of Glass” is a research-driven exhibition by Related Tactics (Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, and Nate Watson), an artist collective that celebrates community action, collaboration, and making as forms of resistance to the racism, exclusion, and inequity that exists in the field of contemporary glass. The works on view range widely in scale and form, from ephemera of the glass studio—shards, raw materials, and artist sketches—to neon and sand-cast glass sculptures. Viewers have a rare opportunity to engage with a novel project that harnesses the social nature of glassmaking itself, a discipline that requires connection, communication, and teamwork.

Disclosure is traveling from The Corning Museum of Glass, who published Related Tactics’ initial dataset in their 2020 issue of New Glass Review. Much like a game of telephone, the collective invited a series of artists to creatively translate hard data about the demographics of those working in the glass field. The exhibition showcases three iterative stages of interpretation: data visualizations by Related Tactics; artist instruction responses by Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Cheryl Derricotte, Emily Leach, Corey Pemberton, Ché Rhodes, and Joyce J. Scott; and glass responses by Pearl Dick, Raya Friday, Vanessa German, Helen Lee, and Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez. The resulting work—over 100 drawings and objects—celebrates and reflects the invited artists’ diversity of practice.

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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