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Martini Madness Grips Houston with a Costume Fever

Paper CityPosted September 22, 2017 in In The News

By Shelby Hodge

I‘ll take Manhattan but make mine a martini.” That could have been the mantra for the collection of zanily-attired guests who enlivened the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft during the revival of its popular Martini Madness fundraiser. With a Big Apple theme, the crowd channeled everyone from Andy Warhol to Liza Minnelli and everything from Lady Liberty to Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s soup can.

And, of course, the drink of the night was the vodka (make that Deep Eddy) martini. Cosmos were also on the bar menu and in a nod to the theme — Manhattans courtesy of Texas Giant Bourbon Whiskey.

This perennial crowd-pleaser begins with entry through a phalanx of artisan-crafted martini glasses, each waiting to be selected by arriving guests to hold their libations for the night and to be taken home. It’s a playful start to the evening that meanders through the center’s galleries. A video collage of all things Manhattan, compiled by Raincoat Creative, played out as more than 100 guests grazed through the New York-inspired Italian offerings courtesy of Greenhouse Catering.

As sponsor of the costume contest, Anne Kinder got to select her faves in the main competition — Nancy Riviere and Ken Rue, outfitted as Liza Minnelli and Andy Warhol, respectively; Heather den Uijl, who painted her own dress to look like one of Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans;” and Helen Lueders, who costumed as “The Big Apple.”

Nyala Wright Nolen and Anthony Sonnenberg judged the late-night costume contest, anointing Sarah Ansell and Alex Mata as winners for their take on the Gatekeeper and the Keymaster from the Ghostbusters film.

DJ Flash Gordon Parks entertained with tunes that escalated the mood as the night progressed. And who didn’t have fun dressing up for the Photobomb photo booth?

The Sound of Things: Alyce Santoro and Bohyun Yoon at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Arts and Culture TexasPosted August 18, 2017 in In The News

The world around us produces sound endlessly, incessantly. We tend not to consider it until it’s something out of the ordinary or a bit disruptive. A floor creaks as you step on a weak board; something thuds as you drop it on the table. We unwittingly use objects to produce sound, are in the presence of sound. We craft instruments to produce specific sounds, of course, but a hollow crate can be an instrument if you hit it with good rhythm. What happens, though, when artists incorporate sound into their craft?

The Sound of Things, curated by Sarah Darro and on view at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft through Oct. 28, showcases two artists who operate at the intersection of craft and music. In this exhibition, Darro presents works by Bohyun Yoon and Alyce Santoro. The two artists exhibit stark differences in their approaches to sound and craft alike, but they share an interest in exploring how the two play off one another. Visually, the styles are distinct.

Placed in HCCC’s Artist Hall, the exhibition is separated into two distinct spaces, each attributed to one of the artists.

Yoon is a glassblower who creates videos of performances remixed to hit the ear like electronica. In the works on view, Yoon has crafted glass objects that produce and react to sound.

Glass Helmet takes the idea of singing glasses—akin to someone playing wine glasses—and develops into a performance about communication. In the accompanying video, Yoon and a partner are adorned with water-filled helmets. HCCC’s Artist Hall doesn’t permit space for 360-degree viewing, which makes this particular display a bit awkward and the projection a bit hard to see. From the proper angle, though, you see the pair play their own helmet and sometimes each others, splashing the water, rubbing the glass, or even pouring water from one helmet to the other. The performance becomes a conversation as the two people express themselves or combine their efforts. In its presentation, the podium is divided in half by a pane of glass where the video is projected. On each side sits one of the helmets.

Texas-based Santoro has found multiple connections between her visual art and sound art through weaving, which bears a similarity to organizing sheet music and its own sort of rhythm. It’s here that the artist dug deep and found a means of amplifying these connections. In her series titled Sonic Fabric, Santoro approaches the aural aspects of her work by collecting sounds, recording them onto cassette tape, and weaving that tape with fabric. Apart from being a durable material and adding a noticeable glimmer to the works, the tape maintains its magnetism, allowing viewers to run a modified cassette player (or tape head) over the works to listen to the fabric. A sample fabric lies at the end of the hallway, available for some experimentation.

Santoro does her own recording and fieldwork, individualizing the conceptual nature of each work while maintaining a common style throughout the series. This, too, is a point of difference between the artists. Santoro records and then manifests objects while Yoon crafts objects and then performs them. It’s a bit odd to look at these objects, so vastly different in their own presence and just similar enough to grouped together without question.

Weaving and glassblowing have long, storied histories in the craft world. Driven by different motivations, distinct in their executions, the two collections on view in The Sound of Things expand our view of aural applications. We rethink the way we interact with objects. We wonder at what a suit could sound like.


HCC Stafford TV Studio interview with Sarah Darro

HCC Stafford TV StudioPosted August 4, 2017 in In The News


HCC Stafford TV Studio interviewed HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro, and HCC Curator, Kathryn Hall, about Small Expressions 2017 and Edward Eberle Retrospective:


Local MagazinePosted July 31, 2017 in In The News

The Chinese-born artist, who’s been in the United States for four years (she came for an MFA program in ceramics at Arizona State), specializes in intricate, delicate, hand-assembled porcelain sculptures that capture the forms of often-hidden natural objects, particularly microorganisms.

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Annie Evelyn’s ‘Multiple Impressions’ at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

BLOUIN ARTINFOPosted July 5, 2017 in In The News

“Multiple Impressions” by furniture maker Annie Evelyn will run through September 2, 2017, at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

The display features furniture that Evelyn has created or in the process of creating. Her installations let the visitors experience her craftsmanship firsthand by taking a seat. Using alternative materials to upholster her chairs, she manipulates tessellations of cement and aluminum to create comfortable, squishy seat cushions. These works seem hard but are relaxing to sit on and changes the perception of the user. Evelyn continues to explore new ideas through her experimental methods. She tips traditional furniture making on its head.

Annie Evelyn received her BFA (1999) and MFA (2007) in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. Evelyn has taught at Penland School of Crafts, RISD, Anderson Ranch, Parsons-The New School, and other institutions. She is the 2016 recipient of The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, and, in 2011, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Turning and Furniture Design awarded her a Windgate Furniture Residency. Annie Evelyn currently lives in Penland, North Carolina, where she is an artist-in-residence at the Penland School of Crafts.

Edward Eberle Retrospective at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

BLOUIN ARTINFOPosted July 5, 2017 in In The News

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is hosting an exhibition of works by Pittsburgh-based ceramic artist, Edward Eberle. The exhibition will run through September 2, 2017.

This is the first career retrospective of Eberle’s work. The show brings together over 40 of the artist’s creations and highlights the evolution of Eberle’s forms and fragmented dreamlike imagery by featuring both his trademark porcelain work, as well as a series of works on paper. The retrospective brings works from the mid-1980s to the present forming a dialogue that explores the artist’s oeuvre. It culminates with examples of the artist’s most recent mixed-media sculptures, and large paper cylinders. Eberle’s ceramics are influenced by the Oribe and Kutani periods in Japan while his paintings and sculptures draw from Picasso, Miro, Duchamp, Klee, and de Kooning, among others.

Edward Eberle (b. 1944, Tarentum, PA) received his B.S. in 1967 from Edinboro State College (Edinboro, PA) and completed his M.F.A. at New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University (Alfred, NY) in 1972. Eberle joined the faculty at Philadelphia College of Art (Philadelphia, PA). He was later hired as an associate professor in ceramics and drawing (1975-1985) at Carnegie Mellon. In addition to being represented in a number of museum collections, his work has been featured in numerous solo shows in New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, including two exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art (1980 and 1991) and one at the Columbus Museum of Art (1999).

Center for Contemporary Craft integrates bees into visitor experience

ChronPosted June 14, 2017 in In The News

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a small art center at 4848 Main St., Houston, dedicated to contemporary studio craft and shows work made by artists working in the United States.

“We have four studios located in the building, and we provide the artists with 24-hour studio access as well as a modest stipend,” said Perry Price, Executive Director of Contemporary Craft. “We just ask that for a certain amount of days a week they keep their studio doors open so that visitors to the museum can come stick their heads in and ask questions and learn a little bit more about the process and materials.”

HCCC shows multiple exhibitions a year, with some shows having self-generated work from the residency artists, and others from collaborations from other institutions. HCCC also offers education programs, tours, workshops and summer camps. Continue Reading »

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GlasstirePosted March 23, 2017 in In The News

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Ten Things to Do In Houston For $10 or Less (Seven Free), March 23-29

Houston PressPosted March 23, 2017 in In The News

Combat Paper Workshop by Drew Cameron
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Craft Garden
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, free

Artist Drew Cameron has been showing his art in the “United by Hand: Work and Service” exhibit since early February, along with Alicia Dietz and Ehren Tool, to pay tribute to U.S. veterans. It’s also a way, without making too many waves, to raise awareness about the history and current state of war culture in the United States. Cameron will show how to repurpose plant-based fibers from donated military uniforms and civilian clothing and will turn those scraps into handmade paper. When it’s all said and done, selected sheets of the finished paper will be displayed in the gallery through May 27.