New art shows tend to hibernate in January before blooming in the spring, but the month also gives us the opportunity to catch up with those big blockbuster sets that will close soon. Yet this New Year brings unusual artistic surprises as vast as space.
From a different kind of starry night immersive VR experience to steamroller prints to the ultimate recycling art projects, we’ve got plenty of artistic ingenuity and innovation to see this month. Additionally, Rice’s Moody Center is hosting a sound-inspired show to celebrate its fifth anniversary.
“Infinity ”at Sawyer Yards (January 13-February 20)
The latest VR multimedia experience to arrive in town premiered in December, but we’re ready to hop aboard for the official launch now. As CultureMap editor Steven Devadanam describes in our preview: This expansive 12,500-square-foot exhibit transports viewers to a never-before-seen perspective of life on the ISS, bringing an almost too real sense of being in space. .
In addition to the state-of-the-art immersive rooms, also look for a large-scale light installation by experimental electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda that will mimic the experience of weightlessness and floating in the vast expanse of space.
“Steamrolled VIII “at the Printing Museum (January 13-March 5)
In October, Texan artists were invited to bring in a 3 foot by 5 foot carved block of wood, which was inked and printed using a 2 ton road roller as a printing press for the event. road roller from PrintMatter.
Now the State can get a glimpse of the art the Steamroller forged, with tremendous help from the artists themselves, Sally Worthington, Yannina Taboada, Evan Leigh Rottet, Kenny Lantz, Sean Adler, Jesus De La Garza, Leaman Green, Gloria Sanchez-Hart, Robert James, Jessica Snow, Eileen McClellan, William Pangburn, Katarina Guzman, Chayla De La Garza, Exquisite Corpse Crew and Andis Applewhite.
“Materials of Empire: Colonial Narratives 1700-1860” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Rienzi (January 15-July 31)
This new exhibition, organized using objects from the Rienzi collection, highlights the links between Europe, Africa, the Americas and India.
The exhibit examines the complex stories of exploration, warfare and scientific expeditions, and the religious missions that the objects reveal as well as conceal, and places them in the context of the tangled legacies and experiences of the empire. .
“The body as memory ”at Foto Relevance (January 15-March 19)
This group exhibition featuring the work of Nick Simko, Gabriel García Román and Caleb Cole, explores the concepts of identity and queerness, both delving into the past and looking to the future.
The show investigates the ways in which the body interacts with the environment around it – the cultures in which it was born, how it is perceived, how it sees itself in this context and how it imagines itself.
“Undeniable” at the Galveston Arts Center (January 15-April 17)
This new 10-year investigation of local artist, Nick Barbee, paintings, sculptures and collages covers his creative years in Galveston. With his studio practice focused on historical figures and narratives, he often uses mundane objects with a personal connection to those stories.
As Barbee’s art explores eras, places and objects of the past, the mutual influence of a place like Galveston over the past decade is also evident.
“Rings! 1968 – 2021” at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (January 22-March 12)
Presenting a very wearable art bling festival, this exhibition captures avant-garde notions of contemporary jewelry and represents the almost limitless potential of what a ring can be.
The show features a selection of over 100 rings with a range of creative techniques from traditional metallurgy to experimental materials and examines the diversity of cultural, political and personal meanings that a ring can possess.
“Full Metal Jacket Logbook” at Alta Arts (January 22-March 5)
Movie buffs as well as photography enthusiasts alike may want to check out this show from actor / director Matthew Modine. The exhibition features large-scale aluminum prints of photographs taken by Modine on the set of Stanley Kubrick’s now classic 1987 war film, Full Metal Jacket.
Ranging from candid photographs of actors and crews, scenes in progress, pyrotechnics, Kubrick and Modine himself, the footage provides insight into the making of the film while simultaneously evoking the history of photography. , journalism and war. Modine is scheduled for an in-person artist talk for the opening in Alta.
“Soundwaves: Experimental Strategies in Art + Music” at the Moody Center for the Arts (January 28 – May 14)
Rice University’s interdisciplinary arts paradise kicks off its 5th anniversary season with this group exhibition of contemporary artists working at a visual and aural sensory intersection, where sound meets and influences the visual arts.
With site-specific world premiere artwork and finished pieces specially selected for the exhibition, seek contributions from award-winning innovators such as Nevin Aladağ, Raven Chacon, Jamal Cyrus, Spencer Finch, Idris Khan, Christine Sun Kim , Trevor Paglen, Anri Sala, Jason Moran and Jorinde Voigt. The show explores a range of themes from perception, memory and the passage of time to our relationship to technology and the environment, and the struggle for racial justice and social change.
“Nothing is lost” at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (January 29-May 7)
The title of this thematic exhibition explains it all with a survey of artists who create using scraps, offcuts and reused and reused materials from ceramic fragments, cut paper and marble remains, and even plastic bags and security mailing envelopes.
HCCC says the exhibition will explore how salvaged materials can inspire creativity and arouse curiosity about the impact of various industrial and artistic processes on the ecology of the planet. “Now, more than ever, we need to re-evaluate how materials are collected and used to ensure the health and longevity of our planet,” said Kathryn Hall, Curator of HCCC.