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The Blaffer Art Museum is proud to present the exhibition Standing In by Jamaica-born, New York-based artist Paul Anthony Smith who makes photo-based works that push back against the medium’s inherently predatory dimensions while simultaneously introducing a network of added layers to navigate.
Martinez (they/them/their) creates immersive, spellbinding paintings that explore ideas of place, climate, landscape, and personhood through unconventional methods of applying and interlaying various materials, textures, and hues on canvas. Their signature style of abstract painting features viscerally tactile and spatial atmospheres created with physical ingredients like fabric rags, recycled clothing, and crushed stone that reveal discordant visual intersections of destruction and emergence.
For over a decade, Jacolby Satterwhite has used 3D animation, sculpture, performance, painting, and photography to create fantastical, labyrinthine universes. Exploring the themes of public space, the body, ritual, and community, Satterwhite draws from an extensive set of references guided by queer theory, Modernist tropes, and video game languages to challenge conventions of Western art through a personal and political lens. An equally significant influence is his late mother, Patricia Satterwhite, who lived with schizophrenia and made ethereal vocal recordings as well as drawings and diagrams for visionary household products throughout Satterwhite’s childhood. His mother’s work often serves as the source material within a decidedly complex structure of memory and mythology.
Join geologist and instructional professor Jinny Sisson to learn about the material and method behind stone artworks on the University of Houston campus! From the Black Cambrian granite of Matt Mullican’s Untitled (1991) to the fossils embedded in The Art Guys’ Statue of Four Lies (2010), Dr. Sisson provides unique insights into the artistic process through the lens of a geologist. Tours are always free and open to the public!
AURA performs music that is inspired by significant transformations of perspective, featuring works by guest composer Robert Paterson, UH Sarofim Composition Award Winner A.G. Perez, and Finnish composer Jaako Kuusisto. Three works by Paterson will be performed: “Spring Songs” for tenor and mixed chamber ensemble, which explores a wide variety of changes via texts by five popular authors, “I See You” for string quintet and fixed media, which reflects on the life of his father while incorporating sounds from the hospital when he was ill, and the wonderfully raucous “Hell’s Kitchen” for mixed chamber ensemble that incorporates the use of actual kitchen tools and appliances. The program also includes Kuusisto’s rhythmically inventive “Miniö”, for violin and double bass, and A.G. Perez’ evocative “What Happens Near the Speed of Light?”, for violin, viola, and piano.
Vocalist, Mariam Mouawad presents a recital in Dudley Recital Hall.