Gallery offers vivid array of Houston art

by Aaron Neathery

Daily Cougar Staff

Through March 31, the Blaffer Gallery will be presenting the annual Houston Area Exhibition, an all-inclusive exhibition featuring works from artists living within a 100-mile radius of downtown Houston.

One can expect an extremely diverse selection of works in this open exhibit, and in this regard, the 1996 Houston Area Exhibition does not disappoint. Everything outside of portraiture and string art may be found here, some works astounding because of their level of thought and artistry (such as D. Jabari Anderson's Picket Fence Dreams), others astounding because of the chutzpah behind their creation (Elisabeth Jackson's I Wanted to Show You My Cat).

The show is quite a jumble, almost to the point of being distracting. As the works are displayed so closely to one another, it becomes difficult to take in the pieces one at a time. The eye is constantly being pulled in different directions.

Among the exhibition's must-sees are Bonnie Smith Newman's WONDER WOMAN Tidies Up, Gerald Pennywell's When There is No Mo Pride series, and Mark Lombardi's flow-chart pieces that really begin to redefine "art."

Aside from a definite lack of three-dimensional works, the 1996 Houston Area Exhibition is definitely worth a look. The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Blaffer Gallery is located at Entrance No. 16, off Cullen Boulevard. For more information, call 743-9530.

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