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"The Paper Sculpture Show" enlists gallerygoers in the creation of its art on exhibit

Another cool piece that didn't produce many samples from the DiverseWorks visitors is Stephen Hendee's "Binding Sites." It consists of three colorful shapes to be folded, glued and attached to one another. The pieces are neat-looking, but people were probably scared off by the estimated build time on each: ten, 20 and 35 minutes.

A popular project was "Things I Don't Like," by Ester Partegas. Visitors are instructed to build a trash can, then write the names of things they don't like on the paper provided, cut them into strips and throw them in the trash can. Many simply wrote their lists of things they didn't like, and leaving the lists intact, posted them on the wall. Things DiverseWorks visitors didn't like include empty refrigerators, mean people, a small penis, chilled red wine, fraud, ear wax, raisins and dirty old men. From a list of things liked and things not liked came "Long talks in the evening with a friend" and "Long talks in the morning with a boss."

Other projects that looked good when completed were Aric Obrosey's "Mail Glove," Charles Goldman's dark screens, Eve Sussman's cool shades and Vargas-Lugo's smiling lips.

Stephen Hendee's "Binding Site" tests your manual 
dexterity.
Courtesy of DiverseWorks
Stephen Hendee's "Binding Site" tests your manual dexterity.

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Through November 15; 713-223-4608
DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway

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