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Secret Taping

Harvey Bott's drawings languished in his studio for 50 years

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The current round of openings on Colquitt is definitely worth the trip. At New Gallery, David Fulton's new work explores everything from paint to cement. His Boundaries series of black-and-white paintings explores shoreline-like edges with a geographic feeling reminiscent of his earlier maps-based work. Delicate layers of translucent white meander across the canvas, overlapping each other. The geographic feeling continues in a series of slabs cast from cement. Wax overlaps their edges like an incoming tide frozen against a white beach. "David Fulton: Works" is on view through November 26. 2639 Colquitt, 713-520-7053.

In Gael Stack's show at Moody Gallery, the elegant and investigatory marks drawn over her paintings are increasingly densely layered. Over lush, deep blue grounds tinged with black, we glimpse the outlines of Japanese figures, enmeshed with architectural lines and veiled with calligraphic marks that refer to both horizontal and vertical writing systems. "Gael Stack" runs through November 22. 2815 Colquitt, 713-526-9911.

Harvey Bott's tape drawings, made when he was a teenager, still look modern.
Courtesy of Sicardi Gallery
Harvey Bott's tape drawings, made when he was a teenager, still look modern.

At McMurtrey Gallery, Lance Letscher is showing striking work that uses pages and covers from old books that are cut into shapes or sliced into strips and collaged together to create monochromatic bands. From a distance, the massed-together elements create boldly colored geometric forms with a wonderful patina of age. Up close, the viewer hunts for snippets of words that remain, giving clues to the material's former existence. "Lance Letscher: New Work on Paper" runs through November 26. 3508 Lake Street, 713-523-8238.

"miniatures" is a densely packed group show at Hooks-Epstein Gallery. Of the 132 tiny works, some are obviously better than others, but if you search through them, you'll find real gems from younger as well as more well-known artists. Trenton Doyle Hancock's Moundmeat IV is a marvelous painting. There's also Paul Kittelson's geodesic sphere constructed from fake olives and toothpicks, Robert Pruitt's political action figures, Emily Joyce's nice little Plexiglas drawing -- and of course much, much more. Through November 29. 2631 Colquitt, 713-522-0718.

MKG Art Management is hosting an exhibition curated by Core Program writing fellow Mary Leclère. Check out the David Bunn piece made from discarded Los Angles library catalog cards. "The Space of Writing" is on view through November 22. 2825 Colquitt, 713-526-4146.

And as a side note, if you're heading down to Galveston, try to catch the 12-year survey of Christopher French's work at Galveston Art Center. French's early paintings layer glossy color over braille text. In more recent works, disembodied dots float over a translucent swirled ground. Upstairs, the tactility implied by braille paper is transformed into fingerprints in the quirky video More Please, Please No More. "Christopher French: One Thing Makes Another" is on view through November 23. 2127 Strand, 409-763-2403.

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