"Katy Heinlein" Katy Heinlein's floor-and-wall-based sculptures tread a somewhat interesting line between room dressing and art. Mostly wire-and-wood forms draped in stretchy, bright-colored synthetic fabric, the pieces instantly beg the question, "What am I looking at?" Since the draped forms don't really resemble anything or bear a recognizable shape, the next question you might ask yourself is, "What does it look like?" Ultimately, though, tents and maybe mountains are as far as you'd get with that one. As abstract art, the works feel more like underdeveloped conceits rather than finished pieces. As conceptual interior design, it lacks direction. Heinlein is probably onto something here, but the concept needs more trickery and a better-developed, fleshier sense of mystery to really provoke a question like, "How did she do that?" Through May 24. CTRL Gallery, 3907 Main, 713-523-2875. — TS

"Miwa Yanagi — Deutsche Bank Collection" Miwa Yanagi's stunning photographs depict women in edgy ways. One series of images, Elevator Girls, takes on a Japanese department store icon. Costuming look-alike models as "elevator girls" in matching suits, hats and gloves, Yanagi groups them in sleek but coldly desolate mall environments. She digitally tweaks the photographs to up the surreal element, print­ing them in large scale and lush color. For her My Grandmothers series, Yanagi had young women imagine their lives 50 years in the future and then used makeup, costuming and sets to realize their indi­vidual visions. The resulting personas range from a septuagenarian amusement park magnate in a pink bear costume to an elderly domina­trix. The artist turns to black-and-white photography for Fairy Tale, her most disturbing series, in which two young girls, one wearing the mask of an old hag, enact the darker scenes from dark fairy tales. Yanagi's visions are highly individual and unsettling. Through May 4. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300. — KK

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