"Fragmento"

Carlos Runcie-Tanaka builds ‘em up to break ‘em down

Get ready for a surprise at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art’s latest exhibit, “Fragmento,” by Peruvian sculptor Carlos Runcie-Tanaka. This time the tiny museum isn’t taking on the usual geopolitical issues it’s known for; instead, the exhibition explores spirituality. “It’s a beautiful show,” says Station Assistant Director Timothy Gonzalez. “We usually show social and political things that are sometimes a little gory. But this show is gorgeous.” The exhibit’s centerpiece is Tiempo Detenido (Suspended Time). The large installation has more than a dozen life-size figures standing guard over a glass coffin, each standing on a box lit from the inside. The walls surrounding the piece are covered in reflective glass so that the figures are seen from every angle. “It’s very tribal,” says Gonzalez. “He works with ceramics. He takes these pieces that he’s sculpted and then destroys them all, and then puts them back in a new form.” Two more installations, a large sculpture and short videos, make up the rest of the exhibit. There’s an opening reception with the artist on June 27 at 7 p.m. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through October 18. (The museum will be closed in August.) 1502 Alabama. For information, call 713-529-6900 or visit www.stationmuseum.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays; Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 3. Continues through Oct. 18, 2009
 
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