"Paramilitary Show"

Find an artistic commonality between fighting fires and fighting wars

Apama Mackey Gallery’s “Paramilitary Show” at the Houston Fire Museum features contemporary art sharing space with the museum’s impressive collection of firefighting gear. Ronald Moran’s Observance: Gentle Pressure, placed between a 1937 Chevy fire truck and an 1890 hand-pumper apparatus, dominates the entrance of the museum. The eight-foot-tall lace-up boots, coated in a pillowy white material, introduce the theme of the connection between firefighting and the military. Upstairs at the former fire station, Patrick Renner’s Rescue— several half-charred wooden ladders reaching toward the same window — provides an eerie reminder of the profession’s risks. In Different Strokes for Different Folks, Wayne Gilbert crafts a series of earth-toned vertical lines out of unclaimed human ashes. The setting makes the piece, which includes a name below each uniquely colored stripe, even more powerful. A handful of other works complete the artistic half of this unusual partnership. Make sure to take a turn sliding down the pole on your way out. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through September 19. Houston Fire Museum, 2403 Milam. For information, visit www.mackeygallery.com. $3.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Aug. 11. Continues through Sept. 19, 2009

 
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