"Justin Garcia: Along the Rail"

Artist uses railroad spikes to remind viewers of Houston's industrial history

"Justin Garcia: Along the Rail"is the artist's way of spiking interest in Houston's industrial history. Discarded rusted railroad pins (from local tracks) protrude from his colorful canvases, serving as a reminder to viewers. "Those nails didn't just get there, and these tracks and everything else [weren't] built from nowhere," Garcia says. He matches the spikes' worse-for-wear appearance by antiquing the paint and canvas to make it look aged and corroded. "Everything around the railroad nails has the rustic feel to [it]," Garcia says, adding that he created the work in the name of tracking Houston's beginnings. "That rust and the age and the iron Ñ I really wanted to capture Houston in its rawness and history and how it all got to be," Garcia says. Noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 1. The Tipping Point, 1212 Main. For information, call 713-655-0443 or visit www.thetippingpointstore.com. Free.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 25. Continues through April 1, 2010

 
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