"Allison Hunter: Zoosphere"

Step into my zoo

With her current show at nonprofit DiverseWorks, photographer/videographer Allison Hunter was freed up from the pressure to show sellable work. So Hunter decided to try something new. "I thought, why don't I just go for something really different?" She didn't want to do prints this time. "Why spend so much money making a print that no one is going to buy? I just want to show them the image. At the time, someone said, 'Well, just have a slideshow.' And I thought, no, that wasn't what I wanted to do, but it started me thinking."

The result is "Allison Hunter: Zoosphere," a gallery-size installation where viewers walk into a room and are surrounded by videos of animals - a constant theme for Hunter - on the walls and floor. Visitors will see images of an elephant, for example, gracefully fluttering one ear. Usually thought of as lumbering and slow-moving, suddenly the animal seems delicate. Other images show frogs jumping in and out of view, while sea creatures playfully glide through the waters. Oh, and if any of the animals look familiar, they just might be - Hunter often shoots her footage at the Houston Zoo.

What's next for Hunter? 3-D video? Holograms? "I'd lovethat," she says enthusiastically. There's an opening reception today 6 to 8 p.m. Regular viewing hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays. Through April 17. 1117 East Freeway. For information, call 713-223-8346 or visit www.diverseworks.org. Free.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: March 12. Continues through April 17, 2010

 
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