"Ed Wilson: Architecture of Death"

Inspired by horror, this Houston artist creates beauty

Ed Wilson knows how to create beautiful sculpture, but his "Architecture of Death" exhibit won't let you forget the terrible inspiration for his work. The Houston-based artist's pieces are steel representations of scenes he photographed at decades-old concentration camps (now memorials) around Germany. For the Station Museum show, they'll be placed next to the vivid black-and-white photos themselves. "You look at these things, and they"re beautiful objects, which is a juxtaposition with the idea of the horror of these things," Wilson says. "I've always been kind of fascinated with that - being able to push and pull like that." In Grunewald Bahnhof, he takes a tree-lined train track to a vanishing point. Out of context, it's an idyllic country image, but presenting it with a photo of the actual tracks that lead to the camp imbues it with a sense of dread. Like the rest of the exhibit, the piece doesn't sentimentalize or trivialize - it's simply a raw reminder of what's there. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through May 30. 1502 Alabama. For information, call 713-529-6900 or visit www.stationmuseum.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: March 13. Continues through May 30, 2010
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This was such a great show and I was very excited to hear that this artist was going to give the GRB a facelift, then I was extremely disappointed that Houston took it away from him.  Hopefully the powers that be give the opportunity back to this artist.

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