The stark black-and-white linocut prints are striking: hungry people in the street, barefoot boys with livestock juxtaposed with a man driving a new automobile, faces fraught with despair but not with capitulation. This is the work of artist Rahul Mitra based on his own experiences in India, in "Dialogues from Disparate Worlds.""My work is a summation of the growing cultural, economic and environmental disparity in the contemporary India," he says. "The issues of the daily life like poverty, ennui and strangeness fight with optimism for space in these works." Asked if he sees any parallels between the situations in India and Houston, he says, "Absolutely. Poverty, disparity and other issues are similar around the world." 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Through October 18. University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard. Free.
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