In her witty explorations of context, the Berlin-based Kirsten Pieroth removes everyday objects such as boxes, bottles and furniture from their usual settings, tweaking normal to test our perceptions of purpose and meaning. What might seem regular from afar will have, upon closer inspection, something slightly wrong with it: In an early work, she smashed an ant into a copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes evidence of an ant murder! Perspectives 172: Kirsten Pieroth at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston shows more of Pieroths interesting juxtapositions (such as plugging an accordion into an inflatable raft) and surprising finds (shes moved a dirty puddle from the street to a gallery space). For her CAMH presentation, Pieroth will apply her inventiveness to explore the life and work of an inventor, radio mastermind Guglielmo Marconi. Meet Pieroth but dont step in the puddle at an opening reception 6:30 to 9 p.m., September 30. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through January 2. 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 30. Continues through Jan. 2, 2010