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Capsule Art Reviews: "The Clearing — Joey Fauerso," "Evergreen: Original Contemporary Prints," "Exurb: Input/Output," "George Gittoes: Witness to War," "Jackie Gendel: Fables in Slang," "Jenny Schlief Stock Photography: From the Woman Series"

"The Clearing — Joey Fauerso" For "The Clearing," Joey Fauerso takes found, generic landscape scenes and inhabits them with photos of naked men. In one, a bearded, generally hairy man is leaping off a river rock while a majestic waterfall cascades in the background. In another, the same man (I think) stands watching at the edge of a lake while a geyser (I think) erupts in a plume of water. The men are obviously photographs that have been glued to the surface of the low-res inkjet prints, which seems sloppy. The images would be more successful if Fauerso embedded the men more seamlessly into the landscapes. Don't miss Fauerso's video Me Time, in which the artist French-kisses a series of generic puppets: a fireman, a policeman, a construction worker and a nurse. It's disturbingly sincere and hilarious. Through July 23. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg, 713-533-8692. — TS

"Evergreen: Original Contemporary Prints" Print Houston 2011, a celebration of artist prints, is finding its way into multiple venues around town. Philomena Gabriel Contemporary has an interesting selection of prints for sale from the collection of Sharon and Gus Kopriva. The Koprivas have amazing stuff, and it's a great opportunity to see little-known works by well-known names. There's a quirky cartoon-like 1970 lithograph from Jim Dine, the result of a collaboration with the poet Ron Padgett. Kiki Smith's Flying Squirrel lithograph is a cute/creepy image of a gravity-defying rodent. Gerhard Richter's silkscreen Swiss Alps looks like a gorgeously stylized avalanche. There's even a really funny 1980 Joseph Beuys work entitled DDR-Bag. It's a yellowed paper shopping bag stamped with images like a men's hat and a woman's slip. The text on it translates as "always stylishly dressed," which is richly ironic given the East German title. The bag is also stamped with Beuys's own official-looking mark, a mockery of DDR bureaucracy. Through July 2. 3227½ Milam, 713-523-7424. — KK

"Exurb: Input/Output" It's very appropriate that this interactive audio/video installation at the Joanna is running simultaneously with the Stan VanDerBeek survey at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. In the main room at the Joanna, the creators of "Exurb: Input/Output," artist-engineers Johnny DiBlasi, Steven Kraig, Patrick Renner, Sam Singh and Eric Todd, have constructed two Plexiglas arches outfitted with theremins and tube amps that respond with tone variations and video manipulations on four screens when bodies maneuver under and around them. The piece is a kind of comment on social media, the idea that our daily movements leave electronic imprints through the pervasive presence of wireless technology. The artists are admittedly influenced by VanDerBeek's experiments in computer imaging, and the installation is deliberately designed to display the technological implements it utilizes — you can see the theremin antennas, amplifiers and computer equipment encased in the clear Plexiglas. But the audio "action" is subtler than we expected. The installation's dominant sound is a loud, aggressive drone reminiscent of the soundtracks of David Lynch films (the artists are fans), and there's a kind of nightmarish feeling of sinister surveillance, especially in the way one video projection tracks human bodies visually, in real time, through the electric signals received by the theremin. It makes you want to turn off your GPS and suspend your Facebook and Twitter accounts (at least for just a little while). Through July 15. The Joanna, 1401 Branard, 713-825-1803. — TS

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Box 13 ArtSpace

6700 Harrisburg
Houston, TX 77011

Category: Art Galleries

Region: East End

The Joanna

1401 Branard
Houston, TX 77006

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Montrose

Station Museum of Contemporary Art

1502 Alabama St.
Houston, TX 77004

Category: Museums

Region: Third Ward

Bryan Miller Gallery

3907 Main
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Downtown/ Midtown

Art Car Museum

140 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77007

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Heights

Art Palace

3913 Main St.
Houston, TX 77004

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Third Ward

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"George Gittoes: Witness to War" Australian artist George Gittoes isn't afraid to put himself at the epicenters of some of the worst acts of human brutality on the planet in order to make his art. His travels have taken him to Rwanda, Bosnia, Congo, Iraq and Afghanistan, among other war-torn countries. This exhibit at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art is the first major presentation of his artwork in the United States. It's chilling, disgusting, journalistic and entertaining all at once. As a visual diary of Gittoes's experiences, the show is a massive dose of illustrated storytelling told through installation, video, drawing, painting, collage and the handwritten word. It takes several hours to experience it all, and we didn't try to soak it all up, because even an hour's worth is excruciatingly depressing. But we agree with Gittoes that it's absolutely necessary for us to look. The artist is holding a mirror up to the evil and ugliness of the world, hoping that will, in effect, destroy evil—like Perseus using a reflection to kill Medusa. A grotesque mythology is employed in Gittoes's work, too. Out of very real evil he constructs graphic-novel-esque narratives about supernatural soldiers and mutant wars rooted in the emotional reality of genocide. In Assumption, a cloud of bloodied, mutilated bodies ascends toward...Heaven, maybe? Another painting takes inspiration from a photograph of a severely beaten Rwandan boy (or maybe a girl?) and transforms it into a hellish image of violence in action. On the entertaining side, don't miss the impressively realized installation of a video store in the Taliban-controlled city of Peshawar. The Taliban are known for bombing such businesses, and Gittoes presents one in incredible detail, with video monitors and walls covered in hilarious DVD covers created by Gittoes himself. It slyly comments on the absurdity of an anti-technology culture using technology to destroy technology (and culture). Through July 17. 1502 Alabama, 713-529-6900. – TS

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