Reel Time

McClain Gallery mounts a fascinating, evocative installation by Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher.

The artists were childhood friends, and they work incredibly well together. Their scenes and sounds deftly evoke longing, sadness, hope and humor. That they're the product of the artists' seemingly cold mechanics is part of the wonder of it all. There's also something amusing in the way each audio- and video-generating element is hung along the wall like a painting. But I also wonder what would happen if they massed them all together into one behemoth sculpture.

Evocative: an image of an old reel-to-reel tape player, which soon disappears.
Courtesy of McClain Gallery
Evocative: an image of an old reel-to-reel tape player, which soon disappears.

Location Info


McClain Gallery

2242 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Lower Shepherd-Kirby


"Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher: Reel to Reel"

Through February 4. McClain ­Gallery, 2242 Richmond, 713-520-9988.

This is an extremely involved show for a commercial gallery to present, and the McClain Gallery is to be commended for giving these guys the time, space and support to present "Reel to Reel." It's an important show that really has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. I've seen a number of Shore and Fisher's works over the years, and I still can't imagine what is involved in creating, installing and maintaining this stuff. It makes my head hurt to even begin to contemplate it. There have to be days when these guys wish to God they just made static objects that could simply be plunked down in the middle of a room. Lucky for us, they do not.

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Johannes Birringer
Johannes Birringer

Excellent review, inspiring, and motivating me to go and see the exhibit, i can only express my gratitude here. The installation is quite breathtaking, complex and rewarding if one spends time and examines all the perplexing details. J Birringer


This is something I will definitely be checking out.