Remember singing wine glasses? Performers would “play” the glasses by rubbing a wet fingertip around the lip of the glass and it would emit a sound. Glass artist Andy Paiko and experimental sound artist Ethan Rose have joined forces for “Transference,” an exhibit based on that idea at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The show, a series of spinning glass vessels that fill the gallery, was inspired by historical glass musical instruments, such as the glass armonica, glass harp and, of course, those singing wine glasses. The two men have taken the performer out of the equation and instead motorized the process, using a mechanical arm instead of a wet fingertip and mounted glass vessels. Via press materials, HCCC Curatorial Fellow Susie Silbert explains, “The particular characteristics of each vessel — its thickness and shape, the chemical composition of the glass — dictate the note each will play. In recontextualizing the glass armonica in this way, ‘Transference’ is as much about the history of this nearly forgotten instrument as it is about the possibilities of glass.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through May 13. 4848 Main. For information, call 713-529-4848 or visit www.crafthouston.org. Free.
Fri., Feb. 3, 5:30-8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 3. Continues through May 13, 2012