If one looks with an appropriately observant and objective eye, he will discover streets filled with art, or at least, artistic assemblages, that somebody ''made'' in the discarding. Mesquite-born artist Andy Coolquitt transforms these cast-off eye-catchers for ''Andy Coolquitt: Attainable Excellence'' at Blaffer Art Gallery. ''Andy Coolquitt scavenges the streets for remnants of human activity and transforms debris such as metal tubing, plastic lighters, empty bottles, drinking straws and paper bags into sculptures that are humble monuments to lives led in the streets,” says Matt Johns, Blaffer's director of external relations. ''Viewers will find themselves in Blaffer Art Museum's newly renovated space exploring sculptures described by the artist as 'somebodymades,''' Johns adds, shamelessly plugging Blaffer's still new-smelling, $2 million updated digs. Approximately 60 sculptures assembled over a five-year period are featured in the exhibit. Given the standard ephemera that accumulates over a five-year period in the cabinet under most peoples’ bathroom sinks, there may be an exhibit of ''somebodymades'' waiting to happen in your very own home as well.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Through August 24. Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 713-743-9521 or visit blafferartmuseum.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 17. Continues through Aug. 24, 2013