The Station Museum of Contemporary Art's latest group exhibition, ''HX8 [Houston Times Eight],'' reflects the museum's renewed commitment to displaying local artists. ''Our mission is to show artists who don’t normally get into museum shows, whether because their work is too controversial or won't be accepted by everybody,'' says Kari Steele, assistant director for the museum. The eight participating artists — Daniel Anguilu, Floyd Newsum, Serena Lin Bush, Robert Pruitt, Prince Varughese Thomas, Lynn Randolph, Fabio D'Aroma and Forrest Prince — come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, and have different approaches and aesthetics. Prince Varughese Thomas contributes Body Count, an ongoing project focusing on civilian deaths as a result of U.S. involvement in Iraq. On a huge table, 108,000 pennies are stacked in orderly rows; one penny represents one civilian death. Daniel Anguilu is represented by a large, 45-foot-long mural done in his signature ''eastern-meets-Aztec'' style, according to Steele. It includes the phrase ''ninguna persona es ilegal'' (no person is illegal).
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The works may or may not be widely accepted or commercially popular, but Steele says the museum’s focus is to show interesting, not necessarily easily palatable, work. ''Other people's realities may not match your own,'' says Steele, ''and whether or not you agree, this is what people are creating.''
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 27. Continues through Feb. 17, 2012