''In Residence 2011''

Art exhibits don't usually include pieces made from pulled-sugar, but the artists in the group show ''In Residence 2011'' aren't interested in what's usual; they're interested in what's new, what's next. And what's next is them. The show's eight participants, each of whom began residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft last year, are among the best and brightest emerging artists in the region.

Celia Butler makes mixed-media pieces, combining objects made of pulled-sugar with fashion photography in works such as Sugar Gloss, which shows a woman's neck adorned by an oversize amber-colored bow. Her work challenges society's stereotypical idea of female beauty. Her compatriot Nathan Dube is a metalsmith who explores male identity in America. He reinterprets little boys' toys; his Popgun is a re-imagined spit-wad shooter that targets iconic cowboy idols from three generations: John Wayne, Paul Newman and Billy Crystal. (Okay, Billy Crystal is more cowboy-ish than actual cowboy.)

There’s an opening reception with the artists 5:30 to 7 p.m. on October 19. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through December 23.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 19. Continues through Dec. 23, 2012

 
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