"Who Collects Clouds in the Sky?" Words can't describe how phenomenal Katja Loher's exhibition "Who Collects Clouds in the Sky?" is. The only words one can muster up are ones that break down its components: creativity, technology and entomology, the study of bugs. The first thing the viewer sees is a collection of balloon-shaped objects of varying sizes — the clouds. But they don't quite look like the fluffy stuff; Airplanet (2013), Timeplanet (2013) and Redplanet (2012), the three biggest globes hanging from the ceiling, look more like Chinese lanterns that have been stripped of their colors. This white background provides a space for images to be projected onto them. The previous trio's names identify themselves in relation to the smaller glass globes surrounding them on walls and tables. Compared to these medium-size glass jars, ranging in diameter from ten to 14 inches, the planets are gargantuan, from four to eight feet in diameter. However, the size of these spherical shapes is nothing compared to what's inside them. Those are not just any videos playing inside the "clouds." At first, as in the Last Supper? (2013) "videosculpture," these looping videos seem to project images of insects, like bees. Look harder. All of a sudden, one of these "bees" looks up at you, and you realize it's not a bee at all but a person in a bee costume. Remember the scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in which trigger-happy television addict Mike Teevee is shrunk down and his miniature shape is transmitted into a television screen? That's what these images remind you of. Do they know they're trapped inside? They certainly know you are there, as the initial discovery of you staring down at them turns into repeated stares — and eventually smiles — up at you. How did these little people get inside those spheres? Let's take one of these pieces apart. Triplebubble (2013) consists of three hand-blown glass spheres, a "white acrylic box" and three looping videos. The videos are placed into circular grooves scooped out of the acrylic box and covered with the glass. But none of this begins before filming the dancers in a colorful, natural setting. Juxtaposing nature alongside technology may seem confusing. However, there's still an organic component at work: the dancing, which mimics insects and aquatic animals at work. The bee dancers are especially telling, for they look like they're in the process of collecting and storing honey in their Beeplanet (2013) sphere. The animal-people also explain the title. Who collects clouds in the sky? Why, the bees, of course! Through October 19. 4411 Montrose, 713-524-2299. — AO

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