Barack Obama is talking at "A Time for Change"...sort of. Obama appears in I am BLUE 'Cause I am RED Over You XOXOXO, a video installation by Anthony Thompson Shumate. The artist animated Shepard Fairey's portrait of the presidential hopeful to lip-synch speeches by former congressmen.
The show features 24 Texas artists interpreting the events surrounding the 2008 elections. Nathaniel Donnett contributes Indigestion, shredded books stabbed with eating utensils and placed atop a spinning phonograph, and Feast, an "American pie" made of cardboard and dollar bills. Tracy Hicks offers up Declaration, in which a copy of the Constitution is smeared with blood and "frozen in ice" (it's actually glass). Wayne Gilbert's Stars and Stripes Forever uses unclaimed ashes from funeral homes to create the American flag. And Alejandro Diaz will show his well-known text-based pieces, cardboard signs with phrases written on them in magic marker, including Mexican Wallpaper.
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See how these and other artists (including Houston Press contributor Kelly Klaasmeyer) view this monumental moment, and stick around to see how/if things will change: Closing reception is on election night, Tuesday, November 4. Regular viewing hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through November 4. Deborah Colton Gallery, 2445 North Boulevard. For information, call 713-869-5151 or visit www.deborahcoltongallery.com. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 20. Continues through Nov. 4, 2008