Growing up in Romania, Andrea Dezso was enraptured by space exploration and the astronauts who were venturing into outer space. All these years later, those experiences have inspired the art exhibit "Sometimes in My Dreams I Fly," currently at Rice Gallery. "Our imagination was really captured by how these men were exploring places where no one has been before," Dezs says via press materials. "Because we did not have passports and could not go anywhere from Communist Romania, travel was only possible in your mind." The failed Apollo 13 mission (during which the famous line "Houston, we have a problem" was uttered) influenced the work in the show. "What captured my imagination is how not being able to go somewhere physically opens the possibility of epic mental odysseys."
The result is serene, colorful drawings of aliens with large heads (one is wearing red briefs and thigh-high black stockings, another is standing on a street corner, traffic flowing behind him/her). There are also drawings of fanciful, multicolored spaceships floating through the clouds. Dezs will lead an artist talk during the exhibit's opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 8. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through August 8. 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-6069 or visit www.ricegallery.org. Free.
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Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 8. Continues through Aug. 8, 2010