Art Review: Up-and-Comers at HSPVA's Annual Juried Show

Expendable Youth
Expendable Youth
Jesus Hinojosa

This popular annual exhibit is an interesting look at the up-and-coming artists at Houston's own High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Texas's premier arts magnet school. The works span a broad range of media and technique (painting, sculpture, photography, collage, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, Photoshop), and there's terrific skill on display, but nothing particularly risky or provocative in terms of concept or content.

A handful of artists show signs of future brilliance: Soon-to-be sophomore Hazel Fricke's Deep Waters is a deftly drawn graphic image of a mermaid; recent grads Adrienne Duncan, Hillary Henderson and Gray Crawford deliver nice work in mixed media, Photoshop and abstract drawing, respectively.

Jesus Hinojosa's Expendable Youth is perhaps the show's standout piece. The black-and-white silkscreen print of a young boy displaying a strange wound or gash in his chest scores for its dramatic high contrast and mysterious vibe.

Through August 29. Jung Center of Houston, 5200 Montrose, 713-524-8253.


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