''Craft Texas 2012''

The push and pull of art versus craft is front and center at ''CraftTexas 2012,'' currently on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. ''Some people might think of craft as always being functional; we don’t take that stance,'' says Anna Walker, curator for HCCC. She points to two works by Danny Kamerath. One, Jill, is a usable chair made of hickory. Another, Table for Two, is a miniature set of two chairs and a table carved out of a stump of yaupon holly. ''The artist is working with wood in both pieces,'' says Walker. ''While one piece is functional and one is not, they’re both coming out of traditions of craft. And the functional chair, even though it can be used, it’s certainly an artistic expression.'' Paula Gron’s oversize, whimsical My Toothbrush has a wooden handle (so far, so good, seems like craft), but instead of plastic or even wire bristles, it has found tree branches held in place by a basket weave (now it’s art). ''I think it's a nice play on materials,'' says Walker. ''She has a real mastery of basket weaving, and she does something different with it.'' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through December 30.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 28. Continues through Dec. 30, 2012


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