Susie J. Silbert, curatorial fellow for the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, has a reminder for visitors to the exhibit Lauren McAdams: Going Up. Yes, [the pieces] are very active; yes, it’s different than a show where things are up on pedestals. But no, you’re not supposed to touch them!”
McAdams’s exhibit is made up of pieces from two of her bodies of work, The Flying Rings and Women Series. The Flying Rings are finger rings shaped like people, set on high-tension cables installed in the gallery. McAdams has given them names such as Tedd, Jeff and Shauna. “She’s a traditionally trained metalsmith,” says Silbert, “which means that she makes a range of things, including different kinds of jewelry. For these pieces she’s…animated them, given them a lot of character. The jewelry that we wear to adorn ourselves tells the world what we want them to think about who we are and what we are. In this case, she’s reversed that, and put all the personality into these little figures that zip and fly all over the place.”
For the Women Series, McAdams started with match strikers made of metal. She adapted the traditional forms to represent famous women like Oprah, Angelina Jolie and Dolly Parton, women McAdams says have “a lot of potential to start fires.” The piece inspired by Jolie has a series of puckered lips around the edges, while Parton’s includes a guitar shape surrounded by lots of tiny stars.
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There’s an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on December 9. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through January 29. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main. For information, call 713-529-4848 or visit www.crafthouston.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 9. Continues through Jan. 29, 2011