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2002 Stories by Kelly Klaasmeyer

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  • Perry House

    published December 26, 2002

    Perry House must have an odd collection of dishware. His two-dimensional paintings in "Southern Dinners" stretch the dishes' shapes into... More >>

  • Humanity's Hero

    published December 19, 2002

    It's incredibly difficult to make successful art that is also socially and politically engaged. Almost inevitably, the desire to present a message... More >>

  • Liz Ward

    published December 19, 2002

    Liz Ward makes meticulous, delicate paintings that are informed by nature and evoke an organic elegance. Drawn with a tiny silver wire on tinted... More >>

  • Reel Life

    published December 12, 2002

    America is in an era of self-conscious, packaged and often constructed history. The news media blurs the line between information and... More >>

  • Tommy Fitzpatrick

    published December 12, 2002

    Fortunately for Tommy Fitzpatrick, Houston has a plethora of steel and glass office buildings. Fitzpatrick uses their architectural geometry as... More >>

  • Nature vs. Nurture

    published December 5, 2002

    Years ago I read a short story (or maybe it was a Twilight Zone episode) about a man who had a watch that could stop time. I always wanted... More >>

  • Shattering the Glass

    published November 21, 2002

    There is an axiom in art that says the talent of an artist is inversely proportionate to the size of his signature. Dale Chihuly signs his... More >>

  • It's Alive!

    published November 14, 2002

    Liliana Porter is describing a gold plastic bust-of-Jesus lamp in her soft Argentinean accent. She's using the over-the-top light fixture... More >>

  • Memory Lane

    published November 7, 2002

    So you remember the first place you lived as a child? It's a safe bet that the way you remember the space has little to do with objective reality.... More >>

  • Bee Gee's

    published October 24, 2002

    It looks like a Joseph Albers painting if Albers were less anal and handy with a needle and thread. With concentric rectangles of heavy denim in... More >>

  • Little Girl Lost

    published October 17, 2002

    I am sitting in the dark at the Menil Collection staring at a wall-sized video projection waiting for something, anything, to happen. The frame is... More >>

  • What Would Niebuhr Do?

    published October 3, 2002

    Among other things, Eric Niebuhr paints Jesus -- loaded subject matter, indeed. Depicting Jesus has been the raison d'être for a... More >>

  • Plastic Makes It Possible

    published September 26, 2002

    It looks like he robbed a dollar store," remarked one observer matter-of-factly. Paul Horn's "DEATH METAL 2000: Prehistoria" is full of... More >>

  • I Hate My HGTV

    published September 12, 2002

    I watched in horror as a smiling woman took a pile of old grubby purses and stuffed them with fake flowers to make "charming tabletop... More >>

  • Life Is Beautiful

    published September 5, 2002

    In 1948 the artist Alighiero e Boetti tore a large piece of brown paper into small squares that he then "stacked into a rather unstable column."... More >>

  • The Art of Oil

    published August 29, 2002

    The fly whisk's handle is carved from jade, inlaid with gold and set with rubies and emeralds. An object used to swat flying pests speaks of the... More >>

  • Hello, My Name Is Simon...

    published August 15, 2002

    Everybody with an operational limb -- and even some without -- draws. Human beings seem to have a need to make marks -- whether childhood... More >>

  • Crazy World

    published August 1, 2002

    Something about the party in the video seems off. It looks like a village celebration. At a long table under a tree in a courtyard, people... More >>

  • Sugar High

    published July 25, 2002

    Through August 10 at Moody Gallery, 2815 Colquitt, 713-526-9911. More >>

  • The Biggest and the Baddest

    published July 18, 2002

    "The Big Show" at Lawndale Art Center looks like an art garage sale. It's as if every sometime artist living within 100 miles of this city... More >>

  • Land of the Free

    published July 11, 2002

    "Let the eagle soar…she's far too young to die, you can see it in her eye…" Ah, the immortal song stylings of John Ashcroft, our... More >>

  • The Scavengers

    published June 27, 2002

    Job perks are the primary reason artists are willing to endure penury as employees of the Museum of Fine Arts. They aren't perks in the... More >>

  • Paper Route

    published June 20, 2002

    Tacking a 20-foot sheet of paper to the wall is a hellish experience. This is why pragmatic and market-conscious artists do not make large-scale... More >>

  • Strong Medicine

    published June 13, 2002

    The two skulls buried in cardboard boxes brimming with Styrofoam peanuts look as if they were just dropped off by FedEx. Those outside the field... More >>

  • Animal Magnetism

    published June 6, 2002

    Darryl Lauster is a pug owner, God help him. Actually, God help pugs, those tragically inbred animals with faces smashed beyond recognition and a... More >>

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