Visual Arts

Gallery Scene: Three Exhibits to Catch Before 2011

As we anticipate next year's new crop of gallery shows, there's still a few lingering exhibits you have just a couple days to catch before they close.

Anthony Thompson Shumate: "Cocky" Shumate based this show around specific things people have said about his artwork. Until you know this, as Kelly Klaasmeyer wrote: "you'll undoubtedly wonder why stuff like a tie, roosters and a urinal are together in one show. The coolest object -- You know I've seen a piece like that before. Do you even know art history? -- is the urinal. Rather than just signing it, à la Duchamp, Shumate 'pimped his urinal' with a thick coat of automotive paint and pin striping. How cocky."

(Through December 31, Barbara Davis Gallery, 4411 Montrose, 713-520-9200.)

Boarded Up: The Art of Surf and Skate A wave of gallery goers crashed the Heights' M2 Gallery earlier this month for "Boarded Up: The Art of Surf and Skate." Presented by Neopopstreetfunk, the show featured over 250 skateboard decks and surfboards painted by over 100 local and national artists. All proceeds benefited the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots charity dedicated to the protection of the world's oceans and coastal ecosystems through conservation, activism, research and education.

James Turrell Skyspace at Live Oak Friends Meeting House It had been over two years since visitors to the Live Oak Friends Meeting House in the Heights had been able to gaze through the Skyspace, designed by big-shot light-artist James Turrell, when the building's roof was repaired in July. If you've never taken the time to sit quietly in the Quaker sanctuary and reflect for a while, we highly recommend it. With 2011 at hand, it's the most metaphorically perfect way to acknowledge these holidays in an inward, spiritual way (if you're not a religious person).

Live Oak Friends Meeting House, 1318 West 26th St Houston, TX 77008 map Phone: 713-862-6685

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Troy Schulze
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