“I Hear You: Words-in-Form”

Tara Conley collects phrases. For more than 12 years, the artist has scribbled down quotes that have caught her ear. “I Hear You: Words-in-Form” is an exhibit dedicated to some of her favorites — each is sculpted from copper or carved out of wood and finished with paint, flocking or gold leaf. They’re hung on the wall with the light hitting them so their shadow is cast on the wall — like an echo. Some are humorous: “I was like, ‘Who the fuck are you?’’ Some are touching: “Mother, let’s play darts. I’ll throw the darts and you say, ‘Wonderful.’” And others are stinging: “You’re an asshole. They shouldn’t have revived you.”

“I tried to get a range of things that were definitely toward love and relationships, and then things that were definitely real sardonic, because I think those are the things that personally appeal the most to me,” Conley says.

The show also includes large sheets of paper with lists of the more than 500 phrases Conley had to choose from. She says these reveal how her aural filter works. “You can certainly tell, if you spend time with the list, it reflects a great deal on what I listen to and what I pay attention to,” she says. One person commented on the lists’ feminine undertones, that most of the phrases sounded like a girl had said them. Conley wasn’t surprised: “I listen to women more than I listen to men.” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through May 31. New Gallery/Thom Andriola, 2627 Colquitt. For information, call 713–520–7053 or visit www.newgallery.net. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: May 3. Continues through May 31, 2008

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