Inman Gallery was flooded with several inches of mud earlier this week, when a CenterPoint Energy tunnel being drilled 28 feet underground, meant to house electrical wire, overflowed. The pressurized mud, designed to clear debris out of the tunnel as it was bored, oozed up through layers of dirt and (reportedly) abandoned plumbing channels, ultimately cracking the gallery's foundation and seeping inside.
No art was damaged, but Inman Director Patrick Reynolds said that the gallery will have to move to its auxiliary space just down the way in Isabella Court at 3917 Main while the subcontractors (whose mistake caused the damage) see to the repairs, which are slated to take about five weeks. Inman Gallery will host its March and April shows in the annex, before a planned return to its old space for the May show.
In the meantime, the show will go on at Inman, with an opening tomorrow of works by Carl Suddath and Katrina Moorhead. Isabella Court neighbors CTRL Gallery and Art Palace will also host openings Saturday night for artists Natasha Bowdoin and Jillian Conrad, respectively.
Reynolds, for his part, can't help but conceive of the mishap from an artistic perspective: "It would be interesting to see the path the pressurized mud had to take to get into this space...to see a cross-section" of what it looked like, he said. "Sort of like a weird archaeology experiment."