“Lisa Gralnick: The Gold Standard”

In the exhibition

“Lisa Gralnick: The Gold Standard,”

Gralnick explores our complicated relationship with the precious metal. One work,

The Gold Standard #9

, is made up of a stack of plastered lightbulbs, one with an 18-karat gold tip worth $162, the equivalent of a one-month bill for a three-bedroom house. Another,

The Gold Standard Part I: #8 Rhinoplasty

, is a plaster cast of a face, with the nose covered in gold. Other pieces are plaster molds of gold jewelry. After casting them, she melts the jewelry down and creates new objects, like a chastity belt, and creates backstories for them. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through May 28. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main. For information, call 713-529-4848 or visit www.crafthouston.org. Free.

Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 22. Continues through May 28, 2011

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