''No Matter How Hard I Try I Can't Look the Same as I Did Yesterday''

Singer Lisa Harris explores ''selfies'' in the exhibit ''No Matter How Hard I Try I Can't Look the Same As I Did Yesterday.'' ''I had been thinking for a long time about doing a show around selfies, those self-portraits that people do now using all these devices that we have to look at ourselves,'' Harris tells us. ''I've been collecting selfies for about three years. At first, I would try to make the exact same face in each of them, but about two weeks in, I realized I can't look the same as I looked yesterday. I was taking pictures of myself on my computer every day. Every day it was the same camera, the same spot and the same person, but the results were always slightly different.''

The exhibit includes reproduced selfies by Harris as well as several of her previous head shots. ''As a stage performer, you're really tied to this head shot. It's how people remember you once the audition is over; it's what goes in the program. You get to choose what photo you use, what image of yourself you put out there, and for me that's changed over time.'' Also included is a home video of an eight-year-old Harris singing ''Memories'' from Cats. ''When I first got the video, I told my friends, 'Oh my gosh, I was so good — I rocked!' Then we watched the video and I look terrified throughout the song, and that's not my memory at all. I realized the memory of me rocking had been projected onto me. Other people told me I rocked, and so I remembered it that way. My memory of that experience was based on what people had told me, not how I felt at the time.''

There are two live performances scheduled for ''No Matter How Hard I Try.'' Harris appears in a backstage dressing room surrounded by her head shots and the makeup, hair products and costumes she uses to try to recapture the look in the photos. ''I look at that video and those old head shots and I have to wonder, 'How did I get from there to here?'''

There's an opening reception at 6 p.m. on August 29. Performances are scheduled for September 13 and 20, and there will be a closing party on September 27. Regular viewing hours are by appointment only. 2101 Winter St. For information, call 713-868-1839 or visit fresharts.org. Free.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: Aug. 29. Continues through Sept. 27, 2013

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