"Perspectives 167: Jason Villegas"

Houston-born artist Jason Villegas loves stuffed animals. But the plush toys of "Perspectives 167: Jason Villegas" are not the warm and fuzzy cuddlers from your childhood - his are toothed, bloodied and come with warning labels. Most are sexy in a dark, deconstructed sort of way, as Villegas mines his subconscious and creates his own myths around our materialistic world using sculpture, performance, video and wall-size murals. The crude style and handmade look of his work mocks our increasingly voracious culture of consumption and the destructive nature of capitalism. Commenting on a recent San Francisco show, Villegas explained, sort of, "This primordial sea of frenetic mutation...pits the images and icons of high and low consumer cultures in the same ring. I want the viewer to become consumed within the relentless devouring, multiplying and destructive nature." Got that, wasteful consumer? Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through November 1. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Sept. 2. Continues through Nov. 1, 2009
KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
Contact: D. L. Groover