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.
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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