“Perspectives 174: Re: Generation”

Visual artist Robert A. Pruitt used to be a security guard at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Now he’s the juror for “Perspectives 174: Re: Generation,” the latest exhibit organized by the museum’s Teen Council, selected from works submitted by student artists from 15 to 19 years old. A whole range of media is represented, but photographs seemed to be a favorite format for the young artists.

One especially eye-catching photograph is Princess by Alyssa Hansen. It shows a girl revealing a crown that’s been tattooed inside her lower lip. “This is one of those pieces that shows the students’ comfort with the camera,” Pruitt tells us. “There were lots of images where these kids were dealing with their bodies. This one in particular with that tattoo on the inside of her lip, you’re just like, ‘Really?’ It’s an appealing, quirky image.”

One of the themes that Pruitt found among the submissions was technology. Pruitt wondered how teens who had grown up with the “unending virtual landscape of the Internet” would express that. One piece that encapsulates the idea is Inside Loretta’s Head by Loretta White, a sculptural work that shows the face and neck of a young woman, with the neck entangled in wires and cords and half of her face made up of gears and other bits of machinery.

There’s an opening reception 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 7. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through June 26. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 7. Continues through June 26, 2011

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