At first glance, Deepwater Horizon 1 by Demiak seems to be an idyllic scene: a small cabin set over water. But look a little closer — that’s blood in the water. There’s a dinghy tied to a porch rail, but no people are to be seen. Instead of lush surroundings, the cabin sits amid dead trees, and just a few leaves of wilted green plants are seen in the water. One of the works seen in the exhibitDutch InvasiON at Box 13 ArtSpace and Williams Tower Gallery, Deepwater Horizon 1 is typical of Demiak’s work. He reconstructs natural disasters and catastrophes in small-scale models in hyperrealistic photographs of the models, but without regret or sympathy. Instead, it is a simple and straightforward indictment of society, as if to say, “See what we’ve done.”
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Demiak is just one of five Dutch artists participating in InvasiON. There’s an opening reception at 6 p.m. December 8. Regular viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Boulevard. There’s an opening reception with the artists at BOX 13 at 6 p.m. on December 10. Regular viewing hours there are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 6700 Harrisburg. Through January 6. For information, call 713‑533-8692 or visit www.box13artspace.com. Free.
Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Starts: Nov. 19. Continues through Jan. 6, 2011