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UNIX Gallery
4411 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX  77006
“They’re like effigies; they seem pompous,” says Theresa Escobedo, gallery assistant, about Dutch artist Ellen de Meijer’s Digital Divide paintings, part of her exhibit “Dissolution” at UNIX Gallery. The works demonstrate technology’s fine line between improving connections while also building barriers to interpersonal relationships.

“The paintings in our exhibition are all about the irony of connectivity, says Escobedo. “Somebody can feel alone surrounded by hundreds of people. The idea here is that advancing technology doesn’t necessarily allow us to communicate better.

“Technology is part of the everyday for the present generation growing up. While these devices connect you, they give you an invisible barrier. There’s a dichotomy in every image; technology allows us to be communicative and, at the same time, divide us.”

De Meijer’s works contain oversize and drab yet essentially identical faces on the subjects’ heads. “We perceive ourselves as individual, but relatively, we’re not so different. We have the same kind of emotional capabilities and limitations,” says Escobedo.

There’s an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. January 8, and a question-and-answer period with the artist 3 to 5 p.m. January 9. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Through March 15. 4411 Montrose. For information, call 713-874-1770 or visit Free.

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