“Somewhere in the Balance”
“Each scene is deliberately staged,” says Caroline Docwra, director of exhibitions and programs. “They’re bringing to light that everybody has some sort of anxiety in life, and they’re brave to let people know that they’re not alone.”
Jisun Choi focuses on compulsive collecting and insomnia. “She’s been lining up a collection of McDonald’s toys that she’s needed to collect, to get all of them, and the packaging of the fast food is strewn around her room, throwing life out of whack,” says Docwra.
A photograph by Sarah Hobbs serves as inspiration for a family day activities on December 12, where the public is invited to make God’s eye crafts. “She’s constructed these God’s eyes which is a coping mechanism to deal with stresses, but she plasters her room with it, leaving only the bed and door,” says Docwra.
John William Keedy has developed a character with an anxiety-based illness. “There’s an image with these plastic flossers that are piled in the sink, showing how the artist have gone past the point of pain with the need to feel clean,” says Docwra.
Jennifer Thoreson illustrates the everyday frustrations of family life by adding yarn and fabric sculptures to human figures, representing heavy baggage or in place of overwhelmed heads.
There’s an opening reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. November 20; artist talks are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. November 21; panel discussion 6 to 8 p.m. December 3. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through January 10. Houston Center for Photography, 1441 West Alabama. For information, call 713-529-4755 or visit hcponline.org. Free.
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