There are three art exhibits vying for your attention this weekend, and each of them is worth a visit. First is "Perspectives 167: Jason Villegas" at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, which closes November 1. A University of Houston graduate, Villegas is living in Brooklyn while he attends grad school at Rutgers.
For "Perspectives 167," which was curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Villegas's work is made up of cast off-clothing, which he cuts, glues, and stuffs into collages and sculptures. Houston Press writer Kelly Klaasmeyer wrote, "Villegas's work doesn't summarize easily, which is not a bad thing. Basically, using his fabric sculptures, collages and videos, the artist explores the imagery of his private universe, one packed with thrift-store fashion, both prestigious and pathetic, obscure pop-cultural references, the sexual and the scatological." 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free.
Second is Leandra DiBuelna: "Leandra's World of Fantasy." Never has an exhibit title been more appropriate. Houston based Di Buelna paints vivid scenes of made-up worlds, with strange creatures, and, it seems, no regards for gravity. (His style has been called "Dali on acid," and it's not far off the mark.) 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Canal Street Gallery, 2219 Canal Street. For information, call 713-223-2219 or visit www.canalstreetgallery.com. Free.
And third is "Unseen and Rediscovered" by Keith Carter, the 2009 Texas Artist of the Year. As implied by its name, the exhibit is made up mostly of photographs that had never been seen by the public. After losing the vision in his left eye, Carter began a new series of works. Ocularia combines photographs sent from the Hubble Space Telescope with the artist's ocular images. With work spanning the years from 1970 to 2009, "Unseen and Rediscovered" is open for just a few more hours. It closes at 5 p.m. today. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose. For information, call 713-523-9530 or visit www.artleaguehouston.org. Free.