This is the second Saturday of the month, and as such, the art studios at Sawyer Yards will be open to the public. Mixed in with the hundreds of artists, breweries, galleries, restaurants, an outdoor art market and a massive indoor rock climbing gym is a new exhibit inside the former Success Rice grain silos which is actually based on rocks. Cave rocks to be specific.
Site Gallery Houston at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St. Suite 400, will host Sculpture Month Houston’s opening reception of Altamira: The Primal Urge To Create, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition runs through Dec. 4.
Site Gallery Houston, situated at the bottom of 34 former grain silos, will host the return of Sculpture Month Houston. Site Gallery is one of 40 spaces and galleries participating in this citywide festival celebrating contemporary sculpture.
The Cave of Altamira is a cave complex in Spain that has some of the world’s most renowned cave art. For Altamira: The Primal Urge To Create, Sculpture Month Houston organizers asked the artists to imagine themselves as those early cave artists, but with all of modern technology at their disposal.
The Silos has got to be the perfect modern equivalent to The Cave of Altamira. It certainly has enough hidden crevices and dark passages to qualify.
I met artist Susan Budge and musician Rick Paulson when I had a sneak peek at the progress earlier this week. Budge is one of the 18 artists participating in Altamira. Budge’s mixed media installation is titled “Stardust.” Paulson’s band is part of the performing arts series.
Budge (@budgeceramic7 on www.instagram.com), an established ceramic artist and sculptor, truly took advantage of modern tech. The space is filled with hundreds of ceramic stars, each with a very human-looking eye at the center.
Paulson suggested I look up as I circled the installation. Just past a swirling galaxy of stars, at the center of the cone that used to dispense the rice for the aforementioned silo namesake, was a really big eye looking at me. Hidden inside is an infrared camera, projected my heat signature on a TV just outside, making viewers part of the exhibit.
Budge and Paulson introduced me to Damon J. Thomas (@damonthomasart), who was adding some finishing touches to his site-specific installation titled “Contact.”
Thomas states on his website that his installment is “… to explore humankind’s first consciousness of “wolf energy' as the ground of creativity.”
What I really like and find fascinating about site-specific art installations is their temporal nature. Don’t miss this one. You’ve got to “experience” them where they were created. Just like the 17,000-year-old cave art at Altamira.
Details and related events can be found on the website http://sculpturemonthhouston.org.
Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com for additional highlights and artist’s stories.