Art Crawl: Defiance

Enduring repression can be challenging enough, overcoming it even more so. This week I’m drawn to art that rises above the pressure-boiler.

Grabbing my attention first, “Double life” at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston uses immersive light, sculpture, dance and poetry to make me damn curious. I intended to view it in Houston this weekend but the ice storm has blocked that excursion so I’ll invite you to go see it for me.

“Haegue Yang’s Mountains of Encounter (2008) is a labyrinthine sculptural environment of suspended Venetian blinds with bright red slats illuminated by moving spotlights.” It brings out the experience of clandestine meetings with a goal of revolution.  Yang created it with window coverings. Contemporary a la Scarlet O’Hara? I say it’s proof there are no barriers to creating world-class art. The whole exhibit blends dance, light, poetry and visual experience. There are just a few images online (click image below to whet your appetite for more.) We all have until mid-March to get to Houston. At least it’s not summer.

Click to view a small online gallery
Click to view a small online gallery

— LA Weekly documents the experience of a cartoonist in the county jail.  The story includes a whole series of articles drawn with a golf pencil.

Golf pencil drawing by Elana Pritchard
Golf pencil drawing by Elana Pritchard

And over in London, the Tate is featuring Sigmar Polke and thanks to my fave TimeOut London we can sample a small online gallery of his work. Eddy Frankel says, “Stuck in post-war Germany, between the Soviet realism of the East and the pop artistry of the West, Polke (1941-2010) fitted in nowhere, and pissed everyone off … this show makes a brilliant case for Polke being remembered as one of the true giants of his generation.”

Sigmar Polke, "Dr. Berlin"; Click image to view online gallery at TimeOut
Sigmar Polke, “Dr. Berlin”; Click image to view online gallery at TimeOut

Again, these works should be experienced. They change color or morph as you walk past, so if you’re on that side of the pond by February 8, drop into the Tate.