Denise Duong at the Plaza Walls Mural Fest

Art Crawl: the unexpected

(Above: Artist Denise Duong takes a break from her mural) 1) If you say, “Degas,” most people think “ballet paintings,” but the Houston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit exposes a different, unexpected body of work. I never anticipated his full range of styles and visions. Samples are included in the video below but I recommend the show itself. It’s one of those things you can only … Continue reading Art Crawl: the unexpected

Art Crawl: Resurrection

This morning as the world is celebrating Resurrection, my thoughts are spiraling on the women of Nigeria, the heroes of Ireland’s Easter Rising and the role of art in elevating our world, our everyday existance.  Art’s transformative power has never been more needed. Ephemeral images endure in our hearts’ memory:   No matter how subtle:   Sometimes we rise by stepping back:   By defying expectations: … Continue reading Art Crawl: Resurrection

Art Crawl: Insights

Ice storm outside. I need a distraction and enjoy the way art offers fresh insights or flips my viewpoint. Here’s some I enjoyed this month. I’ll let the work speak for itself. Over at PLAZM, I immediately connected with the ragamuffin distortions of Portland artist, Storm Tharp.  The online gallery features twenty brilliant works online.   And at Art Crimes, I took in the multiple dimensions … Continue reading Art Crawl: Insights

Art Crawl: Breathtaking

Sometimes an image stands out for its ethereal beauty or thought-provoking depth. Sometimes it reaches out and grabs your attention.  Art that demands a second look can help you open up to a concept you never considered or just take your breath away. The beautiful, unnamed work featured above is part of an exhibit in Hoboken focused on peace called PAX.  This powerfully quiet piece … Continue reading Art Crawl: Breathtaking

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 … Continue reading Art Crawl: Defiance