"Coasting" by Shane Albritton and Peter Bernick-Albritton
Ok so I'm just going to come right out and say this. I don't typically like installation art. Sure it can address subject matter in a way that isn't possible using 2D or even 3D media, but a lot of the time I'm standing there staring at a pile of trash on the floor or an unmade bed covered trash or whatever and thinking.. what is the point of this?? Why am I here, and why is everybody else Ooo-ing and Aaah-ing like it's the Fourth of July?
So maybe it's hypocritical of me, but I was blown away by the SITE exhibition at the Silos on Sawyer. Now I'm as surprised as you are, but go check it out for yourselves and I think you will see why. The exhibition is set in what once housed the Riviana rice processing plant in Houston’s historic First Ward neighborhood. Even more excitingly, the "gallery space" is a 6.000 sq ft "Honeycomb" area at the base of the 83' grain silos that features 27 interconnected circular rooms. Curated by Washington Avenue Arts District, the project is transdisciplinary, site specific, and features only Houston-based artists.
I think the real beauty of this exhibition is that - unlike so many sterile gallery environments that have housed installation in the past - the art is truly responsive to the space. The artists were chosen based on the proposals that most successfully reacted to the space, and transformed the silo in the most unique way, and I think this is really evident in the works on display. I really enjoyed the step away from the somewhat tired convention of setting art against a neutral background, hoping for it to stand out. In contrast, this work stood out to me because of its environment. I am usually an in-and-out kinda gal when it comes to exhibition openings, but I spent well over an hour wandering around the space, and not just because I had absolutely no idea how to get out.
To the left you can see me swinging on Isaac Reye's "How to Build A Cloud". Yup that's right, there are swings and you don't get yelled at for sitting on the artwork - what more could you possibly ask for really? SITE is free and open to the public every Saturday between 5-9pm, plus extended hours every Second Saturday of the month from 2-9pm. I'm obviously extremely fancy and attended the VIP preview party already, but the official opening night is tonight (November 6th) from 6pm-11pm. I strongly, strongly recommend going to check this out while it is still here!!
P.s. Apologies for the crappy photographs, my resident photographer was otherwise engaged.