This week brings in the Houston Fringe Festival, a six-day celebration of performance-based art, as well as more than half a dozen exhibition openings, including those at Jonathan Hopson, Houston Center for Photography, and Galveston Arts Center.
This year’s Houston Fringe Festival, held at MATCH (3400 Main), marks the 10 year anniversary of the Bayou City’s reinvention of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Featuring an array of performers in a variety of disciplines, the festival presents events ranging from modern dance, drama, contemporary ballet and ballet folklorico to world music, musical comedy and documentary-based theater. Running from Tuesday, September 5 to Sunday, September 10, the Houston Fringe Festival offers up 17 unique performances, most presented with multiple showings. Single show tickets are $10, five-show passes are $40 and ten-show passses are $70. Check out MATCH’s website and the Houston Fringe Festival Facebook page for more information on each performance.
Friday, September 8
Opening Reception — Genevieve Gaignard: In Passing and Learning Curve 10 at the Houston Center for Photography
From 5:30 to 8 pm, the Houston Center for Photography (1441 West Alabama) will host the opening reception for two exhibitions, In Passing and Learning Curve 10. Los Angeles-based artist Genevieve Gaignard’s exhibition, In Passing, marks the artist’s first solo exhibition outside of California. Gaignard will also present an artist talk at the opening at 6 pm. Learning Curve 10 highlights student work from HCP’s various educational programs, from digital work to alternative processes, and the exhibition was juried by Patricia Restrepo, Curatorial Associate and Business Manager at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Both exhibitions will be on view through October 22.
From 6 to 8:30 pm, Cindy Lisica Gallery (4411 Montrose) will host the opening reception for Unfolded, a solo exhibition from South Korean-born artist Chun Hui Pak. The artist offers up a series of works that represent the entire line of animals in the Chinese Zodiac as beautifully presented as unfolded origami figures, incorporating her visual vocabulary and knowledge of Asian traditions with her aptitude in painting and printmaking. The exhibition will be on view through October 7.
Opening Reception — Katja Loher: The Trembling of a Leaf or the Movement of the Universe? at Anya Tish Gallery
From 6 to 8:30 pm, Anya Tish Gallery (4411 Montrose) will host the opening reception for Katja Loher’s solo exhibition The Trembling of a Leaf or the Movement of the Universe? The Swiss-born, New York-based multidisciplinary artist will present her latest body of work, including video, video-sculpture and installation. Her video works are collaborative efforts between poets, composers, costume designers and performers, helping animate Loher’s imagined worlds under her direction. Several characters from her videos will be present and performing in the gallery during the reception, and the exhibition will be on view through October 7.
Saturday, September 9
From 6 to 9 pm, Galveston Arts Center (2127 Strand) will host the opening reception for Greenhouse, a solo exhibition by Houston-based painter Bradley Kerl. Ranging from works on paper to large-scale paintings, Kerl mines everyday experiences for opportunities to create vibrant floral works, from grocery store flowers to potted plants in a doctor’s office. The exhibition will be on view in the Main Gallery through October 8.
From 6 to 9 pm, Galveston Arts Center will host the opening reception for The Ocean Never Closes, a series of ceramic totems from Houston-based artist Angel Oloshove. The artist’s totems reflect on the constant state of flux between land and environment as she uses painterly glazes to express feelings of transcendental experiences through color and form. The exhibition will be on view in the 1878 Gallery through October 8.
From 6 to 9 pm, Galveston Arts Center will host the opening reception for XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX, a solo exhibition by Houston-based artist Christopher Cascio. Through his painting and mixed media works, Cascio explores themes of obsession, compulsion and ritual, and the exhibition includes his new series of paintings that reference quilt patterns and previous works that incorporate concert wristbands. The exhibition will be on view in the Brown Foundation Gallery through October 8.
From 6 to 9 pm, Galveston Artist Residency (2521 Ships Mechanic Row) will host the opening reception for Unsteady Ground, a group exhibition of moving image work that investigates the nature of home as a physical and psychic environment. The exhibition, which features work from Mounia Akl, Christina Battle, Maha Maamoun, Lydia Moyer, Adam Sekuler and Adam Shecter, aims to explore what it means to “witness a disaster, acknowledge grief, confront denial, registering historical paralysis, explore forgotten histories, aspire to hope, and demand visions of resistance.” The exhibition will be on view through November 4.
Sunday, September 10
Opening Reception — Campions at Jonathan Hopson
From 1 to 5 pm, Jonathan Hopson (904 Marshall) will host the opening reception for Campions, a group exhibition about contemporary American identity. The exhibition, which features work from Brittney Anele, Linda Arredondo, Steven Evans, Jamil Hellu, Liz Rodda and Talia Shulze, reacts to a recent cultural shift that has resulted in awakenings and resistance. Curated by Debra Barrera, the exhibition will be on view through October 15.