Arthouse: America's Got Talent!
Curator Anne Ellegood explains her picks for this year's New American Talent exhibit at Arthouse
On the Arthouse website, Ellegood has already described her selection of works this way: "Every one of these artists has something to put forward about the world their observations, experiences, criticisms, and passions and yet each one does so in his or her own way." Vagueness is understandable here considering the topic of the show new American talent is overly broad. Most jurors just seem to concentrate on the "talent" aspect, which means works that get them personally excited. You might get a better sense of where Ellegood's coming from by knowing that while she worked for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, she organized exhibits with titles like "Superficial: The Surfaces of Architecture in a Digital Age"; "Out of Site: Fictional Architectural Spaces"; and "Candice Breitz: Babel Series." This distinct interest in how architecture acts culturally as fantasy, as prototype, as urban reality is conveyed in this show. For example, former Austinite/current Houstonian Mark Schatz presents a wavy cardboard chair sculpture called Moving Gehry.
And speaking of homegrown artists, it's worth noting that the Texan talent pool makes its mark on this show. Of the 45 artists chosen for "New American Talent" by Ellegood, nine are from California, eight are from New York, and 15 are from Texas, leaving 13 from all the other states. Part of this may be just regional awareness, but selection is based on the images only. The art available in our state is of a certain caliber, and experts from other states agree! Texans have talent!
"New American Talent: The 22nd Exhibition" is on view through Aug. 19 at Arthouse at the Jones Center, 700 Congress. Talking Art With Anne Ellegood will take place Thursday, July 26, 7pm, at Arthouse. For more information, visit www.arthousetexas.org.