February 5 – April 23, 2016
Concurrent with Beyond the Trees
Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project Feb 5 – Apr 23, 2016 The Center presents provocative works by three artists in the Gerry Lenfest Gallery. Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project addresses poaching and the illegal ivory trade which has all but decimated the elephant and exemplifies the artist’s shift beyond traditional studio craft and education, to advocacy. Elephants are memorialized in monumental form with sculpted heads ranging from 8 to 12 feet in height, and shrine-like cabinet forms. All create layers of sensory experience for the viewer as does the use of video, incense and a bronze bell – set to ring throughout the day. Wendy Maruyama: The WildLIFE Project is organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and curated by Elizabeth Kozlowski. The exhibition is made possible through generous support by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. WildLIFE is complemented by installations from two other renowned artists who work closely with salvaged trees and bark. Dorothy Gill Barnes manipulates the limbs and bark of trees during their growth cycle. In exciting new work, Dorothy utilizes glass and tree elements to create large scale, suspended necklace forms. In contrast, Dona Look weaves and sews white birch bark with silk thread into elegant, sleek vessel forms. This exhibit runs concurrently with the Dorothy Gill Barnes & Dona Look: Beyond the Trees exhibit.