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Art Blocks
A new installation comes to Art Blocks!
Photo: Morris Malakoff
A new Art Blocks Houston temporary installation is on view at Main Street Square.

The Downtown District and Aurora Picture Show launched “Sidewalk Cinema,” an installation of contemporary video works in two windows of the Sakowitz garage at 1111 Main Street.

Works will rotate each quarter to feature a selection of video artists from around the globe. The first installment, Color Play, features the work of four female artists who use color in playful and sometimes unexpected ways, often expressed through nostalgia and found objects.

“With their history of presenting site-specific video works in unique settings, Aurora Picture Show emerged as a natural partner to help us extend the life of the media corner on Main Street and Dallas Street,” said Angie Bertinot, Marketing Director of the Downtown District. “We hope that this first video reel, centered around the theme of ‘color,’ will continue the Art Blocks tradition of presenting engaging public art that is accessible to all Downtown visitors.”

Color Play, a 40-minute reel of six video works by four female video artists, will play on alternating loops in windows facing Main Street and Dallas Street.

Featured artists include:
  •  Ohio-based multidisciplinary artist Kasumi, who utilizes found imagery for The Nostalgia Factory (2015), a video collage of colorized scraps of mid-20th-century mass media.
  • Thai-Australian video artist Kawita Vatanajyankur, who juxtaposes staged physical experiences against bright washes of color in a series of powerful works that examine the role of women in labor. Featured in Color Play are three 3-minute videos: The Robes (2014), The Scale (2015) and The Scale of Justice (2016).
  • Jodie Mack, an experimental animator based in New Hampshire, who also draws on found objects to create a montage of pattern in Blanket Statement (2012)
  • Houston-based artist Emily Peacock, who turns her lens on vintage childhood toys for the film You Take Your Time (2016).
“The location for Sidewalk Cinema isn’t your typical gallery or theater set-up, so I selected work that might catch people’s attention as they rush by,” said Mary Magsamen, curator for the Aurora Picture Show. “My hope is that people will stop and watch — for 30 seconds or 30 minutes — and that they’ll find something that speaks to them from one of the four artists featured.”

Color Play will remain on view through mid-July. The second rotation will feature the work of video artist Brian Bress.
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