I’ve been dropping little bits of info on the new development at Silos at Sawer Yards now since June. The former grain silos now house site specific art installations that open to the public at a reception this Friday evening. I just happened to be there during the time the 30 chosen artists were installing their work.
First, more on this fascinating one of a kind to Texas exhibit.
The Washington Avenue Arts District presents SITE Houston, a site-specific installation art exhibition inside the new Silos at Sawyer Yards studio development in Houston’s First Ward neighborhood. The exhibition, juried by Bill Arning, Director of The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, and Jillian Conrad, Associate Professor of Sculpture at The University of Houston, will feature site-specific installations from 27 Houston artists. Visitors to the exhibition will be treated to a multi-sensory experience as they walk through the conjoined creations inside re-purposed rice silos. SITE Houston is presented in partnership with Houston Arts Alliance and Stella Artois and will open to the public on Friday, Nov. 6.
SITE Houston has created an environment to promote experimentation and foster excellence in creative thinking within Houston’s artist community. The architecture of the silos framed the artists’ creative process and forced them to think about their work in relation to this unique space. SITE will feature internationally recognized artist, Will Fowler, as well as other artists of note, including Bennie Flores Ansell, Kaneem Smith, Syd Moen, Lorena Morales, Claire Cusack and Michael Crowder. For the full list of artists, please visit www.sitehouston.com
The Silos at Sawyer Yards is the latest project of the Deal Company, developers of Winter Street, Spring Street and Silver Street Studios. The Silos project includes re-purposing 70,000 square feet and 34 rice silos that once housed the Riviana rice processing plant in Houston’s historic First Ward neighborhood. When the project is complete in early 2016, it will house nearly 90 creative studios and the most unique installation art space in the state.
The past week was a bit surreal – walking through the maze of interconnected silos and watching the exhibits take shape. It’s like walking through dozens of tubes, towering over your head and then disappearing into the darkness. They’re all connected via door sized openings on the ground, and this is where the art exhibit takes place, inside the bottom of each of these tubes. On the ceiling about 20 feet up, is a cone shaped protrusion that I can only guess was used to release the rice.
One exhibit in particular got my attention, as the artist came in after I left daily; Hedwige Jacobs’ “Woven Living Room.” What first appeared was a weave pattern of lines around the room perimeter. Then a curtain appeared the following day, and finally one day, a chair, television and shelving arrived. All with the familiar pattern of black and white lines. It reminded me of cartoons that seem to grow using time lapse photography.
Don’t miss Lina Dib’s “Pool of Sound,” the glow of blue walls will draw you in but it is best “viewed” by running in and waving your arms as if you are paddling water. A camera above captures your movements and translates the movement to the sound of water. Adults are going to look silly in this one!
A gigantic new sculpture of the word ART by David Adickes will let you know you’re at the right place. SITE Houston will open to the public on Friday, November 6th from 6 – 11 p.m. The exhibition will be open every Saturday evening through January from 5-9pm. www.sitehouston.com. The Silos at Sawyer Yards is located at 1502 Sawyer St, Houston, TX 77007 www.thesilosonsawyer.com
First Saturday Arts Market is this Saturday, if the rain comes back, look for us next on the second Saturday. Info is on my website.
Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail.com or visit him on the web at ArtValet.com.