Fellow music lovers and space enthusiasts! The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston [CAMH] is currently exhibiting two intriguing, minimalist but poignant artists in JENNIE C. JONES: COMPILATION and MPA’s THE INTERVIEW: RED, RED FUTURE.

JENNIE C. JONES: COMPILATION

On View: December 12, 2015 – March 27, 2016

Formally trained as a painter, Jones is a conceptual artist working between painting, sculpture, and sound to mine the territory of Modernism and the abstract and minimalist painting traditions, combined with experimental jazz. Adept in a variety of media, Jones often plays upon the perception of sound within the tradition of the visual arts through her use of unconventional materials. For Jones, the act of listening, as well as the modes thereof, become in and of themselves part of her practice, which has evolved from literal references to music in early drawings and collages to more nuanced and multifaceted installations that engage the viewer visually and aurally.

Through exhaustive research and imaginative talent, Jennie C. Jones brings to light the unlikely parallels that emerged between the visual arts and jazz during the social and cultural upheavals in the late 1950s. A resistance to tradition in favor of experimentation gave rise to an avant-garde in the visual arts and in jazz. These imprints exist as tangible markers of social evolution and political strivings. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is pleased to present the mid-career survey Jennie C. Jones: Compilation, which chronicles Jones’s practice over an eleven-year period and includes the artist’s iconic Acoustic Paintings, early works on paper, sculpture, and sound works. The exhibition will debut a suite of new Acoustic Paintings along with site-specific installations created for her presentation at CAMH.

If subtly is your thing, you’ll adore the modern art of Jones’ Compilation. The pieces themselves are intriguing enough, each with their own surprises – some pops of color, some musical material mediums – but the added undertones of political strife makes the exhibit that much more deceiving yet captivating.

THE INTERVIEW: RED, RED FUTURE

On View: February 27 – June 5, 2016

Human colonization of Mars is expected to begin in the coming decades as NASA and independent space ventures partner with corporate investors to explore the future of life on the planet. The recent discovery of flowing water on Mars’s surface fuels speculation that the red planet may already support life. Within this extraordinary context, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is pleased to present THE INTERVIEW: Red, Red Future, a solo exhibition by the artist MPA presented in CAMH’s Zilkha Gallery. Working closely with the artist, CAMH has commissioned an entirely new body of work: a dynamic installation that combines sculpture, light, and photography; a participatory work in which visitors can converse with the artist via phone; and an artist’s publication. Combining advanced technology and Minimalist aesthetics, MPA’s work sheds light on invisible forces and power.

[Megan Palaima], MPA is an artist based in 29 Palms, California. This exhibition is the culmination of more than three years of her ongoing investigation of human colonization of Mars. This exhibition offers evidence of MPA’s thoughts about Mars’s future and her speculations about life the planet may already support. More broadly, MPA’s exhibition considers the colonial implications of settling the planet, how scientific and mythical beliefs can co-exist, and imagination as a source of power.

Much like MPA‘s stoic red self-portrait suggests, Red Red Future is very direct and cold, literally fragmented but fascinatingly powerful. Partly familiar, littered with objects we tripped over or threw out the morning before visiting the museum, partly unfathomable with distant/not-so-distant, actual talks of life on Mars, this exhibition is well worth exploring.

Run, do not walk to CAMH for these wonderful showcases of female artists- it is National Women’s History month! Did I mention CAMH is ALWAYS free?!

For more information on CAMH, the artists and more, visit CAMH.org.
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