Free for All: Art Without a Price Tag
We've got our weekend figured out and it's filled with everything from Olympic runners to e-books to comics. On Friday, we'll be at "and everything in between," the latest exhibition of Curtis Gannon's artwork. The show, at the Spacetaker ARC Gallery, is a collection of new works by Gannon, featuring the deconstruction and then reconstruction of Gannon's preferred medium - comic books.
Curtis Gannon's Closure Construction #2
Every artist has an inspiration, and for Gannoon, it's comic books. But unlike many artists with their muses, Gannon doesn't fawn and fret over his brainchild; instead he takes a pair of scissors to it. Having spent much of his artistic life creating paintings of comic books, he found that he still wasn't fully expressing his feelings on the medium. So he decided to cut them up.
The current exhibition includes framed works and installation pieces in which Gannon has sliced and diced his favorite comic book heroes and turned them on their heads. In some of the smaller pieces, he's woven the pages into an origami-like puzzle; where there was once a linear logic, we now find confusion. It's a fascinating approach to the art of the comic.
"and everything in between" has an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 13. Regular viewing hours are by appointment only. Through March 2. Spacetaker ARC Gallery, 2101 Winter Street. For information visit www.spacetaker.org or call 713-868-1839.
On Saturday, we're dropping by the Murder by the Book eBooks Open House. The staff will be on hand to answer questions and guide newbies through the tangle of choices that have sprung up around eBooks. There are best-selling titles, of course, but there are also independent publications that are clamoring for your attention -- and money. Sort out what's what during a casual visit to Houston's award-winning bookstore devoted completely to mysteries and thrillers. (Don't worry, if you're not a mystery lover - the MBTB staff can give you tips and advice about any genre or reading device.)
Kindle Fire eBook Reader by Amazon
Bring your reading device and questions to the Open House at 4:30 p.m. 2342 Bissonnet. For information, visit www.murderbooks.com or call 713-524-8597.
On Sunday, there's no where else to be but the 40th Anniversary Chevron Houston Marathon. By then the Men's and Women's Olympic Trials Marathons will be over (those take place on Saturday). Sunday brings the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon through the streets of downtown. Thousands of athletes will be in the competition, including some of America's finest and world-class runners from dozens of countries. When you're not watching the elite athletes, make time to stop in the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine EXPO or the fan fest. Everything is centered around the George R. Brown Convention Center.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday. 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For information, visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com or call 713-957-3453.
Abby Koenig contributed to this post.
2101 Winter St., Houston, TX