Show title: Naturalization
The layered result of overlapping cultures, people and the progression of time, Houston’s cosmopolitan, nature provides fertile ground for transplants to put down roots, naturalize. In the dictionary the process by which foreign bodies adapt and integrate into an environment is defined as ‘naturalization’; the word is also used by the US Department of Immigration when referring to the process of immigration. Though the normal impulse is to maintain balance, change is our history, and people move and the energy of growth shifts from place to place. Naturalization takes place when faced with the need to reconcile adaptation with memory and learning occurs when faced with the unexpected or challenging.
The exhibit brings together seven artists from varied backgrounds; all have experienced transplantation in some form. Though the term ‘Naturalization’ is mine, each artist’s work investigates some aspect of this process; human relationships and the interaction of matter, material and earth are all subjects
Naturalization, Ray Meeker, Nidhi Jalan, Brian Kluge, Tammy Marinuzzi, Jeff Forster, Alex Kraft, Sharbani Das Gupta. From entropy and metamorphosis to expression, these artists are directly influenced by physical and mental environments; their work reflecting ‘Naturalization’ or the process of adaptation. Organized by Sharbani Das Gupta.
Spring Street Studios
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