One of our generation’s most fascinating artists opens a solo show at Kirk Hopper (3008 Commerce St.) Friday. James Magee has spent more than three decades communicating with a desolate swath of West Texas landscape to build his opus The Hill, which remains in perennial construction. Acting as engineer, designer, artist and poet, Magee blends storage, sculpture and installation together, creating a sculptural wonder that few have visited. It’s become a sort of art pilgrimage — an act that seems appropriate considering The Hill physically embodies Magee’s religious cortex. At Kirk Hopper we’ll see both the art of his documentation through a collection of sketches as well as a series of sculptural reliefs, including a run of mixed-media works enclosed in window panels. It’s a rare gift, getting to view Magee’s method inside a gallery’s air-conditioned showroom. Check it out from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The artist will be in attendance. Visit kirkhopperfineart.com.
Fri., Sept. 6, 2013