Ann Veronica Janssens
Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens has long been interested in creating what she describes as "situations of dazzlement." She uses light, interacting with materials and architecture to explore our eye's interpretations of reality, hoping to in turn allow the viewer "an experience of excess." Her exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center, which opens Saturday, will lead visitors through the entrance gallery into the garden, with several installations that use various liquids, mirrors, colors, lights and fogs to rearrange the way you experience the space. She will discuss the work in a public conversation at 11 :30 a.m. Saturday. Free with $10 admission. More at nashersculpturecenter.org.
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Both Ken Craft and Adam Neese work with landscapes. Craft juxtaposes nature with comic books in his paintings, creating character-driven explorations of predicaments in nature. Neese uses photographs of Finland to consider how imagery defines a place. Their work will be on display in a dual exhibition hosted by Ro2 Art in The Cedars at 1717 Gould St., which is the former home of RE Gallery. The opening reception will be 7-10 p.m. Saturday. More at ro2art.com.
They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy
According to the event page, this Wordspace event will cause your third ear to unfold and enhance your sonic horizons. I think that's a fancy version of my description of the experimental literary art organization hosting the event, "They're pretty fucking cool." Saturday night at Mighty Fine Arts (409A N.Tyler St.), the first Art Speak event of the year will take place featuring a rare performance by They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy. Part music, part art, part poetry, the duo of Gregg Pricket and Sarah Ruth Alexander will create the soundtrack for the opening reception of Andy Don Emmons' new work in the exhibition, Shabby Saints and the Rusty HooDoo Blues. Be there at 9 p.m. Saturday or be forever searching for your third ear.