Art League Houston presents Sexual Selection, a site specific outdoor installation in the ALH Sculpture Garden by New York-born and Houston-based installation artist Jo Ann Fleischhauer. On view June 20 through November 1. Opening Reception Friday, June 20, 6pm-9pm with an artist talk at 7:30 PM.
The project is inspired by the evolutionary process of the Birds-of-Paradise known as sexual selection, where females choose their mate based on the shape, color and display of the males’ plumage, and have ultimately determined the species' diverse and exotic variations.
The installation explores ideas of visual aesthetics, in particular the function of beauty and features over one hundred brightly colored parasols that are hung throughout the trees.
ABOUT JO ANN FLEISCHHAUER
Jo Ann Fleischhauer was born in Brooklyn, and raised near Buffalo, NY. She received her BA from Bates College and BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. After completing her degrees, she lived and studied in New Zealand and France. In 1990, she moved to Houston where she did graduate work in sculpture at the University of Houston.
She is a recipient of two Individual Artist Grants from the Houston Arts Alliance, City of Houston Initiative Grant, Houston Endowment Grant, as well as grants from Connemara Conservancy, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Buffalo Bayou Artpark, Tacoma Contemporary, and Project Row Houses.
From 2008-2010 she was the Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering, UT Health Science Center, Houston.
Her installations in Houston include: Emptying into White (2003) at Texas Children’s Hospital, A Pocketful of Stars (2005) for Project Row Houses, Parasol Project (2006-7) at the Historic Foley House, and Leonardo Dialogo (2010) at UT Health Science Center. For Nanogagliato 2012 (Gagliato, Italy), Fleischhauer constructed and exhibited three projects: The Starry Messengers, a prototype for Through the Torn Paper Screen, and The Staircase Project.
Her most current installation, What Time is It? (2013) transformed a historic clock tower in downtown Houston.
2014/06/20 - 2014/11/01
Additional time info:
Tuesday – Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 12 noon – 5 PM
Friday, June 20
Artist talk at 7:30pm