Make art, not war. This simple statement has become a cliché sentiment, perhaps to the point of losing its meaning. But, artist Ganzeer asks, is there something to it? Is it at all possible that art represents antitheses to a culture of warfare that has dominated humanity since the beginning of our time? Explore these questions and many more when you attend the opening day of Perpetu-War, a large-scale installation by Ganzeer. This event is part of the CounterCurrent Festival held by MATCH. Check it out next Tuesday, April 9th, beginning at 12:00 p.m.!
Perpetu-War is a speculative public art project that alludes to a post-war world wherein artists and their actions occupy the cultural importance and impact often associated with war heroes. Ganzeer's installation interrogates Houston's relationship to the military-energy-industrial complex, highlighting the city's complex histories of arms manufacturing and distribution. Specifically, the installation is staged on the Buffalo Bayou near the location of a former tank manufacturing center and shipping warehouse.
Ganzeer is a multidisciplinary artist who works seamlessly between art, design, and storytelling. Called a “chameleon” by the New York Times, his work has stirred trouble in art galleries, alleyways, and museums around the world. His current major projects include a short story collection titled Times New Human, and a sci-fi graphic novel titled The Solar Grid, which earned him a Global Thinker Award from Foreign Policy in 2016.
Perpetu-War is presented as part of CounterCurrent, a free festival of performance, installation, and ideas. CounterCurrent includes audio and visual installations, live performances, talks, and participatory events by artists from around the world. From large-scale spectacle to intimate interaction, CounterCurrent projects represent the range of ways we view each other and the city around us.
Take time out of your busy day to stop by Tony Marron Park to see Perpetu-War next Tuesday! The work will be unveiled at 12:00 noon. Admission to this event and all CounterCurrent events is free. For more information, visit www.matchhouston.org.
Even though The Villages of Lake Jackson Apartments in Lake Jackson, Texas provides you with all of the comfort, convenience, and entertainment you could possibly desire, we encourage our residents to venture outside of our apartment community and explore all that the city has to offer!
Tuesday, April 9, 2019—12:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
Waterfront at Tony Marron Park
808 North York Street
Houston, Texas 77003