A review of the exhibition Transitional Artifacts by The Center for Imaginative Cartography & Research at Fresh Arts:
Houston’s rate of urban growth ranks among the highest in the nation, and as it continues to top numerous charts, becoming the best place to find work as well as the most diverse city in the United States, this rate is sure to increase. In turn, this growth has attracted a wide array of social, cultural, and economic interests. With each of these diverse interests trying to stake a claim in the city’s future, Houston is undergoing a very dramatic transformation. Currently on display at Fresh Arts, Transitional Artifacts is a six-week performative exhibition by The Center for Imaginative Cartography & Research that explores the by-products left in the wake of this change: the tearing down of buildings, piling up of waste, mashing together of historical and contemporary buildings, and public conflicts between opposing interests. As each of these fights to attain or retain influence on the identity of the city, The Center – a collaboration between artists Emily Halbardier and Erik Sultzer – offers a space for reflection on this transformation.