ART ON THE GO: PODS® OF HOUSTON JOINS WITH HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE TO PAINT THE TOWN
March 2, 2015
HOUSTON, TX (March 2, 2015) – To take contemporary art into unexpected places and neighborhoods throughout Houston and to highlight the work of some of Houston’s most innovative artists, PODS of Houston, a moving and storage company, has teamed up with Houston Arts Alliance for the second art installation project with additional support provided by Gensler.
This is Houston Arts Alliance’s second iteration of the traveling public art installation series featuring the transformation of PODS Containers into works of art. Selected through a competitive process, the 2015 artists are Elaine Bradford and Emily Link; Brandon Ray and Team Paper Brain (Darwin Arevalo, Rodney Flores, Rob Mozell, Lisa Ray and Janiece Rivas);Thomas Rolls, Jr., and Troy Stanley.
Each artist or artist team received their PODS Container last fall and spent three months in the construction process, based on designs submitted as part of the grant process. Beginning in early February, all four transformed PODS Containers were showcased at White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine. The individual PODS Containers are now traveling to different locations across Greater Houston, taking contemporary art into unexpected places and neighborhoods throughout Houston.
“An important component of the Houston Arts Alliance mission is to expand the reach of local arts beyond gallery and museum walls,” explains HAA President and CEO, Jonathon Glus. “This art project takes this mission a step further by delivering contemporary art to Houstonians outside the city limits, providing easy access to quality family-friendly and interactive artworks.”
“PODS of Houston is very passionate on supporting the arts, and we loved developing this innovative idea to help promote the local artists within the Houston community,” said Larry Sledge, President of PODS of Houston.
Elaine Bradford and Emily Link collaborated on Invasive Species, which combines the unique, soft sculptural styles of each artist, creating an immersive environment depicting life-size human figures exploring and encountering unknown varieties of flora and fauna. The ecosystem will evolve over the course of the installation, with designated days in which the public will be invited to participate in this fantastical world.
At first glance, the exterior of Brandon Ray and Team Paper Brain’s Repurposing Cyclical City looks like any other standard PODS Container. However, three large plexiglass windows invite passers-by to take a closer look. As viewers peek inside, they will see the city of Houston through a portable paper lens. Created by a number of contributing artists, the miniature cityscape inside is made from repurposed cardboard, paper, and trash, recreating some of Houston’s most recognizable downtown buildings in a paper-craft childlike simplicity. Viewers are invited to alternate among the three windows to see a frozen moment in time of this paper version of Houston. At twilight, the buildings light up in a familiar fashion to our downtown skyline at night.
Filmmaker and video artist Thomas Rolls transformed his PODS Container into an intimate space that allows the viewer to witness his/her own reactions to emotional stimuli. Look at Me is a psychological experience that challenges the viewer to personify a space.
Utilizing a two-way mirror and reflective vinyl, Troy Stanley created a large park within a small enclosed space entitled Park On Demand Space (....greener on the other side). The reflective aspect allows the visitor to see himself existing in this space, and offers a new perspective on both the viewer and the larger urban environment.
For more information about PODA 2.0, visit houstonartsalliance.com.