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Video Collection at George R. Brown Convention Center

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Photo courtesy of the artists

2009. Video. 1001 Avenida de las Americas.

Funding Source: Percent for Art – City of Houston General Services Department and the Convention and Entertainment Facilities Department

Offering a brief respite from the typically busy pace of convention events, this rich array of short works of video by artists from across the United States includes lyrical meditations on nature, industry, and human emotion. It is a fitting complement to the George R. Brown Convention Center, where over a million people from around the world converge each year to exchange knowledge and share experience, making Houston a dynamic point of congregation in our ever-expanding world.

Artists, Titles & Dates:
Kate Balsley, Autumn, 2008. Artist lives in Brown Deer, Wis.
Nell Breyer, Falling, 2004/2007. Artist lives in Cambridge, Mass.
William A. Brown, Video Starring Four Light Bulbs, 2009. Artist lives in Atlanta, Ga.
Victor Ingrassia, Tornadic Paint, 2008. Artist lives in Oakland, Calif.
Be Johnny, Bree Edwards and Johnny DeKam, Fossil, 2009. Artists live in Los Angeles.
Noah Klersfeld, snow falling in front of a red brick building façade, 2008/2005. Artist lives in New York City.
Arthur Liou, Crossing, 2009; Maelstrom, 2009. Artist lives in Bloomington, Ind.
David Montgomery, Erodium II, 2008; Empty Shells I, 2009. Artist lives in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Mark Nelson, Sidewalking, 2009. Artist lives in Houston.
Relja Penezic, Cargo, 2006. Artist lives in Los Angeles.
Alex Schlegel, One Hour in Phoenix, 2009. Artist lives in Tempe, Ariz.
Anita Thacher, Lost/In Memoriam, 2007; Homage to Magritte, 1975; Loose Corner, 1986. Artist lives in New York City.
Marcus Young, Phases (without sound), 2000. Artist lives in Saint Paul, Minn.

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