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Remains of the Everyday

| October 18, 2012 | Calendar

UH's renovated Blaffer Art Museum reopens its doors this month, touting a 20-year retrospective exhibit featuring the work of New York artist Tony Feher, whose sculptures transform generic materials into testaments of human creativity.

Feher, a UT grad, creates vibrant, dynamic sculptures from objects like plastic bottles and packing material, things that most people use then throw away. Feher, though, often lives with his materials for a period of time to contemplate their qualities.

A new monograph, the first comprehensive exploration of Feher's career to date, accompanies the 60-piece exhibition, which opens in Des Moines, Iowa, before arriving in Houston. Claudia Schmuckli, director and chief curator of Blaffer, has been working on both the retrospective and the book since 2009. "Feher doesn't seek so much to transform as to accentuate the inherent characteristics of his artistic tools", she says, "to enable us to truly see and appreciate their value and beauty."-LT

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