Art Notes

It%26rsquo;s a Texas Fall: Our fave shows involve the hometown team. Jump into the season with openings for McKay Otto at Nave Museum and Michael Bise at Moody Gallery, September 6 and 7, respectively. Both border on the extraordinary. Bise%26rsquo;s drawings are more than graphite on paper; they%26rsquo;re informed by personal history and, the true-life tale of this heart-transplant recipient (through October 12). Down Victoria way, Otto%26rsquo;s solo at the Nave, %26ldquo;Ever About Ever,%26rdquo; presents a view of abstraction that recalls time and space travel while conjuring elements from the I Ching (through October 20) %26hellip; Also edged with cosmological questions, Susan Plum takes over Houston Baptist University Gallery with Naturaleza Oculta %26mdash; Hidden Nature, an installation pairing drawing, sculpture, assemblage and glass in a hermetic, hypnotic recreation of the universe informed by the Mayan calendar and the stars; director Jim Edwards curates (opening September 12, 4 to 7 pm; special community opening Saturday, September 14, 1 to 4 pm, with artist talk and bites; through October 26) %26hellip; Then there%26rsquo;s Katrina Moorhead, whose solo at Inman Gallery possesses a deft touch informed by a dose of surrealism %26mdash; %26ldquo;The bird than never landscape%26rdquo; (September 6 %26shy;%26shy;%26ndash; October 26).

Biennial or Bust: Make tracks to Lawndale Art Center for the latest iteration of the Texas Biennial. Toasting its fifth year and its status as the longest-running statewide biennial in America, exhibitions range from Dallas to San Antonio, Austin to Marfa and, in Houston, at LAC. L.A.-based critic Michael Duncan joins Texas and NY-based curator Virginia Rutledge in organizing the Lawndale show: works by statewide talents%26nbsp;Christie Blizard, Marcelyn McNeil, Tom Orr and Brad Tucker. Pay attention to Houston painter McNeil%26rsquo;s languorous language of abstraction (through September 28).

Painter%26rsquo;s Progress/Video Rama: At Barbara Davis Gallery, Gavin Perry%26rsquo;s succulent resin works hover between panting and sculpture, with the swagger of Miami cool (September 6 %26shy;%26ndash;%26nbsp;October 18) %26hellip; Video mistress Swiss miss Katja Loher solos at Anya Tish Gallery%26nbsp; (September 6 %26ndash; October 19).

Traffic Stopping: Motorists are rubber-necking once again along Montrose near Art League Houston, admiring a temporary site-specific piece by Patrick Renner (through May 2014). The energetic Funnel Tunnel required dozens of volunteers for the final painting stages %26hellip; Catch Dan Havel%26rsquo;s first show in seven years, complete with some of the artist%26rsquo;s signature architectural installations, at his new gallerist,%26nbsp;Avis Frank, which continues to do wondrous things in the former 1927 Humble Gas station/later King Biscuit in the Heights (September 6 %26ndash; October 1) %26hellip; It%26rsquo;s art in the service of activism. Watch for billboards around town by Jessica Crute, part of the season-opening group show at Deborah Colton Gallery (September 7 %26shy;%26ndash; October 19; be there when Crute stages the inaugural Art + Advocacy fund-raiser Saturday, September 28, to raise money for two nonprofits, which serve the homeless) %26hellip; Checked our blogs lately? FRAMED (every Tuesday) and Artful Weekend (Fridays); for more art musing, follow us on Twitter, @PaperCityCA.

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