The Jung Center: Tania Botelho – Magic Birds

Tania Botelho (Brazil-born), has been active in the visual arts community for over 10 years. Known for political work, this exhibit is a departure for the artist. This work is whimsical and colorful with birds as the only subject. There’s a kitsch to the work as well as a pre-Renaissance flatness to the work. Certainly, the gold colored backgrounds are a nod to pre-Renaissance art and I’m left wondering about some underlying, religious intent. Regardless of that, I think there is an audience for this work.

Here is what Kelyne Reis, a friend/supporter of Botehlo, has to say:

“Normally Botelho’s works are strongly political/critical requiring long periods of research, reflection, analysis, and collection of material (since most of them are mix media/collage) before they come to life. With Magic Birds, her intention is to bring joy to herself and viewers. Using her amazing talent and creativity, she transforms simple wood boards in “golden  landscapes” to happiness in form of whimsical birds.”

The exhibit will be on view at The Jung Center (5200 Montrose Blvd., Houston 77006) through March 30, 2015. Their hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-7:30pm, Friday, 9:00am-4:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday, closed.

(All photos by Matt Adams.)



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