Six Must-Attend Events: Mar. 22-26

The state's top events and offerings, from Houston artists Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen exploring issues of excess and false comforts and Gary Clark Jr.'s new Maverick Music Festival.
Fri March 22, 2013 2:30 pm
Husband and wife artist duo, Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen, explore issues of excess and false comforts in their work, on display at Brand 10 Art Display this weekend.


For many, a nice house in the suburbs represents the American dream, but for others, like Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen, the Houston husband and wife artist duo, it has become a sort of American gothic. “It’s like that Talking Heads song … ‘How did I get here?’” said Hillerbrand, who co-creates art with his wife and their two children, Madeleine and Emmett, to explore issues of excess, false comforts and the family dynamic. Last year they released a video titled “Accumulation,” in which they piled their lawnmower, a gas can and bundles of Christmas lights, among countless other belongings, in the garage to create a mountain to scale so they could exit through a hole in the ceiling. Another video, called “Whole,” shows the family using power tools to cut passageways in the walls and doors of their home to create a tunnel system. Their latest exhibition, Stuffed, which is on display through Saturday, showcases Hillerbrand and Magsamen’s work from the last five years, including photography of their son submerged in a bathtub of toys and a 400-pound, eight-foot-diameter sculpture made from various household objects—a figure they call the “home piñata.” “We’re not necessarily trying to say this is good or

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