Community Artists' Collective opening reception and talks: A Corner of Canaan

Photo by Ben Davis

A Corner of Canaan is a series of photographs that focuses on preservation of antebellum, pre-Civil War buildings in East Texas. Artist Ben Davis has framed 20 photographs of plantation houses, coupled with handwritten text about both owner and slave occupants, to compare two diverse histories and two points of view: One Anglo and one African-American.

Davis explains that pre-civil war culture in Texas consisted of socially stratified spatial arrangements that were meant to remind people of their place in society. Each photographic panel is crafted from dark walnut in a fashion similar to 19th Century building practice, with wood pegs. Texts and photographs are mounted on large sheets of hot-press watercolor paper floated in the frame and showing the unfinished deckled edge.

The opening reception is on Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m. The artist will offer talks on Feb. 8 and March 8 at 3 p.m. The exhibition is on view from Feb. 1 through March 29.



Community Artists' Collective
1413 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004


Admission is free.
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