Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present At Your Service, an exhibition that examines the plate as a cultural touchstone beyond its everyday utility and includes the work of gallery artist Gesine Hackenberg. Whether serving as the canvas for a large-scale painting, cast into three-dimensional sculptures, or transformed into willow patterned jewelry, the plates of At Your Service are both alluring and thought provoking. They cause us to reflect, from anthropological and art historical perspectives, upon the social, cultural, and utilitarian significance of the dishes in our own cupboards. Whether decorative, commemorative, or kitsch, the plates in this exhibition are more than surfaces upon which we serve food. In material culture, plates are alternately status symbols, commemorative objects, and functional household items.
AT YOUR SERVICE
Curated by Niki Johnson and Amelia Toelke
February 5 – May 8, 2016
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
View available Gesine Hackenberg works on ARTSY