From an artist who knows how to get great inspiration from unusual sources (Grindr, for instance), it should come as no surprise that he’s able to push a few buttons (and boundaries) with a new exhibition about homelessness.
His name is Robert Mateo Diago (above) and his new show at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary is titled home•less•bound.
The show features installations of all sizes, as well as works from Willie Baronet and Cristella Medrano that complement his vision. Utilizing standard-issue homeless accouterment like shopping carts, and homeless currency such as hubcaps and aluminum cans, his work provokes plenty of emotion.
The show doesn’t focus on the faces of homelessness, either. Just items that explore their circumstances and our own discomfort with the issue.
Plus, you can walk away with original works of art, including some amazingly affordable options that include poster prints, fine art giclées and sculptures for as little as $40.
Best of all, even though the show’s about to end, now’s tomorrow’s the ideal time to visit. Meet the artist at the MAC at 2:00 p.m. where he’ll briefly discuss the inspiration behind the show. He’ll be joined by Baronet and Medrano, all of whom will take questions from the group.
Like, “How did you get so sexy?”
But hopefully there will be others with more intelligent pursuits than ours.
A portion of proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the Houston-based non-profit organization S.A.F.E., started by life partners and singing duo Jason & deMarco.