Best Of 2013

Best SRO art event: Dominique Labauvie talk at HCC

Best SRO art event

It was an unlikely setting — a large classroom-y space tucked away in an upper floor of the library on HCC’s sprawling Dale Mabry campus. And it was an even more unlikely crowd, so big that many people had to stand: artists and gallerists and other members of the local intelligentsia, mixed up with a motley crew of students, some of whom were there for a class assignment, some for the free food. But the charismatic sculptor Dominique Labauvie, speaking in his precise French-accented English, held everyone rapt as he spoke about the origins of his delicate yet monumental steel sculpture Flying Buttress, visible in the adjacent gallery, and answered questions from UT professor Gregg Perkins. Even better, the crowd then got to check out the artwork, a small but exquisite show that also included Labauvie’s buoyant drawings and tiny wire improvisations.