Still from "Rickybird (mint, hot, pink)" by Brian Bress, 2017, HD video, 24:18 looped. © Brian Bress; Courtesy Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles)

L-R: The Nostalgia Factory by Kasumi; Blanket Statement by Jodie Mack: The Scale by Kawita Vatanajyankur; You Take Your Time by Emily Peacock

Aurora Picture Show has partnered with the Houston Downtown Management District to present “Sidewalk Cinema,” an ongoing series of contemporary, vertical video works shown in two windows of the Sakowitz garage at the downtown intersection of Main and Dallas streets (1111 Main St.). Part of Art Blocks, the project that has activated the downtown pedestrian plaza Main Street Square with a series of site-specific artworks since early 2016, this unique, public installation will rotate quarterly to feature different video works by artists from around the globe.

On View: July 19 - October 14, 2017
Art Blocks – Main Street Square
1111 Main St. at Dallas

We're pleased to present two new works by Los Angeles-based artist Brian Bress: Still Life (orange to blue) and Rickybird (mint, hot, pink), both completed in 2017. Bress’ slow moving, nearly still video paintings present human figures as scaffold for sculptural forms/costumes. The works nod to futurism, minimalism, art deco, Bauhaus, the Memphis group, and more. Their tension between slow movement and stillness evokes the uncanny situation which Freud speaks of: “when an inanimate object becomes too much like an animate one”.

On View: April 15 - July 14, 2017
Art Blocks – Main Street Square
1111 Main St. at Dallas
Color Play features six recent vertical video works by artists Kasumi, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Emily Peacock, and Jodie Mack. This 40-minute program is shown via staggered loops in the two windows:

The Nostalgia Factory, 2015, 7:30
A kinetic collage of mid-20th century media scraps by multidisciplinary artist Kasumi.

Blanket Statement, 2012, 10:00
Experimental animator Jodie Mack draws on found objects to create this montage of pattern.

The Robes, 2014, 3:00
The Scale, 2015, 3:00
The Scale of Justice, 2016, 3:00 
Thai-Australian video artist Kawita Vatanajyankur juxtaposes staged physical experiences against bright washes of color in three works examining the role of women in labor. 

You Take Your Time, 2016, 10:00 
Houston-based artist Emily Peacock turns her lens on childhood water toys for this work about time and memory.