AMOA-Arthouse at the Jones Center, 700 Congress, 512/453-5312
Through June 30
Seher Shah’s exhibition “Constructed Landscapes” is full of esoteric ideas about the divergence of art and architecture through the convergence of interior and exterior space. The work is a reaction to modernist structures, vis-à-vis Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, and a continuation of the theoretical work of Daniel Libeskind and Bernard Tschumi. In other words, the collection is art about art. It assumes viewers enter the Jones Center with some understanding of its provenance, an assumption that AMOA-Arthouse attempts to steward with lengthy written explanations, an essay by University of Texas School of Architecture assistant professor Igor Siddiqui and an artist interview performed by Associate Curator Rachel Adams.
The descriptions do provide some entrance into the work, but the pamphlet containing the essay and the interview is more alienating than the exhibition left to its own devices.