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The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston' s Teen Council is pleased to present Perspectives 181: Human Nature\, a group exhibition featuring work by Houston area teen artists. The exh ibition explores conceptions of humanity: what it is to be human or inhuman . The exhibition features work by 49 teens in a variety of media ranging fr om photography to video and sculpture.

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Human Nature is the 8th biennial youth art exhibition organized by the CAMH's Teen Cou ncil. Drawing from an open call\, the Teen Council received over 300 submis sions responding to the questions: Is there a universal human experience? I n order to explore human nature\, must we examine our base animal instincts ? Or does that which makes us human originate from a higher order? 

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Says Jamal Cyrus\, Education Associate at CAMH\, "From ideas about the mat erial connection between mankind and nature to those of body image\, consum erism\, and social control\, the artists featured in Perspectives 181: Human Nature take aim at the show’s theme from a variety of perspectiv es and stances.”

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Photography figures prominently in this year’s exh ibition. Clinton Elliott’s Untitled is a series of ten 5 x 7 inch photographs of portraits of people. In each of the photographs\, however\, the subject’s face has been obscured with objects ranging from banana peels to fruit loops and Christmas decorations. Cory Jo’s black-and-white image Truth shows a young racer\, completely covered in racing jumpsuit and helmet\, reading the obituaries. Many of the artists fuse human and nat ure together such as in Ashley Lawhorn’s Redwoods digital photogra ph that shows a female figure with the head of a blue jay wearing a dress a nd leaning against a redwood tree. Zoie Brown’s sculpture Treefingers depicts human fingers growing out of tree branches.

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Human N ature is a meditation on human nature—its appearance and character—fro m the perspective of those who will shape the next iteration of humanity. T he exhibition reminds us that where there is dark\, there is also light\, a nd it is this dualism that makes us human.

DTEND:20130609 DTSTAMP:20141226T225031 DTSTART:20130301 GEO:29.726257;-95.391068 LOCATION:Contemporary Arts Museum Houston\,5216 Montrose Boulevard \nHousto n\, TX 77006 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Perspectives 181: Human Nature\, Lynne Addison\, Ronan Allencherril \, Alex Ambriz\, Ashlin Arnold\, Adriel Barrios-Anderson\, Daisy Betancourt \, Kate Bomar\, Chantal Bondoc\, Rachel Bride\, Zoie Brown\, Emily Camp\, E velyn Cauley\, Kassi Choate\, Brittany Keil Craig\, Glenn Grace Davis\, Cla ire Dorfman\, Stacie Dudley\, Adam Elkhadem\, Clinton Elliot\, Felisha Falc on\, Andrew Flanders\, Melinda Flores\, Hazel Fricke\, Christina Garcia\, K athy Hernandez\, Kendall Hertenberger\, Will Insul\, Miranda Jankovic\, Cor y Jo\, James Kerley\, Ashley Lawhorn\, Chaing Leong\, David Loera\, Javier Mata\, Katie Miller\, Madison Morgan-Rawlings\, Eva Nip\, Alyssa Oliver\, C aitlin Rhoades\, Christina Rodriguez\, Patricia Rodriguez\, Karla Serrato\, Judy Solomos\, Dana Suleymanova\, Morgan Tao\, Sidney Tennant\, Kameron Wh ite\, Colin Yeates\, Patrick Zapien UID:263543 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR