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Wrestling History: Points Along a Journey of Dis/covery Hidden in the Temple

The second exhibition to be displayed in The Christian-Green Gallery, Wrestling History: Points Along a Journey of Dis/covery Hidden in the Temple brings together a diverse selection of Houston and Rotterdam based artist Angelbert Metoyer’s spiritually and politically engaged works, including paintings, sculptural installation, mixed-media collage, and video. Metoyer combines his interest in philosophy, quantum physics, and astronomy with an investigation of identity and mythology, drawing from stories within his own family heritage—the Cane River Creoles of eighteenth-century Louisiana. “My work is often interpreted as being about my own mixed-cultural past and also the cultural complexity of America’s past. Referencing ancient and modern mythologies from all over the world, I explore memory, moment and social changes in human history, examining scientific and philosophical questions about multi-dimensionality, teleportation and M theory (quantum concepts),” says the artist. “The materials I employ include ‘excrements of industry,’ such as coal, glass, oil, tar, mirrors and gold dust. With these tools I explore themes of waste and destruction, and existential issues of life and death.”


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Totem (detail)

1996-2016 Mixed media installation 6 x 4 x 8 feet


2007 Mixed media on canvas 106 x 164 inches Image courtesy Craig Massey

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