(from HOUSTON CHRONICLE)
By Roberta MacInnis
Drawing on his years in South Africa, artist and designer Selven O’Keef Jarmon will drape the Art League Houston building, 1953 Montrose, in 600,000 beads this summer. He unveiled his plans for the “360 Degrees Vanishing” project to arts patrons Thursday at Barbara Davis Gallery in Montrose.
The exhibit, seven years in the making, will bring 16 skilled beaders from co-ops in the Eastern Cape of South Africa to Houston to create the huge installation. It’s part of an international exchange with the South African government, the Craft and Cultural Hub of the Eastern Cape, and the South African Cultural Minister’s Office.
Jarmon, wearing a beaded ornament over a crisp white shirt, said he was inspired by the disappearance of the South African beading culture.
“I hope it will make people think about things that are disappearing in their own cultures,” he said.
African drummers welcomed guests outside, while chef Soren Pederson prepared hors d’oeuvres inside.
Spotted in the crowd: Art League Houston executive director Michael Peranteau, Molly Hubbard, Tina and Josh Zulu, Suzanne Hite, Mary Kelly, Fabené Welch, Jonathon Glus, Alton LeDay and Emily Stein