Artist Wayne Bell with pieces for December’s ‘Trapeze’ fundraising show

"ART IS LIKE love,” says Houston artist Wayne Bell. “When you fall in love with people, you lose yourself in them. But you can also find yourself.” For 36-year-old Bell, whose dramatic, abstract oil paintings, where gradations of rich, otherworldly colors give the viewer the sense they have stepped into an alternate universe, the path to self-discovery has been anything but straightforward. But art, and the impetus to “create and destroy and start over,” has been with him since childhood, and never really left him alone, even as he pursued divergent goals.

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'Tyrannasodaux Rex'

IT’S BOTH EXCITING and unnerving to consider how porous the line between science and science fiction has become in recent years. It seems when science doesn’t provide us with clear answers to our questions, we turn to science fiction — not for possibilities, but for a new set of facts.

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A detail of Elisa's ink-on-paper piece 'We Are All Stardust'

ON SATURDAY, NOV. 13, Redbud Gallery will become a power spot for intergenerational, interdisciplinary magic making with We Are All Stardust, an exhibition of rarely seen original works by the late Luis Jiménez, complemented by drawings and two fashion-fueled, ritualistic weekend performances by his daughter, Elisa.

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