New exhibit features local talent

HOUSTON Fifty dolls at the "Blow Up Houston" exhibit, each nine inches tall – a lot of creativity packed into a small space.

They look like an army of robot just out of uniform, but these are no ordinary toys. These dolls have bomb-shaped heads and pin grenade accessories. They're handcrafted by regular folks from all over Houston who stretched their mind to come up with fancy figurines.

"Every artist started at the same starting point, which was a blank doll," GONZO247 said.

GONZO247 is the founder of the Aerosol Warfare Gallery, an old-school graffiti head from the East End. He's drifted from spray paint to stuff known as urban vinyl.

"After a while someone figured out, 'If I can draw this flat, what if I made it 3D and made a toy and gave it my own look and style?' And it just took off from there," GONZO247 said.

And it took off in several directions.

One doll is a political statement about the upheaval in Iran. Another, a music box, and one made by an eight-year-old features shrimp and algae.

Chrissy Figueroa is an east-side native and high school counselor. Her doll incorporates a new wave in arts called urban crafting, a hip twist to needlepoint, embroidery and crochet.

"Her shoes are crocheted and her hair and her little shoes are crocheted as well," Figueroa said.

It took her 18 hours and about $5 to create her doll, named Rizzo.

"She kind of looks like a wholesome school girl in the middle of a few renegades, and that's kind of how I think of myself, so it works out well," she said.

With no rules or limits on creativity GONZO247 says this exhibit is one that will surely blow your mind.

"We've got our finger on the pulse, and we're trying to show Houston there's a lot of cool stuff out there," he said. "Come check it out and get exposed to something you might not normally get exposed to in town."

The exhibit will be on display through the end of the month. Admission is free. For more information, you can visit the Aerosol Warfare Gallery website,

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