One Swallow Doesn’t Make a Summer
One Swallow Doesn’t Make a Summer: art installations in the 2ND Street District and Republic Square Park
Curated by Rachel Cook & Claire Ruud (Cook & Ruud)
In 2010, Art Alliance Austin, in partnership with the Downtown Austin Alliance, Austin Parks Foundation and AMLI, developed a pilot program to activate available retail space and an underutilized historic square as contemporary art spaces. The 5-week exhibition asked a dozen artists to inhabit and respond to four spaces in Austin’s 2ND Street District and Republic Square Park.
One Swallow Doesn’t Make a Summer took its title from a speech by former Austin Mayor Kirk Watson about the development of the 2ND Street District a decade ago as the project had barely begun to take flight. Watson asserted, “One swallow doesn’t make a summer, and not even a dozen [development] projects makes a Great Downtown.” Using the neighborhood as a platform, One Swallow Doesn’t Make a Summer brought together new and site-specific artworks to offer a variety of perspectives on the shifting cultural and economic landscape of the neighborhood and its relationship to a larger, nationwide experience. Free public programs such as the curator’s lunch hour walking tours, site specific performances, artist talks and gallery open hours accompanied the exhibition. The exhibition received three nominations by the Austin Critics’ Table.
One Swallow Doesn’t Make a Summer brings together new and site-specific artworks to offer a variety of perspectives on the shifting cultural and economic landscape of this neighborhood and its relationship to a larger nation-wide experience.
Artists include Justin Boyd, Paul Druecke, Mads Lynnerup, Leslie Mutchler, Carlos Rosales-Silva, Barry Stone, and Jeff Williams, as well as the collaboratives Circulatory System, Nancy Douthey & Jacinda Russell, Michelle Marchesseault & Virginia Yount, and Skote.
Here is a selection of works:
Jeff Williams – Dust Storm 2010
dirt floor, carpet blower
165 x 90 x 20 feet
A contained dust storm was generated in the vacant 13,500 sq/ft storefront of the Silicon Laboratories building in Austin, TX (corner of Cesar Chavez and Guadalupe). The space has been available and unfinished for the past 10 years, including an all dirt floor. Using a single carpet blower, the dust from the floor was lifted filling the open space. I used building materials left on site (primarily window frames and palettes) to give dimension to the space during decreased visibility.
Forground: Leslie Mutchler, REKIRK, 2010
Background: Michelle Marchesseault & Virginia Yount, Only the Good Die Young, 2010 and Barry Stone, Ikea Collages, 2010
Justin Boyd, Actively seek out the potential in this moment, 2010