Austin Art Weekly
Exciting things are happening in Austin art community this week! Austin Art Weekly is Art Alliance Austin’s weekly arts calendar. Scroll down to view the complete calendar of highlighted, current, and upcoming events for this week and beyond. Sign up is easy, get Austin Art Weekly in your inbox each week.
Current Events & Exhibitions
Catherine Lee: The Nay Project Elisabet Ney Museum // 304 East 44th Street // February 22 – May 6 // Opening Reception: February 22 at 6:30pm // Artist Talk: February 24 from 2-3:30pm
Internationally-renowned artist Catherine Lee will be the feature of a new exhibition at the Ney Museum this Spring. An installation based upon her work past and present, the exhibition will be both indoors and outdoors, anchored by her monumental Hebrides #6: Clach An Trushal, which graces the grounds for an extended period thanks to a very special loan from the Contemporary Austin through its Museum Without Walls program. This exhibition will include monumental sculpture, paintings, smaller three-dimensional pieces, and more.
An internationally-exhibited master, Lee’s work reflects time, permanence and majestic nature along with intimate reflections of ourselves.
Benthos, New Work by Haley Woodward Dimension Gallery // 979 Springdale Rd, #99 // February 24 – March 31 // Opening Reception: February 22 from 6-9pm
Benthos is the community of organisms that live on, in, or near the seabed, also known as the benthic zone. This body of work uses these strange and adaptable life forms as influence for sculptural forms.
The People’s Gallery 2018 Austin City Hall // 301 W. 2nd Street // February 2018 – January 2019 // Opening Reception: February 23 from 6-9pm
The People’s Gallery is designed to showcase the work of regional artists and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. Each year, the Cultural Arts Division issues a call for artworks to Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations. This year, approximately 1,300 entries were submitted by more than 320 local artists. The 2018 selection panelists were arts educator and artist Teruko Nimura; artist and Preparator (Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin) John Sager; and artist and Professor of Art, St. Edward’s University Tammie Rubin.
Seascapes by Anissa Bryant Link & Pin Gallery // 2235 E 6th Street #102 // February 23 – March 18 // Opening Reception: February 23 from 6-9pm
‘Seascapes’ is an exploration of the intrinsic loneliness of humanity, the vastness of the oceans, and the interconnectivity of life with water. This series taps into those subjects and intends to distill the essence of a moment in time and elicit an emotional reaction. The pieces are deeply influenced by geological forces at work such as the breaking of ice caps and movements of the oceans. They explore the feeling of loneliness and how insignificant one can feel in a vast ocean.
Each piece of art is accompanied by a poem that illustrates the artist’s emotions during the creation process. She is inspired by the poetry and beauty of nature. When a new piece is created, it is subjected to different environmental factors as her practice focuses on the process— not just the final creation.
Another Ground Not Gallery // 5305 Bolm Road, Bay 8 // February 23 – April 7 // Opening Reception: February 23 from 7-10pm
Not Gallery is pleased to present Another Ground, featuring collaborative and independent works by Jack Arthur Wood and Jessica Cannon. Since meeting on Instagram a little more than two years ago, the artists mailed works in process back and forth between Corpus Christi and Brooklyn. They explored shared interests and alternative perspectives. Another Ground grew from the artists’ mutual relationship to landscape imagery as a means of examining personal and collective consciousness.
Each artist worked on the collaborative pieces alongside other projects in their respective studios. With the exception of two in person sessions of monoprinting at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in Spring 2017, the exchange took place through mailings, phone calls, and text messages. The presence of time was deeply felt over the two years as the artists navigated changes in their lives and in the world. Works were added to and subtracted from, and the rapid connections made possible by technology were occasionally at odds with the deliberative process of looking and responding.
NIGHT GLITTER The DEN // 317 W. 3rd St. // Opening Reception: February 23 at 8pm // Interactive: February 24 from 12-5pm
Friday and Saturday only, DEN is presenting NIGHT GLITTER’s richly layered multimedia project of dreamy landscape installations, projections, and music. This celebrated synth-pop band is an all-consuming exploration of how sound and optics allure and captivate us.
MASS Close Encounters: p1nkstar with Special Guest Y2K MASS Gallery // 507 Calles St. #108 // February 23 at 7pm
MASS: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS presents a closing party for current exhibition Proxemics with a special performance by Austin-based performer p1nkstar, with special guest Y2K. Join us at MASS Gallery this Friday, February 23rd at 7 PM to get one last view of the exhibition and see some bodies in action!
Residual: Katy Horan & Teruko Nimura ICOSA Collective Gallery // 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190 // February 23 – March 17 // Opening Reception: February 23 from 7-10pm
In Residual, ICOSA Collective artists Katy Horan and Teruko Nimura interpret the concept of hauntings, from unresolved personal and societal experiences that resonate in our present day to variations on the traditional ghosts and spirits found in superstition and folklore. Be it Katy’s sinister figures and Appalachian Haints or Teruko’s investigation of the fear induced “othering” seen in the Japanese American internment, these artists engage the specter of death, grieving, and threat from various points of view. This two person exhibition will include an array of drawing, painting, sculpture, and multi-media installation inviting the viewer to reflect on the echoes of the past that live among us still.
Bon Voyage Party & SOLAR Show Closing Reception Art.Science.Gallery. // 916 Springdale #102 // February 24 from 4-7pm
The PrintAustin wonderments continue at this excellent venue, featuring prints about the sun or made by our sun (as in solar printmaking, cyanotyping, or printing with photosensitive inks) or for the sun (concerning sun- or star-related cultural and natural history). This Saturday is the last day before the gallery leaves Canopy forever.
Ethereal Sixth Street Gallery // 2000 East 6th St. // February 24 – April 1 // Opening Reception: February 24 from 5:30-8:30pm // Artist Conversation: March 18 from 1-2:30pm
Sixth Street Gallery is pleased to announce the start of our 2018 exhibition programming with the group exhibit Ethereal. Curated by CAMIBAart Assoicate Director Emerson Granillo, this exhibit features six Austin based artists: Clarke Curtis, Mai Gutierrez, Heather Halbert, Dominic Leon, Mayu Nagaoka, and Sylvia Troconis.
Nate Otto “Imagined Cities” Yard Dog Art Gallery // 1510 S. Congress Ave // February 24 – April 1// Opening Reception: February 24 from 7-9pm
Nate Otto is an artist from Chicago whose work explores urban landscapes and architecture filtered through his own vision. Mapping, gentrification, development, decay, and the inherent and ongoing change in the urban space are among the ideas he tries to tackle with his graphic, stylized, and simplified drawings, paintings, and murals. Nate has had several solo art shows in Chicago and he has shown his art all over the world. As an illustrator he has contributed at Basecamp, DNA Info, NPR, and many others. He has done murals for Nike, Facebook, interior Define, VML, and many more. He is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago and he has been a full time artist since 2012.
AlphaBots Book Release Party ART on 5th // 3005 S Lamar Blvd // February 24 from 7-9pm
The AlphaBots is a fully illustrated robot alphabet book project, over four years in the making, and thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, The AlphaBots will now be available to everyone! This steampunk fueled alphabetical journey is the brainchild of international street artist The Impossible Winterbourne. His robot head sculptures can be seen by those with a keen eye, stealthily planted throughout the city under bridges and on the sides of buildings or street signs.
Photo/Montage (12×12) grayDUCK Gallery // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez // February 24 – April 1 // Opening Reception: February 24 from 7-10pm
Photo/Montage (12×12) invites established, local artists to step out of their usual boundaries to engage in a complex dialog with a given concept. Each participating artist worked with the same set of twelve prints from Pizzi’s recent photography to create a unique collage/assemblage using at least one element from all the twelve images, with no other restrictions or guidelines about form, size or aesthetic purpose. The collaborators involved are diverse in background and vision, and include visual artists Catherine Lee, Michael Anthony Garcia, Shawn Smith, Maya Lawrence, w. tucker, Peggy Weiss, and Steve Wiman; composer Graham Reynolds; graphic designer DJ Stout; architect Emily Little; writer Teresa Elliott; and photographer/filmmaker Robert Ziebell.
This project’s purpose is to engage the ideas of established artists to develop twelve unique works based on the same set of twelve images from Rino Pizzi’s body of work. It is an experiment in variations on a theme, as conceived and imagined through the eyes and aesthetic model of a diverse group of cultural leaders who have been encouraged to go beyond their specific media and establish an exchange with the medium of photography, which in this case was treated as raw material rather than complete works. Its focus will be on bringing together outstanding creative personalities in our community to engage in a conversation about art and collaboration.
THE DAY TO DAY ACCUMULATION OF HOPE, FAILURE AND ECSTASY The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center // 700 Congress Ave. // Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–7pm; Sunday, 12–5pm // Ongoing
Conceived as a way of engaging with artists whose practices include live time-based events, Learning in Public is a series of discrete public performances, collaborations, and community engagements taking place in the gallery from September 22 to October 28, 2017.
I Think We Meet Here Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St. // January 26 – February 23
Each of the artists in the exhibition I Think We Meet Here is currently in their second year of the Core Residency Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. With varied approaches, these artists use video installation to investigate mediated encounters between people.
The title, I Think We Meet Here, describes a proposition not yet resolved, a disorientation in location, a confession of doubt – a collaboration. Though these artists met by chance in the Core Program, their practices have dovetailed in process. In each work, the artists are engaged in a search – for freelance animators, participants on dating/meeting platforms, and monsters. Their videos explore the relationships that emerge as a result of their searches.
Untitled Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St. // February 9-23
Join the Visual Arts Center for the opening reception of Untitled, an exhibition from the Undergraduate Art History Association exploring the relationship between contemporary art and the theory of the past.
The Codex Borgia Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St. // January 26 – February 23
The hand-painted reproduction on artisan-made bark paper presented at the Visual Arts Center is the result of a decades-long project by artist Richard Lee Gutherie with Gisele Diaz and Alan Rodgers. The original manuscript, inaccessible for many years until recent digitization, is known to most scholars and Mesoamerican enthusiasts through a 1993 Dover edition reproduction by the same team. These never before exhibited folios, all 76 pages of The Codex Borgia, debut at the Visual Art Center on Jan. 11, 2018 in conjunction with the UT Austin Mesoamerica Meetings conference.
Just Press Print Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St. // January 26 – February 23
Just Press Print is an international, traveling group exhibition that explores the introduction of 21st century technologies within the discipline of printmaking. The exhibition highlights artistic planning, collaborative practices, and the broadening possibilities for the graphic artifact in the digital age. The exhibition features published prints evolved from collaborations between fourteen selected artists, including the organizer, Paul Laidler, at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) as part of CFPR Editions.
Just Press Print draws the attention of the audience to significant, yet often overlooked elements of the printing process. Sketches, correspondence, and draft editions highlight the importance of the relationship between artist and master printer, the iterations necessary to achieve the final print, and the archiving and recording process that accompanies the artists’ work. The works on view suggest the evolving nature of digital technology and its potential influence upon established definitions and practices within the field of printmaking.
Almost Doesn’t Count Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St. // January 26 – February 23
Relatability, alienation, and the desire to categorize the individual body frames the conversation of Almost Doesn’t Count. Drawing from both their Asian and white backgrounds, Rachel Henson and Emily Lee explore the endless in-between-ness of identifying oneself.
Gold Tape Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St. // January 26 – February 23
Gold Tape, a show featuring new work from Print students at The University of Texas at Austin, experiments with introducing and interlacing new forms of media with traditional printmaking techniques. Gold Tape will include colorful, curious and interactive printed matter on clothes, sculptures, canvas, pillows, plants. The exhibition will feature a ‘Zine Screen,’ a wall divider of hanging artist magazines that viewers can flip through, read and enjoy.
Malcom Bucknall Wally Workman Gallery // 1202 West 6th Street //February 3-24
On Saturday, February 3rd, Wally Workman Gallery will present a solo show by renowned artist Malcolm Bucknall. Bucknall’s absurdist surrealism muddles Old Masters with tid-bits of cartoons, films, home photography and many other fascinations to create his anthropomorphic creatures. Bucknall feels that our observation of animals, as with art, is from the outside. In them we see predator devour prey, lovers join with unembarrassed abandon; we see birth, nurturing, the feathering of nests, death all at a remove from ourselves yet mirroring our own deepest libidinous instincts, hopes and fears. Human-animal imagery has been a constant in art, folklore, religion, daydreams, and masquerade. It takes us quickly and easily to what is deep and difficult in ourselves. Bucknall aims directly at this sweet spot, a concoction of visual imagery that sums up common experience – love, fear, gawkiness, triumphalism, self-recognition.
ROUX Prizer Arts & Letters // 2023 E. Cesar Chavez // Closes: February 24
Featuring the printmaking artists of the ROUX Collective: Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia. Together, the artists of ROUX examine cultural and societal issues of genealogy, feminism, identity, & other topics affecting women of the African Diaspora.
In Depth Davis Gallery // 837 W. 12th St. // Closes: February 24
Davis Gallery is pleased to announce our annual winter group show. The primary intention of In Depth is to study the fifth element of art; space. Artists will demonstrate how positive and negative space interacts and how specific techniques can produce the illusion of depth. Each artist has either created new work for this show, or carefully chosen work from the past, which uniquely recognizes In Depth‘s concept. The opening reception will be held on January 20th from 7-9 pm.
Proxemics MASS Gallery // 507 Calles St. #108 // Closes: February 24
MASS Gallery is pleased to present Proxemics, an exhibition featuring six artists who wield the human body as a tool for communication through character creation, distortion, and documentation: Ben Aqua (Austin, TX), Felipe Baeza (Brooklyn, NY), Xavier Schipani (Austin, TX), Silky Shoemaker (Oakland, CA), riel Sturchio (Austin, TX), and Jaimie Warren (Brooklyn, NY).
Bodies, selves, others, and other selves are presented in unrestricted and unapologetic forms. These figures take up space, and new contexts are laid bare. Representations transcend classic depictions of the human form, investigating perceptions of assumed, controlled, or reclaimed identity. In proximity to each other, the work in Proxemics examines how a body may be critiqued or claimed, presented or perceived.
Kenneth Tom Olsen ART on 5th // 3005 South Lamar Blvd. // January 24-February 25
Olsen is a Danish artist who has been painting since his youth, however, it was not always his primary career path. Following his service in the Danish Air Force, Olsen worked in the telecommunications business for more than 20 years. He recently left a position as CEO of a successful company in order to paint full time. His drive to follow his passion is apparent in his work. Come out to the gallery before the exhibition opens to watch him paint for yourself!
No Trace of Now Will Remain Women & Their Work // 1710 Lavaca St. // Closes: March 1
Inspired by the writings of Rimbaud and Victorian mourning attire, Gail Chovan gives exaggerated form to the long deceased by adorning apparitions in hyper-stylized garments and accessories from the past. In the exhibition, Chovan uses fragments and fabrication to enshroud memories, gives form to absence and celebrates remnants as potent vehicles for resuscitation.
Man On Edge | James Surls Flatbed Press // 2832 East MLK Blvd. // January 12 – March 3
For over forty years James Surls has been realizing the visions of his heart and mind into works of sculpture. His sometimes massive sculpture, many of which seem to defy the laws of gravity, have a presence that puts the viewer in mind of an illusive moment now seen. Surls, who often works in steel and wood, imbues this work with a craftsmanship that is felt in the hand-cut timbers and forged steel. Alongside the work that stands in the round, he has used his same sculptural tools to gouge and mark into wood to be printed onto paper. His moving from the third dimension into works that are two dimensional has been a constant in his practice. He has embedded the grace of his linear steel lines into the etched surface of copper, these same powerful outlines into wood and his complex network of marks onto stone all for the purpose of being printed as etchings, woodcuts and lithographs. He transforms the edges that we see in the round to another type of edge that ends up defining a new reality. Surls lives comfortably in this edge between dimensions.
LIKE ALL CAGES/THIS CAGE IS FRAGILE ATM Gallery // 5305 Bolm Rd // February 9 – March 3
ATM Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by the poet and artist LA Warman. Comprised of video, interactive installation, and poetic text, the work explores the relationship of the erotic body to empire.
The cage breaks with the body. The body experiencing pleasure in the cage is illegal. The cage needs the bodies to not experience pleasure. We break the cage with our pleasure. Heteropatriarchal white supremacy is a cage. But, like all cages, this cage is fragile, and they know that. They know a trip, a fall, a gesture, and it is over. Someone sits on the roof and it collapses. That is why they are busy installing and reinstalling a support structure for the cage. But, we see it. We hear it creaking.
This work builds a fragile cage and fills it with pleasure. Things for you to touch and smell and read and witness. We are building an instruction manual with each other. We are making the tools. We are creating it with each other. The only answer is the group. The only answer is each other. We are here together looking towards something else unsure. The erotic is the guide.
Women Printmakers of Austin is an organization dedicated to encouraging people to actively pursue artistic expression through printmaking, and to promote community through increasing public awareness of historical traditions and contemporary techniques.
Quiltings: Select Works by Jonas Criscoe OLA Gallery // 201 E. 5th St. #104 //January 12 – April 22
OLA Gallery kicks off 2018 featuring the interdisciplinary artwork by Jonas Criscoe for First Friday. His collection, Quilitings, feeds off Criscoe’s passion for screenprinting. His pop-americana artwork pulls imagery from airlines, diners, the rural South, Midwestern suburbs, construction, and most importantly quilt patterns – creating a disorienting array of American memorabilia. According to Criscoe, “My work explores how our environments and landscapes are altered by society and nature’s ability to reclaim the spaces and things that we abandon.”
Fotografía y Nuevos Medios: Selections from the Permanent Collection Mexic-Arte Museum //419 Congress Ave // January 26 – May 27
Amassed over the last 35 years, Mexic-Arte Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Fotografía y Nuevos Medios: Selections from the Permanent Collection, explores the plurality of resistance, highlighting varied lineages of Latinx and Latin American resistance. Selected works will reflect upon a range of issues including race, gender, identity, community, civil rights, and cultural praxis. Through different mediums and approaches, these works shift beyond binary paradigms, speaking to the fluidity of life.
Desert Triangle Print Carpeta Mexic-Arte Museum //419 Congress Ave // January 26 – May 27
Produced in fourteen different studios across the Southwest, the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta exhibition will feature the work of 30 printmakers dealing with themes pertinent to the region, including diverse cultural narrative, border identity, and popular culture. Additionally, three prints on display will incorporate augmented reality through Augment El Paso’s self-titled application, which animates the respective works of art.
Rodney McMillian:Against a Civic Death The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center // 700 Congress //February 1 – August 26
The Contemporary Austin will present a solo exhibition of newly commissioned and recent works by the Los Angeles-based artist Rodney McMillian(American, born 1969 in Columbia, South Carolina). On view at the museum’s downtown location on Congress Avenue, Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death is an immersive installation that fills the entire exhibition space and incorporates paintings, sculptural installations, video, and sound pieces.
Upcoming Exhibitions & Events
Refigured: Radical Realism // 1110 Barton Springs Rd // February 10 – March 10 // Face Off Event: March 3 from 1-3pm
Austin, home to many established and emerging artists, is on the vanguard of the Figurative Art Renaissance. Refigured: Radical Realism is a group show featuring some of the best figurative artists in Austin and their newest, most exciting work, including painting and sculpture in a variety of mediums.
Lorena Morales: Glimmers of Time CAMIBAart Gallery // 2832 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd // February 16th – March 10th // Artist Discussion & Catalog Signing: March 3 from 4-6pm
CAMIBAart Gallery is pleased to present Glimmers of Time, an exhibition featuring new multi-dimensional paintings and installations by Venezuela-born, Houston-based artist Lorena Morales. Glimmers of Time marks Morales’ second solo exhibition with the gallery.
Continuing her exploration of memories and the effect time has on them, Morales has filled the gallery with vibrant colored rods. Set in groups along the walls, these clear rods are painted to become glimmering lines, some solid, some gradients, and others speckled with contrasting colors. While there are rods grouped on metal plates, there are others mounted directly to the wall. As the viewer approaches the works, the color appears and then disappears much like memories.
In the center of the gallery are gatherings of freestanding sculptures, set in conversation with each other – sharing memories – maybe memories of home or of times past. Visitors are encouraged to weave through these freestanding sculptures and gaze deeply into them. Each is a memory to be told. Do the colors, shapes, or images spark a memory? Memories often feel like fragile fleeting things. The simplest smell, sight, sound, or thought can spark a memory, while the lightest wind can blow it out. With this exhibition, Lorena Morales encourages us to share our memories – to give them life.
Art Free-for-All The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria // 3809 West 35th St. // March 10 from 11am to 3pm
Paved Paradise Women & Their Work // 1710 Lavaca St. // March 10 – April 19 // Opening Reception: March 10 from 7-9pm
In Paved Paradise, Julie Libersat explores symmetry and patterns within the landscape of late capitalism. Using the shopping mall and the parking lot as formal and conceptual frameworks, the interactive video installation explores a suburban vernacular that presents consumption as a modern form of worship. Paved Paradiseis part of an ongoing series of parking lot mazes executed through various virtual and physical mediums. Libersat explores everyday landscapes and infrastructure to reflect on our cultural, social, and economic orientations. Paved Paradise presents the shopping mall as a temple of the golden age of capitalism and the parking lot as a labyrinth. Exhibition on view through April 19, 2018.
Helmut Barnett Wally Workman Gallery // 1202 West 6th St. // March 10 – 31 // Opening Reception: March 10 from 6-8pm // Happy Hour & Artist Talk: March 8 at 6pm
On Saturday, March 10th, Wally Workman Gallery opens it’s 4th show with Austin artist Helmut Barnett. Starting in a loft studio on what was in 1975 a quiet Congress Avenue and now working in an 100 year old house on the east side, Barnett has been a part of the evolving Austin art community for over 40 years. This upcoming show exemplifies the range of Barnett’s talent, featuring geometric and organic forms on large canvases as well as large scale collages incorporating found material.
Will Klemm Wally Workman Gallery // 1202 West 6th St. // April 7-28 // Opening Reception: April 7 from 6-8pm // Happy Hour & Artist Talk: April 5 at 6pm
On Saturday, April 7, Wally Workman Gallery will open a solo show with Austin-based painter Will Klemm, who has shown his work nationally since 1993 and is a veteran of over fifty one-man exhibitions. Klemm’s current focus is on the horizon and the soft transitions that occur above and below, lending these works a quiet sense of stratification. The exceptional light quality Klemm is known for infuses each piece with unique ethereal and meditative elements.