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Host: Art on 5th Gallery, 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.
Date: June 22 – 23, 7-9pm
Our 3rd annual summerDisney show begins this weekend! ART on 5th will be featuring new and popular work by officially licensed Disney artists from the Disney Fine Art program. Artist Tennessee Loveless will be painting, dedicating artwork, and meeting fans during both opening reception eveningsFriday & Saturday, June 22nd-23rd.
This exhibition will also include collectible pieces from ART on 5th’s massive vintage film memorabilia collection including original film posters and theatrical lobby cards from around the world!
Host: Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St.
Date: June 23, 10am – 2pm
ArtSwap gathers artists from all over town for exactly what it sounds like: an Art swap meet! Art, artist’s tools, supplies and more will be offered at tables for exchange with other artists and members of the public. It’s half yard sale/half performance art, in which art itself is the currency and commerce is an exchange of ideas, visions, beauty, and gear. If you’re not an artist, don’t worry! Bring items (or a list of items at home) to trade and an open mind. Come early for a Big Medium Community Breakfast and coffee. The museum will also be open for tours.
Host: Pump Project, 702 Shady Lane
Date: June 23, 7 – 11pm
After the summer, Pump Project will relocate in September to 1600 S. Pleasant Valley Road at the intersection of Riverside and Pleasant Valley near HEB.
The new location will consist of two buildings with over 19,000 square feet, which is 30% more space than the current location, and includes improvements such as ACs in all studios, many windows for exterior rooms, and be able to serve even more artists and community members with additional spaces for studios, exhibitions, workshops and more.
Additionally, we will be sharing the six acre lot with a variety of arts groups – a theater, a dance company, a food truck court, and others. The six acres is the beginning of the Riverside Arts District, which is a combined effort of Austin Creative Alliance, the arts community, the developer, and others.
Host: Link and Pin Gallery, 2235 E. 6th St. #102
Date: July 6 – 29
Opening reception: July 14, 6-9pm
The artists, Dana Brown, Larry Goode, Christopher Hynes, Amy Scofield and Laura Sturtz, all utilize found objects to create mixed media works that explore humor, whimsy, dreams, and our connection to nature. The collection of works are comprised of both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional.
Host: Ground Floor Theater, The Resonant Lung and DImension Gallery, 979 Springdale Rd.
Date: Friday evening July 20 – 7pm – midnight
Saturday July 21 – 11am to midnight
Sunday July 22 – 11am to 10pm
COTFG 2018 New Media Art and Sound Summit includes performances at Ground Floor Theater, Dimension Gallery and inside The Resonant Lung with:
Mélanie Genin + Ricardo Romaneiro (Brasil/USA) and visual artist Christian Hannon (USA), Dallas Acid + Hairy Sands, ECCO Screen, Dane Rousay + Megan Easely (amplified water), Vicky Mettler (guitar), PrismATX, Thomas Echols + Invoke, Seth Graham (Orange Milk Records), Quite Eyes of Air (workshop & performance), DAMN Ensemble, Lovely War, Ara Hernandez, Mongoose, Victor Lovlorne, brightbluebeetle typewriter consort, Mister Smile, Charlie’s Peace Process w/ Ricardo Acevedo, Ted Carey, Jeff Young & Paul Pinto, ‘CONFESSIONAL’ (featuring Jamison Williams, Jim Ivy, Thomas Milovac, and Charles Pagano), Leisure Muffin, Try Not To Make Sounds, Primary Mystical Experience, Many Birthdays, The Ak’chamel Giver Of Illness, Phonography Austin, and others TBA soon!
Host: Big Medium Gallery, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101
Date: July 27 – August 18
Opening reception: July 27, 7 – 10pm
Hyper School is a five person group show featuring artists Denise Burge (OH), Jessica Cannon (NY), Michael Henderson (TX), Jessica Simorte (TX), and Sean Sullivan (NY), curated by Max Manning.
The modernist notion of the singular heroic artist has been deconstructed, and what we are left with is a brighter future. Thanks to the internet, artists and their works are less isolated from the cultures they exist within. Hyper School highlights work by artists making strong contributions to the respective expanded fields of painting and drawing and sheds light on a shared aesthetic that crosses generational, geographical, and social boundaries. Isn’t art, at its very core, about coping with the human experience? Indeed, the internet’s social space has the potential to supercharge creative community. Hyper School makes no definitive conceptual or critical statement regarding the criteria for evaluating a good Art, but instead, offers a celebratory and pluralistic survey of artists making sincere and accessible contributions to the universe or media in an age of intellectual poverty in American mainstream culture.
Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W 6th St.
Date: August 4 – September 1
Opening reception: August 4, 6-8pm
On Saturday, August 4th, Wally Workman Gallery will open its 6th solo show with abstract oil painter Joyce Howell. Howell’s palette has always been informed by nature and its flux between calm and chaos. She describes it as an ongoing conversation. Each color and the mark by which it is applied to the canvas informs the next. Colors give the impression of physical weight. Colors become instruments, much as in a musical composition. As the work progresses, the painting becomes a collaborative, a dialogue between Howell and the canvas.
Host: Native Hostel, 807 E 4th St
Date: June 21, 7:20 (Prep), 8:20-10:20pm
PechaKucha Night, now in over 1,000 cities, was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
1. Sev Coursen– Photographer
2. Todd Sanders– Neon Artist
3. Valerie Fowler– Fine Artist
4. Matthew Johnson– Stone Carver
5. Redd Volkaert– Musician
6. Jennifer Sherburn– Choreographer
7. Bryan Mealer– Author
8. Jeremy Rosen– Bike Zoologist
9. Jonathan Smith– Architect
10. Tiarra Girls– Musicians
Host: The Pump Project, 702 Shady Lane
Date: June 1 – 23
For over a decade, the bright yellow warehouse has been home to Pump Project where rotating exhibitions have welcomed contemplation, experimental practice and community. Pump is overjoyed to present The Door by the Garden as the last show held in the space. Exhibition contains mature content which may not be suitable for children. Discretion is advised. A family friendly closing party will take place post exhibition.
Nat Bradford and Tsz Kam are a two-person collective working in Austin, TX. They have been collaborating on projects together since 2015. Both received a BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin. Their work centers around the experience of shifting between girlhood and womanhood within the ambiguity of gender. Their work stages fantastical scenes of domestic comfort in which objects and figures become characters with inevitable roles to play in seduction and repulsion.
Host: Not Gallery, 5305 Bolm Road, Bay 8
Date: May 11 – June 23
Trees have historically acted as a broadcast medium, becoming signposts for names, messages, dates, phone numbers, and other fragmentary forms of local information. When this information is carved into the bark of a tree, it becomes semi- permanent; a repository that transmits personal signals within a hyper-local network over time. Commercial cell phone towers have become an exercise in camouflage. In an effort by municipalities to “keep _______ beautiful” while simultaneously expanding network connectivity, today’s towers often masquerade as various natural forms: palm trees, saguaro cactus, large rocks. The most ubiquitous form is the monopine – an unnaturally large pine tree replica. They are not, despite best efforts, inconspicuous.
For Monopines at Not Gallery, Everest Pipkin and Alex Lukas show new prints, drawings, generative animation, and small sculpture where these faked and altered natural objects have escaped corporate and personal usage and become wild. By making visible the fog of omnipresent information exchange, Monopines complicates contemporary understandings of connectivity, network and signal broadcast across the American landscape.
An exhibition of works by Everest Pipkin and Alex Lukas. The show features new prints, drawings, generative animation, and sculptures by the artists.
Host: Art on 5th Gallery, 3005 S Lamar Blvd.
Date: May 26 – June 24
Los Angeles based artist Cynda Valle creates luminous portraits using an antiquated technique of oil glazing and tempra paints, previously used by old Renaissance masters such as Rubens and Vermeer. This process requires her to tediously build up the surface of the canvas with over 30 layers of translucent paints. Her contemporary paintings are witty as well as beautiful, often referencing famous works from art history, but with a modern surrealist twist.
Host: Gallery Shoal Creek, 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 3
Date: May 19 – June 30
For the past decade, I’ve painted on linen, leaving the field either raw or lightly touched with a wash of color. This method insists on a willingness to take what is immediately given Further challenging is my habit of painting “alla prima”, or wet into wet. This approach allows little opportunity for revision, and tiptoes along the edge of chaos. Working this way is consistent with my interest in motion and transitory forms, as each mark of the brush holds the possibility of altering the painting entirely.
In this current body of work, the organic forms are now countered by geometry. There is a collision between fluid lines and the brute force of the geometric shapes. The wedges of solid color challenge the tangle of shifting space and line, and begin to imply a narrative. Together, the oppositional forms express a sense of imminent change. These forms are in a state of flux, a condition best described as liminal.- Sydney Yeager
Host: Russell Collection, 1009 W. 6th Street
Date: June 9 – June 30
Opening reception: June 9, 6-9pm
Five generations of Pissarro coming to Austin. A world-class, museum provenance and highly-curated collection featuring Lyora Pissarro, great-great-granddaughter of Jacob Camille Pissarro, the master of the French Impressionist Movement, will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at Austin’s premier fine art gallery Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery beginning June 9, 2018 and exhibiting through June 30, 2018. Ms. Lyora Pissarro will appear in gallery on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It is an art collection that spans more than 161 years, initiated by the renowned Jacob Camille Pissarro: the leading figure of the Impressionist movement. The appearance is complimentary and open to the public: RSVP’s are suggested at 512-478-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host: Link and Pin Gallery, 2235 E. 6th Street
Date: June 1 – July 1
Kell, LaBaw, and Olivas have come together again to celebrate natural elements through their individual, optimistic and poetic visions. This collection of creative works will inspire insight and offer a fresh glimpse of the world through their eyes, while exploring the possibilities that may lie elsewhere.
Host: Mass Gallery, 507 Calles Street Suite 108
Date: May 25 – July 7
The exhibition Regional Fictions by Julia Barbosa Landois and Jamal Cyrus re-contextualizes this literary term to examine the lies, falsifications, and omissions present in the lore of a particular geographical region, particularly as it is taught to school age children. Text and installation-based works mine educational materials and methods of presentation to imagine what these items might look like from multiple “de-colonized” perspectives.
Host: grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Date: June 1 – July 8
Looking at Ingrid Tremblay’s recent sculptures Paravent and Drop, I was struck by an embodied memory. Have you ever stood in a desert so hot the air rippled like water, and the colors of the landscape seemed to shimmer and wobble? I have, and when I relaxed my eyes into the confusion of watching formerly invisible molecules of air dance before solid matter, I lost certainty of grip on the boundaries between my body and its environment. This feeling of mirage, caused by the refractive capacity of air, is both unsettling and strangely thrilling.
The collusion of body and memory and the slippage between visual and physical sensation are at the heart of Tremblay’s work. In her soft sculptures, Paravent (From the Beginning to the End) and Drop, Tremblay has played materially with the experience of spatial memory by weaving together photographs of different landscapes printed on fabric. As one moves in relation to the works, the landscapes vacillate between merge and disintegration, mimicking both the effects of mirage and those of memory. This moment of conceptual innovation subtly suggests the way events and feelings from our past blend together almost imperceptibly, permeating our sense of place.
For Tremblay, humans and objects press up against each other leaving imprints, like fingers in moist dough. The mutually affective interactions between humans and the material world are intimate, illogical, suffused with eros. In another sculpture, Salty Feel, Tremblay has mixed up a batch of homemade play-dough to construct a small-scale replica of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. Its title makes reference to the strange coincidence of multiple levels of sensory perception with personal memory.
As a child, the delicious pink color of her mother’s homemade play-dough flooded Tremblay with the conviction that she must taste it. The salty shock of its actual taste taught her the painful disappointment of synesthesia. Recreating this material as an adult, the artist sought to know through touch, repairing her ability to see the mountain from only one-side when she lived in view of it, in the small town of Chagnon, France. Both playful and bittersweet, Salty Feel’s inevitable failure to convey the mountain’s massive reality is part of its power. As the artist puts it, Salty Feel attempts to access a reality that is both “greater and more intricate that what we may perceive.” – Jessi DiTillio
Host: Art on 5th Gallery, 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.
Date: June 9 – July 8
ART on 5th’s youngest artist is returning to Austin this summer with a new body of work. Brandon Snow’s work translates photographs from film to canvas and linen through a large-format silk-screening process he developed himself. Snow says he didn’t set out to be a silkscreen printer, “it’s that I wanted to print my own photographs with my own two hands. No computers.
Host: The Dougherty Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Date: June 16 – July 14
Opening reception: June 23, 7-9pm
Stained Slabs is a homecoming for urban painter Jonathan Muzacz, as he revisits the cultures of the American south dedicated to lowriders, or “slabs.” Muzacz journeys deep into the mechanics of preserving our rich local cultures as he embraces the form of street art in his highly stylized body of hand-painted works.
Host: Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th St.
Date: June 9 – July 21
Davis Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition featuring the work of Austin based artists Caprice Pierucci and Heppner. Despite the vastly different mediums of Caprice’s elegant carved wood sculptures and photographs of delicate cheesecloth there is an open dialog of harmony, form and composition.
Caprice Peirucci draws much of her inspiration from her mother, a fiber artist of the late sixties and seventies. Sinuous repetition, texture, progressive rhythms and linear abstractions surrounded her as a child. The layers and undulating rhythms in the sculptural forms speak of mortality and the huge expanses of time that lead to one particular moment of beauty.
Heppner’s Sacred Fabric work comes out of his belief in the sanctity of the cosmos. He was originally inspired by the writings of Cardinal Bernadin’s where he described the ‘seamless garment’ metaphor to illustrate the ‘consistent ethic of life’ he advocated. Meaning, he believed that there exist a common thread weaving all social justice issues because of the sanctity of a human life. Heppner’s work extends this metaphor by using cheesecloth to represent his belief in the connectedness and interdependence of all things.
Host: Women and Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St.
Date: June 16 – July 26
For The Lure, Margaux Crump debuts a body of work that explores gender and the natural world through the lens of power relationships. Using the idea of hunting and courting both literally and metaphorically, her sculptures, drawings, and photographs trace the complex movements of power between entities. Materials like sparkling salt licks, golden fishhooks, sex-safe silicone, and fluorescent minerals come together in unfamiliar ways, drawing us in while blurring the boundaries between predator and prey; human and animal; masculine and feminine.
Host: Yard Dog Art Gallery, 1510 S. Congress Ave.
Date: June 1 – August 1
Jimmy Descant, who calls himself a Severe Reconstructivist, says, “I grew up in New Orleans, lived in Colorado for 10 years, and am now on a 2 to 3 year art adventure with my wife, vintage camper, and cats around the South and West! I am a self-taught artist of 22 years, after 15 years in the music business, in my own style of found object assemblage, specializing in what I call ‘Western Futurism.’ Since 1996 I have scoured the flea markets, thrift stores, and alleys of America, gleaning and using parts from the Golden Age of American manufacturing to disassemble down to the hardware, then upcycle build into my sculptural style and statement of my vision of the West – its Peoples, environment, and social/political conditions.”
Host: Austin Public Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St.
Date: June 7 – August 8
“The Library Foundation presents Refugee Is Not My Name as part of the Mayor’s Book Club at the Central Library Gallery” is a traveling art exhibition highlighting photographic portraits, film, and stories of refugees from around the world who have resettled in Austin. The show will be on display at the Austin Central Library gallery from June 7 – Aug. 5 and is free and open to the public. This exhibition meets Austin residents where they are – in public and iconic spaces throughout the city – and invites them to come and learn the names, see the faces, and get to know some of their refugee neighbors as the unique individuals they are. At each exhibiting location, new portraits and stories will be added. Film by Aaron Weiss, One Story Productions; Writing by Jess Archer; Photography by Ashley St. Clair. Brought to you by The Austin Public Library and STAV Creative.
Host: CAMBIAart Gallery, 2832 E. MLK Blvd.
Date: June 16 – August 11
CAMIBAart is excited to present the highly anticipated two-person exhibition “Source Material” featuring William T. Carson and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. Both artists have a common interest in geology, natural materials, and the environment yet their artistic techniques and approaches are distinct.
Viewers familiar with these artists will find the artworks created for this exhibit resolutely continue their artistic trajectories. Rebecca’s newest geology and mineral based abstractions continue to be forged on paper, but now are presented mounted on wood panels free of glass, allowing for a wonderful intimacy and personal connection to the works. The artworks William constructs for us here continue to explore form and composition while using mica, white sand, and acrylic in addition to his signature coal.
More than simply an exhibition of two artist’s artworks, both artists created the works for this exhibit independently but yet in tandem – talking and visiting with each other periodically about their ideas, influences and developments. Join us for a thoughtful exhibit exploring Light, Texture, Gesture and Color.
Host: Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale Road
Date: June 21-August 14
Opening reception: June 21, 7-10pm
Infinity X Loop is a visual art exhibition by Randall Taylor. His current body of work under the moniker Amulets expresses his interest in the intersection between visual art and music. His physical cassette tape loops are like mini musical canvases. They create sonic tapestries in his mechanically performative installations. Using recycled tapes and players, he simultaneously fuses music, recycling, art, and nostalgia.
The visual component of his art seeks to reinvent cassette tapes and the use of magnetic tape as a medium. By surgically modifying cassettes, he is able to craft self contained repeating units with intriguing configurations for longer loops. At times, he literally runs the tape out of the housing, running freely through the gallery space. The loops surround the viewer with the magnetic tape itself in a ceaseless circuit. Taylor’s installations explore the inherent, delicate entropy in magnetic tape. Stretching and degradation gradually modify the content as it loops away toward infinity.
Host: Flatbed Press and Gallery, 2832 E. MLK Blvd.
Date: June 5 – August 25
As a fine art print publisher, Flatbed Press welcomes many different artists into their collaborative printshop, artists whose individual studio practices encompass a myriad of artistic mediums. During this time in the studio editions are created under the artist’s direction while technically facilitated by Flatbed Master Printers. The publications resulting from this collaboration are as dynamic and individual as the artists themselves, whether created by layering brightly inked intaglio copper plates, delicately pigmenting fabric for monotyping or collaging hand dyed papers onto an oversized woodcut. Flatbed’s annual New Editions exhibition is an exciting way to celebrate its recent publications as well as the diversity of processes and techniques utilized.
New Editions 2018 features etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, monotypes and monoprints by eleven artists published over the last year. These artists include Richard Amendariz, Taiko Chandler, Michael Ray Charles, Suzi Davidoff, Annalise Gratovich, Tom Huck, Gareth Maguire, Winston Mascarenhas, Bob Schneider, Howard Sherman, Jill Wilkinson, Danny Williams, and Joan Winter.
Host: The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, 700 Congress
Date: 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.
Host: Blanton Museum, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Date: June 3 – September 9
Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection features contemporary painting and sculpture by Australian Aboriginal artists. Curated by Pamela McClusky, Curator of African and Oceanic Art at the Seattle Art Museum, the exhibition celebrates the renaissance that has occurred since the 1970s within the millennia-old traditions of indigenous Australian art. Aboriginal people gained increased power and visibility in the late 1960s, following decades of grassroots activism. Since then, many artists have translated motifs from traditional art forms, such as rock and body painting, to media that can be more easily shared with viewers around the world. Their sculptures, large, colorful canvases, and intricately patterned bark strips and hollow logs bear symbols that communicate beliefs and histories, laws and rituals, and a profound connection to the land.
Host: The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.
Date: Present – October 28
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.
Host: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street
Date: February 2018 – January 2019
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.