Austin Art Weekly
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Friday, October 20th
Margaret Smithers-Crump: SPEECHLESS
2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 111
October 20 – December 2
Opening Reception: October 20 from 6pm – 8pm
Artist Discussion & Catalog Signing: November 11 from 6pm – 8pm
Suspended from the ceiling, the exhibit’s title work “Speechless” is inspired by coral reefs that are threatened by global warming. The color and texture of the artwork are meant to heighten awareness of the bleaching of the coral reefs, while the positioning of it in the gallery encourages the viewer to experience the installation from many vantage points, contemplating precarious state of the coral reefs.
Friday, October 20th
Sound in Time / Marks in Space
Gallery Shoal Creek
2832 E. MLK Blvd, Suite 3
October 20th – November 22nd
Opening Reception: October 20th from 6-8pm
When sound becomes music and marks become art we can see and feel the effect of shared experience.
Tony Saladino has always felt a deep connection between music and the art that emerges from his creative process. In a series of twelve new works on canvas, the artist explores this connectivity. The exhibition opens on Friday, October 20 at Gallery Shoal Creek with a reception for the artist and will be on view through November 22. Mr. Saladino and gallery owner Judith Taylor have worked closely together for over twenty-five years. While color has always been at the heart of Saladino’s works–whether on canvas or paper–his mark marking has evolved from highly structured to loose and gestural.
Additional Exhibition Openings & Events
Learning in Public: Dorian Wood: Austin 1017 MASS Gallery // 507 Calles St. #108 // October 15 – 20 from 10am to 4pm // Special Performance: October 19 from 7:30 – 9 PM
A wunderkind with a headstrong DIY discipline, Wood has brought his emotionally-charged performances to concert halls, museums, music venues and performance spaces throughout the US, Mexico and Europe, with a voice that channels the skill and ferocity of such auteurs as Scott Walker and Nina Simone. Over the course of four and a half days, Wood will create a space that is vibrantly alive, infusing as much of himself in the space as possible, while inviting others to participate.
Drinks & Dots – An Evening with the Artists Featuring Ben Mosley & Kenneth Tom Olsen ART on 5th Gallery // 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. // October 19 from 7pm to 9pm
Ben Mosley and Kenneth Tom Olsen are both masters of pattern, shape, and composition. Both of these artists utilize stencils, stamps, and repetition of design elements to create rhythm and a sense of motion within their paintings. Ben will be visiting us from London and Kenneth will be here from his home in Denmark.
Aeromoto’s Zine Swap Show&Tell Party Visual Arts Center // 2301 San Jacinto Blvd // October 19 from 6pm to 7pm
The VAC galleries will be open for a wild evening of zine swapping and art book show-and-telling, alongside the exhibition Fool’s Romance / Books from Aeromoto. Bring zines and books you’ve made or collected to show and swap with other book-minded Austinites. Or come for the drinks, hammocks and fun times.
Taiko Chandler | Moments in Movement Flatbed Press and Gallery // October 20th – December 30th // 2830 East MLK Jr Blvd. // Opening Reception: October 20th from 6-8pm
Taiko Chandler’s monotypes and monoprints are energetic explorations investigating the transience and ephemeral nature of day-to-day life. Her works are created through a process of pushing and pulling layers of color and pattern, creating serendipitous and compelling compositions.
Top Science Artists in Texas Art.Science.Gallery. // 916 Springdale Rd. Bldg 2 #102 // October 21 – November 26 // Opening Reception: October 21 from 7-10 pm
Art.Science.Gallery. announces the opening of TX*SCI, a group exhibit and survey of contemporary fine art in Texas that is inspired by science. The objective of this exhibition is to capture the current state of the sciart movement across Texas and is set to coincide with the 2017 Texas Biennial. The exhibit will also be Art.Science.Gallery.’s featured exhibit for the 16th Annual East Austin Studio Tour (November 11-12 & 18-19, 2017). TX*SCI features artists currently working in and residing in Texas who create contemporary art inspired by any of the natural sciences as a majority of their current artistic practice. Since 2012, Art.Science.Gallery. has showcased artwork that is steeped in and reflective of scientific ideas. The gallery strives to exhibit work that exemplifies the integration of scientific knowledge and discovery with a very thorough artistic process.
SOLACE Northern–Southern // 1900-B East 12th Street // October 21 – November 21 // Opening Reception: October 21 from 6-10 pm
For the first show at its new East 12th Street space, Nothern-Southern presents a spiritual and hypnotic collection of image fields, virtuoso brush work, wall drawings, carpet ribbons, and all-over installations. Artists Kel Brown and Lisa Choinaky share a working method: each piece is a mediation. Every brush stroke, a breath.
Addressing the Melancholy ART on 5th Gallery // 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Austin // October 21 – November 17 // Opening Reception: October 21st from 7pm – 9pm
Local Austin-based artist Chris Guarino creates original cast resin sculptures augmented with found objects and mixed media elements. The work in Addressing the Melancholy is an attempt to process feelings of loss, emptiness, and pain. Only by confronting the source of our suffering directly can it be accepted and understood. These sculptures chronicle the artist’s journey from pain to acceptance, and embody the transformative effect of the creative process.
Type Hike: Designers’ Talk and Roundtable UT Art Building, Rm. 1.102 // 2301 San Jacinto Blvd // October 24 from 6pm to 8pm
In conjunction with the Courtyard Gallery exhibition Type Hike — featuring posters that celebrate and support the national parks and outdoors — eight Austin-based designers from the project come together to discuss their experiences working in Texas as well as their reflections on Type Hike and the importance of doing pro-bono design work for causes they believe in. Designers include John Coleman, Lauren Dickens, Jolie Durand, James Walker, Simon Walker, Steve Wolf and Keith Young.
The People’s Gallery 2017 Exhibition Austin City Hall // February 2017 – January 2018 // 301 W. 2nd St. // Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
The 2017 People’s Gallery exhibition features works from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations displayed throughout the first three floors of City Hall. This free, annual exhibition is designed to showcase regional artists and to encourage public dialog, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art.
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.
Art After Six Austin City Hall // March – October // 6 to 8 pm // 201 West 2nd Street
ART AFTER SIX is an annual lecture series hosted in conjunction with the City of Austin’s People’s Gallery exhibitions. Running March – October on select Friday evenings from 6 – 8 PM, the series features conversation from a range of artists, framed within a larger subject for discussion. Following each event, visitors are allowed to explore the People’s Gallery exhibition during special “off-hours” viewing.
Saudade Dougherty Arts Center // 1110 Barton Springs Rd. // Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 10 pm; Friday, 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm // Closes: Oct. 21
Saudade combines the work of painter Katie Ryan and pen and ink artist Adrienne Hodge in their first partnered show. The two friends met while teaching painting classes to adults in Austin and discovered that they each share a love of imaginative and ethereal art. Both artists use a variety of mediums to explore dreamlike portraits and narrative images inspired by exploration, nostalgia, and the natural world.
Unforgettable Dougherty Arts Center // 1110 Barton Springs Rd. // Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 10 pm; Friday, 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm // Closes: Oct. 21
Explore the mind of David Thornberry as you view the artist’s paintings inspired by photos and film stills. Many of the photos referenced were taken in connection to the Kennedy Assassination, an Earth shaking event of his childhood that has never stopped influencing his thinking in ways that the artist is sure he is only partly aware of. Other images are painted from stills of films that held significant importance and meaning through his life. Thornberry states, “These images are the cave paintings on the inside of my skull.” However, what resulted through the creative process of this exhibit is the realization that these cave paintings not only hit an emotional chord with the artist but also, evokes memories and holds significance with many people.
I Mailed My Armadillo and Other Tall Tales Dougherty Arts Center // 1110 Barton Springs Rd. // Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 10 pm; Friday, 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm // Closes: Oct. 21
Mixed-media sculpture artist, Robin Gary works in clay, glass, neon, and found objects to provide never-ending creative and fun sculptures. As a self-described technique junkie, she makes a daily choice to create works of art out of feeling, experimentation, and controversy. Gary’s upcoming exhibit is a comedic look at the crossroads of today’s Austin urban sprawl and the ever-shrinking natural landscape. Cause, effect, development and preservation will be addressed in her works of art. The tone is light-hearted but the message is clear, “Take care of our native animal neighbors. We are in this together!”
The Rock That Owns Itself Not Gallery // 5305 Bolm Road, Suite 8 // Hours: Wednesday 6pm – 9pm, Saturday 12pm – 6pm // Closes: October 21
When Stone Mountain was first encountered by European explorers, its summit was encircled by a rock wall. The wall is believed to have been built by early Native American inhabitants of the area, although its exact purpose remains unclear. At Enchanted Rock, Tonkawa, Apache, and Comanche tribes used the summit as a hiding place from Anglo settlers as early as the 16th century. In Athens, Georgia there is a tree that owns itself. The tree started its life around the 17th century but was not deeded to itself until the 1820s by Colonel William Henry Jackson. The deed has no legal standing but is recognized by the public. It is also the position of the county government that in spite of the law, the tree does indeed own itself. Stone Mountain has been owned by the State of Georgia since 1958 and state law does not allow anyone to remove or alter the carving in any way. However, removing granite from other parts of Stone Mountain has been an important part of the local economy and has contributed to the destruction of many spectacular natural features on the site. The stone has been used in a variety of important projects including the locks of the Panama Canal, the steps to the East Wing of the U.S. Capitol, and the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. The material was also considered for use in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. but was passed over in favor of Chinese granite.
On The Bright Side OLA Gallery //201 E. 5th St. No. 104 // Closes: October 22
OLA Gallery partnered with Modern Rocks Gallery to feature On the Bright Side, a collection of ethereal glimpse into some of Austin’s biggest musical performances. For this body of work, Linder enjoyed recreating the essence of shows while on assignment in the photographer’s pit. On the Bright Sideconsists of blurred, bright shots from culture venues like Fun Fun Fun Fest, ACL, Stubb’s and more. Don’t miss Linder’s abstract interpretations of Snoop Dogg, M.I.A. Patti Smith, HAIM and other artists. Catch the work of Sarah Frankie Linder at the newly opened OLA Gallery located within the Office for Local Architecture.
APPROACH / A Collection of Watercolors Gallery Shoal Creek // 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 3 // Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10-5; Sat 12-5 // Closes: October 28
Christopher St. Leger follows the tradition of illustrated journals as he captures “fleeting images of varied places [he] visits seasonally.” The current portfolio takes the viewer from Austin, to places distant or remote, and back to Lockhart, Texas.
Set Out to Disappear: Cody Arnall Pump Project // 702 Shady Ln. // Hours: Saturdays, 12-5pm or by appointment // Closes: October 28
Arnall’s work investigates themes of personal and shared histories. With that in mind, the work in Set Out to Disappear is a closer examination of aggression and the idea that we are building our own destruction through a desire for power.
Elliptical Thinking Wally Workman Gallery // 1202 West 6th Street // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm // Closes: October 28th
On Saturday, October 7th, the Wally Workman Gallery will open their 4th solo show with artist Ellen Heck. Heck’s work is a study of identity- its creation, variability, persistence, and change. Her most often chosen medium – printmaking – reflects and parallels these themes. This show will feature large-scale abstract works as well as intimate portraits.
Believe Me grayDUCK Gallery // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez // Hours: Thursday – Saturday 11-6pm, Sun 12-5pm // Closes: October 29
The debate about whether we live in a post-fact or post-truth era is … pointless. We do. Never has truth been so elastic, so free, so unaccountable to cold, hard, prissy facts. We can claim what we want, believe what we want, disbelieve what we want — it’s a great new paradigm for our society. We can pick and choose the reality that makes us feel right.
yo soy aquí / i am here ICOSA Collective Gallery // 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190 // Hours: Saturdays, 12 – 5pm or by appointment // Closes: October 29
yo soy aquí / i am here is a collaborative exhibition that is the result of a nine-month conversation between the artists Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen . Deliberately playing with the Spanish language’s distinction between estar and ser as different understandings of the verb “to be”, Aguilera and Makonnen present works in collage, objects, video, and multimedia installation that proposes an ontological, as well as a spatial exploration of our relationship to here (space + time).
The Grand Petite Show “big ideas, small art” Link & Pin // 2235 E. 6th St. #102 // Hours: Thursday – Saturday 2-6p; Sunday 11-4p // Closes: October 29
The Creative Arts Society’s final juried exhibit of the year features small works in a big way at Link & Pin Art Space. The Creative Arts Society, established in 1999, is an Austin based, non-profit 501(c) (3) thriving arts organization actively promoting the development of the “Artist in Everyone” for the expanding growth and diversity of our community. Our vision is to be a vital presence in the community inspiring: Cultural enrichment, Community participation, and respect for diversity. Our goal is to increase awareness and appreciation for and through the Arts.
Good Mourning Tis of Thee Co-Lab Projects’ DEMO GALLERY // 721 Congress Ave. // Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-6pm // Closes: November 2nd
“Good Mourning Tis of Thee”, an expansive art installation directed and curated by the multimedia artist Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Co-Lab Projects’ Executive Director and Curator Sean Gaulager, will show work from over 65 artists and performers from Texas, New York, Detroit and Seattle. This interactive exhibition will address topical issues such as grief, loss, death, architecture and urban development. Staged in an old building shell in downtown Austin currently being used by Co-Lab Projects as their gallery space, visitors will be able to move through areas devoted to themes of mourning, darkness and transformation and occasionally interact with durational performances both during gallery hours and at designated events throughout the run of the show.
Mimicry Dimension Gallery // 979 Springdale, Suite 99 // Hours: Saturday, noon – 5pm// Closes: November 4
In entomology, an instar is a stage, a continuation of the lifecycle before eclosion–the transforming emergence of an insect. It is a cycle reflecting nature’s essence and essential work, akin to re-animation, re-imagination, re-tailoring, and re-awakening. In Mimicry, instar is a reflection of what arrives and articulates from the frass and gall of most notions, guises, and impulses–the cracking of creation.
Felted Flyers Of Texas Yard Dog Art Gallery // 1510 S. Congress Ave // Hours: Monday – Friday 11 am – 5 pm; Saturday 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm // Closes: November 5
Portraits of Texas birds, created by Des Moines, Iowa husband & wife team Brad & Sundie Ruppert. The Rupperts use felt scraps from Greeley Hat Works, a hat company in Greeley CO, to make their mixed-media assemblages.
Return to Romance ART on 5th // 3005 South Lamar Blvd. // Hours: Monday through Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sundays Noon – 5pm // Closes: November 5
Lena Sotskova was born in Moscow in 1963. She was immersed in art and culture from a very young age, studying and traveling extensively from Florence, Paris, London, various Asian capitals, and many regions of her native Russia. Her formal education and exposure to the diverse, rich, and vast cultures of centuries of global art and music continued to mold her inherent artistic qualities. Looking at her work, you will be swept away into a world of romance and song.
Object Lessons Women & Their Work // 1710 Lavaca St. // Hours: Monday – Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday Noon to 6pm // Closes: November 10
Through large paintings, photographs, performance and a 16mm film, Denise Prince seeks to lay bare the outsized role that fantasy plays in the construction of identity and the perception of reality. In Object Lessons, Prince establishes a bold and evocative space for psychological play that blends youthful fantasies about what adulthood will be, and adult recollections of childhood, into a mythology that is both baffling and assuring. Of great interest are the ways in which each of us becomes an object and how we as objects communicate valuation. Striding the space between childhood and adulthood is the depiction of sexuality, which marks the change between them.
TX★17 211 E Alpine Rd // Closes: November 11
The central feature of the Texas Biennial is a group survey exhibition curated from a statewide open call. All artists living and working in the state, as well as those within 10 miles of any border, were eligible to enter. Out of 1,217 applicants, 33 artists are selected for the sixth edition of the Biennial. The exhibition will focus on three elements, all of which are relevant to our current climate and our state within the visual arts: 1) the open call, 2) deconstructing the Texas identity, and 3) exploring our state as a border zone.
The Afterlife of Artifacts Davis Gallery // 837 W. 12th St. // Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm // Closes: November 25th
The Afterlife of Artifacts explores five of Austin’s best assemblage artists and their power to reanimate forgotten objects into extraordinary works of art. Barbara Irwin, John Sager, Larry Seaman, Steve Brudniak, and Steve Wiman test the limits of conventional fine art medium by incorporating everything from beautifully worn metal scraps found on the streets of Austin, to the high voltage elements of old transmitters. Working with these reclaimed objects allows these artists to directly investigate questions of life, time, decay, and rebirth.
Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way Mexic-Arte Museum //419 Congress Avenue // Hours: Monday – Thursday 10-6 pm; Friday – Saturday 10-5 pm; Sunday 12-5 pm // Closes: November 26
In celebration of the 110th Anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s birth, Mexic-Arte Museum pays tribute to the iconic artist through Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way. This exhibition takes an intimate look at the life and relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as seen through the lens of some of the most notable photographers of that time, including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Ansel Adams, Guillermo Kahlo, Leo Matiz, Nickolas Muray, Edward Weston, and Guillermo Zamora. The documentary prints in the exhibition come from the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, encompassing nearly twenty-five years of their marriage.
Love to Death: Day of the Dead Community Altars Mexic-Arte Museum //419 Congress Avenue // Hours: Monday – Thursday 10-6 pm; Friday – Saturday 10-5 pm; Sunday 12-5 pm // Closes: November 26
Mexic-Arte Museum presents Love to Death: Day of the Dead Community Altars in celebration of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This exhibition features popular art from the Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection and ofrendas (altars) created by members of the Austin community honoring and remembering their deceased loved ones.
Kind of About Michigan Visual Arts Center // 2301 San Jacinto Blvd. // Hours: Tuesday‐Friday, 10–5; Saturday, Noon–5 // Closes: December 9
In this exhibition of new work by Studio Art MFA candidates Marta Lee and Anika Steppe, paintings and photographs address topics around travel, leisure and place, based on their shared summer road trip to Michigan.
BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates Visual Arts Center // 2301 San Jacinto Blvd. // Hours: Tuesday‐Friday, 10–5; Saturday, Noon–5 // Closes: December 9
For BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates, Bamburg pursues a process of making that is determined by an arbitrary set of rules to build a structure as tall as possible using a collection of like materials: burls, hooves and shells.
Fool’s Romance / Books from Aeromoto Visual Arts Center // 2301 San Jacinto Blvd. // Hours: Tuesday‐Friday, 10–5; Saturday, Noon–5 // Closes: December 9
Located in Mexico City’s Colonia Juárez, the non-profit art library and community space Aeromoto provides public access to art books and small press publications from around the world. This exhibition brings over 300 artists’ books from Aeromoto’s collection to UT Austin, focusing on editions made in Mexico and Latin America.
American Dream Visual Arts Center // 2301 San Jacinto Blvd. // Hours: Tuesday‐Friday, 10–5; Saturday, Noon–5 // Closes: December 9
This exhibition presents work made during a recent course taught by The New Barbizon group, a collective of Russian-born, Israeli-based artists who have returned to the tradition of plein air painting. The works by the group and their students were made at locations in Austin that they felt imparted meaning either politically, contextually or formally.
Mille Otto Visual Arts Center // 2301 San Jacinto Blvd. // Hours: Tuesday‐Friday, 10–5; Saturday, Noon–5 // Closes: December 9
Mille Otto presents work made by students participating in the Summer 2017 Learning Tuscany study abroad program in central Italy.
you i i i everything else de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART // 1006 W. 31st Street // Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm // Closes: December 16
you i i i everything else, is an exhibition of a new collaborative body of work by artists Elizabeth McDonald Schwaiger and Seth Orion Schwaiger. The artists exploit the original function of the gallery building, a modest bungalow, and create a domestic environment, a painting-filled home, a hypothetical household that reflects our current anxious times. Within this manifestation of psychological space, human behavioral science, scientific and technological experiments, geo-political power structures, psychological theory, and the history of art and of science are just some of the subjects both artists mine and explore.
DEAD + JUICY The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center // 700 Congress Ave. // Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–7pm; Sunday, 12–5pm // Closes: January 14
The scene is set in a quintessential South Austin music club. A moody glow bathes the room in red light. Center stage stands a beautiful woman, dressed in a fitted white dress with elegant, bouffant blonde hair, her foot strapped into an oversized, shoe-shaped appendage. Like a fifties femme fatale, she sings Marlene Dietrich’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” alternately in English and German, her breathy voice piping through the microphone. A worm-like fabric sculpture hangs from the ceiling in front of the stage, draping outward while its square centerpiece operates as a framed viewfinder through which to watch the woman. The sparse crowd is riveted, sipping on beer and picking at stale bar pretzels. Off to the side, the bartender films the singing woman through a ramshackle handheld camera with a distorted lens, projecting the image into a barbershop across town to a delighted audience.
WANGECHI MUTU The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center // 700 Congress Ave. // Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–7pm; Sunday, 12–5pm // Closes: January 14
She gazes east across the lagoon, looking away from the approaching viewer, her ebony skin catching the sun and large tail curling behind her. Water Woman, 2017, a cast bronze sculpture by the artist Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, born 1972 in Nairobi, lives and works in Nairobi and New York), sits perched atop a grassy mound at the foot of the amphitheater in the museum’s fourteen-acre sculpture park at Laguna Gloria. Rooted in myth and mystery, this siren figure—evocative of a mermaid—references both the dugong, an endangered relative of the manatee found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia, and the East African folkloric legend of the half woman, half sea creature who entices and eludes (nguva in Swahili). The artist has said the nguva represents “bewitching female aquatic beings with powers to entrance and drown susceptible mortals.”1 In contrast to the ubiquitous Western iconography rooted in Hellenic, Nordic, and Anglo-Saxon depictions of silken-haired women with pale skin, here the siren is represented by the luminous, charcoal-colored female body, a vein of inquiry central to Mutu’s work.
Type Hike Courtyard Gallery // 1900 University Avenue // Hours: Monday – Sunday 9am-7pm // Closes: January 27
The Courtyard Gallery presents an exhibition of posters designed by Type Hike: a collaborative nonprofit design project that supports the outdoors through typography. Type Hike was born from the belief that all designers are obligated to use their talent and ability to make the world a better place. Created by David Rygiol and James Louis Walker, the project began in August of 2016 with a series of 60 designs celebrating the National Park Service Centennial. It now includes 3 unique series, focusing on national shorelines and recreation areas as well as endangered animals. All profits are donated to help protect and preserve the outdoors and its inhabitants.
Upcoming Exhibitions & Events
Relief Paintings OLA Gallery //201 E. 5th St. No. 104 // October 27 – January 15 from 6-9pm
OLA Gallery is proud to present Relief Paintings Paul Meyer. Meyer received his BFA at the University of Texas in Austin in 2000. This event will feature artwork comprised of found objects, debris, mortar, cement, plaster, burlap, and sometimes older, recycled paintings. These textured compositions create a psychological topography. On October 27th, 5% of sales from the opening reception will go towards Rebuild Texas and their Harvey relief efforts. Located in the heart of downtown Austin, OLA Gallery is an art venue within the Office for Local Architecture.
A Natural Selection Dougherty Arts Center //1110 Barton Springs Rd. // October 28 – January 6 // Opening Reception: October 28, 2017 from 1-3pm
The proliferation of inexpensive digital cameras and the ubiquity of camera-enabled cell phones have provided the click-happy masses with an unprecedented capability to generate visual content on a massive scale. Athey organizes the avalanche of imagery by deemphasizing the individual image, mining it for compelling content then incorporating the result into a photographic flash-mob; snapshots aspiring to become brushstrokes.
Collecting Memories: A Solo Exhibition Inspired by My Grandmother’s Scrapbook Dougherty Arts Center //1110 Barton Springs Rd. // October 28 – January 6 // Opening Reception: October 28, 2017 from 1-3pm
Working with family and found images and memorabilia, Michelle Belto uses these fragments of history as source material for her collage and wax paintings. Wtih this new body of work, she explores the collections that have captured her imagination over the years, and the stories that created them.
Last Straw Fest at the UMLAUF UMLAUF Sculpture Garden // 605 Robert E Lee Rd. // October 29th from 10am to 4pm
Don’t miss Austin’s only free fall festival for families, Last Straw Fest on Sunday, October 29. In it’s third year, Last Straw Fest is a tradition for thousands of families across Austin to come together for a full day of fun. The festival will feature pumpkin carving, fall-themed family activities, food trucks, music, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.
Lost Souls: Paintings & Monoprints Yard Dog Art Gallery // 1510 S. Congress Ave // October 27 – November 26 // Opening Reception: October 27th from 7pm – 9pm
Skin Thick Big Medium // 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101 // October 27 – December 16 // Opening Reception: October 27th from 7pm – 10pm
Big Medium is pleased to present the inaugural Tito’s Prize exhibition featuring winner Zack Ingram. Ingram was selected by a curatorial panel including Ana Esteve Llorens, artist; Joseph Havel, Director of the Glassell School of Art and artist; Kevin McNamee-Tweed, artist and Big Medium Gallery Curator; and Bárbara Perea, Mexico City-based Independent Curator.
3Ps (Pets, People, Places) Art for the People // 1711 South 1st St. // October 27 – January 27 // Opening Reception: October 27th from 6:30pm – 9pm
Let’s begin the adventure of 3Ps (Pets (animals), People, and Places)! The gifts the Universe bestows upon us in the form of animals, the beautiful earth, and all the people. 3Ps began as an idea to acknowledge our gratefulness for companion animals; we expanded to all animals and all other entities that can create a magical difference in the world. We have 55 Austin Artists participating in 3Ps, many of the artists are exhibiting with Art for the People for the first time!!!! Many of the artists have multiple artworks & we’ll be rotating art throughout the exhibition…..come see our dynamic and spectacular 3Ps!!!
Body is a Bridge Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St // November 3 – December 9 // Opening Reception: November 3 from 6 to 8pm
Body is a Bridge brings together photography, video and objects from artists Amber Shields, Riel Sturchio and Bianca Sturchio to detail the lived experiences of illness through an intersectional lens. Images of Amber’s grandmother, Johanne, span 15 years, marking examples of her strength and defiance from the expected norms of the traditional female. Images of Riel’s twin sister, Bianca, span 6 years, showcasing shared moments, challenges with cerebral palsy and bodily trauma, alongside issues with self-harm and body dysmorphia. Together, images touch on themes of identity, gender politics, battles with disease, and dangerous coping mechanisms.
Room before Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St // November 3 – December 9 // Opening Reception: November 3 from 6 to 8pm
In Room before, the Studio Art MFA candidates at the University of Texas have invited MFA students from Yale University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of California Los Angeles to participate in a collaborative exhibition in the spirit of artistic exchange. Installation of the exhibition will be overseen by Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum.
META_“REAL”_WORLD Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St // November 3 – December 9 // Opening Reception: November 3 from 6 to 8pm
META_“REAL”_WORLD is an exhibition of recent work presented by students from the Fall 2017 Advanced Expanded Media class that focuses on the creative use and misuse of digital technologies at the nexus of art and practice; thoughtful experimentation is celebrated and risk-taking is encouraged over formal mastery.
Doing Work grayDUCK Gallery // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez // November 4- December 3 // Opening Reception: November 4 from 7 to 10pm // Artist Talk: December 3 at 2pm
DOING WORK is a presentation of two bodies of paintings and drawings that were created to help shift public perception of working class immigrants and the role of stay-at-home fathers.
Low Places Wally Workman Gallery // November 4-28th // 1202 West 6th Street // Opening Reception: November 4 from 6 to 8pm // Artist Talk & Preview Happy Hour: November 2 at 6pm
On Saturday, November 4th the Wally Workman Gallery will open their fourth solo show with local figurative painter Patrick Puckett, Low Places. Puckett’s large, bold canvases explore the human figure inspired by the artist’s life in the American South and often include symbolic references of both real and imagined nostalgia. However narrative, his works stand ultimately on process and composition. Figures take a quieter place among the interaction of shape, color, texture and Puckett’s confident paint application.
Thoughts Are Things Flatbed Press & Gallery // 2832 East MLK Blvd. // November 4 – December 30 // Opening Reception: November 11 from 6 to 8pm
Thoughts Are Things is an exhibition of paintings and prints by Bruce Lee Webb, featuring works on paper and found objects, as well as the Texas Road Hog intaglio prints co-published with Flatbed earlier this year. Texas Road Hog depicts a phrenological map of the state of Texas, printed upon a photo etching background of pages from a 1912 pharmacy ledger.
UT Fine Arts Library presents “Experiencing Artists’ Books” Fine Arts Library // 2306 Trinity Street // November 7 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
The Fine Arts Library has been collecting artists’ books and zines that have multi-sensory components. This is an opportunity for people to come smell, touch and taste these books. Leaders from Austin’s zine and book arts communities will be present to discuss alternative forms of engagement with the book form.
East Austin Studio Tour // Various Locations // November 11-12 & 18-19
Big Medium’s 16th annual East Austin Studio Tour is November 11-12 & 18-19, 2017! The free, annual, self-guided art event provides opportunities for the public to meet the local artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces. To participate in EAST, artists may apply online at east.bigmedium.org between July 11 and August 11, 2017.
Aliento A Tequila Flatbed Press & Gallery // 2832 East MLK Blvd. // November 11 – December 30 // Opening Reception: November 11 from 6 to 8pm
Flatbed Press is pleased to present “Aliento A Tequila,” an exhibition of color and duo-tone fine art photographs from the Austin-based photographer. Joel’s collection of work, all taken with a medium format camera, captures every area of tequila farming and production: picturesque blue agave fields and the farmers who tend them, harvested piñas skillfully trimmed by machetes, artisanal tequileras, and illustrious barrel rooms, or añeos, of Mexico’s most legendary distilleries.
Opening Reception with Bill Mack ART on 5th Gallery // 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. // November 18th from 7pm to 10pm
World renowned sculptor Bill Mack will be visiting Austin for the very first time! Based in Minneapolis, Bill Mack began his career as a commissioned artist, creating commemorative medallion bas-reliefs such as the Bicentennial medals for the State of Minnesota, and the cities of St. Louis and Baltimore. He later transitioned to the creation of highly elevated alto-reliefs, as well as full-round sculpture.
The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip Blanton Museum // 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. // November 25 to January 7
The first exhibition to present photography of the iconic American road trip will be on display at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin from November 25, 2017–January 7, 2018. The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip considers this subject matter as a genre in and of itself, and tells the stories of several trailblazing photographers for whom the American road was muse. The exhibition presents more than 100 images by photographers such as Robert Frank, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Alec Soth, and Justine Kurland, who explored America as a subject by capturing images of the people, activities, and views found along its highways.