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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.

Saturday, November 18th

Good Days & Bad Days on the Internet
Women & Their Work
1710 Lavaca St.
November 18 to January 11
Opening Reception: November 18 from 7 to 9pm

In Good Days & Bad Days on the Internet, Rachel Stuckey dissects the emotional pull of technology using video, site-specific projection, and custom software. Stuckey takes inspiration from 1980s computer ephemera, passionate YouTubers, and unusual content found on the deep web. Thematically, the exhibition addresses the ways we engage with technology, including the seduction of a glossy phone and the heartache of a shattered screen, therapeutic use of “oddly satisfying” videos, dependency, fears of having personal data compromised, and obsessive repetition through memes. The work shifts tonally from parody to dark abstraction, moving from superficial web use to deep, uncharted territory.

The exhibition features an evolving collage of Youtube vloggers’ ups and downs, a sales video from a 1980s software company, a deconstructionist tableau on digital labor, and recordings from the deep web. As visitors progress through the gallery space, the works shift tonally from parody to dark abstraction, tracing a browser history that moves from superficial web use to deep, uncharted territory.

Featuring music by Gel Set and Slop Wop.

 

Additional Exhibition Openings & Events


TEMPO Convergence Edward Rendon Sr. Park //2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. // November 11-19

After being displayed in Austin parklands and other City-owned sites, all nine works will be presented together at Edward Rendon Sr. Park in a collective exhibition, TEMPO Convergence, as part of the East Austin Studio Tour, November 11-19.


Teen Night at The Contemporary Austin The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center // 700 Congress Ave. // November 17

The Contemporary Austin welcomes teens to the Jones Center on Congress Avenue for an entirely teen-led evening of activities. Teens can explore the art of Wangechi Mutu and John Bock, hang out on the rooftop, and share whatever is on their minds. The event will feature current topics and themes drawn from the art on view, plus more! 


Good Mourning Tis of Thee Co-Lab Projects’ DEMO Gallery // 721 Congress Ave // Closes: November 25th // Catalog Release Party: November 17th from 7-10pm

“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. The show is especially relevant as the building is slated for subsequent demolition to make room for a planned development on this site.


Celebration for Carol Bove Exhibition The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria // 3809 West 35th St. // November 18th at 1pm, talk starts at 2pm

The Contemporary Austin presents an outdoor exhibition of new and recent large-scale sculptures by Carol Bove (American, born 1971 in Geneva, Switzerland), on view in a meadow stretching along the shore of Lake Austin at its Laguna Gloria campus.


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. 

 

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Ongoing Exhibitions


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.


Water Bodies: Paintings by Sheila Scoville Collection Rert // 2608-B Rogers Ave. // November 11 – November 15

Collection Rert presents a showing of recent oil paintings by Sheila Scoville. Feminine, biomorphic, oceanic, mnemonic, these immersive pictures mimic the sensory overload of visiting the ocean. They also conjure creation myths and evolutionary science and poke fun at female personifications of the sea and things nautical. The artist’s husband and musical collaborator, Aaron Russell, will provide an accompanying sound installation and perform a live set of original guitar-based compositions for the opening. 

 


Addressing the Melancholy ART on 5th Gallery // 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Austin // Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm; Sundays Noon-5pm //  Closes: November 17

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.


East Austin Studio Tour Various Locations in East Austin // 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. 


East Austin Studio Tour at Fisterra Studio Fisterra Studio // 1200 East 2nd Street // November 11-12 and November 18-19, 2017, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Austin visual artist Jennifer Chenoweth hosts her annual Austin party at her home and art studio during the 2017 EAST Austin Studio Tour. Enjoy refreshments and taste Jennifer’s homemade posole as you see her artwork in the context of where she makes the art. Fisterra Studio’s event is unique every year in that a new group of guest artists will be present with their work on display. 2017’s guest artists include Valérie Chaussonnet, Janine Hughes, Robby Lee, Andrea Nelson, Dawn Okoro, Rob Pettengill, Jay Roff-Garcia, Shibiya Sabu, The Afro Gypsy, and The Theorists.


From Eden to Oblivion ICOSA Collective Gallery // 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190 // November 11-12 & 18-19, 2017 from 11am-6pm

The emerging ICOSA collective showcases work from all 20 of their artist members as they consider the topics of Utopia and Dystopia. Co-curated by Jade Walker from the Austin Art Alliance and multimedia artist and ICOSA member Alyssa Taylor Wendt, this collection of work explores the themes in a wide range of interpretations and media including sculpture, drawing, photography, painting, printmaking and video.


Sculp-chur Dimension Gallery // 979 Springdale, Ste. 99 //EAST Gallery Hours: November 11, 12, 18, and 19 from 11am to 6pm // Regular Gallery Hours: Saturdays from November 25 – December 9 from 12 to 5pm 

Sculp-chur is a “product line” that consists of one of a kind small sculptures packaged to mimic retail presentation. Each piece is an original artwork presented as if it just came out of a snack vending machine. Without lofty agendas, the show contemplates the modes of consumption for visual art.

The exhibit likens itself to a conceptual convenience store. The show offers compact works, hanging in their packaging from hooks on peg board or even sitting in a glass faced soda fridge. The packaging communicates that the sculpture is clean and ready to go, anxious to be snatched off the rack and brought home for maximum satisfaction. It is a superfluous element that transforms the sculpture from a piece of art into a “properly” commodified product for that moment in time.


The Paved Garden Dimension Gallery // 979 Springdale, Ste. 99 // EAST Gallery Hours: November 11, 12, 18, and 19 from 11am to 6pm 

The Paved Garden, a large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibit at Dimension Gallery, is kicking off its second year this November. In celebration of the EAST Austin Studio Tour and in collaboration with the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Dimension Gallery will launch an updated collection of its curated sculpture garden. The exhibit sits under an industrial awning and is accessible and illuminated 24 hours a day. The Paved Garden has become a well known art destination in East Austin.


Art at the Station Springdale Station // 979 Springdale, #160 // November 11-12 & 18-19, 2017 from 11am-6pm

Springdale Station opens “Art at the Station” featuring work by Moya and Colin McIntyre, Shea Little, Laura Latimer, Rebecca Bennett and Jenn Hassin. This historic train station will be sprinkled with colorful abstract paintings, metal sculpture, mixed media sculpture, and installation art. The reception starts at 8pm and kicks off with a special dance performance by Kelsey Oliver, Hunter Sturgis, and Aundre Wesley at 8:30pm. The exhibition will be on view during EAST as well on November 11, 12, 18, and 19 from 11am to 6pm. This project is supported in part by The City of Austin Economic Development Department.

 


2017 EAST Link & Pin Gallery //2235 E. 6th St. #102 // Closes: November 19

Featured Artists David Parsons, Lyle Adair, Connie Miller, Jill Robinson, Marcy Ann Villafana, Kali Parsons, Jan Pomeroy, Pete Holland Gallery. Hours are Fri, Sat, Sun 11am-4pm with extended hours during the East Tour weekends, 11am-6pm on Nov 11 + 12 – 18 + 19.


SOLACE Northern–Southern // 1900-B East 12th Street // Hours: Saturdays 3–7pm // Closes: November 21

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.


Top Science Artists in Texas Art.Science.Gallery. // 916 Springdale Rd. Bldg 2 #102 // Closes: November 26

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.


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.

Lost Souls: Paintings & Monoprints Yard Dog Art Gallery // 1510 S. Congress Ave // Closes: November 26

Jon Langford is a Welsh artist & musician who lives in Chicago. His phantasmagorical/allegorical paintings have been a mainstay at Yard Dog for 21 years, and we’re excited to welcome him back. This show will feature monoprints and paintings. Jon is a celebrated musician with a long history in out-of-the-mainstream rock bands, including the Mekons, Three Johns, Waco Brothers, and more.

Low Places Wally Workman Gallery // 1202 West 6th Street // Closes: November 28th

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.


Push and Pull ART on 5th Gallery // 3005 South Lamar Blvd. // Closes: December 3

Paul Kolazinski is a local artist influenced by Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, and Joseph Albers. His distorted hand-stretched canvases break the flat plane of a traditional paintings and invert the viewer’s attention. Geometric compositions highlight the canvas form and allow the drama of the work to happen at the edges of the canvas, rather than within the field. These unique works must be seen in the round to be appreciated and understood.


Doing Work grayDUCK Gallery // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez // Closes: December 3

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.


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.


Room before Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St // Closes: December 9

For this exhibition, the Studio Art MFA candidates at UT Austin invited six 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. The participants traveled from across the country to stay with the UT MFA candidates. In preparation for the experience, they wondered: “How do you prepare your guest room to host a person you’ve never met?” Room before serves as a common space in which the artists are encouraged to explore, test, sound, allow, fail, learn, succeed, and grow. It is simultaneously an exhibition and an experiment centered around the idea that commonalities will surface when you gather artists at a similar point in their careers. Through this process, the artists made space for chance, risk, and vulnerability. We invite the public to explore these commonalities, as well as the divergences bound to occur.

The installation is organized by Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum.


META_“REAL”_WORLD  Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St // Closes: December 9

As the configuration of culture occurs increasingly across digital networks, our everyday interactions have shifted — embodied virtualities, online personas, and disembodied physicalities have become part of our daily experience living with and, in some instances, through digital technologies. 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. The work on display ranges in approach and employs video, performance, sound, net.art, virtual and augmented reality, and 3D animation to address technology’s role in shaping conceptions of reality, notions of humanity, and economies of social interaction.


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.


Body is a Bridge Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St // Closes: December 9

Body is a Bridge details the lived experiences of illness through an intersectional lens. Images of Amber Shields’s grandmother, Johanne, span 15 years, marking examples of her strength and defiance from the expected norms of the traditional female. Images unravel the “American dream” through depicting visits to relatives’ grave sites, stints in nursing homes for broken bones, breast cancer, and physical and mental battles with mortality. Images of Riel Sturchio’s twin sister, Bianca, span 6 years, showcasing shared moments, challenges with cerebral palsy, and bodily trauma alongside issues with self-harm, body dysmorphia. Though vastly different in their presentations, the two narratives share similar implications.


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.

Christopher Jon Schoeder The DEN // 317 W 3rd Street // Closes: December 14

Art at The DEN, invites you to experience the strikingly energetic oil paintings of artist, Christopher Jon Schroeder. Please join them for the opening of their inaugural exhibition.

Christopher Jon Schroeder’s highly energetic and dynamic oil paintings demonstrate the culmination of three decades of dedication to his craft. His use of bold, dramatic brush strokes and colorful layers of paint create a body of work that melds both the figurative and the abstract. Shortly after formally pursuing his art career, Schroeder was diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder that led him on a philosophical journey and influenced his thoughts on the critical analysis of art. His process also focused on the expression of his unconscious emotional reactions and his conscious responses to them, which he refers to as “emotional alchemy”. Schroeder’s current work resonates with influential masters like Picasso, Twombly and most significantly that of de Kooning. The exhibition’s large intense and emotional oil paintings depict the artist’s journey into abstract expressionism.


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.

Skin Thick Big Medium // 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101 // Closes: December 16

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.


Staycation 2: What in the World? MASS Gallery // 507 Calles St. #108 // November 10 – December 16

MASS is pleased to present Staycation 2: What in the World?an exhibition featuring 10 Austin-based artists whose works — from glitched landscapes and Ikea geology to CNC-routed naturalism and homespun science — articulate humanity’s complex relationship to the natural world.

Working in sculpture, photography, print-making, collage and video, the artists in Staycation 2 represent a snapshot of the breadth and diversity of Austin’s artistic talent.

The show includes work from: Ryan CronkDave CulpepperBethany JohnsonTJ LemanskiRebecca MarinoBucky MillerLandon O’BrienRachael StarbuckBarry Stone, and Ingrid Tremblay.

Staycation is an annual series of exhibitions at MASS based on studio visits with artists working in Austin, TX. The series is designed to broaden the curatorial practice of the collective and give Austin-based artists an opportunity to show among their peers.


Aliento A Tequila Flatbed Press & Gallery // 2832 East MLK Blvd. // November 11 – December 30

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. 


Taiko Chandler | Moments in Movement Flatbed Press and Gallery //  2830 East MLK Jr Blvd. // Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 12pm-5pm and by appointment // Closes: December 30th

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.


Thoughts Are Things Flatbed Press & Gallery // 2832 East MLK Blvd. // Closes: December 30

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.

Collecting Memories: A Solo Exhibition Inspired by My Grandmother’s Scrapbook Dougherty Arts Center //1110 Barton Springs Rd. // Closes: January 6

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.

A Natural Selection Dougherty Arts Center //1110 Barton Springs Rd. // Closes: January 6

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.


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.

Relief Paintings OLA Gallery //201 E. 5th St. No. 104 // Closes: January 15

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. 

3Ps (Pets, People, Places) Art for the People // 1711 South 1st St. // Closes: January 27

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!!!


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

 


Notes on the Universe Stephen L. Clark Gallery //1101 W. Sixth Street // November 25 to January 13 // Opening Reception: November 25th from 6pm to 9pm

On Saturday, November 25th Stephen L. Clark Gallery will open a new show showcasing Keith Carter’s recent work. Keith Carter is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose work has been shown in over one hundred solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. Carter first found his subjects in the familiar, yet exotic, places and people of his native East Texas. For the past two decades he has expanded his range not only geographically, but also into realms of dreams and imagination, where objects of the mundane world open glimpses into ineffable realities.


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, 2018The 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.


Bridging the Gap Cherry Cola Dog // 3409 East 5th. St. // November 28 to November 30

Bill Tavis has spent the last 13 years developing a unique style of image-making based on the concept of halftones. Although his background is primarily in art, along the way he learned to program a computer and has written his own software in c++ to help generate his complex halftone patterns, which often incorporate fractals in their design. This digital approach is combined with more traditional types of art like drawing, painting, and photography. His mesmerizing art bridges the gap between logical and intuitive thinking, between black and white, and between the beautiful and the grotesque. Now that his distinctive process has matured, it’s time for Tavis to bridge the gap between himself and the fine art world. He’s pulling out all the stops to make this a show you won’t forget!


Downtown Austin Holiday Stroll // 1100 Congress Avenue // December 2 from 5 to 8pm

Ring in the season at the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll on Saturday, December 2 from 5-9pm. This free, family-friendly event celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and the joy it brings. Enjoy live music from Austin favorites like Riders Against the Storm, Jane Ellen Bryant, Charlie Faye and the Fayettes, Gina Chavez and more. Plus, shop at a special night market brought to you by Sustainable Food Center, see the lighting of the Capitol tree, and take photos with Santa at the Vannagram Winter Wonderland. Visit www.downtownaustin.com/holidays for more information about the event.


Light Wally Workman Gallery // 1202 West 6th Street // December 2 – 23 // Opening Reception: December 2 from 6 to 8pm

On Saturday, December 2nd, Wally Workman Gallery will open a group show with new works from over 30 of their artists based on the idea of light. Always evolving, this includes artists that have been with the gallery for decades as well as those that were just signed this year. Participating artists include local figurative painters Ian Shults and Honora Jacob as well as abtract artist Diana Greenberg and landscape painter Will Klemm.


Landmarks at Night Student Activity Center Rooftop // 2201 Speedway // December 3 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Since the Landmarks public art collection is accessible 24/7, many of the works are beautifully lit in the evening. Sculptures that spark thoughtful and dynamic conversation under the bright sun suddenly become quiet and contemplative, twinkling under the night sky.

Join Landmarks on Sunday, 3 December at 5 p.m. at the Student Activity Center (SAC) rooftop for an extended walking tour. The tour will begin with a viewing of the hour-long light sequence at James Turrell’s Skyspace The Color Inside and conclude at Ben Rubins’ And That’s The Way It Is. Space is limited to 25 people.