Austin Art Weekly
November 30-December 7
Exciting things are happening in the 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.
Friday, December 2nd
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2 from 7 to 9pm
Yard Dog Gallery
1510 S Congress Ave
December 2 – 31
Influenced by her grandfather, who was a tailor, and by her maternal grandmother, from whom she learned traditional needle arts, Chicago artist Deborah Baker remembers learning to sew before she could write her name. Her hand-stitched, narrative, semi-autobiographical pieces are drawings in cotton embroidery floss on natural linen, with no sketching done beforehand. She cites women’s traditional needle arts, Mexican art, and folk art among her major influences.
Saturday, December 3rd
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3 from 7 to 10pm
702 Shady Ln, Suite 190
December 3 – January 7
ICOSA Collective presents Mapped Refraction, featuring the work of Andrea de Leon and Micah Evans. This exhibition features the sculptural work of two Austin-based artists who utilize thermal applications in their process. Both artists use linear forms to articulate the uniqueness of the materials.
Andrea de Leon’s sculptures exhibit metaphysical traits of earthly materials. Her work explores the psychological landscape, reflecting our deeper physical connection to the material world and science. Micah Evans’ design-oriented glass sculptures build visual mass through the use of structural lines. A nationally recognized artist, this will be his debut show in Austin.
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3 from 6 to 8pm
Wally Workman Gallery
1202 W. Sixth St
A native of Mississippi, Chapin’s portraits are infused with a sense of nostalgia as well as pop culture. Unexpected color and bold patterns come together to quite literally create the picture of a person-and at times a generation. Like the work of Alice Neel, her use of the direct gaze and a loose but expressive line is captivating. All at once playful, serious and amorous, Chapin’s portraits are not to be missed.
Additional Exhibition Openings & Events
Adam Scott Rote Weekend Art on 5th // December 2-4 // 3005 South Lamar Boulevard #110b // Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm
Miami-based artist Adam Scott continues to amaze with his glamorous portraits of musicians and stars in his Let the Music Play series.
Adam will soon be unveiling a new tribute series honoring the provocative creative icon Robert Mapplethorpe, coming to ART on 5th in 2017.
VERGE Winter Arts Show Aveda Institute // December 4 from 2 to 8pm // 6001 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin’s premiere fine art pop-up show returns for it’s winter installment. This multidisciplinary art event will showcases the talents of 30+ local artists, craftspeople and independent local publishers. Artists span all genres and media including, oil, acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, sculpture, video and animation, jewelry, ceramics, photo realism, surrealism, abstract, illustration, street art, zines, fine art publications and more. Live music, food, and beverages will be available. Admission is pay-as-you-wish with a portion of donations going to Aveda Institute’s fundraising efforts for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
A Question / Some Mild Anxiety / The Results Co-Lab Projects’ DEMO GALLERY // 721 Congress // Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 12 to 6pm // Closes December 2
For two weeks, six artists: Tim Kerr, Johanna Jackson, Andy Coolquitt, Tamar Ettun, Chris Johanson, and Dana Dart-McLean will start at a point that looks like the dot at the end of a question mark. From there, they will work on their own and together to produce an exhibition inside a massive one-hundred-year-old building in downtown Austin, three blocks from the capital of Texas where, you imagine, a lot of really intense energy is currently going down. Where everyone is preparing themselves for the next chapter. For the next era. For the next “future.”
Diez: Photographs by Hunter Barnes The DEN // 317 W 3rd St // Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sunday 12 to 5pm; Mondays by appointment only // Closes December 4th
Diez – Photographs by Hunter Barnes exhibits a series of black and white photographs taken by the studied photographer, and self-taught social anthropologist, Hunter Barnes. The subject matter spans over a decade of calculated wandering that took place from 2000 – 2010 during which Barnes traveled the country and immersed himself into different niche and often dangerously private communities. Barnes’s experiences have created a visual archive that is raw, clear, and poignant with genuinely articulated representations of America’s diverse and often overlooked citizens.
Jonas Hart, Dameon Lester & Melissa Loop: ANTHROPOCENE grayDUCK Gallery // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez // Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm; Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes December 4th
Anthropocene examines the acceptance of what is outwardly visible versus what’s beneath the surface. Jonas Hart, Dameon Lester and Melissa Loop illustrate the significance of the larger picture, the systems or the emerging meaning. How aware are we of our influence on the landscape? Whether it’s an underground water system that is never seen, a far away place that seems pristine or the tip of an iceberg’s assumed permanence, the human animal has put our stamp on the world.
This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands Warfield Center Galleries // 210 W 24th St // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday; 12 to 5pm // Closes December 8th
This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands includes a collection of works from the last two years of Barbadian artist, Annalee Davis’, practice. The drawings, ledgers, and tea service, along with a culled collection of essays, books, and scholarly material, comprise this exhibition and accompanying Reading Room. Here, Davis mines family and historical archives from the early 19th century to the 1970s and unpacks her family’s plantation to offer her reflection on historical realities within the Anglophone Caribbean.
Wrestling History: Points Along a Journey of Dis/covery Hidden in the Temple The New Gallery // 201 E 21st St // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12pm to 5pm and by appointment // Closes December 9th
Wrestling History: Points Along a Journey of Dis/covery Hidden in the Temple brings together a diverse selection of Houston and Rotterdam based artist Angelbert Metoyer’s spiritually and politically engaged works, including paintings, sculptural installation, mixed-media collage, and video. Metoyer combines his interest in philosophy, quantum physics, and astronomy with an investigation of identity and mythology, drawing from stories within his own family heritage—the Cane River Creoles of eighteenth-century Louisiana.
Moving Mountains: Extractive Landscapes of Peru Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St //Hours: Monday by appointment only, Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm, Closed Sundays // Closes December 10th
Moving Mountains will feature the work of Lima artists who are documenting the causes and effects of quarrying and mining on the Peruvian landscapes through photographs, drawings, prints and video works. Curated by Dorota Biczel, PhD candidate in Art History.
Everyday Ogres Visual Arts Center// 2300 Trinity St // Hours: Monday by appointment only, Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm, Closed Sundays // Closes December 10th
Everyday Ogres presents three environmental video and sound installations by Tania Mouraud, including a newly commissioned work on oil refineries along the Houston Ship Channel. Viscerally powerful, Mouraud’s videos immerse viewers in sites of industrial manufacturing, exposing the disjunction between our everyday reliance on such industries and the destructive forces they enact against local landscapes, ecosystems and communities. Curated by Allison Myers, PhD candidate in Art History.
Queer Terrortories Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St // Hours: Monday by appointment only, Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12 to 5pm // Closes December 10
A group exhibition that brings together emerging contemporary artists who engage politics of anti-assimilation. Through performance, multimedia installation, drawing and photography, the featured artists in this exhibition consider the aesthetics of terror in relation to acts of queerness and illustrate the radical way in which queer artists define their own physical and emotional territories. Curated by the VAC’s student organization, Center Space Project.
Placeholder Vaulted Gallery at the Visual Arts Center// 2300 Trinity St // Hours: Monday by appointment only, Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm, Closed Sundays // Closes December 10th
Pérez-Rul will collaborate with UT students in art, physics, engineering, architecture and design to create an immersive installation that recycles solar and kinetic energy, bringing into harmony the movements of humans, sun and wind. Maquettes of Perez-Rul’s related work—solar-powered pods that emit sound and light at night—will be exhibited on the outdoor plaza of Austin’s Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC). Both projects are curated by Leslie Moody Castro (M.A., Art Education, 2010). This exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Understory MASS Gallery // 507 Calles St // Hours: Friday: 5pm to 8pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes December 10
Understory is a group exhibition featuring four Texas-based artists who employ narrative in their creative practice. Lee Baxter Davis,Hollis Hammonds, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and Alyssa Taylor Wendt will exhibit a mix of drawings, collage, photography, video, sculpture, and installation. Each artist calls on different inspirations: childhood memories, religious and historical interpretations, film and poetic influences, fiction and fantasy, personal mythology, commonplace language, everyday thoughts, and typical conversations.
Vivid Strokes: Contemporary Paintings from Vietnam Asian American Resource Center // 8401 Cameron Road // Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 9am to 5pm; Wednesday, Thursday: 9am to 9pm // Closes December 30
“Vivid Strokes” showcases 16 recent paintings from six internationally acclaimed Vietnamese artists: Thanh Chuong, Ha Tri Hieu, Hong Viet Dung, Pham An Hai, Doan Hoang Lam, and Doan Xuan Tang. All works are on loan from the International Modern Art Gallery (IMAG) in Houston, TX. IMAG, founded by Vietnamese art dealer Quynh Nguyen in 2014, is dedicated to promoting emerging and established Southeast Asian artists in the United States.
Mayhem, Method and Medium // Flatbed Press and Gallery // 2830 East MLK Jr Blvd // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 10am to 3:30pm // Closes December 31
Mike O’Brien’s two-dimensional works are a unification of sculpture, painting, and photography. He creates abstract dioramas upon a 6 foot by 2 foot tall stage where compositions are built using paper and canvas pieces he has painted or drawn upon, then torn, warped, and crushed. These manipulated paper and canvas pieces are arranged into compelling scenes that are photographed and printed. The process of transforming two-dimensional space into three-dimensional space, and back again in the final printed image is a theme that O’Brien embraces.
Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World Harry Ransom Center //300 W 21st St // Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 5pm; Thursday 10am to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm // Closes January 1st, 2017
Balancing journalistic, commercial, and artistic work over a career spanning seven decades, Elliott Erwitt has created some of the most celebrated photographs of the past century. Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World will present more than 200 of these remarkable images, including rarely exhibited examples of his early work in California, his intimate family portraits in New York, his major magazine assignments, and his work as a filmmaker, as well as his ongoing personal investigations of public spaces and their transitory inhabitants around the world.
Valerie Fowler: Nature and Other Stories Julia C. Butridge Gallery, Dougherty Arts Center // 1110 Barton Springs Rd // Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am to 10pm; Friday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm // Closes January 7
Dougherty Arts Center presents “Nature and Other Stories”, a survey of Valerie Fowler’s exuberant and dense nature-themed oil paintings and large works on paper, selected from work spanning 20 years. Fowler draws and paints actual places, often depicting Austin and Central Texas locations, but the magical realism of her work reveals unseen layers of the seen landscape.
Included in the exhibition will be Fowler’s original illustrations for the musical project and book Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase. Opening night, November 30 at 7pm, there will be a brief musical “cranky” performance showcasing Fowler’s illustrated, 30 foot long panoramas, cranked along to musical accompaniment.
Holiday Group Showcase Davis Gallery // 837 West 12th Street // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 10am to 4pm // Closes January 7th
Come ring in this holiday season with Davis Gallery’s annual Holiday Group Showcase. They are decking their walls with current and continuing work from their talented stable of artists, as well as a few exciting new guest artists
The Soil of the Soul Art for the People Gallery // 1711 S. 1st St. // Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12 to 6pm // Closes January 7 // Artist Reception: Friday, December 16 from 6 to 9pm
The Soil of the Soul exhibition is a line of artworks by Mila Sketch dedicated and inspired by wine and the wine community. Wine has a long history linked to culture, art, religion, territory, and people; it expresses so much more than just a Terroir. People enjoy when a wine tells a story. The desire to improve one’s knowledge can be a solo journey or enhanced with the tutelage of a sommelier.
In creating The Soil of the Soul, Mila worked intimately with the sommelier, Julia Dixon, of Somm Wings. Julia guided Mila in understanding the nuances of wine and Mila became a passionate wine lover. Julia’s love for wine inspired Mila’s The Soil of the Soul. The name of the exhibition originates from the idea that the character of a wine is defined by the types of soil and how the soul is defined by the soil where we live and love. We all come from somewhere and everywhere.
Never Left Unsaid: New work by Padaric Kolander, David Lujan & Matthew Roberts Black Lagoon Art + Yoga // 4301 A. Guadalupe St // Closes January 8
Padaric Kolander (winner of the annual Hunting Prize) entangles the viewer with his meticulously placed line work and subject matter, while David Lujan challenges the viewer to see beyond the subjects of his work and discover the abstraction within each piece. Matthew Roberts distills the lessons learned from teaching and being taught, to reveal the absurd through his meticulous stencils.
Ana Esteve Llorens: Studies for Future Objects Women & Their Work // 1710 Lavaca St // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 12 to 5pm // Closes January 12
In Studies for Future Objects, Ana Esteve Llorens examines space and form through sculpture by creating an ambitious 20-foot long structure made of interlocking wooden panels that commands the gallery. In addition to defining the space, Llorens emphasizes an on-going dialog with the body by creating human sized cutout voids in the panels. Exploring ancient techniques, she also creates weavings that are hung on the wall; all made by hand on a back strap loom, they are dyed with natural pigments extracted from plants, seeds and insects. Through this process, Llorens investigates our understanding of time, place, and memory.
Bettina Hubby: The Sexual Bronze Show Lora Reynolds Gallery // 360 Nueces, Suite 50 // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm // Closes January 21
Lora Reynolds Gallery will feature The Sexual Bronze Show, an exhibition of sculptures, photographs, and collages by Bettina Hubby—her first show at the gallery. The sculptures are enigmatic pairs of items one might find at a grocery store—a fresh kiwi and a disposable BIC razor, a yam and a dispenser of dental floss. But each object has been cast in bronze and precisely patinated (permanently colored with chemicals and heat) to appear nearly identical to its referent.
Hubby also depicts each pair of objects in a pair of photographs. One picture shows the two objects as individuals, like lovers on opposite sides of a king-size bed. The second photograph shows the objects interacting with each other, revealing how they might behave behind closed doors. Clever, provocative, and often hilarious, The Sexual Bronze Show is a celebration of the diversity of bodies and their preferences. Sex can be many things, but it should be pleasurable and fun and inventive and plentiful, as it is here.
Xu Bing: Book from the Sky Blanton Museum of Art // 200 E Martin Luther King Jr. St. (MLK at Congress) // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 11am to 5pm; Sunday: 1pm to 5pm // Closes January 22nd
Regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Chinese art, Book from the Sky ushered in the avant-garde movement in post-Mao era China. It also won Xu Bing international recognition, including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. Since its completion in the early 1990s, this profound meditation on the nature of language has been exhibited globally, a testimony to its provocative power and ability to engage viewers beyond its original context.
Icons & Symbols of the Borderland Mexic-Arte Museum // 419 Congress Ave // Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am to 6pm; Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 12pm to 5pm // Closes January 29
Now more than ever, the U.S./Mexico Borderland has become the focus of an international audience. The icons and symbols of the region have been vital in providing a framework for ideals, emotions, philosophy, and patterns of behavior. The Icons and Symbols of the Borderland exhibition is an embodiment of the landscape and cultural legacy of this terrain in respect to a global community.
The works displayed are by artists from the El Paso-based JUNTOS Art Association (“juntos” translates to “together”), whose organization is designed to nurture the advancement of art that reflects and represents the Borderland environment and community. The exhibit is laid out thematically, informed by artworks pertaining to socio-political issues, immigration topics, religious iconography, and much more. Each image, each work of art, carries a story within it. The works in this collection share a regional consciousness of place and time and ultimately bring us closer to envisioning and experiencing the borderland of today.
The UMLAUF Prize 2016 and Retrospective Exhibition UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum // 605 Robert E. Lee Rd // November 11-January 29
Opening and Insights on November 11, 6-8 pm, presents UT-Austin MFA graduate Elizabeth McClellan’s performance-based installation “EnchidaLabs” featuring science and the art of genetic modification. When museum visitors walk onto the set of EnchidaLabs they will learn about genetic skin modifications and explore the possibilities of using viral biomes to decorate the skin through a series of videos, brochures, photographs and human interaction with the EnchidaLabs staff. Former Crystal Bridges Executive Director, Don Bacigalupi, awarded McClellan this year’s UMLAUF Prize, and the exhibition continues until January 29, 2017, also featuring new works from previous Prizewinners such as Gracelee Lawrence & Ryan Hawk (2015), Adam Crosson (2014), Stephanie Wagner (2007), Katalin Hausel (2006), Mark Schatz (2005), and Holly Fisher (2004).
Warhol by the Book Blanton Museum of Art // October 16th — January 29th // 200 E MLK Jr. Blvd
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents Warhol By the Book, the first museum exhibition in the United States to examine Andy Warhol’s career-long work in books—an overlooked and important aspect of the artist’s life and career. The exhibition presents nearly all of Warhol’s book projects from his early days as a student in Pittsburgh and commercial illustrator in New York to his years as a Pop art pioneer and superstar celebrity.
The People’s Gallery 2016 Exhibition Austin City Hall // 301 W. 2nd St. // Hours: Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm // Closes January 2017
The 2016 People’s Gallery exhibition features over 100 works from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations displayed throughout the first three floors of City Hall.
Jiwon Park: Leviathans UT Austin // AT&T Conference Center Courtyard Gallery // 1900 University Ave // Closes February 4
In Leviathans, Jiwon Park examines the flags of 206 sovereign nations, whether recognized by the United Nations or not. She turns these symbols of utopian aspirations to national cohesion into pie-chart-like objects, emphasizing their standardized character based on carefully calibrated percentages of colors. These cool, geometric, abstract forms raise questions: How do they engender patriotic fervor, rally and unite? How do these symbols generate perceptions of shared values and histories?
Orly Genger: Hurlyburly Waller Creek Boathouse // 74 Trinity St. // Closes February 2017
Set to change the landscape of public art in Austin, Waller Creek Conservancy and The Contemporary Austin today announced a new partnership that will serve as a catalyst for creating new public art initiatives. The first exhibition will feature a new, large-scale interactive art installation by internationally renowned artist Orly Genger, near the mouth of Waller Creek.
naissance Gallery 701 at the Long Center // 701 W Riverside Dr // Hours: Open during performances, Public Welcome on Wednesdays 11am to 3pm (closed 12/7 & 12/21) // Closes February 20th
Upcoming Exhibitions & Events
2nd Street Social 2nd Street District // December 8 from 6 to 8pm // 2nd Street, Downtown Austin
A new monthly event, the 2nd Street Social will unveil a new mural in real-time as Austin artist Mike Johnston Artist puts the finishing touches his newest creation in the 2nd Street District! The 2nd Street Social will occur every 2nd Thursday of the month featuring Austin Cocktails. Enjoy in-store specials, raffles and events throughout the district. Meet at AMLI Downtown starting at 6pm to pick up your sip & stroll map!
Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico Mexic-Arte Museum // December 9 – January 29 // 419 Congress Ave // Family Day: December 11 from 1 to 4pm
Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico presents the tradition of Nacimientos that survives in present-day Mexico as a visual amalgam of indigenous pre-Colombian and Spanish Colonial representations. The exhibition features a rich tradition of handmade Nacimientos from the Museum’s permanent collection and loans from Edwin R. Jordan; many of the nativity scenes in a variety of materials depict a reflection of Mexico’s landscape, such as cacti, turkeys, and market scenes. Free admission in December.
Betelhem Makonnen: ኣለማየሁ : I saw the world Pump Project Art Complex // December 9 – January 31 // 702 Shady Ln // Opening Reception: Friday, December 9 from 7 to 10pm
A solo exhibition of new work using photography, installations and video, in ኣለማየሁ : I saw the world, Betelhem Makonnen investigates issues of estrangement, exile, racism and forced migration. The presented works, composed from appropriated images associated with the British military invasion of Ethiopia (then known as Abyssinia) in 1867 – 68, re-frame and re-present the historical archives in an attempt to create a countervisuality to the visuality of the archive of imperial conquest.
Elizabeth Chiles & John Swanger: Lumens & Currents grayDUCK Gallery// December 9 – January 15 // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez // Opening Reception: Friday, December 9 from 7 to 10pm
The exhibition Lumens & Currents comes out of several years of dialogue between the artists regarding their work and inquires into life. The artists’ works interact and form conversations around questions of luminosity, surface, materials, color and practices of close attention.
Elizabeth Chiles will be showing several new works made with a range of techniques and processes. These include collaged photo-based works, a group of lumen prints, a large tapestry on semi-transparent fabric and a group of paintings made with fruit and flower pigments.
John Swanger will be showing paintings from a recent body of work, Current Paintings, which explore structure and spaciousness. In addition, he will be showing a selection of aluminum leaf works on reclaimed landscape or flower paintings.
Jay Bolotin: The Book of Only Enoch Flatbed Press and Gallery // January 13 – March 11 // 2830 East MLK Jr Blvd // Opening Reception: Friday, January 20 from 6 to 8pm
Flatbed Press is pleased to present The Book of Only Enoch, a portfolio of 20 woodcut and relief etchings, and selected plates used to create the prints. Bolotin tells the story of Only Enoch, a sensitive Jewish boy from Kentucky who is named after an apocryphal book left out of the Hebrew Bible whose protagonist “went to heaven and lived to tell the tale.”
Bolotin’s visual work is included in many public and private collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; PAFA (Philadelphia); The University of Richmond Museum, Smith College Museum, and the Australian National Museum. He grew up in rural Kentucky.