MASS Gallery Presents: An Installation of Drawings by Anthony W. Garza
Opening Reception: Friday, October 8th, 7-11PM
On View by Appointment Through Oct 15
Open Wednesday, October 13th, 6-8pm
Closing Reception: Friday, October 15th, 7-11PM
Big Medium presents:
At Odds with My Principles
Ian M. O’Brien
Exhibition Dates: Friday, October 8th – November 5th, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, October 8th from 8:00 - 11:00pm
Please join Big Medium for At Odds with My Principles, an anthropological and archeological peek into the history of Grip River, a town founded, developed and solely-run by the artist, Ian O’Brien. Since cultivating this society in 2007, O’Brien has begun to excavate its significant history and founder, while comparing Grip River to some of the remarkable civilizations of ancient times. The viewer is invited to discover the artist’s findings, such as a giant pencil catapult, pencil spears and straw spit shooters, which expose the town’s battle-weary past, compelling leader and the society’s effect on world history.
In 2007, I founded the Town of Grip River, where I am the sole proprietor of a completely egocentric society. As the mayor, city council, newspaper editor, architect, contractor, construction worker, archeologist and army general, I do everything to keep the community running.
In 2008, I began to take a deeper look into Grip River’s past by excavating archeological sites, learning about its people, the Nuewhotu, their politics and how these early founders of Grip River society stack up against some of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world. After looking at historical frontrunners, such as Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Mayor O’Brien and so on, I discovered that all can be characterized as enigmatic, natural-born leaders, in command of powerful armies that helped them conquer vast territories, subjugate the weak and stamp their mark on the annuals of history.
Ancient lore, broken artifacts and a war-torn landscape are all that remain of the once proud Nuewhotu people. I invite you, the viewer, to learn about Grip River’s leader and history to decide for yourself where Grip River stands in comparison with the greatest civilizations of the ancient world.
Gallery hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, or by appointment.
5305 Bolm Road #12
Ry Rocklen’s installation of sculptures seeks to venerate the everyday materials and objects of the urban landscape, transporting an investigation of discarded domestic detritus into a constructed space of exaltation within the Vaulted Gallery. The marriage of traditional arts materials, such as highly polished tile and a patchwork floor quilt constructed from locally discarded pieces of used carpet, display his innate interest in geometry and the domestic space. The grouping of sculptures reflects Rocklen’s artistic processing of found components of the city, incorporating elements of Thai Buddhism and mystic rituals to explore our contemporary connection to commonplace objects.
Ry Rocklen received his B.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 and his M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 2006. His work has been featured in MoMA PS1 and the2008 Whitney Biennial, as well as numerous national and international solo exhibitions. Rocklen lives and works in Los Angeles, California, and is currently represented byMarc Jancou Contemporary in New York.
512) 471-1108 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Real life Realm
A multimedia collection of new work by Ryan Lauderdale
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 25, 7-11PM
On View By Appointment Only: September 26 - October 1
Closing Reception: Saturday, October 2, 7-11PM
In this new body of work by Ryan Lauderdale continues the artist’s regressive fascination with shared and personal histories, and the expanding perimeters of these histories within the digital realm. The mostly-analog results stand as frozen portals to explored/excavated spaces on and around an increasingly multi-layered and interconnected platform.
OK Mountain talk
New Works introduces fresh contemporary art by local artists. The Okay Mountain collective makes murals, installations, drawings, and sculptures together, all while running a gallery in East Austin. For New Works, Okay Mountain collaborated on the video installation Water, Water Everywhere, So Let's All Have a Drink (2010), a satirical send-up of mass media.
Artist collective Okay Mountain shares the inspirations and collaborative process for making the New Works video installation.
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
"This body of work is a personal narrative that attempts to capture the placidity of certain works of old masters while incorporating heavy use of symbolic and metaphorical imagery evocative of those older pieces to create a visual language of my own. Through this process I attempt to create an allegorical, canonical folk tale incorporating themes of isolation, self loathing and the humbleness of being while relying heavily on the absurd qualities of surrealism to evoke a feeling of mystery and absence of place.
Michael Abelman / Three Wombs
For this site specific one man show Abelman resurrects three bodies of work. Triple-dealing on the meaning of life, death and the after life. (read more)
Sunday, September 26th