Thursday, September 30, 2010

New @ Co-lab

Monolith Pass

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

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New @ Seventy Seven Gallery

Come down to the Seventy Seven Gallery Friday Oct 1st for Austin finest local artist. Show starts at 8 pm and Dj Mez will be performing along with others. See you there.

Come down to the Seventy Seven Gallery Friday Oct 1st for Austin finest local artist. Show starts at 8 pm and Dj Mez will be performing along with others. See you there.

900 E. 6th St. #103, Austin TX 78702

Tues - Sat: 2-9

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Calling volunteers for Mexic-Arte

Viva la Vida Fest


27th Annual Día de los Muertos
Saturday, October 23, 2010
2:00-10:00 PM

Join the Procession!
This year Mexic-Arte Museum is celebrating
the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution

Calling for 100 Adelitas/Soldaderas and
100 Pancho Villas/Emiliano Zapatas!


Registration due by October 15.

Invite your family and friends!

For more information:
(512) 480-9373 x84

If you are interested in volunteering, contact

Monday, September 27, 2010

New @ Women and Their Work

Virginia Yount
Unsustainable Attainment
October 2 - November 11, 2010

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 2, 7 to 9pm

Austin based artist Virginia Yount presents paintings, collages, and sculptures that depict a near-future society of hoarders, shut-ins and escapists. The inhabitants of this world are ominously not present, or fearfully shutting out the toxic emptiness of their environment and hunkering down with their belongings for the coming storm.

Yount's work describes imaginary architectures and landscapes comprised of such things as anxious piles of clutter, unread books, graffiti-covered land, discarded lottery tickets, paint piles, and the gathered remnants of a struggling society.

Simultaneously a vast, empty, lonely American landscape and an intimate and obsessively arranged space, Yount's paintings peer in and zoom out, shifting perspective. A hippie commune dome made from the artists own collection of unread books, a new-age beachhouse filled with prisms and paperweights, a copse of graffiti-covered trees spewing 'emotion' under watchful surveillance are some of the images that populate this world.

In addition to the paintings, Yount will present "Throw Cash into the Wind" a collection of several architectural structures arranged on a precarious floating trash-island environment. Meant to signify a kind of wishing fountain, her ecosystem takes on the question of a sustainable society based on the principals of excessive consumption and waste.

Through images of crisis and escapism, Yount investigates sustainability and failure to adapt to unstable and fast-changing surroundings. Environmental and economic collapse, surveillance/self-obsession, anxiety and hoarding/collecting are all a part of her works' conceptual and socio-political concerns

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Coming up @ Big Medium

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.

Artist Statement:

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

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Coming up @ The new VAC

Ry Rocklen: ZZZ's

September 24, 2010 - December 18, 2010

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 /

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New @ Co-Lab

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.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Okay Mt talk @ AMOA

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
Time: 7:00 PM

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Ruth Van Beek: The Great Blue Mountain Range

September 18 - October 16, 2010

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 18, 7-10pm

Okay Mountain is quite pleased to present, No American Talent 5: “The Great Blue Mountain Range”, a solo exhibition by Ruth van Beek, based in the Netherlands. Van Beek works in a variety of mediums including photography, collage, animation and sculpture. “The Great Blue Mountain Range” is symbolic of the artist’s longing to travel to other places, and her ability to do so using found imagery and imagination as the vehicle. Using collaged stock photography, guidebooks and internet imagery, van Beek constructs for us both the voyage and the findings, and an exhibition which feels at once contemporary and timeless. “The Great Blue Mountain Range” is the artist’s first solo show in the United States.

Ruth van Beek graduated in 2002 at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam following a Master in Photography. In 2008 she had a solo exhibition at Foam-3h, the Amsterdam Photography museum, In 2009 she did research at the Spaarnestad Photoarchives, resulting in new work and a solo exhibition at Galerie37Spaarnestad in Haarlem, this exhibition was also shown at the Use me Abuse me show at the NewYork Photofestival, curated by Erik Kessels. Her work regularly appears in various books and magazines.

Friday, September 17, 2010

New @ Domy Books

Domy Books, in association with Two Rogers, is pleased to present

To Climb A Mountain On Top Of A Tree
new work by William Gaynor

Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Domy Books, Austin
913 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702

Exhibition runs September 18–October 21, 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.

My work is inherently inspired by the relationships of my past and present, both sexual and platonic, and the idea of no love lost. I enjoy reiterating moments of my past and juxtaposing them with themes and events of greater significance; sometimes personifying and prescribing them with a sense of ambiguity. My purpose of action is to create work that is innately personal, yet subjectively approachable and identifiable with the viewer."
– W.G.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


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)

Open Reception:
Sunday, September 26th

1304 E. Cesar Chavez in Austin, TX 78702.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Events this fall @ Mexic-Arte

Fall Calendar

Mexico City 2010 Celebration and Art Tour
September 14-19, 2010

Austin Museum Day featuring completion of Federico Archuleta's outdoor mural
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 12:00 - 5:00 PM - FREE ADMISSION

Opening of Promises of Independence & Revolution: Artists Interpreting Mexico
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Victor Torres Studio Visit
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 4:00 - 7:00 PM

The Mexican Concept of Death: Lecture by Florencio Lopez Moreno and

Oaxacan Folk Art Demonstration and Sale
Sunday, October 10, 2010, 2:00 - 4:30 PM

Book Reading & Signing by Dr. Cynthia E. Orozco, Dr. Emilio Zamora, and Dr. David Montejano
Friday, October 15, 2010, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Lecture by Dr. Raul Ramos: 2010 Imagery, Processions, and Icons Speaker Series
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Viva la Vida Fest: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 2:00 - 10:00 PM

Austin Chamber Music Dia de los Muertos Concert
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Lecture by Dr. Felix Almaraz: 2010 Imagery, Processions, and Icons Speaker Series
Saturday, November 6, 2010, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Lecture by Luis Adrián Vargas Santiago: 2010 Imagery, Processions, and Icons Speaker Series
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Book Reading & Signing by Philip Russell: History of Mexico
Saturday, November 20, 2010, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Opening of Mix'n'Mash and Trees of Life Exhibitions
Friday, December 3, 2010, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Lecture by Priscilla Murr: Trees of Life, Trees of Eternity, Trees from the Flowery Realm
Saturday, December 4, 2010, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Downtown Holiday Stroll featuring Lisa Orr's documentary film about Trees of Life
Saturday, December 4, 2010, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New @ The St. Edward's Gallery

Examine Our Undergarments, latex paint, cyanotype, wood
Sept. 24–Oct. 14
Solar Powered Paper Dolls
Gallery Talk:
Thursday, Oct. 14, 5 p.m.
Closing Reception:
Thursday, Oct. 14, 6–8 p.m.
Artist: Carol Flueckiger
Using the blistering West Texas sun and cyanotype, an alternative photographic process, Carol Flueckiger “burns” vintage graphics, historic handwriting, clothing tags and leaves into painted panels and recycled clothing. Working with archives at Women’s Rights National Historical Park and American Antiquarian Society, her compositions use imagery from the early American feminist movement.

Fine Arts Gallery

Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

ARTS Building (Need Directions?)
St. Edward’s University
3001 S. Congress
Austin, Texas 78704

Monday, September 13, 2010

New @ Testsite

Just Because 10.4 ~ Accidental Pornographies: Lesson Plans 1-9

Mary Walling Blackburn

Sunday, September 19, 6-8pm
September 19 - October 31, 2010

Accidental Pornographies: Lesson Plans 1-9 presents nine drawings by the artist that take this course as their jumping off point. Originally composed as lesson plans for a substitute-taught workshop at the Blanton Museum of Art, these drawings re-present the course material on oversized ledger paper, as if ripped from the pages of a massive record book. Text, images and erasures (in the form of blacked out portions of the page) appear in delicate etching, smudged charcoal and dripping black paint. The drawings, like the course itself, embody the complicated territory of the vagina as subject in a post-feminist, yet enduringly gendered, world. They present the vagina somewhere between language and the body, as both theoretical and corporeal entity. Here, it is assertive, even bawdy, yet tender, despondent yet eruptive, familiar yet utterly unfamiliar.
Accompanying the drawings will be a video installation, Black Divine Light. The installation includes a stack of small hand-held black mirrors situated beside a small boulder upon which the viewer is seated. In this brief video, a hand-held camera makes record of a black mirror that is alternately reflecting a violent summer storm and the opening between a woman's legs. The mirror is a contemporary riff on the Claude Glass, an 18th century European framing device intended to concentrate one's gaze on the landscape.
Mary Walling Blackburn is an artist and the founder of the experimental school for women, The Anhoek School. Walling Blackburn's writing has been published inAfterall, Aperture, Art in America, ArtForum, Brooklyn Rail, Cabinet Magazine, CTHEORY,, loudpaper (architectural discourse), Paper Monument and Women and Performance. She is a visiting artist at the Cooper Union School of Art this fall.

testsite | 502 West 33rd Street | Austin, Texas 78705

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Luche Libre @ Pump Project

Hosteria Verde Presents the 2nd Annual Lucha Libre Wrestling Match & Supper Club!
Saturday, September 25, 8 pm
In the eternal battle between going out and staying in, on September 25 there can only be one champion. The clear choice is to throw down for for a ticket to the 2nd Annual Lucha Libre Wrestling Match, presented by the Hosteria Verde Supper Club, for just $48. This benefit for the Pump Project Art Complex includes entrance to the main event, as well as art and photography exhibits from Amber Kappes, Daniel Gonazales, and Gerardo Arellano, music by DJ Aaron Montez, and authentic Mexican street food and beverages. Watch the rudos face — or should we say, mask — off against the técnicos in an epic battle of good versus evil, knowing that your support of a good cause puts you on the side of the good guys.

Tickets available only at
Reservation required!

Pump Project Art Complex:
702 Shady Lane, near the intersection of East 7th St. & Airport Blvd & 183 [google map]
Pump Project Satellite:
1109 Shady Lane, neat the intersection of Bolm Rd and Airport Blvd