Saturday, October 30, 2010

MASS and Co-lab haunted house

Vortex Brainsaw Massacre

MASS Gallery Presents:

Vortex Brainsaw Massacre

a haunted house event of sorts

Scary Movie Nights: Thursday 21 and Thursday 28, after dark

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 30, 7PM-12AM

On Saturday, October 30 join MASS Gallery at the Vortex Brainsaw Massacre. Come see how MASS does nasty, gory, shocking, confusing, awesome, scary, hairy, D.A.R.E-y, brainy, Halloweeny insanity!!!!

Also come out to Co-Lab for Scary Movie night on the 21st and the 28th. Starts after dark!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New @ Domy Books

Domy Books is pleased to present

Monster Show Five

Saturday, October 30, 2010 at Domy Books, Austin
913 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702

Exhibition runs October 30 – December 2, 2010
Above: Souther Salazar
Check out Monster Show 1-4

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Upcoming @ The Dougherty

November 4 - 27

Steve Dubov, Shawn Camp and Heather Tolleson form this collective from Austin who’s work explores the compulsion to industrialize the organic.

Art is formed by intention, the intention to discover and reveal what is true to the artist and his perception. But man’s perception is limited, truncated, and confined. Out of necessity, man attempts to master himself and nature, to arbitrarily grid a fluid existence in order to categorize and understand. How do we control the uncontrollable and how does our interference shape, mar, or misperceive the human landscape?

With this body of work, each member of Telos seeks to study, synthesize, and scrutinize the place where man meets nature, himself, and the divine. Utilizing materials and processes unique to them - including thickly textured oil paint, recycled windshield glass, and free-pour bronze - these artists struggle with what it is to be human - as informer and informed.
Thursday. November 4, 6 - 9pm

Monday, October 25, 2010

New @ SOFA

Keith Wilson

Hyde Park Apartments

October 31-December 3

Hyde Park Apartments is a visual taxonomy of the Austin neighborhood and its various apartment complexes. In Wilson’s wry examination of our built environment, everyday photographs of slightly run down stucco and brick structures are paired with fanciful titles such as “V.I.P,” “Spanish Trails” and “The Jacksonian.” Inspired by Ed Ruscha, Joe Deal, and Bernt and Hilla Becher, the series records ongoing attempts to evoke the ideal through aggrandized nomenclatures.

Wilson is pointing to sites that are often overlooked. “I wanted to encourage people to pay attention to what is around them,” Wilson explains. “It took me several months living in Hyde Park before I realized the bizarre names of these structures. Most people, myself included, drove, walked, biked, texted and iphoned by them without ever noticing.”

These ordinary, largely student filled apartments, with names that reference the pastoral or the historically important, create an uncanny disjunction between the actual and the imagined. Wilson plays off this disjunction through an accumulation of straightforward images that challenge the viewer to look more carefully.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Wilson will bring his famed Cave & Mountain Tour to the Hyde Park neighborhood on Tuesday, November 2 from 7 to 10pm. The walking tour will commence at SOFA and will explore the landscape surrounding the gallery. To sign-up (there is limited space) please email

Keith Wilson is a San Francisco based filmmaker, photographer and performance artist. His films have screened at the Berlin, London, South by Southwest and New York Underground Film Festivals. His performance based Cave & Mountain Tours have occurred in San Francisco, Atlanta and throughout Texas including the Blanton Museum and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. He is originally from suburban Atlanta and has an MFA in film production from UT-Austin. This is his first solo photography show.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cyprien Gaillard

Cities of Gold and Mirrors

October 27 - December 5

Film and Video Gallery

French-born, Berlin-based artist Cyprien Gaillard’s wide-reaching practice includes sculpture, painting, photography, video, performance, and large-scale public interventions. Inaugurating Arthouse’s Film and Video Gallery is Gaillard’s Cities of Gold and Mirrors (2009), a non-narrative 16 mm film that continues the artist’s investigation into built environments as sites of memory and loss, particularly as manifested in decaying postwar Modernist architecture. Cancún, Mexico provides the backdrop for the film and its anachronistic landscape of glass-veiled hotels adjacent to Mayan ruins binds the film. In five different chapters, the juxtaposition of modern hedonisms against the physical ruins of the once-mighty Mayan Empire creates an atmosphere of displacement and apprehension.

Mequitta Ahuja

Automythography II

October 27 - January 2

Mary Yancy Gallery (1st Floor)

Automythography II continues Mequitta Ahuja’s on-going artistic investigation into the construction of gender, cultural, and ethnic identities through self-portraiture. Referencing the term “biomythography” coined by black feminist author Audre Lorde, Ahuja combines history, myth, and personal narrative to create her own unique practice of visual autobiography. Beginning with private performances in front of the camera, Ahuja photographically documents herself using a remote shutter control. Then, through preparatory drawing as well as a lengthy process of making and revising marks and images made directly onto the canvas or paper, she develops the invented elements of the work. For this exhibition, the artist appears in multiple iterations and pictorial approaches within an imaginary, self-constructed world where figural forms and landscapes collide and intertwine.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The new Arthouse pt.2

Jason Middlebrook

More Art About Buildings and Food

October 27 - January 16

Sue Graze Gallery (2nd Floor)

Transforming detritus from Arthouse’s building renovation into sculpture, dining furniture, and other functional objects, New York-based artist Jason Middlebrook evokes both the history of the Jones Center and its longstanding importance as a gathering place for the Austin community. His work, which has been shown extensively in the United States and Europe, typically features found and recycled everyday materials that reveal practices of overconsumption and the points at which culture and nature collide. For his Arthouse commission, Middlebrook fuses disparate periods and histories of the building into an amalgamation by incorporating ceiling joists, lumber, and masonry salvaged from the building’s 1920s iteration as the Queen Theater with the stair railings and plate-glass windows dating from the 1950s Lerner Shops. Elaborating upon ideas of community, history, and creativity, Middlebrook has made a massive drawing incorporating family recipes submitted through an open call for participation. Some of these recipes will be featured at a communal potluck dinner party held at Arthouse on November 20th. Middlebrook’s elegant yet rustic grand banquet hall sets the stage for the potluck event and a series of lunchtime brown-bag conversations while also serving as an informal gathering space throughout the exhibition. A cookbook-inspired publication will accompany the exhibition.

Public Programs sponsor: Edible Austin
Special thanks to Kathleen Ash, Central Market, East by South East Studios, Edible Austin, Rick Mansfield, Sarah Greene Reed, Harrison Richards, Margo Sawyer, Structura, Inc. and Uncorked.

Tony Feher

Dr. Hawking

October 27 - Ongoing

Sue Graze Gallery (2nd Floor)

New York-based artist Tony Feher has created a long-term, site-determined installation for Arthouse’s new second-floor gallery. Site-determined is a term Feher borrows from artist Robert Irwin, whose work from the 60s and 70s explored the act of perception with seemingly simple architectural interventions. For his Arthouse commission, Feher has activated and transformed a typically overlooked architectural space within the building—the void between the ceiling and steel support beams—through a carefully considered deployment of everyday objects. Feher is well-known for his uncanny ability to reveal the innate beauty in mundane objects and here, via simple repetition and ingenious display, he magically recasts them as a poetic constellation that twinkles from above, a mysterious and captivating field suggestive of the night sky and inspiring wonder, awe, and delight.

Sponsors Lora Reynolds Gallery

Thursday, October 21, 2010

All about the new Arthouse pt. 1

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Coming up @ The new VAC

Losing Faith

Losing Faith is an exhibition of recent work by TJ Hunt and Landon O’Brien investigating artistic identity through recontextualization.

October 22, 2010 - November 13, 2010

Opening Reception: October 29, 6–9 pm

Losing Faith, an exhibition of recent work by TJ Hunt and Landon O’Brien, will examine what it means to self-identify as an artist in the current pluralistic artistic climate, questioning notions of originality and cultural value in a social economy that has largely lost confidence in the power of art as a vehicle to promote a message or enact change. In steadily increasing numbers, artists are emerging from studio art degree programs onto the overpopulated art scene, struggling to extract innovative solutions to a creative crisis from recycled ideas and gestures. Rather than attempting to preserve the idealism of a romanticized past, Losing Faith will address the status quo by embracing the cynical vocabulary of academia. Far from didactic, the works in the exhibition employ humor through appropriation and recontextualization of earlier modes of representation, visually and conceptually establishing a critical dialogue between past and present. The works question the sustainability of their own practice, even as their existence attests to the enduring nature of the creative process.

TJ Hunt will receive a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin in fall 2010. Landon O’Brien received his B.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in spring 2010.

John Kingerlee: A Painter’s Passage

John Kingerlee: A Painter’s Passage is a solo exhibition of works by Anglo-Irish painter John Kingerlee, curated by UT alumnus and former art critic William Zimmer.

October 29, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Closing Reception: December 3, 6:30–9 pm

The Visual Arts Center is proud to present a solo exhibition of abstract, narrative and figurative paintings and mixed-media works by Anglo-Irish painter John Kingerlee, curated by UT alumnus William Zimmer. This survey of Kingerlee’s work includes paintings the artist executed after moving to the remote Beara Peninsula in southwest Ireland in the early 1980s. Kingerlee paints in a number of modes that, despite their singularity, are strongly connected. Among the highlights of the exhibition is work from the Grid Series, in which each panel consists of a grid of opaque color squares, built up over time, to create surfaces evocative of the rugged Irish landscape. Kingerlee’s works are deeply imbued by his lifestyle to live part-time in a remote locale, at one with the landscape and bearing the hardships of daily life in order to paint.

In conjunction with the U.S. tour of this exhibition, undergraduate and graduate students in studio art and art history are invited to participate in the William Zimmer Prize in Art Criticism. Open to students currently enrolled in a fine arts program at any college or university in the U.S., or recent graduates (within one year), the Zimmer Prize will be awarded for the best essay on the work of John Kingerlee. Students may pick up an application at the front desk of the Visual Arts Center, or visit for more information.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New @ Champion

Deep End
New Work by Sonya Berg
Opening Thursday October 21, 7-10 PM
October 21–November 20, 2010

CHAMPION | 800 Brazos Street at 8th St., Austin TX | Tues-Sat, 11-7 PM and by appointment

Monday, October 18, 2010

Viva La Vida fest


WHEN? Saturday, October 23, 2-10 PM
WHERE? 5th Street, between Congress & Brazos

Mexic-Arte Museum presents Día de los Muertos as Viva la Vida Fest to celebrate life and our environment through art and culture. The festival brings together a diversity of people in Austin to pay homage to friends, family, and heroes, featuring an exhibition, education programs, a grand procession with costumes and props, and a street celebration with traditional foods, hands-on art activities, artist demos, local retail booths, live music and performances. Click here for more information! You may also contact (512) 480-9373 or

For the Urban Chalk Art Pre-Procession Festivities, complementing Viva la Vida Fest, click here.

For the morning Prelude Events, click here.


i_delavega_3-small.jpgCOOKING A LA INDEPENDENCIA
With Chef Iliana de la Vega
and Ernesto Torrealba

Presented by Edible Austin
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Edible Austin and Mexic-Arte Museum are proud to present celebrated Chef Iliana de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba who will demonstrate a menu commemorating the anniversaries of Mexican Independence and Revolution. The menu will feature chiles en nogada, mole de olla and a coconut ante (cake). Tastings and recipe cards will be available for guests at this exceptional demonstration of authentic Mexican cuisine!
Admission is free, and setaing is limited - priority will be given to Mexic-Arte Museum Members. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 20, to or (512) 480-9373 x84.

acmc-concert.jpgTEXAS GUITAR QUARTET
Presented by Austin Chamber Music Center
2:00 - 3:00 PM
This special concert celebrates Hispanic Heritage in ACMC's annual collaboration with Mexic-Arte Museum. Since its inception in 2005, the Texas Guitar Quartet is quickly being recognized as one of Texas’s top guitar ensembles. Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel and Mitch Weverka, all of who have garnered acclaim and critical praise as soloists on concert stages around the world and in a multitude of international guitar competitions, comprise TxGQ.
Admission is free. Limited seating, first come first serve.


12:00-4:00 PM
Live Music by Johnny Degollado from 2:00-4:00 PM
5th & Comal at Plaza Saltillo
FREE Admission!

As a new feature of Viva la Vida Fest, Mexic-Arte Museum will be presenting Pre-Procession Festivities at Plaza Saltillo on 5th and Comal in East Austin. Activities will include urban chalk art demos and hands-on participation, face painting, as well as other interactive learning experiences with art! All Austin schools are invited to join the celebration as Mexic-Arte Museum prepares for the Procession, with a special invitation to schools in the Holly neighborhood. Children of all ages and their families are encouraged to attend - come in costume, or bring one to change into to join the Procession when it departs at 6:00 PM!



vidafest-2010b_web-small.jpg6:00-7:00 PM
Departs from Plaza Saltillo
at 5th & Comal

The Grand Procession begins to gathers at 5:00 PM at Plaza Saltillo in East Austin, bringing together a vibrant and varied mix of the traditional, contemporary, and Austin “weird.” The Procession – including costumes, props, live music, dancers, and floats – marches down historic 6th Street and culminates at 5th and Congress, marking the transition from the afternoon to the exciting evening portion of the street festival. The following are the main categories:
  • Pre-Columbian Americas
  • Colonial Mexico featuring the Independence
  • Modern Mexico featuring the Revolution
  • Contemporary / Keep Austin Weird (anything goes!)

7:30-8:00 PM
Main Stage
5th Street (between Congress & Brazos)

Every year, after the Procession arrives to the Dia de los Muertos festival at Mexic-Arte Museum on 5th Street, there is a costume contest! There is a different theme each, and this year, because we are celebrating the Bicentennial of the Independence, and the Centennial of the Revolution, we are calling for participants to dress up as
Emiliano Zapata, Pancho Villa, an Adelita/Soldadera, Miguel Hidalgo, or your favorite hero or heroine of the Independence or Revolution! There will be four prizes: 1) best Adelita/Soldadera 2) best Revolutionary or Independence hero 3) best costumed Chihuahua, and 4) best Frida Kahlo!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Talk @ Women and Their Work

You are invited to a panel discussion on hoarding and collecting.

“Turning the Tables on Unsustainable Attainment”
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 PM

Join us for a conversation with three area psychotherapists: Gemma Marangoni Ainslie, Mary Holman, and Naomi Freireich. By creating magically gorgeous paintings Virginia Yount inspires us to admire and collect work that paradoxically addresses issues of the disordered collecting that is hoarding. Topics of discussion include various conscious and unconscious motives for hoarding, including traumatic loss, memorializing, a compulsion to acquire, and as an effect of isolation. This panel will discuss how Yount's artwork turns the tables on hoarding.


Naomi Freireich, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin. She is past president of Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology and a founding member of Austin Women's Psychotherapy Project. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Social Work and received her certificate in Psychoanalysis from the National Training Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She has written and presented both on the local and national levels. In practice she works with adults and adolescents in individual as well as group settings.

Mary Holman, MA, LPC is a psychotherapist in private practice in Austin, working with individuals and couples. She is currently the Past President of the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology and has also served as Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology President and Education Chair. She obtained her Master's degree from Saint Edward's University and completed a professional training program in object relations psychotherapy at the International Psychotherapy Institute near Washington, DC.

Gemma Marangoni Ainslie, PH.D., ABPP, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin. She is currently President of the Academy of Psychoanalysis and a Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis in Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She has written and presented at local and national levels on psychoanalysis and arts (poetry and film), as well as on adolescence and on female development.

“Unsustainable Attainment” by Virginia Yount is on view in the gallery through November 12, 2010, free.
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