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

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