Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

New @ Champion Contemporary

Dan Rushton "Planted"

Project Room: Chris Sauter "Exploding Silos"

Opening: Thursday Dec 2, 7-10 PM
Exhibition: Dec 2 - Jan 15, 2011

Presenting new and never seen before works at Champion, Dan Rushton’s paintings are visceral compositions in vibrant hues that contemplate otherworldly meditations on life.

Rushton employs an exacting collage technique in his works that involves the layering of multiple swathes of painted paper to create both seductive and jarring imagery. The graduation of materials builds a deep textural effect and coupled with his brushwork imbues the lustre-like sheen of ceramics. Furthermore, Rushton’s vivid palette and gradation forms a rhythmic dance of majestic robust blooms in moody contortions.

Incorporating classical allegorical references with traces of Greco-Roman aesthetic and past decorative genres, Rushton paints a world that has been reduced to figure, vessel and landscape. The figure only seen from the waist down is a stand in for all ego driven creatures, the vessel, a go between, between the figure and the landscape, and the landscape with foliage representing the world outside of ourselves. Each painting offers some aspect of the relationships between these subjects.

800 Brazos Street

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Last chance @ Lora Reynolds Gallery

October 21 – November 27, 2010

Opening Reception: October 21, 2010, 6-8 pm

Lora Reynolds Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculptures and works on paper by New York based artist, Tony Feher in our Project Room from October 21st to November 27, 2010.

Collecting and cultivating the beauty in everyday objects, Tony Feher infuses cast-off detritus with playful light and whimsy. His sculptures are comprised of carefully chosen plastic bottles, marbles, netting, boxes and other similar urban artifacts. They become animated with Feher's clever use of color, repetition and various juxtapositions often in response to a specific architectural space.

Feher will display a dynamic grouping of works including ‘Singer of Many,' 31 glass bottles with screw caps, water, and food coloring aligned on a painted wooden shelf, which collectively addresses traditional elements such as line, shape, volume and color in a contemporary and whimsical way. ‘Pink Hole,' an unfolded, glitter encrusted reincarnation of a three-dimensional French fry box, reinforces Feher's distinct ability to pull to the forefront the beauty and potential of the commonplace.

Tony Feher was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received his BA from the University of Texas, Austin. He currently lives and works in New York and has exhibited in numerous institutions including the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, the Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago among others. In addition, Arthouse at the Jones Center has commissioned a new work including a constellation of hundreds of water bottles suspended from their second floor gallery ceiling in honor of the grand reopening taking place October 21-24. The public is invited to a reception on Thursday, October 21st from 6-8 pm. The artist will be in attendance.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Julie Speed - Women's Studies
Terry Allen - Rage

The Austin Museum of Art is pleased to celebrate the national significance and aesthetic richness of Austin’s premier fine art publisher Flatbed Press. Twenty Years ofPrintmaking at Flatbed Press showcases the significant role that original prints play in the work of today's artists. Founded in 1989, this publishing workshop is modeled on such noble predecessors as Crown Point Press in San Francisco, and Universal Limited Art Editions in West Islip, New York. Since the 1960s, contemporary prints have rivaled paintings in aesthetic quality, scale, and technical ambition. Many of the printmaking methods artists currently use date to the Renaissance or earlier. Digital technology and new materials, however, have prompted technical innovation and expanded creative options, bringing fresh vision to a venerable medium. Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press , on view November 26, 2010 throughFebruary 13, 2011, explores this interplay between tradition and innovation in printmaking.

Friday, Dec. 3 | 6pm-9pm

Saturdays at 2pm | Thursdays at 6pm

Saturday, Jan. 29 | 2pm | AMOA Downtown

Saturday, Jan. 29 | 8pm | Antone's

Austin Museum of Art: Downtown
823 Congress Avenue at 9th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Community Potluck @ Arthouse

Jason Middlebrook

Community Potluck

November 20, 2010

2:00 – 8:00 pm
Second floor gallery

Christa Gary
Please include information about the dish you are bringing with your RSVP

Arthouse does not have the ability to keep food hot for an extended period of time. If your dish needs to be served hot, please bring it close to 5 pm. Thank you for your cooperation.

Join Arthouse and exhibiting artist Jason Middlebrook on Saturday, November 20 for a full day of art, food, and fun! In conjunction with Middlebrook’s site-specific exhibition More Art About Buildings and Food, Arthouse is hosting a FREE community and family-friendly potluck event along with many related activities.

Please join us and bring your favorite dish to share with friends, old and new. Need an idea for a dish? Visit the exhibition beforehand and choose a recipe from Middlebrook’s wall drawing, created from 177 recipes submitted to Arthouse from friends across the globe. 

Workshops and demonstrations begin at 2pm. Potluck dinner begins at 5 pm – please bring a dish to share!

Schedule of Events:

2 pm
Aimee Olson is the Department Dean of Baking & Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin and a four time nominee for the James Beard Award. She will demonstrate gingerbread building techniques while participants craft their own creations.

Dorsey Barger is the co-owner of Eastside Café, which opened its doors in 1988 and is still one of Austin’s favorite restaurants. Barger will demonstrate how to prepare homegrown vegetables and herbs from your own backyard, using techniques and flavor combinations inspired by the café’s own kitchen garden.

3:30 pm
Paul Qui is the Executive Chef of Uchiko. Qui attended Austin’s Texas Culinary Academy and under the tutelage of chef/owner Tyson Cole, worked his way up from the tempura station to second in command at Uchi – arguably Austin’s best restaurant. Qui is now Executive Chef at Cole’s newest venture, Uchiko, which features sushi and Japanese farmhouse cuisine.

4 pm
This documentary chronicles the legendary SoHo artists’ cooperative that served organic food and offered a space for discussions and performances, playing an important role in New York City’s artistic community in the early 1970s.

5 pm
Let’s eat! Grab a plate and listen to Jason discuss the exhibition and his artistic practice.

6 pm
In celebration of the exhibition title’s inspiration, TIGR performs songs from the Talking Heads seminal album, More Songs About Buildings and Food.

7 pm
Arthouse’s spectacular roof top deck will be open to the public from 7 – 8:30 pm.

This event is presented by Edible Austin.
Special thanks to Pure Rain and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Austin.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Trees Make Seeds Make Trees: Copse #1 :

Chris Burch + Geoff Galve

Outdoor Installation

E.A.S.T Open Hours: Saturday and Sunday, November 13 + 14, 20 + 21, 11AM-6PM

Trees Make Seeds Make Trees is a new series that attempts to articulate my fascination with the seed as an example of possibility, growth and change. The seed is a mysterious enclosure with vast potential, I choose to mystify it and accentuate it's mystery by exaggerating the size and proportion of seed to tree. The trees themselves are new incarnations of trees that have fallen in the woods and have later been collected. The space created by the conjoined branches of the four trees is meant for contemplation and at it's most successful will be well integrated with the space around it while carving out it's own little environment to be separately experienced.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lupita Murillo Tinnen
American DREAM
November 20 - January 6, 2011

Opening Reception
Saturday, November 20, 7 to 9pm

Without ever revealing a face, photographer Lupita Murillo Tinnen creates powerful portraits of undocumented students. The obscured faces suggest the invisibility of their personal plight and the precariousness that their undocumented status creates. Using the students' rooms as a lens to view their Americanized identities, Tinnen creates poignant images of lives constantly threatened by joblessness and deportation. Tinnen puts a human face on the statistics and titles each image with the student's academic interest and the age they were brought to the U.S. This work is presented against the backdrop of pending legislation: the Development, Relief & Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act that would provide a pathway to citizenship.

Friday, November 12, 2010

New @ The Visual Arts Center

Opening Reception and Poetry Reading: November 19, 6–9 pm

Featuring work by Kelly Rae Burns, Kristina Felix, Margot Holtman, Jules Buck Jones, Jonathon Keats,and Jill Pangallo

Anthropogenesis showcases the work of six contemporary artists who use animal imagery in ways ranging from exercises in draftsmanship to explorations of non-human consciousnesses. Jonathan Keats’ ballet for honeybees assumes an insect audience and performers. Jules Buck Jones’ new paintings of birds, reptiles and amphibians reference mankind’s taxonomic organization of animal species. Other artists, like Margot Holtman and Kelly Rae Burns, merge totemic human and animal forms, while others relate human and animal identities. Anthropogenesis considers animals and animal behavior as an artistic source.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

E.A.S.T Studio tour

Much too much to list:


But check out:
The Pay Phone Revival Project: OPENING BIKE TOUR & Yellow Bike Release
Saturday, November 13 · 3:00pm - 5:30pm
El Chilito
2219 Manor
Austin, TX
Join us for a group bicycle tour of abandoned pay phone booths that have been re-purposed for the display of site-specific art installations! The group ride will lead us through East Austin to all the Pay Phone Revival Project art installations. Austin's Yellow bike will be distributing free community bikes in conjunction with this event! Invite all your friends! For more information email me at: payphonerevival@gmail.com

The Artists!
Briar Bonifacio
¡el grupo!
J.P. Marquardt
Lindsay Palmer
Jamie Panzer
Jennifer Quarles and John Quarles
K.A. Sheehan

The Pay Phone Revival Project is being presented by the Pump Project Art Complex and is supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division. Generous Contributions were also made by the Texas Payphone Association, TeleNational Inc, Brian Carroll. This project is also supported by the East Austin Studio Tour, The Yellow Bike Project and fictiondesignstudio.com. This project was made possible through partnerships with local businesses: El Chilito, Mexitas, Urban Market, East Side Liquor, East First Grocery, and the Stop N' Get, lets support them!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New @ Lora Reynolds Gallery

November 13 – December 31, 2010

Opening Reception: Saturday November 13, 2010 6-8pm

Artist Talk begins at 7pm

Lora Reynolds Gallery is pleased to announce Here and There, our third solo exhibition of work by the British artist Ewan Gibbs.

Travel destinations, urban facades and interior spaces are three types of images that Ewan Gibbs employs in his intimate drawings - each one containing thousands of miniscule marks varied only by the weight of his hand. This method evolved from the discovery of a book on knitting patterns while Gibbs was still an art student in London. The book included patterns that broke down each composition stitch by stitch, similar to the way that Gibbs abstracts his subject matter today. Using an intricate system of repetitive marks and pattern, Gibbs self-consciously constructs a realistic image that is a representation of its source material. But more importantly it pictures the process by which it was made. Referencing Pop Art, his work is akin to Roy Lichtenstein's and the grid systems of Chuck Close. Sharp and recognizable from afar, the imagery breaks down into a drawn surface with close proximity.

For Here and There Gibbs will present two groups of drawings. One is from landmarks and common sites around Austin such as the Texas State Capital while the other is based on interior spaces. The Austin drawings stem from photographs taken throughout the city by Gibbs, a similar starting point to projects in Aspen, Chicago and San Francisco. For instance, a drawing of a now dismantled water tower taps into the work's ability to evoke memories and preserve a segment of a city's ever evolving landscape.

Juxtaposed with this kind of urbanism is a series of intimate interiors. Using found images that are taken from vacation brochures, they are drawn corresponding to the exact size of the source image. Although much smaller in scale, these recent graphite interiors have more clarity and definition than his previous ink drawings of the same subject matter that he made in the nineties. Today they are denser due to his use of a finer grid and a uniform series of marks, creating subtle sets of variation.

Ewan Gibbs lives and works in Oxfordshire, England. He obtained his BFA from London's Goldsmiths College and was recently commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to make a group of 18 drawings for the museum's 75th Anniversary. His work has been acquired by, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, The Tate Gallery, London, The High Museum, Atlanta, and the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin. An upcoming solo exhibition is scheduled at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2012.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Artist talk and screening @ The Blanton

Artist Talk & Screening

Walead Beshty
Photo: Scott Council

Artist Talk & Screening
Walead Beshty: The Allegorical City and the Revolutionary Undead
Thursday, November 18, 7PM

Wrtier and artist Walead Beshty on photography, cinema, and the post-apocalyptic imagination of the 1970s. Screening of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead to follow. Blanton Auditorium

This special event takes place during Third Thursday.

Third Thursday
Thursday, November 18, 5 - 9PM

Join us for our monthly free evening of art and activities. Enjoy an extended happy hour in The Blanton Cafe featuring a glass of wine and a slice of gourmet pizza for $5.
Yoga in the Galleries*
Artist Talk and Screening: Walead Beshty and Dawn of the Dead
Blanton Book Club: Old Masters, New World: America's Raid on Europe's Great Pictures by Cynthia Saltzman
Tour: Turner to Monet

*Attendance at yoga is limited to 28 people. Passes are given on a first come, first served basis at the Visitor Services Desk starting at 5:30PM.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Coming up @ St. Edward's

Wings for Luke, oak, steel, terry cloth, leather and vellum
Nov. 19–Dec. 9
Opening Reception:
Friday, Nov. 19, 6–8 p.m.
Artist Lecture: Friday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m.
Artist: Steven Neves
This eclectic assembly of works is unified by autobiographical points of reference and the peculiarities of an egocentric worldview. Appropriation of mythology, art history and popular culture provide footholds for entry into my art. Chimera is a compilation of sculptures, drawings and prints that altogether form a rebus of sorts, a relational puzzle whose meaning will be revealed differently according to the individual viewpoints of each observer.

Friday, November 5, 2010

New @ Birdhouse

Abi Daniel / Ah, My Pet!

Abi Daniel will be showcasing a new series of peculiar and surreal prints, drawings, paintings, assemblages, and installations. Using actual and mythical flora and fauna, the human form, and selective groupings of found objects she explores themes of isolation, companionship, curiosity, desire, and fickle memory. This show will hang for four days only.

Abi Daniel is a fine artist and illustrator who lives and works in Austin, Texas. She earned a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2001.

Open Reception:
Friday, November 5th
7-11 PM

Additional Viewing:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Coming up @ Co-Lab

See these works at the Art Alliance Austin Preview Party on Friday, November 12, visit www.artallianceaustin.org for information and tickets.
Intransigent : Stacy Elko and Sang-Mi Yoo
Open Hours: Saturday and Sunday, November 13 + 14, 20 + 21, 11AM-6PM

Sand Castles have different connotations for people. It has the sad sweet memories of childhood. Sand castles crumbling one after another resemble human civilizations as well as the temporal aspect of everyday life. As we get older, we forget the early times of play and memory and concentrate on our busy lives. But with all that we do and make, anything we do is nothing more than castles in the sand to be washed away by time and human experience.

We are commenting on the ephemeral quality of human life and civilization. Through this metaphor in installation, we present the repeated efforts and decay of human activities. Using materials that are both fragile and biodegradable, we construct a temporary civilization in the space. Cave houses crawling on the wall are made of recycled newsprint papier mâché. Sand houses on the floor slowly disintegrate under the slow but inexorable pace of time, represented by water.

Like Gulliver among the Lilliputians, we stand and ponder the decay as the crumbling sand parallels the destruction of shifting weather patterns, and the political strife and upheavals across the globe. Although some structures high on the walls may seem immune, all will eventually succumb to the force of time. Is it only within our will or can we alter the seemingly inevitable march of repeating history and time?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New @ Testsite

Full Foreground

testsite 10.5
Rob Verf & Roberto Tejada

November 14 - December 19
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 14, 6-8pm

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

For their collaboration artist Rob Verf and art-writer/poet Roberto Tejada seek to enliven the exhibition space and its logic of display with a set of visual metaphors and language that set into motion differences and associative links between forms of claim-making that engage inner speech and public address. Verf and Tejada present a video installation in which language plays a determinate role.

"Our collaboration constitutes a series of metaphors overturning the pyramids of high and low. In languages popular, elite, disciplinary, and insubordinate, we aim to activate a tutorial akin to that of the exhibition space as a site that galvanizes individuals into cultural citizens. We see ‘dialogue’ not only as the format of this project, but as content as well—in the material fact of monosyllabic claims on expanded polystyrene foam."

Rob Verf was born in Amersfoort (Netherlands) in 1964. He has participated in many exhibitions, art projects and won awards in the Netherlands as well as abroad. He has lived and worked in Argentina since 2000. In 2006 he participated in the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. From 2008 and onwards Rob Verf teaches painting and drawing at the Art Department of the University of Texas at Austin in the United States.

Roberto Tejada is an art writer, cultural critic, and poet who focuses on Latin American and US Latino culture. He is the author, most recently, of National Camera: Photography and Mexico's Image Environment, and Exposition Park. Tejada is Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University.