Nathan Green & Kara Hearn
Opening Reception May 8, 8-10pm
Nathan Green’s paintings might be described as a search for the ecstatic. Green transforms mundane moments into vibrant, fantastical spectacles, at once evoking sarcasm, joy, naivety and cynicism.
In the Project Room, Kara Hearn’s videos confront the depths of existential solitude and yearning. Merging dreams, fantasies, and mediated (media) experiences with actual lived experiences, she rehearses the dramatic, though fractured, journeys that make up our lives.
Anthony W. Garza: Anagenesis
Opening Reception May 9, 10pm-midnight
Anagenesis depicts the hyper evolution and adaptation of life in the near future. Garza creates new ways life will use its surroundings to survive in the drastically changed world.
Hunter Cross: Transparency Now
Opening Reception May 22, 6-11pm
Hunter Cross's new work, installations made using overhead projectors, bingo chips and transparencies, explores the space between an object and its image. Plus a video that sounds hilarious: a ride down Congress Avenue from Highway 290 to the Captiol, with only green lights.
Austin on View
Through June 4
Conceptualized by Tim Kerr, this exhibition draws together the work of five longtime friends. A classic Austin premise—friends getting together to do work they love with people they love.
Susan Davidoff: Petal to the Metal
Through June 13
Working directly from plant forms that she brings into the studio, the Susan Davidoff weaves a multi-layered image of leaf, stem and petal forms, often incorporating the soils in which the plants grow—in the form of earth pigments—into the work itself. The finished works, copper-plate aquatints, are large-scale, rich tapestries of plant forms and earth colors.
Practice Practice Practice
Through June 13
Curated by our own Michael Smith and NYC-based curator Jay Sanders, this group exhibition begins with the comedic idea of timing and the “Rule of Three,” which suggests that things are inherently funnier in threes. The curators also considered Jasper Johns’ recipe: take an object, do something to it, do something else to it. Ideas of timing, comedy, repetition, self-improvement and practice are explored through the work of a robust set of 26 artists, from Ericka Beckman to Joe Zane.
Bayanihan: Work from Manila
Through May 23
See Dan Boehl's review of Bayanihan in this issue.
Project Space: Lisa Choinacky, Rell Ohlson & Dylan Reece
Through May 30
What to expect: tiny Nikes, Snake Plissken, and UFOs. Don' t miss new work by Austin-based artists, Lisa Choinacky and Dylan Reece, and (as of recently) Phoenix-based artist, Rell Ohlson.
Megan Geckler: Straddle the Line
Through May 28
Each of Geckler's site-specific installations are unique and are created in direct response to the space and its architecture. They are crafted on-site and are never duplicated. The work remarkably resembles Austin's very own wunderkind Becca Ward, and we're feeling a little protective of our own... but hey, what do we know.
Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Midcentury
Closing May 17
Lordy Rodriguez: New States
Closing May 17
See Eric Zimmerman's review of New States in Issue #118.
Justin Boyd & Nick Tosches
Closing May 17
Fluent~Collaborative's testsite 09.2 is a visual and aural meditation on faith, hope and love.
Opening Reception May 9, 6-9pm
Austin-based artist Chad Hopper, inspired by discarded objects, recycles the banal into a minimalist fusion of gag art and modern commentary. Thrift-store paintings, magazine clippings, coloring books, or vintage advertisements are all the raw materials of Hopper's salvaged and mixed-media work.
Armando Romero: XX Century Parade
McKinney Avenue Contmeporary
Opening Reception May 9, 5:30-7:30pm
XX Century Parade assembles a parade of characters from the last century—characters from the film industry, science fiction, professional wrestling, the circus and superherodom. His tableaux are darkly humorous, at once comical and troubling.
Opens May 9
Jeff Wheeler's haywire Texas landscapes. Bill Davenport offered this critique of Wheeler's work on Glasstire at the beginning of the year: "the drawings retain Wheeler's quirky, icon-bashing enthusiasm, but I wish there was more fresh drawing... With acres of paper to fill, Wheeler repeats himself... you get tired of seeing the same elements over and over, like another Dairy Queen between Wichita Falls and Amarillo." How will Wheeler respond?
The Beat Goes On: Southern California 1965 to present
Opening Reception May 8, 6-8pm
A grab bag of SoCal artists, including Larry Bell, Wallace Berman, Chris Burden and Ed Ruscha. Looks like the show may include some iconic works, but when there's no press release, it's difficult to assess what the point is.
Dallas on View
Being and Nothingness
Through May 30
An exhibition curated around Jean-Paul Sartre's "Being and Nothingness"... bite that one off and chew on it.
Jay Shinn & Rupert Deese: Spatial Shifts
Through June 2
Spatial Shifts investigates human perception of space through the work of Jay Shinn and Rupert Deese. Shinn blur the boundaries between drawing, painting and sculpture using hollow shapes conceived of stainless steel rods and paint extend from the wall, continuously shifting through space, relative to the location of the viewer. Shinn’s new work reveals the artist’s profound interest in line and space.
The stainless steel constructions mimic line drawings and bend space as they fluctuate into three-dimensional structures. Meanwhile, shapes are painted on the wall, alongside the shadows the sculptures cast, both emphasizing and contradicting the implicit space of these dynamic objects.
Paring down elements of material and imagery similar to minimalist artists such as Sol Lewitt and Donald Judd, Shinn exhibits an analytical approach to art-making and an inquisitive examination of spatial awareness.
Existed: Leonardo Drew
Opening Reception, May 15, 6-8 pm
New York and San Antonio-based artist Leonardo Drew presents sculptures and works on paper created over the last twenty years. Throughout his career, Drew has explored the deeper meanings underlying the detritus of everyday life. "Drew's practice can be described as a journey toward enlightenment, full of reprises and returns as well as new beginnings." Sounds intense.
Out of Site: Noah Simblist
Opening Reception May 8, 6:30-8:30 pm
Tons of stuff happening here, but we're most thrilled to see previous ...mbg contributor Noah Simblist in the Project Space. Out of Site investigates the religious, political, and nationalist symbolism inherent in ideas of home, land and borders. The exhibition examines the diaspora and exile that haunt the landscape of Israel-Palestine.
No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston
Opening reception May 8, 7–10 PM
Free from the land-use and zoning ordinances that shape other large American cities by separating residential, commercial, and industrial areas, Houston allows a mixed-use approach where disparate architectures and functions blend. In this often chaotic, jarring urban topography, many Houston artists have been able to carve out spaces and opportunities for themselves, their work, and their communities. This is the first museum exhibition to consider the current and past efforts of regional artists working in the urban environment.
Houston on View
Maysey Craddock & Faith Gay
Through June 13
Masey Craddock's vibrant gouaches wash over delicate found images or flattened paper bags sewn together with silk thread. Much of the recent imagery in her paintings comes from post-Katrina New Orleans, where Craddock resided until 2005. Meanwhile, Faith Gay creates colorful assemblages of reclaimed materials such as paper, plastic, tape and cardboard on panel.
San Antonio Openings
Opening May 14
Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk appropriates the strategies of American conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s to create projects that deal with reception and reinterpretation. Filtered through the lens of the artist's own biography, his works inhabit a diverse range of media, from photography and sculpture to film and installation, where the artist, the art market, the creative process, and art's dissemination collide.
Abhorrence of the Void
Opening Reception May 15, 6:30-10pm
Abhorrence of the Void explores the idea of horror vacui, a concept that carries with it intimations of mania and compulsion—covering every surface, interweaving pattern atop pattern. The included work, by Tom Clinton, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Louis Vega Trevino and Scott Wolniak, is created using compulsive processes and methods of art making—some calculated, some intuitive—filling the gallery space with psychedelic colors, patterns, sounds, and obsessive mark making.
San Antonio on View
Dave Bryant: Don't Get Caught
Through May 24
Wash your face before entry.
1. No questions.
2. No answers.