Mark-Making: Dots, Lines and Curves
July 11-September 5, 2009
This group exhibition explores the most basic component of art: The marks made by the artist’s hand. These elements are represented in a variety of media, ranging from drawing, sculpture, video and cut paper to painted wood. By examining the fundamentals of these pieces some light is shed on how these artists, literally and figuratively, make their mark.
Austin on View
I Am Not So Different
Through August 5
See the review of I Am Not So Different in this issue.
Through November 1
Two weeks ago, Okay Mountain hosted Jim Drain's crazy Pig Pen Party (everyone dressed as pigs and drank a lot), where the artist filmed footage for his installation in the Blanton's WorkSpace Gallery. Oink oink.
Through September 27
The Blanton continues to lead the charge on Latin American art with the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States of the work of Francisco Matto, a student of the legendary Joaquín Torres-Garcia.
Dallas on View
Daniel Mirer: In Finest Tradition
Through July 25, 2009
In this series, Daniel Mirer applies the structural principles of his architectural images to portraiture. The subjects become extensions of the space itself, lending a specific geometry to the finished work. Meanwhile, the subjects represent male archetypes, exploring what it is to be a man in today's society. (from the press release)
Brent Steen: Still Lifes: Seeing Violet
Jim Richard: Let's Stay Inside
Through August 1, 2009
Still Lifes: Seeing Violet by Brent Steen in the Main Gallery and Let's Stay Inside by Jim Richard in the North Gallery take separate looks at the domestic spaces we inhabit and the potential for the surprising, unfamiliar and mysterious therein. (From the press release)
San Antonio Openings
Kristy Perez: all that stands between us
July 10 – August 16, 2009
Kristy Perez writes of her work, "The search is an endless self…or shelf….
It seems necessary to explore the notion of infinite human need and want toward consumption, the act and will(determination) of us all…as in subject/object/SELF. This has become a reoccurring theme in my work lately. I toy with the idea of suspension and pull as it relates to desire. I think this is critical. We are all pounding away in our post/plural reality. It’s an absurdity when everything is measured the same. What does that say about sensation? …Where does beauty lie in relation to volatility? Who are we? what do we value? (true love or stuff ?) Have we already arrived at ecstasy?"(from the press release)
Meg Langhorne, Animal
July 2 - July 31, 2009
Meg Langhorne would like the world to be a peaceable kingdom. In these new gouache paintings she romanticizes prey and adds a risqué twist, so it makes you wonder if she really would like the lion to lie down with the lamb, and just who is the animal? (from the press release)
Leigh Anne Lester
July 18 – October 25, 2009
Leigh Anne Lester's work addresses the place between the genesis of genetic modification and its aftereffects. Lester’s drawings are composed of multiple layers of Mylar with historical botanicals drawn or cut onto each layer. The transparency of the Mylar allows the line of each botanical to optically blend with the next layer. (from the press release)
Jason Jay Stevens: Eleven Strata and the Planetary Boundary
July 2 - August 2, 2009
Jason Jay Stevens offers the audience a unique, virtual tour of eleven strata of atmosphere and ocean, on either side of the planetary boundary. Featuring sculptures, a pair of paintings, and a pair of photographs, the centerpiece of the exhibition is two sound compositions, one each for atmosphere and ocean. These musical works are essentially performed by an ensemble made up of sculptures in the gallery, generating a planetary rhythm and harmony. The sonic landscape varies dramatically throughout the space, but at any point can be contemplated as one work. (from the press release)
Alejandro Diaz, Kristy Perez, Gary Sweeney: Let This Be a Sign
July 17 – September 5, 2009
Let This Be a Sign addresses the “sign” in contemporary art. The artists in the show find their sources in language that comments on pop culture, politics, and beauty. By executing works with the focus on the perception of the sign, these works stimulate the viewer to become a questioner by inviting reflection on the intentions and meanings. Alejandro Diaz displays a selection of handmade cardboard signs from his Mexican Wallpaper series, Kristy Perez creates a site-specific installation, and Gary Sweeney exhibits several large-scale signs that quote a conversation from the movie Sunset Boulevard. (from the press release)