Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27, 7-10pm
Stacie Johnson makes paintings about the everyday items that she finds in her immediate surroundings. The works in Diamond in the Middle are graphic abstractions that act as meditations on the symbolic relationships between objects.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6, 7-9pm
Houston based artist Kathryn Kelley up-cycles and reanimates objects of urban refuse into large fleshy sculptures that often stand in the place of the self. The impressive scale of these pieces creates a theatrical position for viewers who are confronted with gregarious forms, or intimations of the shadowed self. Remnant inner tubes, doors, frames & windows morph & mingle in these ambitious works. Click here for more information about the show.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 13, 7-11pm
In "Revising the Century," Austin experimental musician and artist Josh Ronsen invited Mail Artists to alter photographs chronicling the 20th Century. These were photos of generals, kings, presidents, despots, heroes, victims, and regular people. The artists could request photos from particular years or themes (one choose "just the scumbags, please") and use them in any artistic transformation. Some 40 artists submitted 180 works of revisionist history, creating an alternate universe of whimsies and horrors. This will be the only time all 180 works will be displayed together before they are mailed back out to different artists.
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 7, 3 - 5pm
Taking compositions found within the landscape as a starting place, Elizabeth Chiles builds syntax out of the formal and affective relationships between darkness and natural light. Her photographs endow light with temporal and spatial presence—a visible presence that nonetheless gestures toward the imperceptible and ineffable. This handling of light transforms the everyday into something to be revered. In this way, the works in Book of Praise become an ode to a presence akin to that of an altar or inspired text, or what may be the aura of the sacred.
Opening reception: Saturday, February 27, 7-9pm
From Rama Tiru: "Austin- East of I-35 captures the essence of this tight-knit community through photographs and interviews with the people and places that bring life to East Austin's community culture, which has a personality all of its own, one that reflects the history through its residents' life experiences." Click here for more information about the show
March 13 - 14
Jeremy Fish's artwork deals with the relationship of all things cute and creepy, and the balance between the two. The work tends to be narrative stories designed with a library of symbols and characters. In 2007 Mr Fish started a new brand called Superfishal, with the help of his loyal team of hard working gnomes.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6, 8-11pm
MASS Gallery is pleased to present Over, a new collaborative installation created by Austin-based artists, Ilea Avalos, Andrea Bonin, and Megan Kincheloe. Over is the group's collective process of reconciliation between the desire to hold on to time, to remember, and time as an impersonal force. The artists use handmade plaster bricks to create larger structures that represent units of counting and the building blocks of memory. Avalos, Bonin, and Kincheloe share an aesthetic that involves both a sense of structuring as well as collapsing. The project is a meditation on the human process of resolving what ultimately might be loss.
Austin on View
Through May 9
AMOA's New Works exhibition series introduces fresh contemporary art by innovative Austin artists. The upcoming show will feature installation artist, Luke Savisky, who uses light and projection to explores ideas of perception, exposure, surveillance, and perspective. Click here for a video of a previous installation in downtown Austin.
Through March 27
Release features Denny McCoy as he continues his exploration of visual perception and the emotional and physical effects of color and spatial relationships.
Installation 6: Video
Through March 6
Launched in 2003, Scion Installation is a revolutionary art tour affirming the brand's ongoing commitment to support independent artistic expression. Installation 6: Video challenged 10 artists to create non-narrative video installations that will transform five unique exhibitions.
Through March 13
Clowns and Portraits is Jim Torok's newest solo show at Lora Reynolds. Known for his oil on panel portraiture, the artist continues to play with the ideas of portrait, figuration, and abstraction. This time, clowns included.
Dallas on View
Through March 20
Wayne White's wide-ranging technical palette-equal parts designer, sculptor, painter, and draftsman are zealously displayed as he coaxes text to take on new forms. I Fell 37 Miles to Earth 100 Years Ago is a solo exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by the LA Artist. He even has a wiki page.
Al Souza, James Sullivan, & Brett Rees
Through March 20
Through April 18
In a splashy, funky glow of Pepto Bismol pink and construction orange, James Gilbert’s oversized installation of an airplane fuselage in multiple parts overpowering teetering small boats, engage the viewer in his unsettling analysis of travel safety and security. The multi-media sculpture, audio and video expose Gilbert’s response to today’s “endless safety precautions and legislation in our lives that practically remove the need for common sense,” where privacy is compromised with our every move posted on Facebook and Twitter.
Fort Worth Openings
Three Propositions and a Musical Scenario
March 5, 2010 from 8-10 PM
Three Propositions and a Musical Scenario is a one-night exhibition organized by Noah Simblist and Subtext Projects. The exhibition will be located at an artist studio complex. Three small storefront spaces will showcase one-person, site-specific installations by Justin Boyd, Brad Tucker and M. that will include video, sound, drawing and sculpture. In addition to this, a pavilion in the parking lot will serve as a stage for performances by Jenn Gooch and Richie Budd. All of these artists share a history of engaging in both art and performance.
Fort Worth on View
Gabriel Acevedo Velarde
Through April 4
Gabriel Acevedo Velarde is a multicultural, multimedia artist who creates narratives in which autobiography, history and fiction are intertwined. The artist was born in Lima, Peru; received his BFA in Puebla, Mexico; attended film school in Mexico City; and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Having these different cultural viewpoints has informed his perspective on how individuality is created in a global society. His experimental videos and installations explore the notion of identity and its evolution through the use of social parables.
Opening Reception: March 12, 6 - 8pm
Ladies First brings together the work of Elaine Bradford, Margarita Cabrera, Ali Fitzgerald, Jessica Halonen, Lauren Kelley, Bari Ziperstein. At least the gallery exhibits no pretension about a theme for this show. Gallery director and owner Arturo Palacios is simply making a promise. He's going to show women. Really.
Opening Reception: Friday, Februrary 26, 6-8pm
PG Contemporary presents Picasso's Kitchen (Me Gusta Tu Jefa) by Milwaukee-based artist Santiago Cucullu featuring 19 small watercolors, a video, banana peels in bronze and latex, and a site-specific wall drawing relating to Cucullu's recollecton of "The Kitchen," painted by Picasso in commemoration of the thirteenth anniversary of the death of his friend Guillaume Apollinaire.
Houston on View
Through August 15
Contemporary Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is known for his witty embrace of semantic shifts that result from imaginative plays with materials, objects, and actions. In his work, contradictions in the space between what the artist describes as softness and perversity wage a sarcastic critique on political power structures, from notions of nationalism or the authorities of organized religion to the conceit of the museum and art history. from the press release
Through April 18
Countless contemporary artists count Barkley Hendricks as an important influence. This show received tons of coverage when it started out at the Studio Museum in Harlem and again when it went to Los Angeles (well, Santa Monica). A must-see.
Odili Donald Odita
Through May 2
Odili Donald Odita has created a site-specific environment created from a new body of paintings that echo the unique architectural features of the CAMH's lower gallery space, where it is installed. Holland Cotter has said that Odita's colorful, hard-edged paintings "already look like classics."
Ruptures and Continuities: Photography Made after 1960 from the Collection
Through May 9
As part of the FotoFest 2010 Biennial, nearly 200 photographs from the MFAH collection examine the course of post-1960 photography across the globe. For more information, click here.
San Antonio Openings
One for All: Contemporary Perspectives on the Figure
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 4, 8-9pm
This exhibition brings together the work of Jose Lerma, Joey Fauerso, Jim Torok, and Emily Joyce. All four artists are linked by an interest in the observation of people. From within the long tradition of the use of the figure in drawing and painting, each finds a unique and compelling perspective. Influenced by history, popular culture, spirituality and humor, these artists draw from individual experiences to create works that are both personally and universally poignant.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 26, 7-12pm
I'm lying, I promise is the title of British film and video artist John Smith's solo exhibition at Sala Diaz. 3 different 90 minute programs will be shown at 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 PM. Subsequent showings throughout Contemporary Art Month will be shown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, at 2:00, 3:30 and 5 PM. Click here for more information about viewing.