Exhibitions

Austin Openings

Amanda Ross-Ho

Visual Arts Center (Vaulted Gallery)
Opening Reception: Friday, January 28, 2011, 6–9 pm

During the course of this evolving on-site work, Amanda Ross-Ho will invite viewers to become participants in an ongoing examination of the boundaries of the white cube, the direct and indirect products of creative expression, and the connectivity of the visual world. Her site-specific installation will transform the Vaulted Gallery into an active worksite dedicated to producing three basic elements: blank stretched canvases, simple hand-built ceramic vessels, and handmade paper. Ross-Ho collapses the life cycle of the creative process through the performative act of embedding the gallery with the energy of production. The three manifestations of the ‘empty’ space produced—canvas, vessel, page—will create an environment that both formalizes the ability for massive potential and serves as witness to mass activity.

Natasha Bowdoin

Visual Arts Center (The Arcade Gallery)
Opening Reception: Friday, January 28, 2011 6–9 pm

The Daisy Argument by Houston-based artist Natasha Bowdoin is the third incarnation of a project that documents her transcription of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Over the past few years, Bowdoin has used language as an organic material to explore the unpredictable presence of words. Her site-specific installations are composed of an ever-changing number of components, including drawings and phrases carefully cut from paper that are re-appropriated with each new exhibition.

William Hundley

Domy Books
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 22, 7-9pm

Becomes is a survey of recent sculptural and collage-based work of William Hundley. The work has been created with primal intent in which the artist becomes the medium that allows for a dialogue with the nature spirits.

The Tremendous Family

Co-Lab
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 5, 7-11pm

The Tremendous Family is happy to announce a collective show highlighting accessibility in the digital age. The Tremendous Family is a collection of collections; a platform to create a unique dialogue through visual works from emerging artists. Obtaining free, intimately sized prints by way of various print on-demand promotional offers has given us the opportunity to present our website's current collection of work.

Beverly Penn & Sydney Yeager

d berman gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, 28 January 2011, 6-8pm

Beverly Penn says, “The Place of my work is the Garden. As a cultivated border between civilization and wilderness, the Garden is a surreal expression of nature tamed, a transformative buffer zone with potential for mystery, exaggeration, and fantasy. Sydney Yeager says of her recent paintings that the “marks which compose the shapes threaten the boundaries of their confining edges.

Rock Hard / Soft Rock

Visual Arts Center (Center Space Project)
Opening Reception: Friday, January 28, 6–9 pm

In the Center Space, graduate students in studio art Olivia Moore and Richard Yanas offer this compilation of works in a variety of media that engage in a lateral slide of associations tied together by a single word: ROCK

Austin on View

Storytelling

L. Nowlin Gallery
Through February 12

A curatorial collaboration between L. Nowlin Gallery and Austin Photography Group, Storytelling is a group exhibition featuring the work of close to 40 Texas photographers. The work explores and interprets the narrative; an important element in human connection and communication.

Erin Curtis

Champion Contemporary
Through February 19

Champion is delighted to announce the solo show Ornament of Savage Tribes by Austin artist Erin Curtis. The exhibition is comprised of a body of large scale, free-hanging paintings and mixed-media drawings that reflect an ongoing investigation into architecture, abstraction, and decoration.

Out of Place

Lora Reynolds Gallery
Through March 5

Lora Reynolds Gallery is pleased to present Out of Place, curated by Noah Simblist. The exhibition will include six international artists, many of whom rarely exhibit their work in the US, more often showing in Europe or the Middle East.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji

Women and Their Work
Through February 17

The epic crossings of an Ife head features paintings and videos based on performances by the artist. Ogunji uses physical actions of the body to explore her connections to place, land, history and memory.

Lisa Tan

Arthouse
Through March 27

Lisa Tan’s conceptual practice is grounded in the examination of emotional drives. This exhibition includes works in a variety of media that address romanticism and los through a diverse group of protagonists drawn from literature and film as well as the artist herself.

Departure

grayDUCK Gallery
Through February 13

This abstract show explores the deconstruction of words, architecture and information while paying homage to intuition, spirituality and imagination. Exhibiting artists include Ute Bertog, Melissa Breitenfeldt, Jennifer Chenoweth, and Court Lurie.

Advancing Tradition: Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press

Austin Museum of Art
Through February 13

Imagine a place where artists Terry Allen, Michael Ray Charles, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Melissa Miller, James Surls, and Julie Speed, among others, collaborated with master printmakers to stretch the limits of their practice and the media. That place has thrived for twenty years in the form of Austin-based Flatbed Press, an active laboratory for innovative printmaking.

New Works: Eric Zimmerman

Austin Museum of Art
Through February 13

New Works exhibition series introduces fresh contemporary art by innovative artists. Eric Zimmerman’s painstakingly rendered small and large-scale graphite drawings, functional sculptures, and archival sound works consider the history of American exploration and industry, progress and failures.

Austin Closings

10th Anniversary Group Show

d berman gallery
Through January 22

d berman gallery is celebrating our 10th anniversary this year! To cap the year, we’re having a giant, rollicking 10th anniversary group show…. with a little bit of everything fabulous.

Keren Cytter

Arthouse
Through January 23

In this three-channel video installation, Cross.Flowers.Rolex, the Berlin-based artist draws on fact and fiction to create a surreal melodrama that preys on media clichés.

San Antonio Openings

Andy Benavides

Sala Diaz
Opening Reception: Friday, January 21, 7-11 PM

The age old search for self. In a society that brands everyone and everything, it seemed appropriate to explore this idea of self at Sala Diaz.

Zine Library

Unit B Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, January 21, 6:30-10pm

Organized by Emily Morrison and Trouser House of New Orleans, LA. Zine Library features work by 50 zinesters from New Orleans, Austin, and Mexico City. The exhibit aims to connect the art of Zine-making with the impetus for the medium—the Do-it-Yourself movement, intersocial dynamics, and issues surrounding copyright and distribution of printed matter.

San Antonio on View

Steve Reynolds

UTSA Art Gallery
Through February 23

Curated by Catherine Lee. Steve Reynolds: Serial Investigations in Sculpture is an examination of trajectories in the remarkable career of Steve Reynolds (1940-2007), an internationally admired artist especially well known for his tour-de-force explorations in sculpture and ceramics.

San Antonio Closings

James Castle

Lawrence Markey
Through January 28

Exhibition of handmade books by James Castle. Castle was a self-taught artist, born profoundly deaf, who created drawings, collaged objects and books with consummate dedication throughout his lifetime.

San Marcos Openings

SUBstainability

Galleries at Texas State University
Opening Reception: January 20, 5-7 pm

The galleries at Texas State University are pleased to announce SUBstainability, a group exhibition co-curated by gallery director Mary Mikel Stump and art historian Andy Campbell, regarding the multiple ways that we are sustained emotionally, mentally and bodily.

Houston Openings

CHUNKS

Skydive
Opening Reception: Saturday January 22, 7-10pm

SKYDIVE is pleased to announce CHUNKS, the first exhibition in the new location at 2041 Norfolk Street. CHUNKS is a group show about playful experiments with things that don't quite fall in the painting or the sculpture category, but could be considered to be CHUNKS. CHUNKS explores the work of emerging and mid-career artists who employ the language of painting in other dimensions, and in a variety of materials, including digital media.

Houston on View

Josephine Durkin, The Bridge Club, Hollis Cooper, Mark Aguhar and Laura Lark

Lawndale Art Center
Through March 12

Josephine Durkin works with a variety of methods to investigate how materials and objects can be manipulated and positioned to function as human surrogates in the exhibition When I saw you last.... In the Mezzanine Gallery, The Bridge Club collaborative presents a new performance and installation work titled Natural Resources utilizing objects coated in either milk or petroleum oil. Hollis Cooper will create a site specific painting installation in response to the architecture of the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery for the exhibition Working Space. In the Project Space, Mark Aguhar's exploration of queer expression and what it means to have grown up gay on the internet in a new series of works for the exhibition M4M. The SNACK PROJECTS gallery will feature the Los Angeles bedroom of Neely O'Hara from the novel and movie Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susan, in miniature, by artist Laura Lark.

Jillian Conrad

Art Palace
Through February 19

Mixing the elements of traditional sculpture--its mass, volume, and solidity--with the possibilities of drawing, Jillian Conrad's work has one foot in the world of objects and the other in the world of the imagination.

Patricia Hernandez

DiverseWorks
Through February 26

Houston artist Patricia Hernandez challenges the integrity of America’s most collected artist, Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light, with an exhibition at DiverseWorks ArtSpace, Parody of Light. Within an installation that includes the interior of a home and a shopping mall, Patricia Hernandez critiques Kinkade’s practice of digitally reproducing his images on questionably “collectible” objects while restricting the sale of his original paintings.

Gabriel Dieter

Domy Books
Through March 17

New work by Gabriel Dieter. Revenge of the World represents four years of collected works that address the tender and fragile parts of humanity with the sincerity of a comedian on death row.

Disturbance of Distance 2

Box 13
Through February 19

Box 13 ArtSpace is pleased to announce the opening of Disturbance of Distance 2, the second in a continuing series of juried exhibitions connecting Houston to the surrounding arts communities. This round brings together artists from the Houston and Dallas areas, curated by Charles Dee Mitchell. Disturbance of Distance 2 features the artists Mary Benedicto, Val Curry, Brian Jones, Daniel McFarlane, Brian Scott, Sunny Sliger, and Bonnie Young.

Okay Mountain

Blaffer Art Museum
Through April 2

For their exhibition at the Blaffer, Okay Mountain explores the methods and rituals held in common by otherwise isolated groups—from followers of self-help messiahs to fundamentalist cults to Fortune 500 companies—who “employ a combination of initiation, insider/outsider mentality, esoteric language, and a hierarchy of progressive advancement to inspire a streamlined, new identity that supersedes the complexities of everyday existence.”

Houston Closings

Benjamin Patterson

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Through January 23

Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of FLUX/us is a retrospective of the artist’s career, which now spans nearly fifty years. Emerging in the early 1960s with work that fell under the rubric of Fluxus or Neo-Dada, Benjamin Patterson co-organized the first International Festival of New Music, which debuted at the Staatsmuseum in Wiesbaden in 1961. One of the last surviving members of that constellation of artists whose works were featured at the festival—John Cage, Dick Higgins, Emmett Williams, Philip Corner, David Tudor, and Nam June Paik, among others—Patterson helped to revolutionize the artistic landscape of the times and usher in an era of new and experimental music.

Dallas Openings

Virginia Fleck

Holly Johnson Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 19, 6-8pm

Virginia Fleck's mandalas are intricately crafted, large-scaled works that reference painting, but are created by collaging pieces of detritus from a consumerist society in a way that exposes the efforts of advertisers to influence the masses.

Ed Ruscha

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Opening January 23

Since Ruscha's first road trip from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles in 1956, the artist has continued to engage the images he has encountered along the roads of the western United States. Consisting of approximately 75 works, spanning the artist's entire career, Ed Ruscha: Road Tested tracks key images inspired by his admitted love of driving. "I like being in the car, and seeing things from that vantage point," Ruscha has said. "Sometimes I give myself assignments to go out on the road and explore different ideas."

Dallas on View

Mike Osborne

Holly Johnson Gallery
Through February 12

Mike Osborne's Papers and Trains brings together two distinct but subtly interconnected photographic projects. Press Pictures revolves around the newspaper production process while Underground focuses on the subterranean waiting areas of a German metro system.

FREERIDING

Texas Woman's University (TWU/Denton campus)
Through February 10

FREERIDING brings together works by the Art Guys, David Bergholz, Christine Bisetto, Richie Budd, Candy Chang, M. Kate Helmes, Kristin Lucas, Temporary Services, and Lawrence Weiner, and a project organized by curator Daniel Baumann. Each work in the exhibition relates to the idea of exchange

Erik Parker

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Through February 6

Erik Parker has described his work as “fragmented samples of our culture.” His complex fantasy portraits elicit the poignant, melancholy, grotesque, psychological, provocative, and almost always comical and surreal, baggage of our time.

Dan H. Phillips

Webb Gallery
Through February 6

The art & craft of Dan H. Phillips. The show includes paintings, drawings, furniture, and early American installation. Check out this youtube video and don't forget to check out the ceramics upstairs by CW Block.

Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock

Free Museum of Dallas

Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock is the collective practice of Dave Smith (Derby, 1972) and Thom Winterburn (Leeds, 1970). In 2004, the Jeffrey Charles Gallery and Henry Peacock Gallery (circa 1998-2004) situated in London’s East End and West End respectively, came together and dropped the ‘and’. A publication produced by the astists–Sic. Sic. Sic.–accompanies the exhibition.

Marfa on View

IMMATERIAL

Ballroom Marfa
Through February 20

Ballroom Marfa is pleased to announce the opening of Immaterial, an exhibition that will focus on the physical and psychic tensions between form, color, and space across varied visual and structural mediums. Curated by Executive Director Fairfax Dorn, the exhibition seeks to examine the metaphysical aspects of artistic production through a selection of artworks that challenge the use of material and space, formalism and abstraction. By using the exhibition as a forum to contemplate process-driven practices, Immaterial will consider art's potential to transcend conscious states through a plurality of visual languages.

New York on View

Teresa Hubbard & Alexander Birchler

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Through February 5

Premiere of Melies, the most recent film by the photography and video artists, Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. The work explores the residue of cinema and social terrain around the site of a mountain in the Chihuahua Desert in West Texas named Movie Mountain. According to local residents, this mountain near the border town of Sierra Blanca is named Movie Mountain because a silent film was shot there in the early 1900s. Searching for the origin of the mountain's name, the artists embarked on a journey traversing the landscape of early silent-era film production.

An Exchange with Sol LeWitt

MASS MoCA & Cabinet
Cabinet Closing: March 5 / MASS MoCA Closing: March 31

In addition to encouraging the circulation of artworks through a gift economy that challenged the art world’s dominant economic model, LeWitt’s exchanges with friends and strangers have the same qualities of generosity and risk that characterized his work in general. In the spirit of continuing the artist’s lifelong philosophy of open exchange, and in conjunction with the “LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective” on view at MASS MoCA through 2033, MASS MoCA and Cabinet present “An Exchange with Sol LeWitt”—a curatorial project initiated by independent curator Regine Basha.

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