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Texas Biennial 2011

Texas Biennial
Through May 14

The 2011 edition of the Texas Biennial is taking place in partnership with non-profit arts organizations in three cities: Austin, Houston and San Antonio. In Austin, the Biennial is also being hosted in an unusual range of alternative spaces, including unoccupied commercial office space, a vacant house and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Click here for a list of all the participating venues.

Austin Openings

About Face: Portraiture as Subject

Blanton Museum of Art
Opening Reception: April 30

About Face features 35 portraits in diverse mediums from antiquity to today. Drawn mostly from The Blanton’s notable collection, along with several choice loaned objects, the exhibition includes works by artists known for their probing investigations of the genre, such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, John Singer Sargent, Diego Rivera, Sir Jacob Epstein, Antonio Berni, Alice Neel, Chuck Close, Robert Henri, Andy Warhol, Yasumasa Morimura, Charles Umlauf, Oscar Muñoz, and Kehinde Wiley.

Walker Pickering

B. Hollyman Gallery
Opening Reception: May 7, 6-8pm

Nearly West is a series Pickering has been working on for close to three years. Inspired by the open road and the temporary relocation it provides, these square-format photographs offer a thoughtful documentation of American places and things. With his smart use of color, Pickering captures rural roads, urban and natural landscapes, and traces of the people who live there in a way that transcends the banality of these everyday markers. The images are distinct in mood, each with a balancing peacefulness.

Katelena Hernandez

Opening Reception: Overnight April 23 7pm-10am, Sunday, April 24, begin at 8pm and again at 11pm

Comfort Sessions is about fulfilling human needs that are rarely met. In this performance, Hernandez sings lullabies to the audience while standing right by their side to blur personal boundaries with gallery space.

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Apparent Weight: 2011 MFA Studio Art Exhibition

Vaulted and Arcade Galleries of the Visual Arts Center on UT Campus
Through May 14

Apparent weight is a term from physics that indicates an objects relative, perceived weight within a closed system. In an accelerating, ascending elevator, an individual senses a greater downward force than usual; in that moment, that person’s apparent weight has increased. Conversely, underwater, or in free fall, that same person perceives weightlessness. An object’s apparent weight is both quantifiable but shifting, concrete but infinitely variable. A vantage point outside of the system is required to take an accurate measurement of apparent weight. This is because apparent weight is relative to its context; in relationship to artistic production, it would encompass factors like cultural values, art historical frameworks and personal histories. The artists in this exhibition ask the viewer to consider the work’s apparent weight—that is, a weight that is both obviously present and not yet proven.

Tony Feher


New York-based artist Tony Feher has created a long-term, site-determined installation for Arthouse’s new second-floor gallery. Site-determined is a term Feher borrows from artist Robert Irwin, whose work from the 60s and 70s explored the act of perception with seemingly simple architectural interventions. For his Arthouse commission, Feher has activated and transformed a typically overlooked architectural space within the building—the void between the ceiling and steel support beams—through a carefully considered deployment of everyday objects. Feher is well-known for his uncanny ability to reveal the innate beauty in mundane objects and here, via simple repetition and ingenious display, he magically recasts them as a poetic constellation that twinkles from above, a mysterious and captivating field suggestive of the night sky and inspiring wonder, awe, and delight.

2011 MFA Design Exhibition

East Gallery of Visual Arts Center on UT Campus
Through May 14

This year’s MFA Design class developed practice-based research out of a curricular framework organized around the theme of mapping. As a design process, mapping encompasses the framing, digging, arraying, and presenting of information, and is a useful way for designers to stake out territory and negotiate space and complex problems. Mapping does not necessarily define the projects represented here, but it serves as an underlying process, reminding us that design is an activity inextricably tied to pragmatic, real-world problems, where solutions emerge by carefully surveying the situation and the materials at hand.

Jeff Stanley

Center Space Gallery of the Visual Arts Center on UT Campus
Through May 14

For the second 2011 Fade In series, the VAC presents a video reel especially created by M.F.A. candidate Jeff Stanley. Stanley will be presenting his work, Re_FX, and this edition of Fade In will only be on view from the window facing Trinity Street. Join us for the unveiling of this video exhibit outside the VAC, along Trinity Street, following the Opening Exhibition for 2011 Student Art and Design Exhibitions.

Deanna Templeton and Ed Templeton

Domy Books
Through April 28

This is the second two-person show for Ed and Deanna Templeton, two artists living together as husband and wife in Huntington Beach, California, a famous surfing locale. Ed and Deanna Templeton both document their surroundings, and the people and places they visit in their extensive travels. The suburbia they live in serves as a provocation for the work they make.

Jack Strange

Through July 3

British artist Jack Strange makes conceptual works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, video, works on paper, and performance. Characterized by a cheeky wit, his work is visually engaging and frequently causes the viewer to do a double take. Strange finds beauty in the mundane and humorously celebrates the banal by appropriating everyday items and subjecting them to simple manipulation.

Thomas Benton Hollyman

B. Hollyman Gallery
Through April 30

Some Creatives pulls from the Thomas Benton Hollyman Trust Archive, and focuses on a number of limited original vintage prints; silver gelatin portraits of historical "creatives": Robert Frost, George Balanchine, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Carr, Jorge Luis Borges, Arthur Miller, Dr. Martin Luther King, Pablo Casals and many others.

Grand Reopening 2011

D. Berman

Visit our new gallery space - just off the Square in Wimberley on the banks of Cypress Creek - with a group show featuring work by selected gallery artists. Wimberley is less than one hour from Austin. This is the most beautiful time of the year in central Texas and the redbuds are in bloom. Artists in this exhibition will include: Ellen Berman, Malcolm Bucknall, Jeff Dell, Faith Gay, George Krause, Catherine Lee, Lance Letscher, Beili Liu, Katie Maratta, Denny McCoy, Gladys Poorte, Naomi Schlinke, Shawn Smith,
W. Tucker, and Sydney Yeager.

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

Lora Reynolds Gallery
Through May 7

Cinema, the subtleties of its components and its history form the core of Hubbard/Birchler’s artistic work. This exhibition will feature new photographs as well as the Texas premiere of Hubbard/Birchler’s most recent video installation titled Méliès. Set in the Chihuahua Desert of West Texas near the border town of Sierra Blanca, this video explores the cinematic residue of a specific location named Movie Mountain.

New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch

Austin Museum of Art
Through May 22

New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch is the fourth exhibition in a triennial showcase that spotlights emerging artists from Central Texas whose work stretches the boundaries of contemporary art. Accompanied by a full-color scholarly catalogue, the exhibition will bring cutting edge work in a variety of media to a broad audience.

Ely Kim

Through August 28

Ely Kim likes to dance. In Boombox, Kim dances in hallways, bathrooms, artists’ studios, living rooms, classrooms, garages, and many other locations. With musical selections ranging from ABBA to The Smiths, Status Quo to Le Tigre, and Busta Rhymes to Whitney Houston, Kim dances his way through 100 familiar pop songs, in 100 locations, shot in 100 days, and edited to under 10 minutes.

Javier Tellez

Through July 31

Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See is an emotionally stirring film by Venezuelan-born, New York-based Javier Téllez whose work weaves fiction and documentary in an elegant investigation of marginalized populations (such as the disabled and mentally ill). Téllez's film, which premiered at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, is based on the ancient Indian parable, "The Blind Men and the Elephant."

Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires

Blanton Museum of Art
Through May 22

Organized by The Blanton, Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires will be the first comprehensive presentation of art produced during the 1990s in Buenos Aires, a time of pivotal transformation in Argentina. The exhibition will focus on the work of artists identified as the “arte light” group, which rose to prominence during this decade.

Austin Closings

Jules Buck Jones

Through April 16

Employing a larger-than-life presence intrinsic to the changing dialogue between man and the animal kingdom, Jules Buck Jones' characters continue to center around the hawk, fox, owl, and toad. Depicting these animals without their eyes invites the idea of transformation as each drawing becomes a potential shell for one to enter, wear, or maneuver. The illusion of hollowness is created in response to a fascination with the desire, and sometimes unintentional urge, to actually become the animal. This opens up a new direction which allows for the addition of new media to complement Jones' rhythmic drawing style.

Chantelle Rodriguez

Through April 16

The thing in nothing is a show which explores the beautiful contradiction in all there is, has been and never was. Life and death, sorrow and joy, unity and chaos, creation/destruction. This will be Chantelle's first solo show, with new multi-media collage based work.

San Antonio Openings

Suchil Coffman-Guerra

Bil Haus Arts
Opening Reception: April 15 5:30pm-8:30pm

Fiberartist Suchil Coffman-Guerra will introduce the culmination of several years’ work with her evolving The Kitchen Goddess textile series. She will transform Bihl Haus Arts into a retro 1950s kitchen in which everything has been painstakingly re-created in fabric to match the mood of both the time period and the secretly frustrated housewife who presides there. For the opening reception, performance artist Rebecca Coffey will embody the kitchen goddess with her musings, local poets will perform kitchen poetry, and chef Eric Chiappetta of Denver, in his role as “The Magic Chef,” will serve up an interactive 50s retro edible installation.

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New Works 11:1

Through May 22

E.V. Day's deconstructive style puts all clothing at risk, from women's undergarments to wedding gowns. Devon Dikeou seeks to "reiterate or re-enrich Conceptual models in their physical reality, often reinterpreting these models through an autobiographical twist." Kelly Richardson's computer-generated videos and photographic works serve to obscure the limits between fantasy and reality. Curated by Heather Pesant

Jung Hee Mun

Sala Diaz
Through May 15

Mun is on a “quest to identify the constant processes within and about the self, and the mind’s struggle to rationalize and understand how to be a self.” Viewer participation performance starts at 8:30pm.

Gabriel Vormstein

Through May 1

Gabriel Vormstein is interested in exploring the relationship between figuration and abstraction. Inspired by the work of Egon Schiele, he reexamines the romantic, emotionally charged gestures found in early Modernist painting. By redrawing figures found in art history, Vormstein captures the body as an abstract shape that can be filled with new choices of color and medium, such as the ground of newspapers, and more particularly, the mechanical text of the financial pages.

Michael Jay Smith

McNay Art Museum
Through May 1

To create Symmetry in Rhythm, Michael Jay Smith recorded the group Urban-15 at Luminaria, San Antonio’s arts night of March 13, 2010. By first shooting the elaborate performance, moving the camera to the beat of the music, and then modifying the footage digitally, Smith transformed color, light, and movement into a kaleidoscopic dream. Slight changes in the original footage, often result in dramatically different images. Smith’s work is inspired by the beauty of symmetry, referencing mandalas and stained glass rose windows found in cathedrals.

Joshua Bienko

Through May 1

Joshua Bienko exposes the fetishistic nature of sports, music, and fashion through stylistically diverse drawings, paintings, photography, and video works. His diverse practice often references popular cultural icons such as contemporary artists, poster pinup girls, rap songs, and sports logos. Through this unique juxtaposition of imagery and object, he emphasizes the relationship between fame and desire with art stars and the fashion industry.

Richie Budd

Unit B Gallery
Through May 7

All I Have to Give, Richie Budd's exhibit, is a series of the artist's four extracted wisdom teeth showcased on individual pedestals. The only explanation given by Mr. Budd is that he has been thinking a lot lately about oral traditions and how wisdom is spread through word of mouth and that he hopes you will, too.

New Image Sculpture

McNay Art Museum
Through May 8

Organized by the McNay’s Chief Curator and Curator of Art after 1945, New Image Sculpture assembles works by emerging and mid-career artists who freely appropriate from art history, ethnographic artifacts, fashion, folk art, hobby crafts, popular culture, and the world of do-it-yourself. Included is Austin collected, Okay Mountain.

Houston Openings

Linda Post

Art Palace
Opening Reception: April 16 6-8pm

Linda Post explores how perception and individual position can be examined in experiential video installations, sound works, media sculpture and photography. Wherever presents a group of discreet works that extend her exploration of the site-specific to the idea of the ideal exhibition space as a neutral non-site. The white cube is addressed as nowhere or wherever. A choreography of the everyday emerges as simple everyday actions are performed and systematized.

Carnen Flores

Lawndale Art Center
Opening Receptions: April 22, 6:30-8:30pm

Carmen Flores' drawings explore the proliferation of violence in the culture and its impact on the human psyche. The imagery in Flores' work is drawn from personal safety tutorials, police reports and press accounts of violence drawn in graphite and chalk.

Leigh Merril

Lawndale Art Center
Opening Receptions: April 22, 6:30-8:30pm

Leigh Merrill's work is driven by an interest in regionalism and the cultural signifiers of particular places. She has photographed the places where she has lived, motivated by curiosity about the architecture that surrounds us and how it reflects larger ideas of beauty, class, romanticism and perfection.

Marc Bell and Jim Woodring

Lawndale Art Center
Opening Receptions: April 22, 6:30-8:30pm

Some artists record the world, some interpret it, and some distort it. A few, like Jim Woodring and Marc Bell, create their own worlds. They represent a certain strain in modern comics-a world of fantasy influenced by childrens books, pre-war newspaper comic strips and illustration, and contemporary art.

Jamal Cyrus

Bryan Miller Gallery
Opening Reception: April 16 6-8pm

Rather than being an exhibition of discrete, contained works, DKONKR is more like an elaborately prepared puzzle with clues to the artist's intent spanning eras and epochs. From Egypt's first dynasty to early American slave culture and on to the civil rights era and modern Egypt, Cyrus masterfully finesses the societal and spiritual implications of materials, techniques and images. Placed in relation to one another, these elements suggest intriguing trans-dimensional and supra-historical narratives and connections.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Daniel McFarlane, & Anthony Thompson Shumate

Lawndale Art Center
Opening Receptions: April 22, 6:30-8:30pm

This exhibition features residents for the fifth year of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, Hillerbrand+Magsamen (Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen), Daniel McFarlane and Anthony Thompson Shumate. The exhibit includes abstract paintings, video art, and installations.

Brad Troemel

The Joanna
Opening Reception: May 21 7-10pm

Brad Troemel's exhibit, PA, is a survey of surplus recognition or what he believse to be the most hateful comments of his detractors on the internet. To disrupt the false binary of positive or negative attention, Troemel proves their equality and offers a model of repossessed agency for those who are the subject of similar resentment. Through image appropriation, he reclaims the surplus of unfavorable judgments he had thus far publicly ignored. Think of these images’ relation to capitalism’s logic of valued scarcity. If the only thing more difficult than becoming a beloved Web 2.0 artist is to become reviled artist, there is no internet art as valuable as the objects Troemel exhibits here.

Houston on View

Window into Houston

Blaffer Art Museum
Through June 22

Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston will debut a new exhibition series, Window into Houston, at 110 Milam Street in downtown Houston. This exhibit is dedicated to showcasing the work of Houston artists in a unique and highly public setting that allows for focused two-part installation in the windows of a historic building.

Miguel Angel Rojas

Sciardi Gallery
Through May 14

At the Edge of Scarcity pays homage to impoverished communities in Colombia, where residents live on the edge, often turning to drugs in the pursuit of an otherwise impossible future. This show includes text-based works on paper, one incorporating dollar bills and coca leaves that includes stylized lists of famous consumers (Sid Vicious) and dealers (La Perra, Machoviejo). Another highlights the incessant desire for “more, more, more.” Perhaps the most moving work in the exhibition is “Mirando la Flor” (Watching the Flower; 1997-2007), a decade-long project that includes a harrowing and intimate video showing a man wired on drugs and dying, who Rojas equates with the Dying Gaul, a masterpiece of Roman antiquity.

Mary Temple

Rice Gallery
Through May 25

Mary Temple paints directly on walls and floors creating installations that not only trick the eye, but also trigger memory by freezing a fleeting moment of passing time. Upon encountering a Mary Temple light installation, it is common for viewers to stick out a hand in an attempt to block the light they perceive as falling on the wall before them. Yet after a few moments of hand waving, they realize that the shards and patches of light they see are, in fact, painted on the wall. This moment of confusion is what Mary Temple calls the “not-knowing,” that moment when memory collides with experience causing the viewer to question what is real. Temple has refined her trompe l’oeil painting technique to convince the eye, mind, and body that somehow light has been captured, and so it has, in hundreds of thousands of tiny brushstrokes

Chad Hopper and Amanda Jones

Domy Books
Through May 5

In acrobatic acts of blind alchemy they mix wood whispers and plastic gossip. Animals take over abandoned office buildings, leading us to explore the mysteries lurking between pictures and words.

Houston Closings

Michael Bise

Moody Gallery
Through April 23

This exhibition follows up Michael Bise's Holy Ghosts! exhibition in 2009 as he continues his practice of creating large, formally complex images based on incidents from his own life. Using personal memories and family stories, Bise makes drawings that address larger cultural realities such as child abuse, aging, religious fervor, and the strange experience of childhood.

2011 Core Exhibition

Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Through April 22

The 2011 Core Exhibition features work by artists-in-residence Nick Barbee; Lourdes Correa-Carlo; Fatima Haider; Steffani Jemison; Gabriel Martinez; Julie Ann Nagle; Kelly Sears; and Clarissa Tossin. Core critical studies residents Massa Lemu, Melissa Ragain, Julie Thomson, and Wendy Vogel contribute essays based on their independent research to the Core 2011 Yearbook publication that accompanies the show (forthcoming).

Paul Harrison and John Wood

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Through April 24

Answers to Questions: John Wood & Paul Harrison is the first United States museum survey of work in video by this British artistic team. Wood and Harrison use a wide variety of props, often including their own bodies, to create short video vignettes that highlight the inventive play behind all art, even in its most minimal and conceptual strains. Well known throughout Europe and Asia, and especially in their native England, where they have collaborated since 1993, Wood and Harrison’s imaginative, inventive, and often hilarious shorts will be an exciting new discovery for American audiences.

Dallas Openings

Jay Shinn

Marty Walker Gallery
Through May 7

In his new exhibition, Centerfolds, Jay Shinn deftly manipulates space, light, shadow, and shape with sharp minimalist work that actively alters viewer's perceptions by continuously shifting between two-and-three-dimensional planes. His arrangements imply movement and balance as they evoke pathways, thresholds, and mandala-like plans while also inviting the viewer to understand each form by approaching it from different positions.

XXI: Conflicts in a New Century

Oak Cliff Cultural Center
Opening Reception: April 15, 6:30-9pm

Co-curated by Charles Dee Mitchell and Cynthia Mulcahy, this exhibit examines conflicts in the first decade of the 21st century including wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Congo, and Ivory Coast through photographs by many of the most notable artists, documentary photographers and photojournalists working today.

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Brian Fridge

Dunn and Brown Contemporary
Through May 14

For this exhibition Fridge presents a site-specific video projection in the project gallery. This video, Sequence 36.1, is part of a new catalog of silent, black and white videos. The photographic prints in the exhibitions are stills taken from the videos

Jim Lambie

Goss Michael Foundation
Through September 3

Jim Lambie has discussed the relationship between the tape works and the solid objects they incorporate in terms of a jazz ensemble, comparing the tape to the “baseline played by the drums and bass” and the pieces placed on top to the “guitar and vocals.

Jeurgen Teller

Dallas Contemporary
Through August 21

The photographs in Man with Banana, a large-scale exhibition, will survey Juergen Teller’s oeuvre and include many new and unseen works from the last year. Blurring the distinction between his commercial and non-commercial work, Teller takes a story-telling approach to this exhibition by combining images of family and friends interwoven with known and at times abstract metaphors.

Dallas Closings

Royal Robertson

Webb Gallery
Through April 17

A retrospective, Robertson worked primarily on poster board using magic markers, tempera paint, colored pencils, ball point pens and glitter. Many of his pieces are double sided and in addition to works on paper; he adorned his home with murals, signs, and shrines of space sexy ladies,space men, signs with his troubled thoughts on women, warnings of the end of times, and biblical texts.

Ed Ruscha

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Through April 17

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."

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