Issue #191
Tickets, Please June 1, 2012

Exhibitions

Texas Exhibitions

Houston Fine Art Fair

Houston Fine Art Fair
September 9 - 16

HFAF ARTWEEK, running from September 9th through the 16th, provides the unique opportunity for art fair attendees not only from Houston but also from out of town to become better acquainted with Houston’s burgeoning art scene. During the week of the fair, various cultural institutions will offer a wide selection of events and exhibitions to make this a citywide event.

Texas Contemporary

Texas Contemporary
October 18 - 21

Taking place in Houston, The Texas Contemporary art fair features presentations from 60 galleries showcasing contemporary work from the most innovative, progressive and driven artists from around the world.

Austin Openings

Lauren Klotzman

Red Space Gallery
Opening Reception: June 2, 7-10pm

LIFE QUESTIONS HERSELF SO AT ME>>> draws from ethnographic, psychoanalytic, art historical, and poetic thinking, presenting a series of documents, correspondence, and text generated from a word game played between the artist and her ex-lovers. The work takes its central, generative source from both E.E. Cummings' erotic poems and the children's game of Mad Libs.

Calder Kamin

Co-Lab Space
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2, 2012, 7-11pm

"Synanthrope Stations are sculptural installations equipped to accommodate the seasonal needs of urban dwelling birds. Trash infused bird nests are a common sight in cities and suburban areas, and some researches say that birds benefit from the longevity of synthetic over natural. I will process and organize various man-made materials, taken from litter, and weave it through sculptural steel and ceramic supply stations for birds." On Sunday, June 3rd, 2-3:30PM, families and bird lovers are welcome to “Think Like a Bird” with the visiting artist. Kamin will guide visitors through a quick walk to collect litter for building their own trash nests.

Austin on View

This Is It With It As It Is

Lora Reynolds Gallery
Through June 16

Lora Reynolds Gallery is pleased to announce the group exhibition This Is It With It As It Is. We are excited to be exhibiting new work by four Los Angeles-based artists: Math Bass, Eve Fowler, Dashiell Manley, and Barry MacGregor Johnston. In addition, Bass, Manley and Johnston will give performances in conjunction with the Fusebox Festival.

Julia Oschatz

AMOA-Arthouse
Through June 17

Julia Oschatz’s video Venus explores the odyssey undertaken by a lone figure in the process of an infinite, Sisyphean journey. A strange hybrid creature, the “Wesen,” serves as an alternate identity for the artist and a manifestation of the futility of some tasks. Without eyes, the gray wolf/man travels through a cosmic void filled with a single planet from and to which it jumps. While on an infinite and circular loop, the creature displays common human expressions of confusion and humility. Read Emily Ng's recommends here.

Ana Fernandez

Women and Their Work
Through June 21

Ana Fernandez re-contextualizes her San Antonio neighborhood, weaving elements of romanticism and the paranormal into large scale paintings. Each mysterious home portrait is strewn with clues that decorate each home’s exterior.

Miguel A. Aragon

Mexic-Arte Museum
Through July 8

Aragón’s current series explores images from Mexican newspaper clippings and photographs chronicling the ongoing drug-related violence. Using a conceptual framework of reduction, trauma, and erasure Aragón parallels his artistic process with the experiences of those directly affected by the ongoing violence.

Texas Prize

AMOA-Arthouse
Through July 22

The Texas Prize celebrates talented Texas-based artists who have made significant, innovative contributions to the state’s contemporary art scene. Eligible artists must have resided in Texas for the past three years and not had a solo show at a major museum. An internationally-respected jury selects three finalists for each Texas Prize exhibition, which involves publication of a full-color catalogue and the chance to win the $30,000 AMOA-Arthouse Texas Prize, the largest regional visual arts award for emerging artists in the country. In the fall of 2010, AMOA-Arthouse announced the three finalists for the 2012 edition of Texas Prize: Jamal Cyrus (Houston), Will Henry (Houston), and Jeff Williams (Austin).

Amie Siegel

AMOA-Arthouse
Through July 22

In the exhibition Black Moon, Amie Siegel combines her study of cinematic devices with that of remaking and simultaneity. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Black Moon (2010) partially remakes Louis Malle’s 1975 film of the same title. Malle’s film focused on an ambiguous civil war in France as the background to a woman’s delusions. Siegel’s film depicts a troop of armed women trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic landscape of foreclosed and abandoned gated communities.

San Antonio on View

Issac Julien

Linda Pace Foundation
Through June 30

Read Wendy Atwell's review of TEN THOUSAND WAVES here.

New Works Now

Artpace
Through September 9

New Works Now in our Hudson (Show)Room features five former International Artists-in-Residence from Texas: Alex de Leon (1996), Katrina Moorhead (2005), Katie Pell (2006), Juan Miguel Ramos (2002), and Lordy Rodriguez (2001). These Artpace Alumni will present recent work inspired by the importance of place and its relationship to nostalgia, identity, and our evolving sense of community.

Adam Schrieber

Linda Pace Foundation
Through December 15

The Linda Pace Foundation presents an exhibition of new photographs, Flanagan - Tiravanija, by Chicago-based artist Adam Schreiber. Using collections, warehouses, and archives as his subject matter, Schreiber’s work examines the effects of time, history, and physical context on our civilization’s evolving understanding of particular objects.

San Antonio Closings

Cathy Cunningham-Little

Sala Diaz
Through June 10

Cathy Cunningham-Little continues her exploration of light. You are invited to recall her 2011 Blue Star Contemporary Art Space project, Breathing Light, and come by for further reflection.

Houston Openings

The Big Show 2012

Lawndale Art Center
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 6:30-8:30pm

Lawndale Art Center invites artists living within 100 miles of Houston to submit artworks for a chance to be included in its annual open-call, juried exhibition, The Big Show, and a shot at one of three cash awards. More info here.

Houston on View

Kia Neill

Box13 Artspace

Pay another visit to Kia Neill’s ever changing installation upstairs at Box 13. The installation Boulder fills the gallery as though a gigantic rock has plopped itself in the space. An interior chamber illuminated with crystals, mystical plants, and other obscure glittery forms lies within the boulder form. The environment will be something to visit again and again as its theatrics will evolve.

Prospectors

Lawndale Art Center
Through June 16

Isometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmas will be a full scale installation populated with 2D and 3D representations of economic data. It will show how vulnerable graphics are to unwelcome interpretation based on misguided geometry, Masonic lore and common sense.

Jack Ericksson

Lawndale Art Center
Through June 16

Isometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmas will be a full scale installation populated with 2D and 3D representations of economic data. It will show how vulnerable graphics are to unwelcome interpretation based on misguided geometry, Masonic lore and common sense.

Travis McCarra & Michael Gonzales

Lawndale Art Center
Through June 16

#everyoneisanartist uses Twitter to create an installation allowing the audience to simultaneously act as generator and spectator to this constantly changing piece. Online and physical visitors will be encouraged to "tweet" works in various media formats via hyperlink containing the Twitter hash-tag #everyoneisanartist within Twitter's 140 character limit. The received message will be processed, stored, and linked via a custom coded application.

Brian Dupont and Chris Rusak

Skydive
Through June 16

Skydive is pleased to present a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Brian Dupont (Brooklyn, NY) and Chris Rusak (San Francisco, CA). Although they work on separate coasts, both artists share an interest in the aesthetic possibilities for language and text in contemporary painting.

Leslie Mutchler

Lawndale Art Center
Through June 16

TrendFACTORY is a community-driven, multi-participatory installation. Artist, Leslie Mutchler, will be exploring issues related to hand(craft), the physicality of labor, and the repetition of memes in the virtual world through hand-manufactured objects.

Dallas/Ft. Worth Openings

Jeff Gibbons

Oliver Francis Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2, 6-9pm

While creating a single "break-through" installation, Gibbons' work threatens our spatial relationships and conceptions of painting, sculpture and portraiture. As the most highly involved and produced singular projects to date at Oliver Francis, this exhibition will demand attitudes of reverence and absurdity, bequeathing sentiments not usually obtained by the static and paltry objects of contemporary simulacra (if we can even call it contemporary anymore).

Dallas/Ft. Worth on View

Heyd Fontenot Margaret Meehan, and Stephen Knapp

Conduit Gallery
Through June 16

For his second solo exhibition at Conduit Gallery, Heyd Fontenot will incorporate his trademark figurative portraits into a more complex pastiche of images. With images of Victoriana, pugilism, medical anomalies and barren landscapes, Hystrionics and the Forgotten Arm proposes a choreographed fight outside the circled square. Margaret Meehan’s drawings, photographs and sculpture-based installation lets innocence collide with the monstrous, evoking race, gender, and empathy for otherness. In conjunction with Master Glass 2012, Massachusetts based sculptor Stephen Knapp will install one of his well known Light Paintings in the Conduit Gallery Project Room.

Erick Swenson

Nasher Sculpture Center
Through July 8

Rendered with a naturalist’s sensitivity and incredible precision, the works often present fantastic vignettes of animals ensnared in strange, sometimes devastating circumstances, or quietly poetic scenes that evoke the beauty and tragedy of nature, as well as our own human condition. Often shocking in their realism and precise details, the works take months, sometimes years, for the artist to fabricate, making new work by Swenson incredibly rare. For Sightings, Swenson is creating an installation of new work for the Lower Level Gallery, a space which the artist can tightly control to create the appropriate theatrical setting for experiencing his work.

Jackie Tileston

Holly Johnson Gallery
Through August 4

Jackie Tileston continues to bring a global sensibility to her work by drawing from many different cultures. Her cosmopolitan background lends authority to her painterly affirmations of the medium's innate capacity to absorb, transform and interpret the global nature of contemporary society.

Dallas Biennale

Dallas Contemporary
Through August 19

Read Sally Frater's review of the Dallas Biennale here.

Ernesto Neto

Nasher Sculpture Center
Through September 9

The Nasher Sculpture Center has invited internationally-renowned Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto to create a new work for one of the large, Renzo Piano-designed galleries at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

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