Austin On View

It's Like a Machine, and It's Meant To Be Repeated

okay mountain
On view through May 31, 2008

It's Like a Machine, and It's Meant To Be Repeated centers around the experimental collaboration of an unlikely creative pair; a furniture/environmental designer with sculptural ambitions and a performance artist with social ambitions. Michael Mellon currently resides in Oakland, CA where he blends the boundaries of furniture and sculpture; his work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, D.C., The Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA, Transmissions Gallery, Oakland, CA, and at OpenHouse, Manhattan, NY. Jacques Louis Vidal currently resides in New Haven, CT, where he is a M.F.A. Candidate at Yale University; he has shown and performed extensively throughout the U.S and abroad.

Ali Fitzgerald: Swan School: The Matriculation

Art Palace
On view through May 21, 2008

Swan School: The Matriculation is Ali Fitzgerald's second solo exhibition at Art Palace. Fitzgerald's current body of work explores victimization and violence within a forged adolescent caste-system. Through drawing based sculptures, dioramas and site-specific installations Fitzgerald surveys a dystopian boarding school complex, within whose misleading facades, we see residue of girlhood gone awry.

Jim Torok: Life is Good

lora reynolds gallery
On view through June 7, 2008

Lora Reynolds Gallery is pleased to announce their second solo exhibition by Brooklyn based artist Jim Torok. The exhibition includes a series of realist portraits of artists including Mike Smith, Ed Ruscha and Jim Hodges as well as cartoon vignettes.

Atelier 2008: Selections from the Department of Art and Art History Faculty, The University of Texas at Austin

Blanton Museum of Art
On view through June 8, 2008

Atelier 2008 is the first faculty exhibition being organized by a guest curator, and begins the newly formatted triennial basis in which future faculty shows will now occur. This year, curator James Elaine from the Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles has selected works by faculty members, among them some of the country's most respected artists and artistic scholars highlighting trends in contemporary art.

Benito Huerta: Intermezzo

The Mexican American Cultural Center
On view August 31, 2008

In this exhibition, the artist Benito Huerta uses the intermezzo—a short movement separating the major section of a symphonic work—to confront contemporary issues such as the economy, immigration, and natural disasters, either directly or in a more poetic form. A recipient of the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art’s 2002 Legend of the Year Award, Huerta's work is in several museum and corporate collections through the United Stated and Huerta's work was recently presented in Soundings: Benito Huerta 1992 – 2005 at the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi and the El Paso Museum.

San Antonio On View

And the fork ran away with the spoon

Unit B
Opening Reception : Friday, May 16 from 6:30-10:30 pm

Unit B presents a group show dedicated to the theme of eating. During the opening reception Hambone Industries will serve pancakes at the backyard screening of the International Pancake Film Festival (IPFF). The IPFF features 20+ video shorts that are all about delicious pancakes. Other artists included in the exhibition are: Alice Fermin, Franco Mondini-Ruiz and Cruz Ortiz.

Joseph Phillips: Pardon our Progress

Cactus Bra Space
On view through May 25, 2008

In Pardon our Progress Austin artist Joseph Phillips examines the landscape, and specifically our impact on nature through recent drawings, sculpture and installation. Delicate gouache, ink and graphite drawings bring to mind internet product shots, or cartoonish scientific renderings where all but the central sliver of subject has been removed, to be studied or dissected further.

David Jurist: I’ll Be There

Sala Diaz
On view through June 8, 2008

I’ll Be There speaks to the conversion of memory into artifact and the forecasting of artifact as memorials. As it turns out, the relevant question is the journey and the moment of its conclusion is when one is on the other side of the question mark, removing the first person from the sentence and leaving the collected objects to create an essay of their own. Responding to the notion of the cabinet of curiosities, this exhibition presents a grouping of sculptural objects to mark and classify a past, present and future, creating its own “theatre of memory.”

Oliver Lutz

On view through July 20, 2008

The video installations, wall paintingsand performances by New York-based artist Oliver Lutz deal with transcending desires of power, control and disintegration through a complex deconstruction of the artist’s mental model. His works are an unraveling of personal mythologies, explored and revealed through various conflations of artistic mediums.

Houston Openings

Perspectives 161: Tim Lee

May 16 - July 13, 2008

Vancouver-based artist Tim Lee uses video, photography, and performance to put himself in the place of icons of popular culture - figures from sports, art, music, or film. He re-stages well-known moments in these histories to explore our cultural history.

Sarah Greene Reed: a lotta bit

Moody Gallery
June 7-July 5, 2008

The title of this exhibition references artist Sarah Greene Reed's "more is more with philosophy." To create her digital collages, Reed works extensively with layers, loading her image with scanned objects, patterns and photographic source material and then edits, rearranges and shapes the colalge into its final state.

Houston On View

Stephen Vitiello: Four Color Sound

On view through June 21, 2008

Sound pioneer Stephen Vitiello is known for creating powerful, beautiful and immersive installations that transform incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes. Vitiello’s latest project, Four Color Sound, combines modulated light and audio tracks that morph and shift in subtle ways, transforming the gallery space into a virtual meditation chamber.

The Old, Weird America

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
On view through July 20, 2008

The Old, Weird America will be the first museum exhibition to explore the widespread resurgence of folk imagery and history in American contemporary art. Curated by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston senior curator Toby Kamps, the exhibition illustrates the relevance and appeal of folklore to contemporary artists, as well as the genre’s power to illuminate ingrained cultural forces and overlooked histories. The exhibition borrows its inspiration and title—with the author’s blessing—from music and cultural critic Greil Marcus’ 1997 book examining the influence of folk music on Bob Dylan and his seminal album, The Basement Tapes.

2008 Houston Area Exhibition

Blaffer Gallery
On view through August 2, 2008

The 2008 Houston Area Exhibition, selected by Blaffer Gallery curator Claudia Schmuckli, introduces artists who are young or new to the Houston community and offers more seasoned artists the opportunity to develop new work and to be seen in a fresh light.

Houston on View

Max Neuhaus: Circumscription Drawings and a New Sound Installation

Menil Collection
On view through August 4

A pioneer in the use of sound in contemporary art, Neuhaus coined the term “sound installation” to describe his practice based on the creation of unique sounds for specific locations. In addition to his work with sound, Neuhaus has long been engaged in drawing, producing visual counterparts to the sound pieces both as proposals for ideas to be executed later and as responses to existing sound works. Neuhaus calls this latter type “circumscription drawings.” The exhibition will bring together a selection of these drawings executed between 1992 and 2007, responses to sound works from as early as 1968, many of which have never been displayed in the U.S. The exhibition will coincide with the inauguration of the new sound work, Sound Line commissioned from Neuhaus for a location just outside the building’s north entrance.

Dallas Openings

On Kawara: 10 Tableaux and 16,952 Pages

Dallas Museum of Art
May 18 - August 24, 2008

Since the 1950's, On Kawara has created paintings, drawings, and books that mark time in various ways, from paintings of individual dates to mailed postcards to diagrams and charts of weeks and month. This exhibition, designed by the artist, features Kawara's largest-scale paintings from the last five decades. Together, these paintings, which reference his daily activities, the places he has been, whom he has met and what he has read, create a self-portrait of the artist.

Dallas on View

Dario Robleto: Oh, Those Mirrors With Memory (Actions 1996-1997)

Inman Gallery
On view through May 24

Oh Those Mirrors with Memory (Actions 1996-1997) presents a series of text pieces originally conceived during the years 1996 and 1997, which preceded Robleto’s rich and varied sculptural output of the subsequent ten years. Reading first as object labels for (mostly) non-existent sculptures, the text works also function as short poems. They were first presented as entries in a handmade leatherbound book with the idea they could be reproduced in any manner the reader found suitable. Gabriel Perez Barriero and Robleto will talk about the artist's work at noon on Saturday, May 24.

Dallas On View

Tim Noble and Sue Webster

Goss Michael Foundation
On view through September 30, 2008

Using a variety of mediums, including neon lighting, scrap metal and household rubbish through which to convey their meaning, Tim Noble and Sue Webster's art is arresting, profound and revolutionary. This exhibition presents works by the artists held in the Goss-Michael Collection as well as The Joy of Sex, a set of prints in which the artists reinterpret the influential sex manual of the same name.

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