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by Claire Ruud

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      Installation view of Generations, 2009
      Courtesy the artist

      Summer time, and ...might be good will grace your inboxes every three weeks from here on out, through those hot sticky months of June, July and August. In this issue, Kate Watson recommends a few shows in Houston, and Dan Boehl and I review two shows to see in Austin: Practice, Practice, Practice at Lora Reynolds and Nathan Green at Art Palace. In the Project Room at Art Palace, also check out Kara Hearn's funny yet tender videos, which got a nice little review at The New Orleans Museum of Art on artforum.com this month. Best part of the installation in Austin, though, is Hearn's letter to Steve Carell, sitting crumpled on a chair. I’d like to see Carell in her next video; I think they might hit it off.

      Also in Austin, there's another gem of a show you shouldn't miss, installed in the most unlikely place: the AT&T Conference Center Gallery, which isn't really a gallery at all, but more of a hallway. Jonathan Faber & Barry Stone: Broken Gold consists of just five, well-chosen pairings of Faber's paintings and Stone's photographs. The show works so well because Stone has perfected the practice of associative grouping; installations of his photographs always come out of a long process of sorting, selecting and resorting. In this case, Faber and Stone have paired works that echo one another in line, shape and color. Through each marriage, Stone's landscapes draw out the representational qualities in Faber's abstracted paintings, while Faber's works bring out the formal qualities in Stone's. Stone has got a few installation shots up on his website, but it's really worth seeing the show in person.

      Finally, we've got our own opening at testsite this weekend, a collaboration between Sheila Pepe and Elizabeth Dunbar. Pepe has installed vast networks of crocheted yarn through the space, and she's inviting everyone to come on over, plop down on the couch, pull apart her stitches and re-use the yarn to make something else—a potholder, a purse, a hat, something useful. The installation is beautiful, but it may not last long, so pop by on Sunday before it starts to unravel.

      Claire Ruud is Editor of ...might be good and Associate Coordinator of testsite.

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