MBG Issue #41: February 23, 2005

Issue # 41

February 23, 2005

February 23, 2005

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Life Drawings: Beth Campbell, Danica Phelps, Eric Schneli
Show extended through March 4, 2005

Life Drawings, a compelling group exhibition currently on view at Arthouse, does not revolve around a theme so much as it does a general approach to art-making, one that involves variations on the act of drawing, notetaking, and record-keeping. This approach is modeled on the personal diary (or maybe the sketchbook), with an important difference: that which typically remains hidden, either in the studio or the bedroom, is here exposed to public scrutiny.

One of the things I enjoyed most about Life Drawings was the variety of experiences-visual, intellectual, emotional, and corporeal-that it afforded. This is a direct result of Regine Basha's adept selection of works. Each one, from Eric Schnell's installation to Danica Phelps' charts and drawings to Beth Campbell's video, employs a different method of production, which is also a different mode of communication. As a result, Life Drawings requires the viewer to multi-task: she not only looks, reads, feels, thinks, and moves, often simultaneously, she also assumes different roles, such as confidant and voyeur, depending on the work at hand.

Life Drawings is a demanding exhibition (for many of the same reasons that it is a strong exhibition), but it is well worth the effort.

Suitcase Series #5: Austin, Texas featuring Roy Stanfleld
The Lab Gallery at the Roger Smith Hotel
March 17-March 26, 2005

In town for the Armory? Stick around a few days and check out Roy Stanfield's project in the Suitcase Series at the Lab Gallery at the Roger Smith Hotel, New York. For Suitcase Series #5 Roy Stanfield uses common objects to investigate and question the possibility and relevance of abstraction in our current, consumer-oriented culture. His objects harbor telltale signs of stress, as if they were somehow injured by their removal from a utilitarian state. San Antonio-based writer Anjali Gupta curated Suitcase Series:5. She is also the features editor of the visual arts magazine ARTLIES based in Houston.


Dr. James Elkins visits UT!
Thursday, March 3, 3:30 pm (preceding the Viewpoints lecture)

Dr. James Elkins is the E.G. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Head of History of Art at The University College Cork, Ireland. On Thursday, March 3, he will present a public lecture titled On the Globalization of Art History during which he will will consider five reasons why art history around the world (art history in general) might be considered to be several disciplines instead of one; and then five reasons why it might be best to continue thinking of art history as a single enterprise. The decision affects how art history might be taught in different parts of the world, and it impinges on current idea of multiculturalism. Learn more about Dr. Elkins' varied writings and career at www.jameselkins.com. This lecture is sponsored by the Graduate Student Art History Association, The University of Texas at Austin and is open to the public.

The Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin
Starts Thursday, February 3, 4pm

The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce Viewpoint 2005. In it's fourteenth year, Viewpoints has invited Michael Duncan and Marcia E. Vetrocq who will present various programs consisting of public lectures, seminars, and studio critiques. Viewpoint 2005 will begin with a public presentation by both guests on Thursday, February 3, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. and a seminar will be held on Friday, February 4, in room 3.206, (Art Bldg.) from 3-5pm.

Eric Schnell conies to Austin!
Thursday, February 24, 7pm

Eric Schnell will be giving a talk about his work at Arthouse as a part of their Talking Art series in conjunction with Life Drawings currently on display. Eric Schnell, currently based in Galveston, develops cumulative sculptural installations that weave between drawings, found objects and images. As a form of self-reckoning, Schnell collects, builds, destroys and transforms personal motifs and narratives that populate his inner and outer world.


Women & Their Work Call For Entries
Deadline: February 1, 2005

Women & Their Work is soliciting proposals for individual and curated group exhibitions for its 2005/6 Gallery Artist Series. Works in all media will be accepted.
Eligibility: Women artists residing in Texas who have not has a solo exhibition in the Women & Their Work gallery within the past five years are eligible. Work done under supervision cannot be accepted. Enrolled Fine Arts students cannot exhibit. Recent or newly created work in all media will be considered. Artist must be able to exhibit their work by August 2005. The work exhibited must not have been previously exhibited in Austin.
Criteria: Selections are based on a strong, consistent aesthetic vision. Selections will be made by Women & Their Work Statewide Artists Advisory Council.
Calendar: February 1, 2005: Postmark deadline for all entry materials. March 15, 2005: Notification and slides mailed to
applicants. Slides of accepted work will be retained by Women & Their Work. July 2005 - July 2006: Exhibition and
installations will be scheduled for five week periods between these dates. Click here for application form.

Project Row Houses seeks Submissions
Saturday, January 8, 8pm, $5 Admission
Deadline: February 2, 2005

Project Row Houses has extended its submission deadline to February 2nd! A note from Project Row Houses (excerpt):
We are looking for proposals for the next round (spring) of installations, which will open in Mid April. The Artists Committee is encouraging artists to submit proposals for projects that are interactive as well interdisciplinary.... Selected artists receive an honorarium of $2,500.00 and the exhibition will run for six months. Please submit slides of your previous work with your proposals.
For more information and entry specifics, contact Robert Pruitt, Project Row Houses Arts Coordinator at 713.526.7662. Installation Projects, Attn: Robert Pruitt, 2521 Hoiman St, Houston TX, 77004.

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