Austin Art Exhibitions

 

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Sarah Fox: Bruisers

Host: grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Caesar Chavez

Dates: October 25 – December 15

Bruisers is an exhibition about the nature of little boys and the men that they become. It is an exhibition I made in an attempt to be a better mother and to create a safer world for my son.

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvia Benitez: Recalling Memory/The Interior Lay

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road

Dates: November 12 – January 3, 2020

Artist Talk: Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm

Sylvia Benitez is a nationally awarded artist and founder of GAGA, a nonprofit that serves South Texas women artists, whose new body of work will be on display at the Dougherty Arts Center. Be it the flight of wind, the roll of grass or the ripple of water, Artist Sylvia Benitez tries to capture what she recalls of the Texas landscape from memory. Following in Ash Can School Artist Robert Henri’s tradition, she paints from a trained visual memory, allowing compiled visual observation to be captured onto her canvases.

 

 

Latency: Megan Bent

Host: Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez Street

Dates: November 21 – December 21

The Central Library presents New England and Hawaii-based Artist Megan Bent’s photography exhibition exploring her experiences living with an invisible disability. She uses chlorophyll printing, an alternative photographic process, which uses UV light to print on leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

Betelhem Makonnen & Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez:  the meaning wavers

Host: Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca Street

Dates: November 23 – January 9, 2020

Betelhem Makonnen and Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez’s artistic research converges in the exhibition, the meaning wavers, which explores immigration, transnational identity and the impact of silence on our perception of history. Makonnen reconfigures images, accounts, and official documents from her own experiences to shift perspectives on how life stories are told and understood. Ramirez examines the gaps in her Salvadoran-American family and cultural history to create artworks that disrupt existing narratives of Central American migrants. Both artists use photo, video, and installation to create an exhibition tracing two journeys toward new perspectives on the untold.

 

 

Dancing in the Light with Gray Hawn

Host: Austin Art & Frame, 2805 Bee Cave Road

Dates: November 23 – January 23, 2019

Gray Hawn’s love of “capturing the moment” began during her years training in oil and watercolor. Gray’s search for sacred light on six continents has earned her the title of Master Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. Her art tells the stories of Royalty, Presidents, Diplomats, Mayan Civilizations, and Cowboys. Hawn took the last official portraits of Princess Grace of Monaco, Sophia Loren, and Jimmy Carter. President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush have both used Hawn’s fine art watercolor prints in the White House as diplomatic gifts. Her images have graced the halls of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, and other museums. She’s a fearless photographer that travels far and wide, crossing deserts and jungles to add to her collection of Fine Art.

 

 

 

Jesse Narens: Creak, Crack, Creep

Host: Yard Dog Art Gallery, 1510 South Congress Avenue

Dates: November 30 – December 31

Jesse Narens is a self-taught artist living in Portland, OR. Artworks with mysterious animals, birds, and insects all intertwined with branches, leaves, raindrops, reflect the forests and coastlines of the Pacific Northwest. About his work, Jesse says, ”I am trying to create a feeling. The feeling I get when I am in the woods or on the coast.”

 

 

 

 

Erin Donahue Tice & Ann Flemings

Host: Artworks Gallery, 1214 West 6th Street

Dates: November 22 – January 4, 2020

Often described as a colorist, Ann Flemings’ work is also about finding light. Ann investigates how the layering and interaction of color, shape and line contribute to our interpretation of depth, movement and beauty. Erin Donahue Tice is a self-taught abstract and contemporary artist. Following a 12-year career in corporate PR, she started painting after her second son was born as both a creative and therapeutic outlet.

 

 

 

The New Flesh: Matt Rebholz and Terra Goolsby

Host: ICOSA, 916 Springdale Road

Dates: December 6 – January 4, 2020

The New Flesh is an exhibition of new artwork by artists Matt Rebholz and Terra Goolsby. Integrating 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media such as paper, gouache, ink, cast plastic, and fur, this collection of interdimensional work examines the terrenes and forms of speculative fiction. This array of intimate pieces offers encounters with bodily and terrestrial alternatives for an uncertain future. The New Flesh meditates on notions of transfiguration, intracorporeal transit, and planetary departure.

 

 

Ashley Benton + Christopher Lee Gilmer

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: December 7 – January 5, 2020

Inspired by datamoshing, quantum mechanics, and the hyper saturation of imagery found in daily life, Gilmer creates oil paintings that explore the psychological effects of the figure through physical mutations that distort and merge various realities. Benton’s figurative ceramics also portray a dialogue of the human condition. Using symbolism as well as physical mutations to explore the depths of the subconscious, Benton’s work draws on the inherent search of life’s significance. Less than reality and more than a dream, Benton and Gilmer’s work strives to give the viewer an alternative connection to the self.

 

 

Looking Out, Looking In

Host: Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th Street

Dates: December 7 – January 11, 2020

Davis Gallery is pleased to announce Looking Out, Looking In, an extensive group exhibit focused on the personal philosophies of premiere Austin and Central Texas based artists. This amorphous concept allows artists to explore the theme freely, and in their own voice. Sacred Geometry, the importance of family, life and death, our connection to Nature, and spirituality are among the perspectives that artists have chosen to focus on. Each of the participating artists have created new work, or carefully chosen work from the past, which uniquely recognizes these concepts.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming

 

 

Unseen Prints from the Mexic-Arte Museum Collection

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue

Opening Reception: Friday, December 13th 6 – 9pm; $10 admission or free for members

Dates: December 13 – March 1, 2020

Unseen Prints from the Mexic-Arte Museum Collection will be on view from December 13, 2019 – March 1, 2020.  This exhibition will feature various forms of printmaking from serigraphs to lithography.  The Museum will highlight the work of various tallers, groups, and print fairs.

The Museum wishes to thank the individuals and groups who have supported the Museum through the donation of prints and collections.  The exhibit will include print portfolios like Tejanos: The Border Crossed Us, the Consejo Grafico Nacional’s portfolio Creando Fuerza: Cambio y Permanencia; also on display will be prints from various groups such as the Mexico City based workshop Taller 75 Grados, prints from the Mercadorama collective, works from Associacion de Grabadores among others; and, works collected at various fairs including Bin Fest by Print Austin, Flatstock from SXSW, and more.Jesse Narens is a self-taught artist living in Portland, OR. Artworks with mysterious animals, birds, and insects all intertwined with branches, leaves, raindrops, reflect the forests and coastlines of the Pacific Northwest. About his work, Jesse says, ”I am trying to create a feeling. The feeling I get when I am in the woods or on the coast.”

 

 

Nacimiento Popular  

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue

Opening Reception: Friday, December 13th 6 – 9pm; $10 admission or free for members

Dates: December 13 – January 7, 2020

Nacimiento Popular will be on view from December 13, 2019 – January 7, 2020.  This striking Mexican nativity scene, generously donated by Edwin R. Jordan, is one of the largest in Texas, with over 600 pieces that reflect the way in which nacimiento-making has transformed within Mexico to integrate uniquely Mexican motifs, styles, and iconography.

 

 

 

Mix ‘n’ Mash: Cosmología 

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue

Opening Reception: Friday, December 13th 6 – 9pm; $10 admission or free for members

Dates: December 13 – February 9, 2020

Mix ‘n’ Mash: Cosmología will be on view from December 13, 2019 – February 9, 2020.  This group exhibition will display artworks from over 200 local and regional artists created on quality panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply.  Each limited-edition Mix n’ Mash artwork is uniquely crafted for the exhibition and all proceeds from the exhibit will support the Museum’s exhibition programming for children and adults. The special theme for this year’s exhibition is Cosmología. Artists have been asked to use the term Cosmology (defined as the science of the origin and development of the universe) as an inspirational starting point.  Artists are encouraged to explore this theme as it relates to physical cosmology (the laws of science as it relates to the universe’s origin) or mythological cosmology (a body of beliefs based on mythological and esoteric literature and traditions of creation myths and eschatology).

The Fine Art of STAR WARS 

Host: Ao5 Gallery, 3005 South Lamar Blvd.

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 14th 7 – 10pm

Dates: December 14 – January 12, 2020

Ao5 Gallery is once again bringing popular culture into the fine art scene of Austin. This officially licensed Disney & LucasFilm exhibit will include original works, as well as limited edition giclees on paper and canvas. The collection is also augmented by the gallery’s impressive display of original film posters & collectibles. We have previously featured our STAR WARS collection in conjunction with the release of episodes VII & VIII. This could be our best & last Star Wars event ever!

Kathryn Polk: Solo Show 

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18th 5 – 7pm; Artist Talk at 5pm

Dates: January 9 – February 2, 2020

Polk grew up in the South during the 1950s and 60s when expectations for women to achieve a position other than domestic caregiver was highly unusual, and often frowned upon. This had a lasting effect on Polk and her lithographs are narratives that emerged from memories of this era. Each piece contains dozens of her unique symbols, for example: flames, needle and thread, logs, prickly pear pads, helicopter seeds, tattoos and spilled milk. Polk has created a visual language for the Southern female experience and one that reminds us of how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. Kathryn Polk: Narrative Lithographs is presented in conjunction with PrintAustin, a city-wide event showcasing traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking.