Austin Art Exhibitions

 

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Diana Greenberg: Songs

 

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W 6th St
Dates: June 1, 2024 – June 23, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1, 6-8 pm

 

Of Cuban heritage, Greenberg’s color use is heavily influenced by architectural images from Havana Vieja. She is struck by their juxtaposition of color; and specifically the boldness of the color families within one building, or a series of neighboring buildings. In her more monochromatic works, Greenberg explores the feeling that subtle changes in color and light create. Natural forms, Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana), kimono embroidery and the work of Uemura Shoen are also inspirations for the artist.

 


 

 

From the Vault

 

Host: West Chelsea Contemporary, 1009 W 6th St #120
Dates: June 1, 2024 – June 23, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1, 2-4 pm

 

Running for only 23 days, From the Vault is an invitation-only exhibition by Collectors for Collectors. West Chelsea Contemporary offers an inside look into investment-worthy pieces from the private collections of Austin’s top collectors. Featuring a diverse selection of work from various movements, this exhibition includes artwork by established names — from David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ed Ruscha to RETNA, Takashi Murakami, and Cleon Peterson — that have been exhibited at and acquired by the world’s most prominent institutions.

Showcasing original and rare editioned artwork, From the Vault offers collectors the opportunity to acquire never-before-seen pieces with exceptional provenance and exhibition history. From Blue Chip masters and cutting-edge contemporary pioneers to Graffiti and Street Art giants, this exhibition features over two dozen artists spanning the international contemporary landscape in a diverse range of styles and media.

 

 


 

 

Lex Gjurasic: A Flowery Forever

 

Host: Yard Dog Art, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 3, STE 104
Dates: May 31, 2024 – June 29, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, May 31, 7-9 pm

 

From the Artist: “As a child, I spent weeks at a time hospitalized with lung disease. Through spells of sickness, I took solace in my imagination, drawing and redrawing hundreds of versions of the same subject—each act of repetition pulling me deeper into a realm where sickness could not find me.

“In spring 2020, quarantining with my family, first subconsciously and then consciously, I found myself reaching for the same comfort—the comfort of repetition—that I had decades earlier. Like the confines of a hospital room in Seattle, my world shrank to the size of my studio. Through the meditative and soothing process of creating, the uncertainty of living in a country ravaged by a novel virus dissipated. I disappeared into other worlds—amalgamations of imagery existing somewhere between memory and imagination.”

 

 


 

 

Josias Figueirido: Encounters in the Garden

 

Host: Ivester Contemporary, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, STE 107
Dates: May 31, 2024 – July 13, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, May 31, 7-9 pm

 

Ivester Contemporary is proud to announce Encounters in the Garden, a solo exhibition by Josias Figueirido. This is the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery and will feature paintings on canvas alongside animated models that can be experienced through augmented reality, creating an immersive and interactive experience for visitors.

Encounters in the Garden explores themes of friendship, community, curiosity, and the magic of discovery. The two main characters, Piri the Dreamer and Flying Coyote, guide us through a fantastical world where autochthonous creatures, playful anthropomorphic plants, and animal-hybrids coexist in harmony. These unique beings reveal themselves only in moments of safety, and otherwise blend seamlessly into their surroundings as common plants and animals. Piri the Dreamer and Flying Coyote convey a profound sense of awe and curiosity as they interact with the garden’s inhabitants. The scenes shift between day and night, and are often set against vivid, colorful backgrounds, creating a timeless atmosphere where the garden’s creatures are most active

 


 

 

Deanna Miesch: Flatland Revisited

 

Host: Lydia Street Gallery, 1200 E 11th St
Dates: May 31, 2024 – August 11, 2024

 

As truth & fantasy seem to be switching places in recent times, it occurred to Deanna Miesch that fantasy was in danger. Flatland Revisited is her mish-mash of two very different fantastical realms. Flatland, a fiction story by 19th century mathematician, Edwin Abbot, in which men are polygons & women are lines, has long been a source of inspiration. A recurring image/symbol is a woman emerging from the pinprick point with which she can see in Flatland, taking on an actual dimensional form as she journeys into the world. White rabbits & Wonderland are another inspiration. This exhibition examines themes from these disparate sources, with a new story emerging. Painting, sculpture, photography and felt media are brought together, and may alter its course from the start to the completion of the exhibition.

 

 


 

 

Wild and Precious: Amanda McInerney and Lana Waldrep Appl

 

Host: ICOSA Collective, 916 Springdale Rd
Dates: May 24, 2024 – June 22, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, May 24, 7-10 pm

 

The exhibition title, Wild and Precious, is taken from Mary Oliver’s Summer Day where she asks readers to consider what they “plan to do with [their] one wild and precious life.” Amanda McInerney and Lana Waldrep Appl’s exhibition poses a similar question as both artists make work that circle around issues of life and mortality and a thirst for stillness and quiet in the face of life that moves so quickly, bombards us with distraction, and too often just slips away.

 

 


 

 

MuthaGoose: Luster Woo

 

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Dates: May 18, 2024 – June 22, 2024
Artist Reception: Wednesday, May 29, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 12, 7-9 pm

 

Luster Woo is the debut show of Austin artist duo Jill Garcia and Kim Phu, otherwise known as MuthaGoose. Luster Woo showcases a unique blend of vintage aesthetics and modern technology to shed light on timeless issues faced by women. It features mixed-media sculptures and paintings with upcycled ephemera, fabrics, ceramics, and archaic technologies, all in iridescent muted tones.

 


 

 

Sense of Space | Katie Baldwin, Rachel Comminos & Raul Rene Gonzalez

 

Host: grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E Cesar Chavez
Dates: May 18, 2024 – June 23, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 7-10 pm

 

Sense of Space features Katie Baldwin, Rachel Comminos and Raul Rene Gonzalez. This exhibition seeks to create a dialogue between the artists and their connection to place, time, and color. The show includes quilts, hand tufted yarn and concrete. These artists have a sensitivity to materials coupled with a willingness to explore different resources, processes, and surfaces. Their interest is in seeing with one’s own eyes, guided by the mind’s eye, in a pursuit of a deepening personal vision.

 

 


 

 

Monica Martinez-Diaz | A Trajectory of Grief

 

Host: Women & Their Work, 1311 E Cesar Chavez St
Dates: May 18, 2024 – July 3, 2024
Opening Reception: May 18, 7-9 pm

 

Conceived in Juarez, Mexico, A Trajectory of Grief addresses the range of emotions Monica Martinez-Diaz experienced following the passing of her grandfather. The show features an array of work across multiple media including large-scale photographic installations, a photographic series, a book project, and video.

Each piece focuses on the ambivalence Martinez-Diaz feels about the grief she experiences; she portrays it as a paradoxical journey where sorrow and relief, pain and acceptance intertwine seamlessly. Martinez-Diaz’s work aims to unravel her role in navigating her conflicted feelings about this multifaceted human experience. Through her imagery, she presents beauty tinged with an undertone of sadness, creating contrasting visuals that reflect on the concepts of life and loss.

 


 

 

A Celebration of Tenant Power- BASTA

 

Host: Central Library Gallery – 6th Floor Living Room Gallery, 710 W Cesar Chavez St
Dates: May 15, 2024 – August 4, 2024

 

“A Celebration of Tenant Power- BASTA (Building and Strengthening Tenant Action or Buscando Acción y Solidaridad que Transforme el Arrendamiento).” The images shared in this series–images of tenants association meetings, protests, creative organizing tactics, community vigils honoring those lost in the struggle, negotiation meetings with managers, disaster supply distribution, and more–tell the story of growing tenant power in Austin. The imbalance of power between landlords and tenants must be corrected to secure housing justice for all people, but most especially for communities of color and low-income, marginalized communities. Building tenant power is the only way to make this change happen, and tenant power is only built by bringing more renters into a housing justice movement that is led by those most impacted. But to truly build power and address the housing crisis in Austin, the movement needs all of us, and there is a role for everyone.

 

 


 

 

Soundscapes: icosa by Paul Beaudoin

 

Host: ICOSA Collective, 916 Springdale Rd
Dates: May 13, 2024 – June 14, 2024 (Work activated from 6:30 pm – 6:30 am)

 

Paul Beaudoin’s icosa invites listeners on a captivating sonic odyssey, embarking from the serene landscapes of Estonia to the lively tapestry of Varanasi, India, signifying the outset of the immersive artist’s residency at the esteemed Alice Boner Institute in 2023. By intricately weaving together field recordings that capture the vibrant yet ordered chaos of Varanasi, “icosa” unfolds into a mesmerizing long-form ambient composition. Through meticulous craftsmanship and enigmatic repetitions, the piece navigates the harmonious dance between contrasting worlds, mirroring the dynamic shift from tranquility to the bustling energy of Varanasi.

With each sonic layer, icosa invites listeners to delve into the depths of this sonic journey, offering a profound and immersive exploration of the aural experience.

 

 


 

 

Yamin Li: Gnortsmra

 

Host: Central Library Gallery, 710 W Cesar Chavez St
Dates: May 2, 2024 – July 14, 2024
Artist Reception: Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7:30 pm

 

As an immigrant, Yamin Li studies our attachment to and detachment from our environment and its effect on our mentality. In this series of paintings, she places familiar habitual objects such as houses, trees, figures and toys together with seemingly random fragments extracted from our surroundings to portray psychological habitats and portraits. Through these paintings, we experience/re-experience, understand and embrace challenges of being out of place.

 

 


 

 

Jeffrey Dell: Tidal Waive

 

Host: Flatbed Press, 3701 Drossett Dr. STE 190
Dates: April 27, 2024 – June 8, 2024
Opening Reception:  Saturday, April 27,  4-6 pm

 

Flatbed is excited to present an exhibition of new monotypes and an etching by Jeffrey Dell.  The exhibition’s title “Tidal Waive” alludes to both the fluid spacial elements seen in many of these prints and a resistance to find titles for the singular works in the monotype series premiering in this exhibition.  Dell uses traditional printmaking media to create works on paper that explore the fluid perception of space.

Monotype is a unique artwork most often created by painting or manipulating ink on a smooth surface then transferring the image onto paper using a press. In 2022, Dell worked in residency at the Officina Stamperia del Nortaio which is located in the small village of Tusa, Sicily and the new monotypes created during this residency will be shown in “Tidal Waive.”

 

 


 

 

Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012- 2024

 

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave
Dates: April 12, 2024 – August, 25, 2024

 

If you find yourself walking through the streets of Mexico, you will inevitably encounter a changarrito, a food cart, corner store, or locally run shop. More than just a business, Changarritos are an integral part of Mexican culture, communities, and families. In 2005, artist Máximo González initiated a Changarrito cart as a possible platform for artists to present their art to the people without having to be accepted by traditional art spaces or official curatorship, blurring the boundaries between established galleries and tianguis (informal street markets). The program creates the possibility to develop art as an encuentro, a moment of connection between the artists and the public; a moment that is profoundly personal and collective.

This year, Mexic-Arte celebrates Changarrito’s history and legacy through the review of the participants of the Changarrito residency at the Mexic-Arte Museum from 2012 to 2024. Accompanying the display of artworks, Mexic-Arte will host a variety of encuentros taking place during the span of the exhibition, including panel discussions, art activities for the community, interactive newly-commissioned Changarrito carts and performances by Changarrito artists.

 

 


 

 

Meet Melecio Galván: The Secret Artist & His Mexican Contemporaries

 

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates: March 23, 2024 – August 25, 2024

 

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents the first-ever U.S. museum exhibition dedicated to Mexican artist Melecio Galván. Although little-known during his short lifetime, Galván is posthumously considered one of the most accomplished Mexican draftsmen of the 20th century. Thanks to a recent donation, the Blanton has the largest collection of his works.

Titled Meet Melecio Galván: The Secret Artist & His Mexican Contemporaries, the exhibition features 46 of his rare drawings—most never before on view—alongside 15 works by his Mexican contemporaries, who lend context to Galván’s practice. Mostly self-taught, Galván is largely recognized for his inventive subjects and experimental compositions, as well as his innovative technical execution—employing several nontraditional techniques in pen and ink.

 

 


 

 

R. Eric McMaster: Compressions

 

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates: March 2, 2024 – August 25, 2024

 

R. Eric McMaster’s work explores the protocols that govern various sports by manipulating, isolating, or restricting the rules and conditions that determine athletes’ movements. In A Change of Atmosphere (2015), a gymnast performs his pommel horse routine underwater, struggling with the awkwardness of breathing and the challenge of buoyancy rather than gravity. The Obstruction of Action by the Presence of Order (2012–13) appropriates footage from the 2012 Summer Olympics of athletes awaiting the signal to perform. The Obstruction of Action by the Existence of Form (2012–13) places two hockey teams in a custom rink a fraction of regulation size, forcing them to play shoulder to shoulder. McMaster has stated: “When we experience the familiar disrupted, we often can’t clearly categorize the experience.” The results can be humorous or awe-inspiring—sometimes both simultaneously—and often demonstrate a vulnerability that both athletes and non-athletes can relate to.

McMaster was born in Clarion, Pennsylvania in 1979. He received a BFA from Pennsylvania State University (2003) and an MFA from Arizona State University (2008). He currently lives and works in Austin, where he teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.

Organized by Veronica Roberts, former Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Claire Howard, Associate Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, Blanton Museum of Art.

 

 


 

 

Marie Watt: SKY DANCES LIGHT

 

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates: March 2, 2024 – October 20, 2024

 

Seneca artist Marie Watt uses humble materials to explore history, community, and storytelling through the legacies of Indigenous teachings.

Watt’s immersive installation at the Blanton features new and recent sculptural works from her Sky Dances Light series. Tens of thousands of tin cones sewn on mesh netting makeup abstract cloud-like forms that hang from the ceiling. Known as “jingles,” these small metal bells historically made from rolled tobacco tin lids reference the Jingle Dress Dance. Today an important Native American pow-wow dance and regalia, the Jingle Dress Dance began as a healing ritual during the 1918 flu pandemic. According to Watt, “one version of the story is that a member of the Ojibwe nation had a sick granddaughter. They had this dream in which they were instructed to attach tin jingles to a dress and have women dance around this sick child while wearing the dress. The idea was that the sound would be healing. It’s assumed the medicine worked, because the dance was shared with other communities.”

To Watt, the Jingle Dress Dance’s origins as a healing rite connect to our present moment of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The forest of jingle clouds invites us to create bonds across human history, generations, and with each other.

 

 


 

 

Lubaina Himid: Make Do and Mend

 

Host: The Contemporary Austin – The Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue
Dates: March 1, 2024 – July 21, 2024

 

Lubaina Himid: Make Do and Mend debuts two new bodies of work created in response to the context of the Jones Center at The Contemporary Austin. On the first floor, Himid stages ten Strategy Paintings that depict Black men and women seated around tables featuring different arrangements of objects. In each painting, the subjects are imagined solving a specific problem. With the Jones Center’s location just a few blocks from the Texas State Capitol, these paintings prompt us to reflect on the people in power who make decisions from afar and how context affects the decisions that are made. Actual tables and chairs installed in the middle of the gallery are available for the public to extend the conversation by holding their own meetings and discussion groups.

On the second floor, Himid has created an arrangement of sixty-four plank paintings entitled Aunties that build on a previous body of work evoking the forms of East African funerary objects. The title references the figure of the “auntie” — an interstitial role honoring the women in our lives who expand our understanding of kinship and family. Each plank, imbued with individual style and character, is constructed from found wood, pointing to Himid’s ongoing interest in the politics of discarded materials and to the traces of previous iterations of the Jones Center’s architecture. The installation’s choreography is a reminder to visitors to be conscious of the space around them and an invitation to look up, down, and underneath.

 

 


 

 

The Floating World: Masterpieces of Edo Japan from the Worcester Art Museum

 

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates: February 11, 2024 – June 30, 2024

 

Enjoy more than 130 woodblock prints and painted scrolls from one of history’s most vibrant artistic eras!

After centuries of conflict and war, Japan’s Edo period (1603–1868) was a time of peace, stability, and economic growth. Members of the ruling class patronized artists, merchants, entertainers, and courtesans in major cities like Tokyo (then called Edo), Kyoto, and Osaka. Sharing a visual culture and appreciation for the transient pleasures of life, such diverse groups comingled in a metropolitan melting pot known as ukiyo, or “floating world.” There, a new art genre emerged: Ukiyo-e. These “pictures of the floating world” depict the lifestyle, pleasures, and interests of the urban population— from samurais, geishas, and kabuki actors to boat parties, palaces, and lush landscapes.

 

 


 

 

Anni Albers: In Threads and On Paper

 

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates: February 11, 2024 – June 30, 2024

Anni Albers: In Thread and On Paper highlights how nimbly Albers moved between mediums—including her shift from weaving to printmaking in the 1960s—and transitioned between making art and designing functional and commercial objects. Drawn from the collection of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the exhibition focuses on groundbreaking work from the last 40 years of her life. In addition to Albers’s woven rugs, tapestries, drawings, and prints, the exhibition features her loom and wallpaper based on her designs.

In weaving, designing, and printmaking, Albers’s faith in the power of abstraction never wavered. She understood material not only as a vehicle to carry ideas, but more importantly for its physical and structural potential. As she put it, “If we want to get from materials the sense of directness, the adventure of being close to the stuff the world is made of, we have to go back to the material itself, to its original state, and from there on partake in its stages of change.”

 

 

 


 

 

Public Works: Art by Elizabeth Olds

 

Host: Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St
Dates: February 3, 2024 – July 14, 2024

 

Explore the under-told story of Elizabeth Olds (1896–1991), an innovative artist who worked to bring art into the daily lives of more Americans. The first woman to receive the Guggenheim Fellowship for visual arts, Olds became a vital force in the Works Progress Administration and later a celebrated children’s book author-illustrator. As a WPA printmaker and educator, she captured the essence of Depression-era America and championed the affordability and accessibility of silkscreen printing. Through her dedication to experimentation, she sought to activate the uniquely democratic possibilities of printmaking and mobilize fine art as an impactful education tool. This exhibition represents the first critically engaged exploration of Olds’s extensive body of work, showcasing over 100 prints, paintings, drawings, and illustrations from the 1920s to the 1960s. The exhibition examines Olds’s artistic legacy—from her poignant portrayals of labor conditions in American industry, to her satirical social commentary, to her engaging children’s books—and underscores the enduring significance of art in everyday life.

This exhibition was organized by Dr. Tracy Bonfitto, Curator of Art.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming

 

 

 

Facets of Abstraction

 

Host: Unchained.Art, 1601 E Cesar Chavez
Dates: June 6, 2024 – July 27, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 6, 5-8 pm

 

Join Unchained.Art Contemporary Gallery for a captivating journey into the world of abstract art with our upcoming group show, Facets of Abstraction. This exhibition celebrates the unique visions of three international and three local artists — Luise Neuner, Sara Sepulveda, Alli Suter, witty | Erica Wittenwiler, Jorge Nájera, and Nicolas Nadeau—who collectively bridge continents and cultures from North America to Europe.

Every piece is a conversation, and every viewer is part of the dialogue. The artists take you into a diverse and fascinating world of abstraction and how their languages crossover distinctions, dimensions, and use of mediums.

 

 


 

 

Evolving: Group Exhibition

 

Host: Art for the People Gallery, 2801 S I-35 Frontage Rd #130
Dates: June 7, 2024 – August 17, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 12-4 pm

 

Change creates growth and Art for the People Gallery’s new exhibition, “Evolving”, illustrates the beautiful and sometimes uncomfortable transformation in this Year of The Dragon!

“Evolving” will be our second exhibition in our new space at 2801 S IH-35 Frontage Road and we’ve had a journey learning to curate & install art in our beautiful art immersive gallery. Two walls are curated with smaller pieces for art lovers who are looking for that special piece for a smaller space. The remaining 4 walls will have a plethora of size and orientation (landscape or portrait) of original art with varying price points.

39 artists will be participating in “Evolving” with 38 Austin artists & 1 artist from Houston. And our love of photography will be seen with 3 fine art photographers that are new to exhibiting with Art for the People Gallery.

 

 


 

 

Looking for Illume: Artwork by Kaelyn Provost

 

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Dates: June 8, 2024 – August 3, 2024
Artist Reception: Wednesday, July 3, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, July 31, 7-9 pm

 

“Looking for Illume” is a collection of work by Kaelyn Provost who experiments with figures, abstraction, and light. Using oil paint, pastels, and assemblage, Kaelyn’s work acts as a representation of our physical and spiritual bodies. Abstract elements are formed from magnified details of the body, while figures are depicted with unique colors and values. Some pieces feature exposed white canvas, symbolizing the inner light that connects our body, mind, and soul to foster wellness and balance. Through this vibrant expression, the artist emphasizes grace, compassion, and self-love, highlighting personal worth beyond excessive productivity and internalized limiting beliefs.

 

 


 

 

Editions Variables 2024: New Austin Printmakers

 

Host: Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 3701 Drossett Dr. STE 190
Dates: June 15, 2024 – July 6, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 15, 4 pm

 

Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking is excited to announce its third annual exhibition that showcases Austin’s new and upcoming printmakers. This exhibition features work from students who are receiving their BFA, BA, BS, or MFA with a major or minor concentration in printmaking from an Austin area college or university. The exhibition represents a wide variety of new artists who are investigating and challenging what printmaking can be.

This summer’s exhibition will highlight works from students of the University of Texas, Austin Community College, St. Edwards University, Texas State University, and Southwestern University. Traditional and experimental printmaking processes will be featured. A public reception for the students will be held on June 15th from 4 pm until 6 pm. Flatbed will award a Best in Show award and Honorary Mention awards.

 

 


 

 

Window Dressing XXXVI: James Edward Talbot, The Allure of Glass Beads

 

Host: ICOSA Collective, 916 Springdale Rd
Dates: June 24, 2024 – July 1, 2024
Artist Reception: Friday, June 28, 8-10pm

 

From the Artist – ”Beads engage both my visceral and spiritual side.  They have a timeless quality which demands that I slow down and think in the long term. I get seduced by their shimmering kinetic brilliance.  Their pixel-like scale lends itself both to geometric line work and to organic, pointillistic shading. I can create depth and texture by surrounding translucent bead ‘windows’ with frames of opaque or metallic beads, or by piling on extravagant masses of fringe. Taking cues from many native cultures, I’ve used them to adorn & glorify everyday objects and to reintroduce ceremony & magic into our lives.

“Beads are a time-release medium. The rich, glittering textures they provide means that any alteration in lighting or any change of the viewer’s vantage point reveals new aspects; more than a first glance is needed to grasp the work. Viewing becomes a highly rewarding discovery process. This work requires diligent effort–it speaks of caring, intention, and the sacred.  This is how I show my love and gratitude—this is art for the ages. For me, time is not money and the gratification goes well beyond instant.”

 

 


 

 

Patrick Puckett: Western Civ.

 

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W 6th St
Dates: June 29, 2024 – July 28, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6-8 pm

 

On Saturday, July 29th, Wally Workman Gallery will open their 11th solo show with figurative painter Patrick Puckett. His paintings are known for their bold colors and languid figures, executed with confident interaction between paint application, shape, color and texture. The works on paper emit intimacy, with more subtle features and evidence of the artist’s hand through drawn elements. The works on canvas command space, strength and attention through scale, assertive brush strokes and color choice. All of the figures in Puckett’s paintings are unapologetically sure of themselves, just like the technique he employs.

 

 


 

 

Bending Light

 

Host: Women & Their Work, 1311 E Cesar Chavez St
Dates: July 13, 2024 – August 22, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 7-9 pm

 

Bending Light is an exhibition of four Texas-based artists who navigate the intricacies of Black femininity and queer identity and self-discovery through material explorations in light, color, space, and time.

Artists Kaima Marie Akarue, Ciara Elle Bryant, Catherine Martinez, and Chandrika Metivier use light and space as tools to disrupt expectations and illuminate new possibilities of Black futures. Through video, photography, collage, and sculpture, these artists fracture space, diffract light and diffuse energy to interrogate our physical and social surroundings and unchallenged assumptions. The work invites viewers to pause and look closer, bending around preconceived expectations and illuminating the nuanced experiences and collective memories of queerness and femininity in Black cultural production.

 

 

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