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Kathy McCarty & David Thornberry: Apotheosis

 

Host: Lydia Street Gallery, 1200 E 11th St
Dates: February 24, 2024 – March 31, 2024
Artist Reception: Friday, March 15, 6-9 pm
Artist Talk/Closing Reception: Sunday, March 31, 4-6 pm
Both events will feature a musical performance by Kathy McCarty & a poetry reading by David Thornberry

 

One of Austin’s creative couples is back for their exhibition, appropriately titled, “Apotheosis” as they are certainly at their peaks. It signifies profound transformation into one’s highest or truest form. While they may not be turning into gods, they have most definitely developed their respective visions.

Thornberry’s paintings are “about shapes, shadows, and light.” McCarty allows for a paradox in technique and theme – from studied pictorials of beauty to her more emotive musings referencing her life, her musical visions, and her dreams.

 

 


 

 

Synchronicity: Eva Weiss and Cheryl Frinfrock

 

Host: Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 E 6th STE 102
Dates: February 22, 2024 – March 23, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4, 5-7 pm

 

“Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated, or unlikely to occur by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner.” -Carl Jung

Finfrock and Weiss were happily surprised by the striking resemblances in specific images captured by Weiss’s camera and depicted in Finfrock’s paintings. With a closer examination, they realized that this was more than just a chance happening. The works of Diane Arbus, Mike Disfarmer, and Alice Neel, all of whom have influenced Finfrock and Weiss, have permeated their artistic styles. This discovery revealed that the similarities between their works were not coincidental but, instead, an intentional manifestation of the artists’ shared influences and love of portraiture.

With this common ground in mind, the artists created the exhibit “Synchronicity.”

 

 


 

 

Window Dressing XXXIII – Ariana Gomez: My Mother Speaks of Land as Memory

 

Host: ICOSA Collective, 916 Springdale Rd
Dates: February 19, 2024 – February 26, 2024
Artist Reception: Friday, February 23, 6-8pm

 

ARIANA GOMEZ – “My practice is currently evolving as I work to understand the link between identity, land, home and memory. I utilize photography, writing, and sound in order to examine ‘home’ as myth through meditations of my parent’s relationships to their respective lands – my father the dry desert-scape of Texas, my mother the lush watery island world of Puerto Rico. My interest lies in the intersections of these mediums and how the three can work together as spiritual trinity to create an experiential memory-scape. ’My Mother Speaks of Land as Memory’ was born through loss – lost land, lost identity, and the loss of past and future selves for my father, my mother, and me. Deeply embedded within this grief for unlived lives, I am creating a memory-scape that becomes more and more fluid with each new viewing. The images change, flow, and adapt to the world around me and within me while sound and text keeps me grounded in the earth as a stable place to identify as home.”

 

 


 

 

SURGENCE

 

Host: Dimmitt Contemporary Art, 1406 W 6th Street
Dates: February 17, 2024 – March 30, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 17, 5-8 pm

 

Dimmitt Contemporary Art is proud to present its inaugural exhibition SURGENCE in celebration of the grand opening of the gallery’s newest location in Austin, Texas. SURGENCE is a group exhibition that will showcase the gallery’s roster of skilled national and international artists working in a variety of mediums.

Artists include: Joseph Adolphe, Steven Alexander, Myles Bennett, Ruth Borgenicht, Melissa Chandon, Michael Craik, Ellie Davies, Madeline Denaro, Michael Dines, Laura Duerwald, Sara Genn, Tria Giovan, Lori Glavin, Dale Goffigan, Gwen Hardie, Bernd Haussmann, Matthew Hawtin, Gregory Hayes, Michael von Helms, Logan Ledford, Heidi Lender, Larissa Lockshin, Clementine Maconachie, Donald Martiny, Ali McNabney-Stevens, Kristin Moore, Mallory Page, Kate Roebuck, Robert Roth, Matt Shlian, Beatriz Simón, John Holt Smith, Tracy Stuckey, Michelle Weddle, Wendel Wirth and Nadia Yaron.

 

 


 

 

Mikki Itzigsohn: Songwriters

 

Host: Yard Dog Art, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 3, STE 104
Dates: February 15, 2024 – March 30, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 17, 7-9 pm

 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mikki Itzigsohn started playing in bands in high school. Later, working at the iconic roots music mecca of Los Angeles, McCabe’s Guitar Shop, she quickly went from selling guitars to producing concerts, all while finishing college and playing in bands. It was at McCabe’s that she became deeply inspired by songwriters. Over the next decade, she worked in many facets of the music industry from indie record label to Music Supervision to touring and performing with artist Benjamin Booker and her own band Small Wigs.

When the pandemic came and the music world shut down, Mikki reignited a strong early love of visual art. With no formal training, she found a way to express her love of music, symbolism, and storytelling through painting. Mikki relocated to Austin, TX in 2022 and has made painting a daily practice. This is Mikki’s first show of her paintings.

Join Yard Dog for an opening reception on Saturday, February 17 from 7-9 pm with live music by Emily Rose & The Rounders from Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Black Girls Don’t Wear Red Lipstick

 

Host: The Gallery at Austin Central Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St, 2nd Floor
Dates: February 15, 2024 – April 21, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 6-9 pm

 

Step into a world of audacious beauty and empowerment with Black Girls Don’t Wear Red Lipstick, an exhibition featuring the work of Austin photographer Leta Harrison. The show is curated by Keyheira Keys and Whitney Hamilton of _OFCOLOR ATX, an Austin arts alliance.

In Harrison’s joyous, bold photographic prints, Black women embrace vibrant colors and confidently wear shades of red lipstick. Harrison showcases women using beauty as a form of activism to reclaim their power, challenge oppressive beauty standards, and stifle stereotypes. These powerful images promote positive change, and self-love, and illustrate Black women breaking free of the shackles of conformity.

The exhibition’s opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 15, from 6-9 pm. Visitors can meet the artist and curators, hear a spoken word performance by Christa Brown, and enjoy music by DJ Lauren Light. The event is free and open to the public.

 

 


 

 

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.

Not to be missed, this presentation marks the first time the Worcester Art Museum is touring its famed collection of Japanese artworks.

 

 


 

 

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 (1899–1994) is considered the most important textile artist of the 20th century. Known for her wall hangings, weavings, and designs, she was also an innovative educator and printmaker.

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.”

 

 

 


 

 

Alicia Henry: (un)knowing

 

Host: Art Galleries at Black Studies, Christian-Green Gallery, 201 E 21st St, Jester Center A232
Dates: February 9, 2024 – May 18, 2024

 

For over four decades, Alicia Henry has investigated the representation of the body, identity, and human experiences. Her mixed-media sculptures and installations incorporate found materials, textiles, and other elements to depict human figures or heads, which she manipulates and distorts to produce what Caribbean writer and philosopher Édouard Glissant called opacity. According to Glissant, defining the self creates a “transparency” that actually obscures those aspects of the self that are difficult to grasp. Instead, he argued, we ought to embrace opacity, which acknowledges the impossibility of understanding completely everything that makes us. This exhibition features works that highlight the challenges of accepting this impossibility—and the freedom that can be found in such acceptance, as well.

 

 


 

 

Everyman: Studies in Charcoal

 

Host: The Gallery at Austin Central Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St, 6th Floor
Dates: February 6, 2024 – April 28, 2024

 

Angélique Ferrão’s Everyman: Studies in Charcoal addresses the absence of representation by inserting people of color into the visual lexicon; creating access, inclusion and a push for a place at the table. Having felt like an outsider in India long before immigrating to America, Ferrão constantly had her identity questioned making her strongly connect with the outlier looking in; of being “other.” This is reflected in her art that explores blurred lines of identity and demarcation, the sense of longing to belong, the lasting effects of colonialism and the subjugation of voices.

 

 


 

 

Juan Luís Jardí

 

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W 6th St
Dates: February 3, 2024 – February 25, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 5-7 pm

 

Opening Saturday, February 3rd, Wally Workman Gallery is proud to present a solo show, Tiempo Sostenido, by Spanish artist Juan Luís Jardí. A mix of magic realism with certain influences of Pop Art and surrealism, Jardí’s figures and themes illustrate the contrast in our lives and the doubts we are faced with as humans. He strives for his work to provoke feelings: nostalgia, melancholy, and a sense of uneasiness, as well as feelings of euphoria and calm. Jardí’s fascination with classic Hollywood films as well as his admiration for painter Edward Hopper and contemporaries are apparent in the scenes of mid-century America which appear frequently throughout his work.

 

 


 

 

iconic.

 

Host: West Chelsea Contemporary, 1009 W 6th St #120
Dates: February 3, 2024 – February 25, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 2-4 pm

 

iconic. unveils the disruptors of 20th and 21st-century art, showcasing brand-name artists who’ve subverted the international art world. Celebrate innovators who’ve left an indelible mark on contemporary art through groundbreaking movements, and are widely known for their distinctive excellence. With artwork spanning 60 years and 13 countries, iconic. features art-world agitators from across the globe. Rediscover noteworthy and contentious household names as this show explores the interconnectedness of disruption and progression over the past six decades. Invest in the artistic legacy of these trailblazers.

 


 

 

Thin Spaces

 

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Dates: February 3, 2024 – March 9, 2024
Reception: Wednesday, February 7, 7-9 pm
Artists’ Talk: Wednesday, March 6, 7-9 pm

 

Rebecca BennettLeslie Kell, and Elena Lipkowski are excited to announce THIN SPACES: Seeking Nature’s Ethereal Conduits, a three person show in the main gallery at the Dougherty Art Center in Austin, TX. The exhibit will highlight their unique perspective on how our relationships with the natural world can serve as a conduit to a deeper understanding of the ethereal, revealing the subtle magic when nature and spirit intertwine.

 

 


 

 

Storytelling: Past, Present, Future

 

Host: Austin Fine Art Gallery, 2805 Bee Caves Rd STE 430
Dates: February 3, 2024 – March 15, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 4-6 pm, RSVP

 

The title and theme for this new exhibit is intended to be a broad genre in which the artists’ stories will become part of our collective experience. These stories can come from the artist’s personal timeline. They can be visual representations of well-known legends or myths. They can be future fantasy or pure fiction.The artists have the opportunity to provide some additional text which will accompany the art along with artist and title.

 

 


 

 

Off The Clock: Dougherty Arts Center Staff Exhibit

 

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Dates: February 3, 2024 – March 30, 2024
Artist Reception: February 7, 2024, 7-9 pm

 

Off The Clock invites you to explore the creativity that defines Dougherty Arts Center’s talented team. From vivid brushstrokes to digital masterpieces, each piece offers a glimpse into the imaginative minds that contribute to our dynamic workplace, revealing the unique perspectives and artistic endeavors that flourish within our community. As you wander through the gallery, discover the depth of talent and inspiration that fuels our collective spirit and propels us forward. Join us in recognizing the dedication, passion, and creativity that makes Dougherty staff truly exceptional.

 

 


 

 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin

 

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave
Dates: February 2, 2024 – March 17, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 6-9 pm

 

Mexic-Arte Museum is excited to announce its annual Exhibition & Art Sale this fall: Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin! This group exhibition will display artworks from over 200 local and regional artists created on quality panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply. This year, Mexic-Arte celebrates the large and small of what makes Austin weird, interesting, timeless, and robust. Austin, home to people from all over the world and the state capital continues to inspire those that come to visit and live here. Mexic-Arte Museum, which has called Austin home for nearly 40 years invites its community to celebrate all things Austin with this year’s Mix ‘n’ Mash exhibition.

 

 


 

 

Carrie Mae Weems: Meaning and Landscape

 

When: February 2024
Where: Atrium of the ART building, 2301 San Jacinto Blvd

 

This February, Landmarks presents the video work of Carrie Mae Weems. Meaning and Landscape opens with appropriated footage of the Rex Ball, a grand conclusion to New Orleans’ annual Mardi Gras celebration. After the short segment, the video transitions into a silhouetted reenactment of events, questioning the power structures employed and the indulgence of pomp and circumstance.

 


 

Jong Oh: Bending Moment

 

Host: Lora Reynolds Gallery, 1126 W 6th St
Dates: January 27, 2024 – March 23, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27, 6-8 pm

 

Lora Reynolds is pleased to announce Bending Moment, an exhibition of sculpture by Jong Oh–the artist’s second presentation at the gallery. In a first encounter with an artwork by Jong Oh, from afar, his work registers as a delicate and precise line drawing—the black outline of a cube, for instance—improbably levitating, devoid of any substrate, in three-dimensional space. What appears to be a thin stroke of ink seems to have been removed from paper or canvas and made to float in mid-air. Closer inspection reveals the work is not a drawing at all—but a sculpture of thread or fine black jewelry chain and thin metal rods, held aloft by a few cleverly arranged lengths of practically invisible monofilament. For Oh, the boundary between a drawing and a sculpture is more a question of time—attention, awareness—than dimensionality.

 


 

 

Elizabeth Chapin | Treespell

 

Host: Women & Their Work, 1311 E Cesar Chavez St
Dates: January 27, 2024 – March 7, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27, 7-9 pm
TalkAbout: Thursday, February 29, 10 am

 

Women & Their Work presents Treespell, a solo exhibition of multi-sensory works in an immersive installation by artist Elizabeth Chapin. In Treespell, Chapin delves into the natural and mythological realms to comment with dark whimsy on the transformative power of the gaze, and the interconnectedness of all living things. Her work draws on personal, historical, and imaginative elements, which she uses to alternately wield and subvert notions of viewership and voyeurism. Chapin will be in conversation with artist Shahzia Sikander on February 29th at 10 AM as part of the gallery’s ongoing TalkAbout series.

 


 

 

Fernando Palomo: Struggle & Release

 

Host: Unchained.Art, 1601 E Cesar Chavez
Dates: January 25, 2024 – March 16, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25, 5-8 pm
Coffee with the Artist: Sunday, January 28, 11-2 pm (RSVP required)
Live Painting: Sunday, February 4, 2-5 pm

 

The solo exhibition by Austin-based artist Fernando Palomo invites you to immerse yourself in a transformative dialogue that navigates the tumultuous sea of human sentiment and experience. With his ability to convey depth and emotion, Palomo’s intricate detailing marries realism with fantastical elements to create a body of work that is as diverse as it is evocative.

Palomo’s introspective pieces capture an ethereal quality that ushers viewers through a sense of journey across different realms and states of being. His art encapsulates the dichotomy of dream and reality, challenging to explore the interplay between the subconscious mind and tangible existence. A courageous exploration of the human condition.

 

 


 

 

Annalise Gratovich: Carrying Things from Home

 

Host: Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 3701 Drossett Dr. STE 190
Dates: January 20, 2024 – March 2, 2024
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, January 20, 4-6 pm

 

Flatbed is excited to present an exhibition of woodcuts and etchings by Annalise Gratovich during PrintAustin 2024. Gratovich is an innovative printmaker who was awarded the title of Creative Ambassador of Visual Arts in 2019 by the City of Austin and exhibits extensively nationally and internationally, most recently in Buggenhagen, Germany, New York, NY, Dawson City, Yukon, San Antonio, Texas, Fargo, South Dakota and Austin, Texas.

Included in this exhibition are seven of Gratovich’s large woodcuts from the series Carrying Things from Home. The complete suite of eight 71″ by 40” woodcuts with hand dyed chine collé is co-published by Flatbed Press and Gratovich. To date seven of the eight images have been published in editions of 7*.* Also included in the exhibition are Gratovich’s etchings and smaller woodcuts.

 

 


 

 

Margaret Meehan & Jade Walker | Cloud Shadows

 

Host: grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E Cesar Chavez
Dates: January 20, 2024 – March 3, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20, 7-10 pm

 

Cloud Shadows is a visual conversation between Margaret Meehan and Jade Walker drawing on years of friendship, shared research and visual interests. In their work both artists comment on how we live our lives and relate to others.

In Cloud Shadows at grayDuck Gallery, the artists continue their exploration of shared interests (femininity, nature, resistance, and acceptance). But instead of a literal collaboration on physical work, this exhibition was predicated on an ongoing dialogue about their intentions. How could they use their years of knowledge both as artists and friends to help the other challenge and grow individually? In addition to emails, materials and texts, Meehan and Walker also shared books and contemporary fairy tales that seemed to hold various human cycles while simultaneously connecting to other (many times wiser) creatures, such as birds and insects, of both this world and an imaginary space.

 

 


 

 

WAVE PATTERNS: New Work by Michael A. Booker

 

Host: Art Galleries at Black Studies, Idea Lab, 210 West 24th St, Gordon-White Building 2.204
Dates: January 18, 2024 – May 3, 2024
Curator Tour: Saturday, January 20, 2 pm

 

This spring AGBS’s Idea Lab on the UT campus hosts Maryland-based artist Michael A. Booker, who explores the affinities among three communication systems: the flags of the International Code of Signals (INTERCO), ocean waves, and Black hairstyles. The word wave in the exhibition’s title simultaneously refers to the undulating lines central to Booker’s drawing style, the shape that the strands of many Black people’s hair form in their natural state, the transfer of energy from point to point in liquid or gaseous media, and physical movement. The artist uses an array of materials, including fineliner pens, colored pencils, sequins, fabric, watercolor, and alcohol ink. Each line and brushstroke symbolizes a unit of time and Booker’s interest in history, memory, and Black life.

 

 


 

 

Unbreakable: Feminist Visions from the Gilberto Cárdenas and Dolores Garcia Collection

 

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates: September 16, 2023 – March 31, 2024

 

Unbreakable presents artworks with an emphasis on Latina and Chicana artists and their stories of survival and resilience. Selected from the landmark Gilberto Cárdenas and Dolores Garcia Collection, which the Blanton recently acquired, these works explore a major theme shaping the couple’s distinctive collecting practice: art with a feminist framework. Created with various techniques since the 1970s, these works of art represent the act of surviving difficult or violent realities, ranging from immigration and poverty to misogyny and genocide. Artists make figures visible in society who have been overlooked or exploited over time, championing matriarchs, community members, malcriadas [bad-mannered girls], domestic workers, and the rebellious ‘other.’ The artists in Unbreakable present the ways in which women and gender nonconforming people navigate, surpass, and dismiss societal boundaries, advocating the belief that a feminist future is possible.

 

 

 

 

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Our given distance: Erin Cunningham and Tammie Rubin

 

Host: ICOSA Collective, 916 Springdale Rd
Dates: March 1, 2024 – March 30, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 7-10 pm

 

In this exhibition, sculptors Cunningham and Rubin converse through objectness to find connections to women’s labor by delving into each of their familial lineage. Labor roles such as housekeeper, seamstress, cook, caretaker, and homemaker are common threads referenced in Our given distance. Cast iron, textiles, found objects, collaged fans, porcelain, wax, and graphite sculptures hold space for the unseen domestic labor of women. Both artists have matriarchal southern roots and shared generational labor. From varied backgrounds, Cunningham and Rubin contemplate the value and contributions of women’s labor in the workforce and the domestic space.

 

 


 

 

A Mother and Her Sun

 

Host: Ivester Contemporary, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, STE 107
Dates: March 1, 2024 – April 13, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 7-9 pm

 

Ivester Contemporary is excited to announce the upcoming exhibition “A Mother and Her Sun”, featuring the latest paintings by Austin based painter, Tom Jean Webb. This exhibition marks a significant development in Webb’s artistic journey, delving deeper into themes of presence, positivity, and the artist’s relationship to his natural surroundings. The paintings in this exhibition offer an intimate experience with intricate details and vibrant mark making. The viewer is invited to spend time with each painting exploring each bursting canvas, creating space for contemplation of the scenes represented in each work. Overall color palettes presented in this show imply the dawn of a new day, a new direction, and a positive outlook about the future. “A Mother and Her Sun” serves as both an exercise in mindfulness and an homage to the power of the natural world.

 

 


 

 

A Portrait in Time: New Work by Laurie Frick

 

Host: Ivester Contemporary, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, STE 107
Dates: March 1, 2024 – April 13, 2024

 

Ivester Contemporary is proud to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Laurie Frick, titled “A Portrait of Time.” Frick emphasizes the notion that how individuals spend their time serves as a unique reflection of their essence. Drawing inspiration from her own meticulous tracking of time, as well as data provided by others, Frick has crafted a series of artworks that illuminate the intricacies of temporal experience. In “A Portrait of Time,” Frick has imaginatively depicted the divisions of a single day through the medium of watercolor and ink, which are then transformed into kiln-fired glass panels. Each panel is composed of hand-cut pieces of colored glass meticulously fitted together, with powdered glass serving to unify the composition. The resulting artworks, with their matte finish and tactile texture, evoke the sensory richness of encaustic paint or glazed ceramics, inviting viewers to engage with time on a visceral level.

 

 


 

 

GARY JAMES McQUEEN: Art | Technology | Fashion

 

Host: West Chelsea Contemporary, 1009 W 6th St #120
Dates: March 2, 2024 – March 24, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2, 2-4 pm

 

Gary James McQueen — found at the intersection of fine art, innovative technology, and high fashion — constructs the unexpected, weaving gilded worlds of dark, fantastical beauty. Within this exhibition, West Chelsea Contemporary affords visitors the opportunity to step into the macabre and romantic realm of GARY JAMES McQUEEN. Presenting nineteen new artworks — and situated within his exhaustive body of work — GARY JAMES McQUEEN is the artist’s first exhibition in the United States. These artworks pay homage to Gary James McQueen’s rich history and significant contributions to the world of fashion, highlighting the formative relationship between the artist and his late uncle, renowned fashion icon Alexander “Lee” McQueen.

 

 


 

 

Ian Shults: Common Drugs and the Fantasies They Produce

 

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W 6th St
Dates: March 2, 2024 – March 31, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2, 5-7 pm

 

On Saturday March 2nd, Wally Workman Gallery will open their 7th solo show with local painter Ian Shults. Taunting societal taboos with bold brushstrokes and sly editing skills, Shults’ figurative paintings are lusciously cinematic. Each piece is broken up by planes and layers of paint, causing an asymmetry that serves to break up the painting’s space as well as the layers of time captured. Shults’ paintings recall a bygone era when the sheen of the American Dream dulled; his focus, the dynamic between the patriarchy and feminism. This show, filled with lust, loss and libations, conveys a sense of unabashed mischief.

 

 


 

 

Malou Flato – Greatest Hits

 

Host: Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th St
Dates: March 2, 2024 – April 6, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2, 4-7 pm

 

All artists reach a point in their career when they look back and ponder their work, their Greatest Hits.

For Malou Flato that time is now – time to remix, remaster and reimagine her quintessential works on a grand scale. Looking back over forty years in the arts, Malou Flato has taken ten of her most popular acrylic paintings and revisited them in the oil medium. Increasing their canvas size to a breathtaking 60 x 72, she brings out the depth and intricacies of her favorite subjects: Texas Bluebonnets, Sage, Tasajillo, and Ocotillo. Breathing wonderful new life into their natural abstraction and delicacy, they are vibrant and dynamic with the spirit of the Texas landscape.

 

 

 


 

 

Field Notes on Augury: ISTI MIRANT STELLA

 

Host: Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 3701 Drossett Dr. STE 190
Dates: March 9, 2024 – April 20, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9, 4-6 pm

 

Flatbed is pleased to present a selection of works by Serena Perrone spanning printmaking, ceramics, glass, photography, and text. Often taking cues from literature and art history, her varied bodies of work are unified by the use of color and recurring symbols, relying heavily on process, workmanship, and decoration. The works in this exhibition record instances of both wonder and trepidation when confronting the landscape and natural phenomena. Isti Mirant Stella (“they marvel at the star”) is a nod to the auspicious appearance of Halley’s Comet as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry of 1066, as Perrone proposes the possibility of reading the past and gleaning clues to the future through close attention to the terrestrial and celestial realms.

 

 


 

 

Scent of Austin: Ziesook You

 

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Dates: March 23, 2024 – April 20, 2024
Artist Reception: Wednesday, March 27, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 17, 7-9 pm

 

Ziesook incorporates symbolism inspired by Broq-pa floral traditions to capture intimate, multi-layered portraits. She began working with this theme in 2016, taking photos of her twin daughters, and has since expanded her subjects to include single mothers, seniors, and people with multi-cultural backgrounds. Since moving to Austin two years ago, Ziesook has begun work on her “Scent of Austin” series, utilizing flora and fauna from central Texas in her photographs of Austinites.

 

 


 

 

 

Alejandra Almuelle: Circular Body

 

Host: Women & Their Work, 1311 E Cesar Chavez St
Dates: March 23, 2024 – May 9, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 23, 7-9 pm

 

The focus of Alejandra Almuelle’s work is the human form. The body not only carries our genetic memory, but it is the biological archive of experience. We are historically shaped and conditioned by the environment and by the same socioeconomic structures we have participated in creating. The human body is both witness and event, as well as the field where these two aspects are at play. Her work points to this juncture. Through the human form in its different iterations, Almuelle shifts attention beyond form to what is implicit: the event, the experience that has taken place.

For this new body of work, Almuelle has incorporated clay, graphite, beeswax, paper, resin, gold and silver leaf. Circular Body consists of eight installation pieces in which the circle is the base component, with a ninth piece placed symbolically as the point, the center of the circle. This geometrical shape evokes our notion of time, cycles and motion, like the rotation of planets and galaxies around a center. The circle, as an abstraction of the sphere, is present from the eye to the telescope; from ovule to earth.

 

 


 

 

Jen Garrido: Shapes That Listen

 

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W 6th St
Dates: April 6, 2024 – April 28, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 5-7 pm

 

On Saturday, April 6th, Wally Workman Gallery is pleased to open their 5th show with San Francisco based painter Jen Garrido, Shapes That Listen. Each of Garrido’s compositions has an internal gravity that develops as she works. She draws out forms that tangle, touch, and overlap; that sit, lean and lay. She pays attention to shapes that climb or melt, slither or are filled with air; shaping ridges, platforms, grooves, and soft spaces woven through the layers. No composition is planned. Each choice is influenced by the ones that came before, working shape by shape, layer by layer. The power of color and her intuitive use of shape combine to form emotive vessels that communicate an ever-changing internal and external growth- to which we all can relate.

 

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