:Palm Tree: :Palm Tree: :Palm Tree:
Sara Vanderbeek and Jenn Wilson
May 5th through June 3rd, 2017
In 1946, Louis Réard debuted his revolutionary new swimsuit design to audiences in Paris. He said it would split the atoms of fashion in a nuclear explosion; he called it the “Bikini,” after the famed Marshall Islands site where the United States tested the Hydrogen bomb and other atomic weaponry.
The Bikini has come to symbolize the tropical paradise vacation, all but obliterating the destructive connotations of the term’s origin. In :Palm Tree: :Palm Tree: :Palm Tree:, Sara Vanderbeek and Jenn Wilson explore the dualistic meanings of Paradise. Vanderbeek’s paintings both celebrate and deconstruct the textile design, landscapes and colors of tropical culture, while Wilson’s paintings of Arcadia and mythic utopias explore the darker side of the “ideal” through an art historical lens.
Sara Vanderbeek is an Austin-based artist, independent art consultant, and curator. Her artwork has been included in several solo and group shows nationally, including the McNay Art Museum (San Antonio), Art Palace (Houston), The Contemporary (Austin), Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (San Antonio), Women & Their Work (Austin), Big Medium (Austin), Deitch Projects (New York), Christie’s Auction House (New York.) She has upcoming shows at grayDUCK Gallery (Austin) and Co-Lab (Austin.) She earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.
Jenn Wilson is an artist living in Austin, Texas. She has shown nationally and internationally with TSA LA (Los Angeles), Corbett vs Dempsey (Chicago), Packer-Schopf Gallery (Chicago), Eggman & Walrus (Santa Fe), American University of Beirut (Lebanon), SACI Institute (Florence, Italy), University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center Gallery, Austin Museum of Art, and Kohler Art Museum in Wisconsin. Her work has been reviewed in Artslant, Bad at Sports, Newcity Magazine, Austin Chronicle, TimeOut Chicago, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, and the Chicago Tribune. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008.
Kate Csillagi and Matt Rebholz
March 31st - April 29th, 2017
Trigger Town, a collaborative exhibition between Kate Csillagi and Matt Rebholz that invites visitors into a dystopian society of riotous color and deranged narratives. The interwoven stories of Trigger Town are told through mixed media collage, video projection and papercraft puppets that confront the viewer with cartoon chaos and punk rock mysticism.
Trigger Town serves as both commentary on and placebo for the unfamiliar nightmare world we now inhabit. In an era fraught with panic, bellicosity, and resurgent tyranny, Csillagi and Rebholz posit a worst-case scenario where the sky is always falling and history is continually devouring itself.
Kate Csillagi lives and works in Austin, TX. Csillagi creates provocative and absurd storylines by way of fabric collage, drawing, and found object assemblage. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago & Evergreen State College. Her work is inspired by the reorganization of mental & cultural runoff, and explores themes of duality, the supernatural, and the playfully forbidden. Csillagi has shown work and contributed to renegade art spaces throughout the United States in Reno, Nashville, New York, Olympia, and Austin.
Matt Rebholz is an artist and educator from Austin, TX where he is a Lecturer at Texas State University. He has shown nationally and internationally, recently exhibiting work at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX, the Till Richter Museum in Buggenhagen, Germany, the Bulgarian Triennial of Graphic Art in Sofia, Bulgaria, and pump project in Austin, TX. He is currently hard at work on a Psychedelic Sci-Fi/Cosmic Western graphic novel titled The Astronomer.
Under the Skin
Anna Pedersen & Terra Goolsby
February 24 – March 25, 2017
Under the Skin, a collection of new works by Anna Pedersen and Terra Goolsby that feature disembodied segments drawn from traditional mythologies. These sculptural works connect aspects of the grotesque with feminine strength and sexuality while exploring the tensions between creation and destruction, growth and decay, as well as beauty and absurdity. The work alludes to darker aspects of femininity, such as the predatory and the seductive.
Anna Pedersen earned her BA in Art History and Visual Art from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City and her MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. A fascination with anatomy, mythologies, and the absurd runs a consistent vein through her work. Sensually crafted and often infused with a literal, tongue in cheek humor, Pedersen’s work touches on both the grotesque and the beautiful, shifting the recognizable toward the uncanny.
Terra Goolsby is a multi-media artist that draws upon mythologies, mysticism, science fiction, religious lore, and psychology. Her current work adapts narratives of female characters with leviathan-like qualities. With a focus on the unbridled and primordial nature of these characters, her work harbors an aesthetic that is both dangerous and sensual. She acquired her BFA at the University of Texas of Austin and her MFA in Sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design.
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In the Absence of Ideal Conditions
Elaine I-Ling Shen & Alyssa Taylor Wendt
January 13 - February 11, 2017
In the Absence of Ideal Conditions, a collaborative exhibition of sculptures, video and installation between multi-disciplinary artists Elaine I-Ling Shen and Alyssa Taylor Wendt. Using rudimentary materials and working together for the first time, their intuitive exploration into process, matter and time reveals themes of creation, existence, primordial beginnings, divination, deterioration and the notion of eternal recurrence. Much of their joint work concerns the difficulty in distinguishing between states of decline and evolution, along with the tension created by that ambiguity.
Elaine I-Ling Shen is a conceptual artist whose work grapples with questions of inherent nature, impulse and mutability. Her current practice involves living elements or materials that change over time; unpredictability, an integral part of her process, is welcome and essential fuel for her investigations. She earned her MFA from Yale University and has taught at Fordham University and the University of Texas.
Alyssa Taylor Wendt is a multimedia artist who primarily uses video and sculpture, earning her MFA from Bard College in 2008. She lives and works in Austin, Texas and Detroit, Michigan. Her process-based practice is dark and evocative, using tropes of ritual, decay and the truth of memory to provoke questions in the viewer. Recently transplanted to Austin from New York, she has shown internationally and is currently finishing her opus multi-channel video work HAINT.
Review By Brandon Zech, Glasstire
Andrea de Leon & Micah Evans
Dec 3rd - Jan 7th, 2016
Mapped Refraction, featuring the work of Andrea de Leon and Micah Evans. This exhibition features the sculptural work of two Austin-based artists who utilize thermal applications in their process. Both artists use linear forms to articulate the uniqueness of the materials.
Andrea de Leon’s sculptures exhibit metaphysical traits of earthly materials. Her work explores the psychological landscape, reflecting our deeper physical connection to the material world and science. By using materials such as steel, copper, and wood, de Leon establishes a symbiotic relationship between the divergent materials - revealing a compulsory exchange between the two.
Micah Evans’ design-oriented glass sculptures build visual mass through the use of structural lines. A nationally recognized artist, this will be his debut show in Austin. Evans’ work will feature an expansion of his topography series, which alludes to the passage of time and memories embedded in landscape.
Nov 12-13 & 19-20, 2016
A group exhibition held in conjunction with the EAST Austin Studio Tour featuring individual works from the twenty member artist collective. Artists include: Adrian Aguilera, David Bae, Jonas Criscoe, Kate Csillagi, Erin Cunnigham, Bug Davidson, Andrea DeLeon, Micah Evans, Brooke Gassiot, Terra Goolsby, Katy Horan, Betelhem Makonnen, Amanda McInerney, Teruko Nimura, Anna Pedersen, Matt Rebholtz, Elaine I-Ling Shen, Sara Vanderbeek, Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Jenn Wilson.
The Austin Chronicle: EAST 2016
Bits & Pieces
Brooke Gassiot & Jonas Criscoe
Oct 1st – Oct 29th, 2016
A two-person exhibition featuring new works by artists Brooke Gassiot and Jonas Criscoe. Through video, mixed media installation and collage, both artists explore how varying materials, techniques, and media can come together to form a whole.
In her current series of light boxes, Brooke Gassiot layers various materials in a deep wooden box with an internal light source. It is by illumination that the works reveal their multi-faceted characters as forms appear, change and disappear. The light and shadow dictates the significance within the composition as well as reveals the internal realm of the box-- a miniature constructed space to peer into.
Artist, Jonas Criscoe’s mixed media assemblages explore nature’s ability to reclaim the spaces and objects that we abandon. Utilizing various scavenged materials and appropriated imagery, Criscoe mimics the effects that wear and exposure have on materials; imparting a sense of history and nostalgia through the worn surfaces of his work.
David Bae & Erin Cunningham
August 27th - Sept 24th, 2016
The first of a series of two-person member shows, Figure/Heads featured the work of David Bae and Erin Cunningham. In their respective media, the two artists presented their own distinct interpretations of the physical/psychological aspects of the figure.
David Bae’s portraits merge a range of subjects and caricatures. They lack the continuity of traditional portraiture while mining its conventions. Delving into psychological headspace, his paintings both abstract and mirror the ways seeing, thinking, and feeling do not always align.
Erin Cunningham frames the body’s mundane folded spaces, and casts them in an unfamiliar light. In her metal, wax, and plaster castings, cross-sections of the body are preserved and inserted into everyday décor, coupling objects of comfort with the strange and eerie.
Bread & Butter
July 29th - August 20th, 2016
A group show featuring five Austin based artists, selected by the collective. BREAD & BUTTER celebrates the impulse to make art regardless of a guaranteed audience and imagines a scenario where art-making can be your bread and butter.
ICOSA Collective: Part 2
May 27th - Jun 26th, 2016
A group exhibition featuring the works of ten members of the ICOSA collective.
ICOSA Collective: Part 1
April 29th - May 22nd, 2016
A group exhibition featuring the works of ten members of the ICOSA collective.
Alysa Taylor Wendt
Elaine I-Ling Shen