Nevermore – WTW
Candace Briceno is pruported to challenge the art history of landscape. I’d give that claim to the paintings and drawings. The more sculptural objects seem to talk more about craft and some level of daintiness. GOOD
American Me – Gravity Constant
A new art space in town. Paintings have that Austin/ young aesthetic of graffiti mixed with a stylized art form. This group of large paintings had some pattern-and-decoration thrown in. There were two that were densely layered and began to form powerful images. Unfortunately they were surrounded by paintings with an identifiable pattern on top of some graffiti-like splashing and scratching of paint. Getting tired of the graffiti look being ripped off. BAD
Hitten Switches – Okay Mountain
These drawings definitely fall under the young aesthetic running rampant in Austin and across any art scene, but these feel authentic. Bonus points for being a collaborative project. Going back to an older mode of communication in a time where the computer is the center of the universe? Small gesture with subversive power. At times very difficult to separate the two artists’ contributions. I think I figured it out. Travis Millard likes the smooth lines while Michael Seiben uses jagged-edged marks. GOOD
Ismlessness – Gallery Lombardi
Surprise! Surprise! More graffiti paintings at Lombardi. These felt especially sterile to me. They looked like raging street art neatly cut out, framed and placed in the gallery. Graffiti in the gallery was fresh twenty-five years ago. What kinda old-timers are buying it now? Or is it the fresh fish thinking its new hotness? BAD
They moved the show dates to mid-July. Sneaky, sneaky!
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.