Pink Women – Pink
I swear I’m going to make it down there. If its the last thing I do!
Multiple Originals – DAC
Women Printmakers of Austin have a great operation going. They host a crew of talented printmakers. Like the Franciso Souto show at Slugfest and the IDEA show a couple months ago, there isn’t anything really outstanding here. The prints exemplify skill but they also tend to rely heavily on narrative. Before “discovering” the suite, I thought that particular wall of prints looked thematically similar. They each presented a nurturing ambience usually around nature. The rest of the work, although not adhering to a theme, took on similar technical and formal qualities. NOT BAD
Lauren Levy – DBerman
Sometimes the repetition of an object spanning different works in a gallery can seem monotonous. Fortunately, Ms. Levy’s forms do not. The odd-looking headless doll or dress is presented as the base upon which the experimentation of material and technique ocurs. There was a sense of investigation. Although I was unimpressed by the animal figures, I think they managed to break up the threatening monotony. NOT BAD
Wide Open Wide – WTW
I’ll admit, I am a little jealous of Joey Fauerso. While in school and working on figures situated in a void, I noticed her work in New American Painting. I saw that and her samples on the Finesilver site and wondered why? The work didn’t seem to do much of anything (as I didn’t think my figures were doing anything). So I kinda glossed over her work at Arthouse earlier this year and was again unimpressed with her work here. On the walls, Ms. Fauerso provides the fodder for her animation. The stills are decent works on paper. The animation is basic. I feared my prejudice to be clouding my judgement, but fortunately others were also underwhelmed. BAD
Iconic Sports Photography – Gallery 3
UT. Football. Photography. The photos were iconic and sporty. Besides its commercial intents, the photos evoke none of the concerns I expect in an art gallery. Taken purely as art, its BAD. Understanding its relationship to the university, commerce and the store, NOT BAD
Fabricated – Gallery Lombardi
This was crafty, but definitely not folksy. The show made me think of Goodwill and domesticity in the grandma sense. 100% Birgitta Bjerke amazed with her expansive “doilies” and photos of clothing. Intricate, vast, colorful and almost painterly, her work was the most complex. Jenny Hart’s work was probably simplest in presentation. The lines of stitching didn’t have much variety in width and the images had a rocknroll kinda feel to them. The use of handkerchiefs made me think of Tina Medina, but didn’t have that thug life history to it. It was my least favorite of the three. Whitney Lee also had a simple execution in her work. But I was more attracted to it because of its relationship to both digital pixelation and impressionist dabs of paint. Both Ms. Hart and Ms. Lee apppeared to be somewhat of one-liners. Perhaps it was the number of years that Ms. Bjerke’s work existed, but it had more to say. With the use of floral elements, there was some growth evident in Ms. Lee’s pieces. But that pulled away from the internet origins of the porno imagery and muted some of its strength. GOOD
All Together Now – CRL
Here’s UT showing some love. Alumni group show. At first glance, the works seem too diverse. Then the connections begin to bloom; Carloyn Porter to Julie Weitz to Ruth Stanford and Jonas Criscoe to Heather Cook. Not everyone was holding hands, but the group felt cohesive. And the works were finely constructed. GOOD
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.