Art Matters Austin – Art Alliance Austin
Unconventional works from members of Open Doors Collective, traditional painting and photography, then some video and prints. It was a good roundup, but the space is essentially a hallway. Should I really give it the consideration I give galleries? NOT BAD
Patterns of Peru and Texas – International Center of Austin
Didn’t make it down.
Ian Cion & Carter Cox – Salvage Vanguard Theater
That Bucketball was cool. Made me think of space stations, playgrounds, and molecules all at once. The paintings were missing a little something. Their layering and random positioning on the wall was held back by its material. The paint looked as if it were desperately applied, like it was running low. I imagine colored transparencies or layers of glazes working better. All in all it was astronomical, yet earthy. NOT BAD
Through the Eyes of Winky Kimbro – Bolm Studios
Not such a subtle show. Political? Yeah, saw that. New Orleans, LA? Yeah, Mardi Gras was the giveaway. Add the two and you have some comments on the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Whatever. But there was a sculpture in the back that I rounded multiple times. There was a mystery to it. But I still cant give one piece the gold. BAD
Dr. Sketchy Show – Austin Figurative Gallery
Didn’t see it.
Reverberations – Lora Reynolds
These two sound artists were just as puzzling as Benjamin Butler a year ago. I’ll admit I didn’t spend much time with them. But really. Really? BAD
NTSC: Cauleen Smith – WTW
I didn’t spend much time with this show either. But at least there were elements I could grasp. I really should’ve gone for multiple viewings. I can only recall what I caught a glimpse of. NOT BAD
Systems of Growth and Decay – MASS Gallery
I went opening night. The decay was there, but the growth was just a bunch of seeds sprinkled on cardboard and sponges. I wanted to go back and check on the Chia-art before the show closed, but it didn’t happen. There was already enough for me to enjoy. The potential of organic growth was contrasted by the corroded disarray of materials. I probably would’ve enjoyed it more with actual vegetation present, but… GOOD
Retratos y Cuentos – La Pena
I had no excuse for missing this. I knew ’bout it well ahead of time. I don’t know what happened.
The Myths of Thailand – Slugfest
Those were some funky prints. Each was like a big battle scene on the back of toy packaging. NOT BAD
Impish Animal – Okay Mountain
Some wild shit happening in the gallery. Aminals with their insides out, fuckin’ each other, a very primal and fleshy affair. But what got me, was the use of a variety of hip techniques. Not to belittle the techniques or Villegas, but there has been a lot of fabric work going on. The use of animals and animal heads has also been prevalent. Here they became just one element among the arsenal. GREAT
Cindy Corkill – Austin Figurative Gallery
Not deviating from the gallery’s mission, this show has figurative painting. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing spectacular. BAD
Small Wonders – Tiru Gallery
Didn’t make it.
Few, Some, Several, Many, and More – CRL
There was a good variety of works. From prints (which I thought would dominate), to repetition within a work, there was many and more work to be seen. As a show, it didn’t bowl me over. NOT BAD
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.