The idea of color is explored in two different exhibitions this month at Art from the Streets and Wally Workman. Premonition and superstition are challenged in Adreon Henry’s work at Camiba, while playful Western-style pieces carefully balanced with themes from modern mythology and pop culture are on display in Cyrus Walker’s exhibition at Assemblage Contemporary. Austin’s landmarks are also examined in two different exhibits – photographs of Waller Creek as a boundary line, as well as some of Austin’s advertising icons and what they represent. Dive, explore and be inspired by the arts this month in Austin.
“Adreon Henry: Auspicious Premonition” – Through July 16
Adreon Henry’s latest body of work investigates the relationship between mind power, prosperity, talismans, superstitions and luck. Henry’s work asks the following questions: do lucky charms matter to results? Does fate or karma, or the mere belief in one or the other, guide us in our earthly endeavours? Henry has always been curious about how things are constructed and from an early age he developed a very specific style by repeatedly drawing imaginary friends; these friends still exist today (i.e. “The Pendletons”). Now based in Austin, he continues his creative endeavors, often working with themes of time, community and perspective. His use of a variety of screen printing and painting techniques on non-traditional media, and his tendency to cut and weave these materials, has allowed him to create a distinctive visual style, while his many years as a musician have provide a solid foundation for creating beautiful soundscapes and interactive installations.
Street Art @ Canopy
“Green Envy” – June 4 and July 2
Green has been used in art since the days of the ancient Egyptians who used green earth and malachite, while the ancient Greeks used verdigris. Green experienced a resurgence in art during the Impressionist movement due to advances in green pigments and paints. The color green creates an atmosphere of serenity and calm, typically associated with nature, serenity and freshness. Green is the theme of this exhibition of people who are homeless, at risk or in transition. Art from the Streets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 1991 to give transients a way to develop as artists and use their creativity to emerge from homelessness .
Gallery Contemporary Artisan Assembly
“Cyrus Walker: Hello! » — From June 4 to June 30
“Hello Boy!” features bold, luscious and playful Western-style pieces balanced with themes from modern mythology and pop culture. Cyrus Walker’s work captures, reflects, and manipulates the mass-produced novels and comics that influenced themes of the “Imagined West” through the interplay of preservation and exaggeration. Walker reintroduces these familiar tales with the addition of vignettes from other important storytelling genres, resulting in new tales rooted in timeless themes of human nature with a twist of “Giddy Up!” and a bit of “Whoah Nelly!”
“Garrido: Solo Show” – June 4 to July 2
The power of color is Jen Garrido’s central focus for this body of work. Her shapes form emotional vessels of pigment built on top of each other, filled with love, sadness, passion, exhaustion, grief, joy and even magic. Representative of the human emotional state, Garrido’s works communicate an ever-changing internal and external growth.
Georgetown Art Center
“A transient nature” – from June 10 to July 17
“Transient Nature” is the intersection of the environmental concerns of three Austin-based artists. Shawn Camp, Shannon Faseler and Dameon Lester use their individual activities to document geological, atmospheric and ecological transformation. Each artist refers to moments frozen in time and space to make the viewer understand the transitory attributes of nature. These works are based on ephemeral references, incorporating both geological and linear boundaries constructed to affect public perception.
“Heather Parrish: Seeing the Other Eye – A View Across Waller Creek” – June 12 to July 26
Named after Austin’s first city planner, this limestone Cretaceous waterway is inscribed in the legacy of racialized division and displacement. As an Austin native with family traces back to the founding of the city, Heather Parrish explores these threads through historical layers of terrain and urban development. His exhibit uses images from historic photographs of Waller Creek, which is remembered (sometimes forgotten) as a dividing line that runs through the city of Austin. Parrish uses printmaking, experimental photography, collage and installation to destabilize simple binaries and envision complex embodiments of boundaries. Rather than firm and fixed, she explores the dynamic potentialities of borders as porous places of exchange.
women and their work
“Steef Crombach: One Bad Monkey” – June 25 to August 4
Steef Crombach uses iconography as clues to understanding our physical environment. She draws her inspiration from the mundane and the local and brings out ignored but shared points of reference buried deep in the collective consciousness. In One Bad Monkey, Crombach focuses this process on Austin’s advertising sculptures for commercial enterprises. Through soft carvings and draped foam relief tapestries, Crombach examines the secret lives of local icons like the Wheatsville Raptor and Big Star Bingo Gorilla. It explores the evolution of each character as their identity changes over time and space. Her interest in these sculptures highlights the often immaterial nature of change and attempts to create a deeper understanding of our shared physical reality.
“Xavier Schipani: The Lightning Can’t Be Harnessed” – June 25 to July 30
Xavier Schipani is an Austin-based transgender artist who has focused his practice on creating large-scale painting installations that explore the boundaries of gender, body politics, sexuality, and queer identity. Her unique voice and personal connection to the themes of her work create intimate experiences in combination with a larger than life scale to establish contrast between artwork and viewer. He continues to investigate fear and anger, masculinity as performance, and the ambiguity of what makes a man.