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Elizabeth Chiles & John Swanger opening reception

Elizabeth Chiles & John Swanger opening reception

Opening Reception: Friday, December 9, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: December 9 – January 15, 2017 The exhibition Lumens & Currents comes out of several years of dialogue between the artists regarding their work and inquires into life. The artists’ works interact and form conversations around questions of luminosity, surface, materials, color and practices of close attention. Elizabeth Chiles will be showing several new works made with a range of techniques and processes. These include collaged photo-based works, a group of lumen prints in which the inner lives of plants seem to radiate from within, a large tapestry on semi-transparent fabric and a group of paintings made with fruit and flower pigments, whose photosynthetic nature will cause them to expose and shift throughout the course of the exhibition. John Swanger will be showing paintings from a recent body of work, Current Paintings, which explore structure and spaciousness. Related works give further insight into his sensibility and relationship to materials. In addition, he will be showing a selection of aluminum leaf works on reclaimed landscape or flower paintings. These works emphasize the topography of painting, the desire to reconstruct images and meanings, and speak to the mirrored aspects of looking. Elizabeth Chiles holds a BA in Art History from Columbia University and an MFA in photography from San Francisco Art Institute. She was a lecturer from 2009 – 2015 at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University and Southwestern University. Her work was included in 15 to Watch at The Austin Museum of Art, in the Texas Biennial, and Talent in Texas, curated by Kerry Inman at Fotofest and Houston Center for Photography. Her recent solo show at Pump Project was nominated for Best Solo Exhibition by the Austin Critics Table. She is a founding member of the collective Lakes Were Rivers, a group whose shows include, Strange Pilgrims at The Contemporary Austin, Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive at The Harry Ransom Center and Dark Matter at Vanderbilt University. Her project at Grayduck gallery is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. John Swanger (b. Lancaster, Pa.) graduated from Yale University, BA, Art. Gallery shows and representation have included, in New York, the John Weber Gallery, Galerie Lelong and the Gallery at Takashimaya. In Los Angeles, the Margo Leavin Gallery, Kiyo Higashi Gallery and Thomas Solomon's Garage. In Texas, exhibitions through Big Medium, the 2009 Texas Biennial and the 2016 Hunting Prize finalist exhibition. His work is in many collections, including, The Capital Group, The Progressive Corporation, Ritz-Carlton, Yale University and The Zen Center of Los Angeles. He lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Artist Talk: Jonas Hart & Dameon Lester

Artist Talk: Jonas Hart & Dameon Lester

Anthropocene examines the acceptance of what is outwardly visible versus what’s beneath the surface. Jonas Hart, Dameon Lester and Melissa Loop illustrate the significance of the larger picture, the systems or the emerging meaning. How aware are we of our influence on the landscape? Whether it’s an underground water system that is never seen, a far away place that seems pristine or the tip of an iceberg’s assumed permanence, the human animal has put our stamp on the world.

Artist talk tomorrow, Sunday, Nov 27 at 2pm. It's nice to get back into the swing of things. https://www.facebook.com/events/540496736140265/?notif_t=plan_user_joined¬if_id=1480179316973832

Artist Talk: Jonas Hart & Dameon Lester

Artist Talk: Jonas Hart & Dameon Lester

Anthropocene examines the acceptance of what is outwardly visible versus what’s beneath the surface. Jonas Hart, Dameon Lester and Melissa Loop illustrate the significance of the larger picture, the systems or the emerging meaning. How aware are we of our influence on the landscape? Whether it’s an underground water system that is never seen, a far away place that seems pristine or the tip of an iceberg’s assumed permanence, the human animal has put our stamp on the world.

Thank you to Dameon Lester, Jonas Hart & Melissa Loop for a great show and opening! Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate. This show will be up for the EAST studio tour so please stop by.

Art Alliance Austin

Art Alliance Austin surveyed thirteen industry insiders, leaders, and experts to get their top 3 picks for the East Austin Studio Tour. We've asked our partners to create a pretty awesome guide for you! Here's the list: https://www.artallianceaustin.org/east-picks Here's our experts: Morgan Catalina at SXSW and SXSW Eco, Dan Sutherland at The University of Texas at Austin, Catherine Zinser at Landmarks, The Public Art Program of The University of Texas at Austin, Emily Cayton at The Contemporary Austin, DJ Stout and Lana McGilvray the directors of PechaKucha Austin's curatorial board, Jill Schroeder of grayDUCK Gallery, Rebecca Gomez at Mexic-Arte Museum, Liberty Walker at Women & Their Work Gallery, Moya McIntyre and Colin McIntyre at Dimension Gallery, independent curator Leslie Moody Castro, artist, curator, and Los Outsider Michael Anthony García, artist, curator, and pump project gallery director Rebecca Marino, curator, artist, and director of Little Pink Monster Gallery Annie Wells.

BCR at Austin Lit Crawl, GrayDUCK Gallery

BCR at Austin Lit Crawl, GrayDUCK Gallery

Come enjoy a Bat City Review storytelling session during Austin's 6th annual Lit Crawl, at the beautiful GrayDUCK Gallery. Featuring Gayle Forman, Paige Schilt, Chen Chen, and Sam Sax. Authors will tell stories and read material on the theme of deal breakers (that moment you had to walk away). Hosted by Bat City Review. You can find Saturday's amazing schedule of performances, games, trivia matches, music, and all-ages storytelling sessions here: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/lit-crawl/ Parking on the East Side, and along East Cesar Chavez especially, is challenging! Please carpool, bike, or leave extra time to find parking. See you all there! ------ GAYLE FORMAN is a journalist and award-winning author whose many young adult novels include I Was Here, Just One Day, and If I Stay, which was also a major motion picture. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. Leave Me is her first novel for adults. PAIGE SCHILT moved to Texas with a dream of learning to sip whiskey and write serious literary essays in the shade of a wide front porch. Somewhere along the way, she came out as queer, became an activist, and fell in love with a gender-bending musician. Now she writes hilarious and heart-breaking stories about a gay, transgender, rock-n-roll family raising a son in the lone star state. Her work has appeared in The Bilerico Project, Offbeat Families, Mutha Magazine, and Brain, Child. Her memoir was published in 2015 by Transgress Press. CHEN CHEN is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. Chen helps edit Iron Horse and Gabby. He also works on a new journal called Underblong, which he co-founded with the poet Sam Herschel Wein. Chen received his MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.

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