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"Studies in Matrix Monoprint A" by Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi. You have to see this work in person, so many layers. The Cafe Avatar show is up until February 18th.

Photo/Montage 12x12

Photo/Montage 12x12

Photo/Montage (12x12) invites established, local artists to step out of their usual boundaries to engage in a complex dialog with a given concept. Each participating artist worked with the same set of twelve prints from Pizzi's recent photography to create a unique collage/assemblage using at least one element from all the twelve images, with no other restrictions or guidelines about form, size or aesthetic purpose. The collaborators involved are diverse in background and vision, and include visual artists Catherine Lee, Michael Anthony Garcia, Shawn Smith, Maya Lawrence, w. tucker, Peggy Weiss, and Steve Wiman; composer Graham Reynolds; graphic designer DJ Stout; architect Emily Little; writer Teresa Elliott; and photographer/filmmaker Robert Ziebell. This project's purpose is to engage the ideas of established artists to develop twelve unique works based on the same set of twelve images from Rino Pizzi’s body of work. It is an experiment in variations on a theme, as conceived and imagined through the eyes and aesthetic model of a diverse group of cultural leaders who have been encouraged to go beyond their specific media and establish an exchange with the medium of photography, which in this case was treated as raw material rather than complete works. Its focus will be on bringing together outstanding creative personalities in our community to engage in a conversation about art and collaboration. Rino Pizzi has been promoting and producing unique collaborative work that challenged participating artists to explore different facets of their personal work for nearly a decade. From the publication of his collection of portraits "Objects of Affection" in 2009, followed by "The Mona Lisa Project" in 2011, transFIGURATION in 2013, and "ArtFiction" in 2016, Pizzi has furthered conversations on the nature of art history, memory, and the complex relationship of photography to other visual arts traditions. His collaborative projects have been shown in Museums and Galleries in Austin, Houston and Grand Rapids, MI, and were featured in the PBS documentary series "Arts in Context," directed by Karen Bernstein.

Photo/Montage (12x12) invites established, local artists to step out of their usual boundaries to engage in a complex dialog with a given concept. Each participating artist worked with the same set of twelve prints from Pizzi's recent photography to create a unique collage/assemblage using at least one element from all the twelve images, with no other restrictions or guidelines about form, size or aesthetic purpose. The collaborators involved are diverse in background and vision, and include visual artists Catherine Lee, Michael Anthony Garcia, Shawn Smith, Maya Lawrence, w. tucker, Peggy Weiss, and Steve Wiman; composer Graham Reynolds; graphic designer DJ Stout; architect Emily Little; writer Teresa Elliott; and photographer/filmmaker Robert Ziebell. This project's purpose is to engage the ideas of established artists to develop twelve unique works based on the same set of twelve images from Rino Pizzi’s body of work. It is an experiment in variations on a theme, as conceived and imagined through the eyes and aesthetic model of a diverse group of cultural leaders who have been encouraged to go beyond their specific media and establish an exchange with the medium of photography, which in this case was treated as raw material rather than complete works. Its focus will be on bringing together outstanding creative personalities in our community to engage in a conversation about art and collaboration. Rino Pizzi has been promoting and producing unique collaborative work that challenged participating artists to explore different facets of their personal work for nearly a decade. From the publication of his collection of portraits "Objects of Affection" in 2009, followed by "The Mona Lisa Project" in 2011, transFIGURATION in 2013, and "ArtFiction" in 2016, Pizzi has furthered conversations on the nature of art history, memory, and the complex relationship of photography to other visual arts traditions. His collaborative projects have been shown in Museums and Galleries in Austin, Houston and Grand Rapids, MI, and were featured in the PBS documentary series "Arts in Context," directed by Karen Bernstein.

Metaphors on Vision 2: Stan Brakhage in the 70s

Metaphors on Vision 2: Stan Brakhage in the 70s

Program two of ERC’s tribute to Stan Brakhage and the republication of his Metaphors on Vision is a program of works best known as the “Pittsburgh Trilogy.” Thomas Beard of Light Industry will introduce. Part of a 3-evening series celebrating Brakhage's work. Program 1 2/11 at @[585698524929184:274:AFS Cinema]; Program 3 at Masur Gallery, Lockhart. Eyes (1971) Deus Ex (1971) The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (1971) ================================================ Please Note: The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes contains graphic autopsy imagery. ================================================

Experimental Response Cinema is back at the DUCK on February 12th!

Anthony B. Creeden - Artist Talk

Anthony B. Creeden - Artist Talk

Cacti, as notoriously hardy spiked things, tend to look harshly figural and exotic when mixed amongst signs of modernity. In my studio, behind the MacBook, lit under LED light, stands this short, defiantly potted, prehistoric life form. A reminder of how things used to be, out amongst nature, before Brita filters and before ISPs. I notice them as I turn almost every corner on my block in Austin too, waving at me indifferently, and in their own way daring us all to screw this whole societal experiment up. “See who lasts then,” it kind of mutters. Cacti and Semaphore—the show’s title—shares its name with a 1923 painting by Georg Scholz. The artists of Scholz’s day have all passed. They float among us now, in the digital images of their work left behind. Today in our painting studios, like in a séance, we ask for guidance, curious of our own fortunes ahead. Anthony B. Creeden (born Washington, D.C.) holds an MFA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin (2017) and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). Recent exhibitions include Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL; William Benington Gallery in London, UK; and MASS Gallery in Austin, TX.

Cacti, as notoriously hardy spiked things, tend to look harshly figural and exotic when mixed amongst signs of modernity. In my studio, behind the MacBook, lit under LED light, stands this short, defiantly potted, prehistoric life form. A reminder of how things used to be, out amongst nature, before Brita filters and before ISPs. I notice them as I turn almost every corner on my block in Austin too, waving at me indifferently, and in their own way daring us all to screw this whole societal experiment up. “See who lasts then,” it kind of mutters. Cacti and Semaphore—the show’s title—shares its name with a 1923 painting by Georg Scholz. The artists of Scholz’s day have all passed. They float among us now, in the digital images of their work left behind. Today in our painting studios, like in a séance, we ask for guidance, curious of our own fortunes ahead. Anthony B. Creeden (born Washington, D.C.) holds an MFA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin (2017) and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). Recent exhibitions include Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL; William Benington Gallery in London, UK; and MASS Gallery in Austin, TX.

‘Café Avatar’ at grayDUCK Gallery – Glasstire

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Scalp [.cava], 2017. Screen print on punched synthetic felt, modular acrylic peg system, 24 x 36 inches.Even as someone who takes great pains to insulate myself from technology, it’s difficult to deny the seductive glow of a screen, or that of the collaborative work of Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakani...

Thank you Glasstire and Tatiana Ryckman for the review of Cafe Avatar! http://glasstire.com/2018/01/27/cafe-avatar-at-grayduck-gallery/

The Weekly Line-up 1.24.18 - Sightlines

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A select list of what’s good and what’s new in Austin this week “ROUX” Features the artists of the ROUX printmaker collective: Rabéa Ballin, Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia. Through Feb. 24, Prizer Arts & Letters, 2023 E. Cesar Chavez St.. prizerartsandletters....

Thank you Sightlines for recommending Anthony B Creeden's show! https://sightlinesmag.org/weekly-line-1-24-18

Today is the last day to see "Practical Acts of Perception". We're open until 5 today. Thank you Cande Aguilar, Jorge Puron & Mauricio Sáenz for a fantastic show!

Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi and Anthony B. Creed

Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi and Anthony B. Creed

Café Avatar Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: January 20 – February 18, 2018 As humanity enters a new graphic skin, how will we remember our physical selves...or are we becoming computational mochas? Where do our avatars hang out when not in use? Café Avatar explores these questions with a playful collection of images and objects, both figurative and abstract. Large modular works, screen printed on industrially stamped synthetic felt, stretch and teeter across acrylic pegs. These works are complimented by a series of small room-scapes that mix screen printing, wood block, and photo copying techniques. Exhibited behind vacuum-formed plastic, traditional technique collides with idiosyncratic presentation. Makeshift clockworks silently activate the space, and a collection of sculptural floor pieces give a sense of place to the otherwise fleeting abstractions. Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi established their collaboration as Sonnenzimmer in 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Initially recognized for their idiosyncratic commissioned screen-printed posters, their practice has since morphed into an interdisciplinary toolshed spanning multiple platforms, including exhibitions, performance, publishing and design. They have exhibited in the United States, China, and Europe with recent exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago; Vebikus Kunsthalle Schaffhausen, Switzerland; and Texas Sate University, San Marcos. They have lectured and led workshops in academic and commercial settings, including The Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program, Menlo Park, California; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; California Institute for the Arts, Valencia; Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis; Pratt Institute, New York City; and Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. decoy gallery presents: Anthony B. Creeden | Cacti and Semaphore Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: January 20 – February 18, 2018 Anthony B. Creeden Cacti, as notoriously hardy spiked things, tend to look harshly figural and exotic when mixed amongst signs of modernity. In my studio, behind the MacBook, lit under LED light, stands this short, defiantly potted, prehistoric life form. A reminder of how things used to be, out amongst nature, before Brita filters and before ISPs. I notice them as I turn almost every corner on my block in Austin too, waving at me indifferently, and in their own way daring us all to screw this whole societal experiment up. “See who lasts then,” it kind of mutters. Cacti and Semaphore—the show’s title—shares its name with a 1923 painting by Georg Scholz. The artists of Scholz’s day have all passed. They float among us now, in the digital images of their work left behind. Today in our painting studios, like in a séance, we ask for guidance, curious of our own fortunes ahead. Anthony B. Creeden (born Washington, D.C.) holds an MFA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin (2017) and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). Recent exhibitions include Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL; William Benington Gallery in London, UK; and MASS Gallery in Austin, TX.

Café Avatar Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: January 20 – February 18, 2018 As humanity enters a new graphic skin, how will we remember our physical selves...or are we becoming computational mochas? Where do our avatars hang out when not in use? Café Avatar explores these questions with a playful collection of images and objects, both figurative and abstract. Large modular works, screen printed on industrially stamped synthetic felt, stretch and teeter across acrylic pegs. These works are complimented by a series of small room-scapes that mix screen printing, wood block, and photo copying techniques. Exhibited behind vacuum-formed plastic, traditional technique collides with idiosyncratic presentation. Makeshift clockworks silently activate the space, and a collection of sculptural floor pieces give a sense of place to the otherwise fleeting abstractions. Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi established their collaboration as Sonnenzimmer in 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Initially recognized for their idiosyncratic commissioned screen-printed posters, their practice has since morphed into an interdisciplinary toolshed spanning multiple platforms, including exhibitions, performance, publishing and design. They have exhibited in the United States, China, and Europe with recent exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago; Vebikus Kunsthalle Schaffhausen, Switzerland; and Texas Sate University, San Marcos. They have lectured and led workshops in academic and commercial settings, including The Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program, Menlo Park, California; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; California Institute for the Arts, Valencia; Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis; Pratt Institute, New York City; and Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. decoy gallery presents: Anthony B. Creeden | Cacti and Semaphore Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: January 20 – February 18, 2018 Anthony B. Creeden Cacti, as notoriously hardy spiked things, tend to look harshly figural and exotic when mixed amongst signs of modernity. In my studio, behind the MacBook, lit under LED light, stands this short, defiantly potted, prehistoric life form. A reminder of how things used to be, out amongst nature, before Brita filters and before ISPs. I notice them as I turn almost every corner on my block in Austin too, waving at me indifferently, and in their own way daring us all to screw this whole societal experiment up. “See who lasts then,” it kind of mutters. Cacti and Semaphore—the show’s title—shares its name with a 1923 painting by Georg Scholz. The artists of Scholz’s day have all passed. They float among us now, in the digital images of their work left behind. Today in our painting studios, like in a séance, we ask for guidance, curious of our own fortunes ahead. Anthony B. Creeden (born Washington, D.C.) holds an MFA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin (2017) and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). Recent exhibitions include Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL; William Benington Gallery in London, UK; and MASS Gallery in Austin, TX.

Art Alliance Austin

Congratulations to The Contemporary Austin's 2018 Crit Group, including - Adrian Aguilera, Christa Blackwood, Christine McGarvey, Dawn Okoro Studio, Jenn Hassin, Landon O'Brien, Rachel Wolfson Smith, and Ron Geibel. These eight local artists were selected by Crit Group co-leaders Sterling Allen, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, and Andrea Mellard from more than eighty applicants who submitted portfolios and written statements about their work. Crit Group 2018 meets monthly beginning this month, for sessions that include traditional group art critique to provide peer feedback for a new body of work and current work in progress with the program culminating in a satellite group exhibition at grayDUCK Gallery in August 2018.

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