Undergraduates Begin Research on Ancient Italy
Thu. May 9, 2013
As summer fast approaches, Art History majors Hallie Brewer and Arjun Reddy are gearing up to spend the next few months conducting research amongst the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Oplontis. The newly inaugurated Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI), situated within the Department of Art and Art History, recently selected Brewer and Reddy from an impressive pool of applicants as the summer of 2013 Undergraduate Excavation Fellows. While in Italy, Brewer and Reddy will have the unique opportunity to conduct real research as part of the faculty directed Oplontis Project. Located only five kilometers west of Pompeii and buried beneath the modern city of Torre Annunziata, Oplontis provides art historians and archeologists with unprecedented insight into the lives of Roman elites and their slaves. CSAI initiated the Undergraduate Excavation Fellowship Program in an effort to foster undergraduate study on Ancient Italy. Auguri Hallie e Arjun!
Alumna's Paintings on View at the Courtyard Gallery
Wed. April 24, 2013
The Courtyard Gallery features the artwork of faculty and alumni of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts. Alumna Thuy-Van Vu’s Works on Paper will be on exhibition from April 25-August 30.
While much of Thuy-Van Vu’s recent work depicts the kind of everyday urban detritus that is often overlooked or disregarded by portraying entropic views of abandoned architecture, her current endeavors consider things that are mindfully preserved. Probing into museum archives of personal items, as well as institutional storage spaces—a different, less public form of the archive—Vu renders objects that are separated from their original or intended context to create evocative portraits of a given perspective.
Vu’s subject matter takes inspiration from a variety of unlikely sources, from stacked school desks to closing sale spreads to preserved books on display in a museum. Like the content of these books, spread open to reveal just two immortalized pages under their vitrines, the personal histories of the objects are inaccessible beyond the mediated view provided by their place of display. Methodically arranged and sometimes deconstructed, the objects begin to read as a series of forms divorced from their intended place or function. Vu processes these formal elements, concentrating on a painted language of line, surface, and composition to accentuate the visceral experience of looking.
Objects potentially imbued with personal meaning or utility become shapes in space, a condensed narrative rendered in gently abstracted geometries. Whether depicting careful displays or collections of objects unceremoniously piled in storage, Vu translates these images into a painted archive that both documents and reinvents the existing tableaux. The works succeed in examining the objects themselves, but also in portraying the experience of viewing the objects through the lens of their conditional settings.
Thuy-Van Vu, Remnants of House on Meridian Avenue, 2012
Though preserved, the items of interest examined here resonate with the sense of abandonment and displacement found in Vu’s paintings of dilapidated buildings and construction sites. That these translated views are destined to be displayed in an artistic setting further complicates the ideas of place and looking inherent to Vu’s work. Through these painted documents, Vu prolongs and transforms the essence of her subjects, proving once more the point of their mutability.
TJ Hunt is an artist and freelance writer based in Austin, Texas and Marfa, Texas. She earned a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She is currently Editorial Assistant for the Austin-based arts magazine Pastelegram.
The Department Welcomes Thao Votang
Mon. March 18, 2013
Type or pThe Department of Art and Art History is thrilled to announce Thao Votang as Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator. In her new position, Thao guides prospective students through the admissions process while simultaneously introducing them to exciting opportunities, events and programs throughout the department and university.
Thao received her BA in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin and received a Master of Liberal Arts from St. Edward's University. She has volunteered with almost every institution in Austin including the Blanton Museum of Art, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Creative Research Lab, Art Alliance Austin, Fusebox Festival, Austin Museum Partnership and French Legation Museum.
In 2011, Thao co-founded Tiny Park, an innovative, austin-based art space that presents contemporary art exhibitions, readings and film screenings by local and national artists.
Wed. February 20, 2013
Each spring and fall semester the Visual Arts Center’s Vaulted Gallery is transformed by emerging national and international artists who are invited to the VAC to create new, site-specific installations. This spring, the Vaulted Gallery is filled not with paintings or photographs but a two-story structure created by Seattle-based artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, known collectively as Lead Pencil Studio.
Han and Mihalyo’s structure, titled Diffuse Reflection Lab, is a mixture of dioramas and engaging, interactive spaces—one room, modeled after a café, is filled with magazines, tables and chairs, often occupied with visitors or studying students. Drawing inspiration for their installation from the shiny newness of downtown Austin, against what they found to be an otherwise modest city fabric, and the notoriously intense Texas light, Lead Pencil Studio fills these spaces with an array of reflective surfaces and objects. Each wall, room and object is used to consider different reflective surfaces and their properties, as well as how the reflection of light informs and defines spaces.
Students from the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Art and Art History and School of Architecture played a vital role in the completion of Diffuse Reflection Lab. Working alongside Lead Pencil Studio, these students enjoyed the valuable opportunity to have hands-on involvement in all aspects of the installation—from planning and development, to implementation and staging.
Type or paste your text here then delete this text.Type or paste your text here then delete this text.The Artist-In-Residence program was recently featured on the University of Texas at Austin's Homepage. The video highlights Lead Pencil Studio’s current installation and provides insights on the program from students and VAC director, Jade Walker.
To gain insight into the artists’ perspective on Diffuse Reflection Lab be sure to check out the VAC’s recent artist documentary on Lead Pencil Studio.
Be sure to check out Diffuse Reflection Lab, on view through May 11 at the Visual Arts Center.
Bogdan Perzynski included in two exhibitions
Tue. February 12, 2013
Professor Bogdan Perzynski's (Transmedia) "Fortune Teller" is included in the exhibition Los Americanos at Dallas Contemporary, a non-collectiong art museum that focuses on new and challenging ideas from regional, national, and international artists. The video exhibition presents newly commissioned projects by six Texas-based artists installed inside the museum and at sites in the community and is accompanied by an interactive, digital catalogue, published and sponsored by BlueLabel (London). Exhibiting artists are Morehshin Allahyari, Joshua Bienko, Chivas Clem, Hillary Holsonback, Bogdan Perzynski, and Jason Reed. On view through March 31, 2013.
Perzynski's "Film," a photographic installation, and "Projection 2," an object to use, are included in the group exhibition Beyond Corrupted Eye. Gallery Akumulatory 2, 1972-1990 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. The exhibition was previously shown at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw and is accompanied by a 630-page publication. On view February 14 – April 28, 2013.