Department of Art and Art History News

VAC Artists-In-Residence

Lead Pencil Studio
VAC Spring 2013 Artist-In-Residence, Lead Pencil Studio

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.

Students volunteers play a vital role in the installation process
Students volunteers play a vital role in the installation process

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.