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.
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.
Thu. February 7, 2013
Professor Linda Henderson’s The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art, first published in 1983 and now expanded and reissued by the MIT Press, establishes that popular interest in a suprasensible fourth dimension of space and curved non-Euclidean geometries was central to the development of early 20th-century art. If a fourth spatial dimension existed, for example, our world would be merely a shadow or section of it. Such new ideas encouraged radical innovation by many artists, including Cubists, Duchamp, Malevich, and the members of De Stijl and Surrealism.
In a new reintroduction, Henderson surveys the impact of the notion of higher spatial dimensions on art and culture from the 1950s to 2000. Although largely eclipsed by relativity theory during the 1920s-1950s, the spatial fourth dimension began to experience a resurgence in the later 1950s. Since the 1980s it has returned to cultural prominence in the wake of the emergence of string theory in physics and of computer graphics. Henderson demonstrates that the spatial fourth dimension is, in fact, a leitmotif of the century as a whole, as she documents its importance for figures ranging from Buckminster Fuller, Robert Smithson, and the Park Place group in the 1960s to Tony Robbin and digital architect Marcos Novak.
Tue. January 22, 2013
Image Courtesy of Mass Gallery
Mass Gallery is back in action. Its recent endeavor, "The Alley Cat Project" has generated plenty of buzz and was featured in an article in the Austin American-Statesman. The project, supported by a grant from the Idea Fund, involves twelve public art installations in neighborhood alleyways throughout central East Austin. Homeowners in East Austin, including Professor John Yancey, gamely donated their alleyways to the project, which will remain on view through December 2013. "The Alley Cat Project" includes work by local and Texas-based artists, and teens participating in AMOA-Arthouse’s education program, Club-A.
Mass recently reemerged as an official non-profit organization, relocating to a new complex at 507 Calles Street, and is expanding its reach to encompass an extensive gallery space, several artist studios, and a packed season of public programs, film screenings, performances and exhibitions. Originally founded in 2006, the Austin-based collective now consists of 13 artists, writers and curators, many of whom are alumni of the department including Xochi Solis (BFA 2005), Jules Buck Jones (MFA 2008), Erin Elizabeth Curtis (MFA 2007), Laura Uhlir (BFA 2007), Scott Proctor (MFA 2007) and Scott Eastwood (MFA 2011).
Thu. December 13, 2012
Dr. David Stuart recently calmed nerves in a special segment of Academic Minute on NPR member station WAMC focusing on the ominous (and rapidly approaching) apocalyptic date, December 21, 2012. Stuart reassured listeners nationwide that the ancient Mayans viewed December 21 as a date of great meaning and importance, but never actually predicted an end to the world. Thanks Dr. Stuart, looks like we’ll be finishing up our holiday shopping after all.