Wed. May 28, 2014
Alumnus Andy Coolquitt was the artist-in-residence at The Chinati Foundation in the months of April and May. At the completion of his residency, Coolquitt displayed two projects at the Chinati Locker Plant. Multi-Marfa Room and Object Activation Exercise both demonstrate Coolquitt's use of found objects and arrangement to present formal abstractions and the domestic traces humans leave behind.
The Multi-Marfa Room was an installation of found objects ranging from wire, metal, and wood to empty picture frames, brooms, and toy balls. The Object Activation Exercise project presents Coolquitt standing in junk yards, located in and around Marfa, and heaving objects into the air. Keeping with his tradition of collaboration, the photographs were taken by graduates from the Department of Art and Art History and other artists.
Wed. May 28, 2014
Professor Ann Reynolds has been commissioned to write the main essay for the catalog accompanying Joan Jonas’ exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Reynolds’ commission comes after more than a decade of her work with Jonas.
Reynolds first met Jonas at Dia:Beacon in 2006 at one of the performances of The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things. Reynolds continued to build a close relationship with Jonas over the years and has provided students from the Department of Art and Art History with the extraordinary opportunity to work with one of the foremost performance artists.
In the fall of 2009, Jonas was an artist-in-residence at the Department of Art and Art History. She gave a public lecture, led a performance workshop for graduate students, and worked with Reynolds’ undergraduate seminar. Jonas returned in 2012 to rehearse and perform The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things at Texas Performing Arts during Fusebox Festival, an annual hybrid art festival. Students in Reynolds’ 2012 seminar class participated in rehearsals and worked closely with Jonas.
Zoe Berg (B.F.A. Studio Art, 2013) studied Jonas’ work in the 2012 seminar. Berg described, “Through Ann’s instruction, we learned to pull apart layers of performance. Ann is an extremely open and generous person. Her class happened at a time that validated what I was interested in and doing. Jonas’ persistence in her vision, strength, and continued growth is incredibly inspiring.”
The Venice Biennale opens May 2015. The essay for the catalog will be a collaboration between Reynolds and Jonas. Reynolds said, “We hope that my essay will be accompanied by a collection of images that Joan and I associate with the work.”
Ann Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research, publications, and teaching focus on U.S. and European art, architecture, and visual culture after 1930; feminist theory, gender, and sexuality studies; the historiography of exhibition practice; and film. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.
Wed. May 28, 2014
This summer, a meeting of the minds will occur in a contemporary art museum housed in a castle in Germany. Artist Miguel Aragon (M.F.A Studio Art, 2012) will travel to Germany for a residency at the Till Richter Museum, founded by art critic and curator Till Richter (Ph.D. Art History, 2011).
Richter’s eponymous museum for contemporary art is located in Buggenhagen Castle on a seven-acre park by the Baltic Sea. The castle as well as the grounds provide space for Richter’s ambitious programming. He stated, “I want the museum to become a destination for the most promising, international, young artists and those who want to enjoy their art.” When asked how his research at UT Austin influenced his museum work, Richter responded, “my pioneer spirit is something that I attribute particularly to my Austin experience, where we made all kinds of projects happen just with a lot of work and good will but without a lot of money, keeps me going.”
Aragon will participate in the three-month Rising Stars residency program, one of two artists selected by a jury. Additional museum programming includes exhibitions from Richter’s collection and a robust series of exhibition programming including galleries for solo exhibitions of work by established artists, media based exhibitions, solo exhibitions of work by emerging artists. In the future, Richter plans to establish a reading room for research and organize a yearly conference for art historians and critics working in contemporary art.
In anticipation of Aragon's first visit to Germany, he said:
“I am hoping to visit some of the World War II prison camp sites, I am exploring the idea of "prisons," and I feel these sites will help as research for what I have planned; they don't directly relate to my work but I feel there might be a connection with what I'm trying to do. This idea I will be developing during the residence still has to do with Mexico's violence and its effects on the citizens. On my last trip to Juarez I noticed that houses looked more like bunkers or prisons, and I realized they acted as self-imposed prisons to protect themselves from the outside. Neighborhoods gated themselves (illegally I might add) to limit the movement in their streets; I am not trying to compare or contrast to the Jewish ghettos or camps, but I want to study them to help me approach the work more carefully.”
Till Richter received a doctoral degree in art history from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011. His research and dissertation, entitled Art Historical and Market Criteria in the Evaluation of Contemporary Art, was supervised by Dr. Richard Shiff from the Department of Art and Art History and Stephen Magee from the Department of Finance.
Miguel Aragon received a dual B.F.A. in Printmaking and Graphic Design from The University of Texas at El Paso in 2002 and a M.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. His works are in collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, Ill.), Tama Art University Museum (Tokyo, Japan), Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, Texas), and The Amity Art Foundation Inc. (Woodbridge, Conn.). He has been in exhibitions at IPCNY (New York, NY), FotoFest (Houston, Texas), Austin Museum of Art (Austin, Texas), and Lamego Museum and Douro Museum (Alijo, Portugal).
Thu. May 22, 2014
Pastelegram has released its fourth print issue featuring guest artist Mary Walling Blackburn. The magazine's editors include doctoral candidates Ariel Evans and Allison Myers, Chelsea Weathers (Ph.D. Art History, 2013,) and T.J. Hunt (B.F.A Studio Art and B.A. Art History, 2010). Celebrate the release at MASS Gallery on Friday, May 23.