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A Silent Narrative of Things

New work by Alejandra Almuelle – Opening May 4th

“The Silent Narrative of Things” an exhibition of new work by Alejandra Almuelle, opening May 4th at
Dimension Gallery. 

OPENING RECEPTION – MAY 4TH FROM 7 TO 10PM

OPEN GALLERY HOURS – MAY 6TH – 21ST ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 12 TO 6PM

“When I began this series, I was affected by the significance and probable implications of the political situation. Many questions started to come as the work emerged. Questions created more questions in my attempt to answer them.

‘Seven’, which is the first of the series expresses that state of mind. I have included ‘Spices and Salt’ as subtext within the piece. Spice as an undercurrent narrative of human immigration, trade and value. And salt, as a form of currency and power, but also a fundamental part of the human body. Salt created the foundation of civilization and with it, commerce. The paradox is that commerce commodifies life itself, a prevalent and entrenched aspect of society. 

Each of these human shaped figures are pierced, revealing the interior space through holes and openings as manifesting the permeable nature of the self. A self that is not solid, fixed or contained.  

There is also the allusion of story telling in the ‘1001’ installation piece. It brings again the ‘hole’ as part of the piece itself. The multiple holes in the brick walls of the gallery are connected by red thread to the needles. It is the ‘eye’ of a needle that makes the needle. 

Visible and invisible, certainty and uncertainty, power and need. It is in between this tension we reside.”

Alejandra Almuelle was born in Arequipa, Peru. She is a self taught ceramic artist working in Austin for the past 24 years. Before moving to the United States, she spent time with a community of potters in Pizac in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, a major center for ceramic making in Peru. Peru is a country in which the abundance of clay has made this medium a language of artistic expression. Clay is its own idiom, and being there, she began to speak it. Her work has been featured in the Texas Clay Festival, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, MexicArte Museum, Laguna Gloria, Dimension Gallery, among many others.

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A Silent Narrative of Things

New work by Alejandra Almuelle – May 4 – 21

“The Silent Narrative of Things” an exhibition of new work by Alejandra Almuelle, opening May 4th at Dimension Gallery. 

OPENING RECEPTION – MAY 4TH FROM 7 TO 10PM

OPEN GALLERY HOURS – MAY 6TH – 21ST ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 12 TO 6PM

“When I began this series, I was affected by the significance and probable implications of the political situation. Many questions started to come as the work emerged. Questions created more questions in my attempt to answer them.

‘Seven’, which is the first of the series expresses that state of mind. I have included ‘Spices and Salt’ as subtext within the piece. Spice as an undercurrent narrative of human immigration, trade and value. And salt, as a form of currency and power, but also a fundamental part of the human body. Salt created the foundation of civilization and with it, commerce. The paradox is that commerce commodifies life itself, a prevalent and entrenched aspect of society. 

Each of these human shaped figures are pierced, revealing the interior space through holes and openings as manifesting the permeable nature of the self. A self that is not solid, fixed or contained.  

There is also the allusion of story telling in the ‘1001’ installation piece. It brings again the ‘hole’ as part of the piece itself. The multiple holes in the brick walls of the gallery are connected by red thread to the needles. It is the ‘eye’ of a needle that makes the needle. 

Visible and invisible, certainty and uncertainty, power and need. It is in between this tension we reside.”

Alejandra Almuelle was born in Arequipa, Peru. She is a self taught ceramic artist working in Austin for the past 24 years. Before moving to the United States, she spent time with a community of potters in Pizac in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, a major center for ceramic making in Peru. Peru is a country in which the abundance of clay has made this medium a language of artistic expression. Clay is its own idiom, and being there, she began to speak it. Her work has been featured in the Texas Clay Festival, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, MexicArte Museum, Laguna Gloria, Dimension Gallery, among many others.

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What Is Colin McIntyre Building In That Shipping Container?

Austin Chronicle, FEB. 28, 2017

Metal man. Music man. McIntyre.

It’s been almost a year since the opening of Dimension Gallery, the city’s only venue dedicated exclusively to exhibiting and promoting contemporary sculpture and three-dimensional art, and now there’s this … this giant lung that’s getting ready to exhale nearby.

Note: It’s not literally a lung, no. It’s a pipe organ. A seven-octave pipe organ. An antique seven-octave pipe organ, rescued from a state of material decrepitude, now newly rebuilt and installed inside a climate-controlled shipping container by Dimension’s co-founder Colin McIntyre.

“The organ came out of a church in Detroit,” says the sculptor. “It went into disuse in the Eighties and much of the instrument was lost over the years before it came to me. It was originally built in the mid-1930s by a company that’s one of the few remaining American manufacturers of pipe organs: Wicks Organ Company. I’ve rebuilt wind chests for it and implemented the electronic controls for modern interface – been working with a well-known acoustician and the premiere provider of electronic pipe organ controls in the country – but everything else is original equipment. And I’ll be adding more ranks as I find them.”

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ARANPO / Stitch

New work by Akirash, April 6th – 23rd

 
ARANPO / Stitch is a solo exhibition of Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya, known as Akirash. Originally from Nigeria, Akirash is a world-renowned multidisciplinary artist.
 
OPENING RECEPTION – APRIL 6TH FROM 7 TO 10PM
 
OPEN GALLERY HOURS – SAT AND SUN FROM 12 TO 6PM FROM APRIL 8TH – 23RD
 
For the last 15 years, he has won three international awards, seven grants, he has been featured in more than 10 solo shows, 50 group exhibitions, 28 performances, 20 artist residencies. He has been invited to many higher institutions as a visiting artist and has been written about in more than 60 articles and publications. He has created exhibitions in Texas, New York, Tanzania, South Africa, England, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Netherlands, Namibia, Russia, and Germany. Since 2012 he has been living in Austin, exhibiting his work at Co-lab, Mass Gallery, Fusebox, MOAH, Art on 5th, and Big Medium.
 
ARANPO / Stitch is a reflection on nature, preservation, privilege, and family. The seeds that were preserved to be planted for the next season are all damaged and rotting. Those which survived the season bear infertile fruits. The privilege of past generations has gone. New generations are damaging, mending and protecting what is left.
 
We continue making the same mistakes over and over again, but we are still here. We are still stitching A to B, X to Y to Z, no matter how many times they try to push us down. We look for trouble that costs us dearly by sticking our noses into that which does not concern us, by trying to carry the burdens of others. If we stick to together like glue without blame and assume the part that we all have to play, we shall prevail.
 
We are family.

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ARANPO / Stitch

A solo exhibition of Akirash, opening April 6th

ARANPO / Stitch is a solo exhibition of Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya, known as Akirash. Originally from Nigeria, Akirash is a world-renowned multidisciplinary artist.
 
OPENING RECEPTION – APRIL 6TH FROM 7 TO 10PM
 
OPEN GALLERY HOURS – SAT AND SUN FROM 12 TO 6PM FROM APRIL 8TH – 23RD
 
For the last 15 years, he has won three international awards, seven grants, he has been featured in more than 10 solo shows, 50 group exhibitions, 28 performances, 20 artist residencies. He has been invited to many higher institutions as a visiting artist and has been written about in more than 60 articles and publications. He has created exhibitions in Texas, New York, Tanzania, South Africa, England, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Netherlands, Namibia, Russia, and Germany. Since 2012 he has been living in Austin, exhibiting his work at Co-lab, Mass Gallery, Fusebox, MOAH, Art on 5th, and Big Medium.
 
ARANPO / Stitch is a reflection on nature, preservation, privilege, and family. The seeds that were preserved to be planted for the next season are all damaged and rotting. Those which survived the season bear infertile fruits. The privilege of past generations has gone. New generations are damaging, mending and protecting what is left.
 
We continue making the same mistakes over and over again, but we are still here. We are still stitching A to B, X to Y to Z, no matter how many times they try to push us down. We look for trouble that costs us dearly by sticking our noses into that which does not concern us, by trying to carry the burdens of others. If we stick to together like glue without blame and assume the part that we all have to play, we shall prevail.
 
We are family.

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The Resonant Lung

March 3 – 19

The Resonant Lung is the full realization of the historic pipe organ project by gallery co-founder Colin McIntyre. The Resonant Lung will be an experiential sound environment. Built inside of a climate controlled shipping container, the 7 octave pipe organ will be controlled electronically, allowing composers to design soundscapes to be featured on the pipes. Visitors will get to have intimate encounters in small groups with the compositions inside the sculpted space. The opening will initially feature compositions by McIntyre and by his first guest in what will become a revolving sound residency with The Resonant Lung.

Since establishing his full time professional studio practice in 2001, McIntyre has received three public art commissions. McIntyre’s most notable accomplishments of large-scale site specific sculpture include Arboreal Passage at the Austin Nature and Science Center and Emergence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He was awarded a grant from the Texas Biennial in 2009 and three COA Cultural Arts grants for local exibtions. His work has been featured in the Museum of Vordingborg, Denmark, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Sloan Miyasato Gallery in San Francisco, among many others. He co-founded Dimension Gallery in March of 2016, Austin’s only gallery dedicated to exhibiting and promoting sculpture and three-dimensional art.

This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. For more info on McIntyre’s work, see www.sculptureforge.com.

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“Wayne Alan Brenner’s Top 10 Arts-Related Program Activities of 2016”

Austin Chronicle – January 2017

Difficult to single out just one exhibition at Colin McIntyre and Moya Khabele’s Eastside gallery, as all the shows have been as compelling as they’ve been different. The sole venue in town devoted to displaying only 3-D works, Dimension pleases my aesthetics so powerfully because many of the folks involved are blacksmiths and are all hands-on (elsewhere) with the iron and the fire – and that heavy industry echoes even when the artists are working in delicate ceramic, plastic, wood, or feathers.

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Resonant Lung Concert Series: Ricardo Donoso

March 4th at Springdale Station

Ricardo Donoso is a composer, percussionist and electronic musician from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who currently resides in Boston. After having studied composition at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory he has participated in a slew of projects over the years, from holding down the drum chair in new music/avant-metal visionaries Ehnahre to scoring for recent documentary features such as Greg Barker’s “Homegrown: The Counter Terror Dilemma” (HBO pictures 2016) and the Grand Prize short film winner in Brazilian cinema “Casimiro Effect”. Donoso has since collaborated with film makers & video artists on commissions worldwide creating immersive environments & performances. 

As a solo recording artist, Donoso has released music on esteemed labels such as Denovali, Digitalis, Further Records and Hospital Productions, and continues to tour throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. He is most concerned with building and manipulating an immersive sound world that blurs the line between light and dark, hope and despair, past and future. Under a chain of progressive rhythms, cinematic textures and elegant melodicism, Donoso’s work pushes through with piercing strength, manipulating a sonic wave through space with nothing but pulse and mind blowing intensity.

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Join us March 4th at Springdale Station for this rare U.S. appearance by this world renowned composer. This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Dvision.

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The Resonant Lung

Opening Reception March 3rd

The Resonant Lung is the full realization of the historic pipe organ project by gallery co-founder Colin McIntyre. The Resonant Lung will be an experiential sound environment. Built inside of a climate controlled shipping container, the 7 octave pipe organ will be controlled electronically, allowing composers to design soundscapes to be featured on the pipes. Visitors will get to have intimate encounters in small groups with the compositions inside the sculpted space. The opening will initially feature compositions by McIntyre and by his first guest in what will become a revolving sound residency with The Resonant Lung.

Since establishing his full time professional studio practice in 2001, McIntyre has received three public art commissions. McIntyre’s most notable accomplishments of large-scale site specific sculpture include Arboreal Passage at the Austin Nature and Science Center and Emergence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He was awarded a grant from the Texas Biennial in 2009 and three COA Cultural Arts grants for local exibtions. His work has been featured in the Museum of Vordingborg, Denmark, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Sloan Miyasato Gallery in San Francisco, among many others. He co-founded Dimension Gallery in March of 2016, Austin’s only gallery dedicated to exhibiting and promoting sculpture and three-dimensional art.

This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. For more info on McIntyre’s work, see www.sculptureforge.com.

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Bound and Determined Opening Reception

Local artist Steve Wiman is revealing a new body of work at Dimension Gallery entitled Bound and Determined. The show will commence with an opening reception on February 2nd from 6-9pm and will be open to the public for the rest of February on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm.

Bound and Determined is a reflection on the strength we find from the bonds of community in times of uncertainty. Family ties bind us together. Our chosen families are even more profoundly bound. In uncertain circumstances, our determination to be our best selves is essential. Our path must be determined by clarity and truth. This installation honors the bonds of friends and family and celebrates our determination to be better together. 

Steve Wiman is an assemblage artist and owner of an unusual antique store in Austin, Uncommon Objects. Steve is a graduate of the University of North Texas and attended graduate art school at the University of Texas. It was the study of color and composition through painting that gave him his aesthetic foundation. Finding beauty in the mundane and shining a light on it is his mission as an artist.

When asked to illuminate the meaning of this upcoming exhibition, Steve says, “My world is changing. It’s changing fast. I have never felt more uncertainty and psychic unrest in my lifetime. Truths known are in question. Clarity gives way to blurred vision. My response is my choice. I am bound and determined to seek the light. I am obligated to be kind, to honor truth and to find beauty and share it.”

This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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