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Dimension Gallery: Mimicry

 

Austin Chronicle 2017

“Blacksmiths are typically excluded from the art world by those who believe we are all farriers or bladesmiths from a long-ago past,” begins the statement heralding this new exhibition.

Well, we add, anyone who, after they’ve seen this show, still believes that? That’s the kind of person we refer to, technically, as a fucking idiot.

This “Mimicry” at Dimension Gallery is a show of stunning new pieces by Colby Brinkman, a founder of the Austin Metal Authority, who works in iron the way other artists might work in wood or clay, and whose finely wrought creations are often inspired by the gorgeous and creepy anatomies of arthropods.

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Art Alliance Beyond the Bio

Beyond the Bio is a series that takes you past the canvas and into the minds of the artists and curators who build the contemporary arts community.

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.

Her latest body of work entitled “The Silent Narrative of Things” will be exhibited at Dimension Gallery, with an opening reception on May 4th from 7 to 10pm. Public gallery hours will follow on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm from May 6th through May 21st. When asked about the significance of this upcoming work, Almuelle reflects…

“When I started 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 a subtext of the piece. Spice as an undercurrent narrative of human immigration, trade and value. And Salt as a form of currency and power but it is also a fundamental part of the human body. Salt founded 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 orifices and openings 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 existent multiple holes on 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.”

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Almuelle’s “The Silent Narrative of Things” Speaks Loud in the Shadows

Austin Chronicle 2017

Don’t let the rain, if there’s rain, keep you away from the second weekend of the West Austin Studio Tour.

And while you’re enjoying the seemingly endless delights of the WEST, don’t let that keep you away from the Eastside’s excellent Dimension Gallery.

 

Moirai, you see: The Apportioners

We mean, look, if you’re going to be out & about anyway, then it’s not like you’ll be making a special trip, right? And what’s on display in Dimension Gallery right now is more than worth making a special trip for in the first place.

This: “The Silent Narrative of Things” by Alejandra Almuelle.

It’s the second solo show by the brilliant sculptor in this spare and elegant space, and it might even eclipse the dark glories of her exhibition that helped to inaugurate the venue more than a year ago.

Note: There’s some kind of colloquy going on elsewhere in town next week, where the Austin Creative Alliance is matching local artists with various faith-based congregations, trying to foment up some space-sharing arrangements for all these creative types? The program’s called “Art in Sacred Spaces.”

Well, neither Dimension Gallery nor this new show by Almuelle has anything to do with that, as far as we know, but we thought of it while viewing this “Silent Narrative of Things.” Because what Almuelle has done is turned Dimension Gallery into what we can’t help but perceive as a sacred space. Not some typical “sacred space” festooned with the gimcrackery of more common religions, though. Rather, a hidden alcove redolent of ancient pagan mysteries, of deep Jungian undercurrents, with sculptures of the artist’s interpretation of the Three Fates all texturally complex against the entrance wall; with a series of hollow and pristinely white figures atop a field of salt on a far table; with sculpted hands set among piled patterns of spice – cinnamon, turmeric, pepper, and more – on a closer surface; with a diverse array of rough porcelain needles literally stitching yarn-as-bloodlines into the very concrete of the gallery’s cemented verticals.

We caution you not to attend this exhibition while under the influence of any especially strong psychedelic drugs, citizen, lest you go all Dr. Jessup from the experience.

But do stop by Dimension Gallery this weekend, the final weekend for Almuelle’s show there, and enter an eerie cathedral of the mind made manifest with astonishing skill and shadow-driven conjuring from a world-class sorceress of claywork.

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The Paved Garden + sculp-chur Opening

Sculp-chur is a “product line” that consists of one of a kind small sculptures packaged to mimic retail presentation. Each piece is an original artwork presented as if it just came out of a snack vending machine. Without lofty agendas, the show contemplates the modes of consumption for visual art.

The Paved Garden, a large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibit at Dimension Gallery, is kicking off its second year this November. In celebration of the EAST Austin Studio Tour and in collaboration with the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Dimension Gallery will launch an updated collection of its curated sculpture garden. The exhibit sits under an industrial awning and is accessible and illuminated 24 hours a day. The Paved Garden has become a well known art destination in East Austin. 

Both of these shows open Friday, November 10th from 6 to 8pm. Join us right after at Springdale Station for Art at the Station from 8 to 10pm.

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Art at the Station

Moya McIntyre presents Art at the Station on Friday, November 10th, the night before the first day of the EAST Austin Studio Tour. Come celebrate this festive season with us at Springdale Station for “Art at the Station” featuring work by Moya and Colin McIntyre, Shea Little, Laura Latimer, Rebecca Bennett and Jenn Hassin. This historic train station will be sprinkled with colorful abstract paintings, metal sculpture, mixed media sculpture, and installation art.

The party starts at 8pm and kicks off with a special dance performance by Kelsey Oliver, Hunter Sturgis, and Aundre Wesley at 8:30pm.

Next door at Dimension Gallery, two shows open from 6 to 8pm. We recommend popping by Dimension first for a peak of Sculp-chur and The Paved Garden and then sauntering over to the Station for more art and performance from 8 to 10pm.

The exhibition will be on view during EAST as well on November 11, 12, 18, and 19 from 11am to 6pm. This project is supported in part by The City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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sculp-chur

Sculp-chur is a month-long group exhibition at Dimension Gallery that opens with a reception on November 10th from 6 to 8pm, and will be featured throughout the EAST Austin Studio Tour weekends.

Sculp-chur is a “product line” that consists of one of a kind small sculptures packaged to mimic retail presentation. Each piece is an original artwork presented as if it just came out of a snack vending machine. Without lofty agendas, the show contemplates the modes of consumption for visual art.

The exhibit likens itself to a conceptual convenience store. The show offers compact works, hanging in their packaging from hooks on peg board or even sitting in a glass faced soda fridge. The packaging communicates that the sculpture is clean and ready to go, anxious to be snatched off the rack and brought home for maximum satisfaction. It is a superfluous element that transforms the sculpture from a piece of art into a “properly” commodified product for that moment in time.

Artists featured include:

Ted Carey
Valerie Chassonnet
Emily Coleman
Rebecca Lynn Hewitt
April Garcia
Terra Goolsby
Jennifer Hill
Sarah Hirneisen
Laura Latimer
Thomas John Lemanski
Lindsey Maestri
Colin McIntyre
Haley Parsa
Rebekah Rauser
Jamie Spinello
Dana Suleymanova
W. Tucker
Rachel Wilkins
Dana Younger

Opening Reception – November 10th from 6 to 8pm

EAST Gallery Hours – November 11, 12, 18, and 19 from 11am to 6pm

Regular Gallery Hours – Saturdays from November 25 – December 9 from 12 to 5pm

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The Paved Garden

The Paved Garden, a large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibit at Dimension Gallery, is kicking off its second year this November. In celebration of the EAST Austin Studio Tour and in collaboration with the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Dimension Gallery will launch an updated collection of its curated sculpture garden. The exhibit sits under an industrial awning and is accessible and illuminated 24 hours a day. The Paved Garden has become a well known art destination in East Austin.

Opening Reception – November 10th from 6 to 8pm.

EAST Austin Studio Tour Dates – November 11, 12, 18 and 19 from 11am to 6pm

Featured artists include:

Colby Brinkman
Erin Cunningham
Jonas Criscoe
Rachel David
Sarah Heath
Magdalena Jarkowiec
Sun McGolgin
Colin McIntyre
Haley Parsa
Travis Seeger
Haley Woodward
Dana Younger

Photo by Mike Grey

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Mimicry, New Work by Colby Brinkman


Opening reception: October 5th from 7 to 10pm

Gallery Hours: Saturdays from 12 to 5pm, October 7th – November 4th

In entomology, an instar is a stage, a continuation of the lifecycle before eclosion–the transforming emergence of an insect. It is a cycle reflecting nature’s essence and essential work, akin to re-animation, re-imagination, re-tailoring, and re-awakening. In Mimicry, instar is a reflection of what arrives and articulates from the frass and gall of most notions, guises, and impulses–the cracking of creation.

Mimicry is Colby Brinkman’s 2nd and final show at Dimension Gallery, and is resumed development of sculptures from his first, Hexapoda, which merged metal, carbon, and fire into creepily familiar and fantastic forms.

Colby Brinkman began his training as an artist and blacksmith in 1995. He spent two years as a journeyman under master smiths in Czech Republic, Italy and Spain. Since returning to Austin and opening Metal Mantis in 2005, Brinkman has applied his traditional blacksmithing to making metal sculptures, primarily larger-than-life insects — hence the name Metal Mantis. Brinkman is a founding member of the Austin Metal Authority, a collective of metal artists and blacksmiths.

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About Us

New Work by Shea Little opens August 24th

About Us is an exploration of hypothetical effects our culture has on the world. This exploration is primarily concerned with the layering of human activity and extruding abstract ideas about the artifacts we are adding to the strata for future generations to unearth. Our understanding of past civilizations is expanded and redefined by examining their excavated artifacts, we too will leave a story behind that tells others about us.

The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception on August 24th from 7 to 10pm and will be open on Saturdays from 12 to 5pm from August 26th through September 30th.

Shea Little received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2000, and in 2015 he completed an Arts Management Certificate from the Texas Executive Certificdate Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Shea co-founded Bolm Studios, Big Medium, the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, and the Texas Biennial. He has been serving as Executive Director of Big Medium since 2007. He currently serving as board chair of the Austin Creative Alliance and as a board member of Generous Art. Shea also co-founded Cantanker Magazine, a print and online publication dedicated to weird art projects and critical conversation. He is an artist and has exhibited throughout Texas as a part of a three person collaborative group called Sodalitas. Currently Sodalitas is finishing a large scale sound project commissioned by Art in Public Places on Brazos Street in downtown Austin. This exhibition at Dimension Gallery will be Shea’s first solo exhibition as an individual artist.

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About Us

New Work by Shea Little

About Us is an exploration of hypothetical effects our culture has on the world. This exploration is primarily concerned with the layering of human activity and extruding abstract ideas about the artifacts we are adding to the strata for future generations to unearth. Our understanding of past civilizations is expanded and redefined by examining their excavated artifacts, we too will leave a story behind that tells others about us.

The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception on August 24th from 7 to 10pm and will be open on Saturdays from 12 to 5pm from August 26th through September 30th.

Shea Little received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2000, and in 2015 he completed an Arts Management Certificate from the Texas Executive Certificdate Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Shea co-founded Bolm Studios, Big Medium, the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, and the Texas Biennial. He has been serving as Executive Director of Big Medium since 2007. He currently serving as board chair of the Austin Creative Alliance and as a board member of Generous Art. Shea also co-founded Cantanker Magazine, a print and online publication dedicated to weird art projects and critical conversation. He is an artist and has exhibited throughout Texas as a part of a three person collaborative group called Sodalitas. Currently Sodalitas is finishing a large scale sound project commissioned by Art in Public Places on Brazos Street in downtown Austin. This exhibition at Dimension Gallery will be Shea’s first solo exhibition as an individual artist.

RSVP here.

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