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Gold and Shadow

New work by Nick Schnitzer

multi-pupose-ladderGold and Shadow, an upcoming exhibition of sculpture from Austin artist Nick Schnitzer, takes a look at our dark side. On second thought, perhaps it’s better to say that the artist offers viewers the chance to look at their own shadows, a term borrowed from Swiss psychologist Carl Jung which concerns the aspects of ourselves that we hide, repress, or deny, in order of becoming whole, fully integrated beings. The gold, representing those parts of us that we are proud of and therefore willing to show, also have a place in the work. There are many mirrors and reflective surfaces in this show, along with industrial materials, some moving parts, and dark cavities to explore. Gold and black appear somewhere in every piece, reminding the viewer that these elements co-exist at every level of being.

Opening Reception – December 1st from 7 to 10pm
Open Gallery Hours – Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm, December 3 – 18

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

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The Paved Garden

cyclicabundance-pavedgarden-4In collaboration with Big Medium and the EAST Austin Studio Tour, Dimension Gallery is allowing the stunning sculptural work that lives inside the four walls to explode into the outside. The space, which was originally an industrial food manufacturing plant from the 50’s, boasts a large outdoor paved space with a vintage industrial awning. On November 12th, the outdoor space will be filled with large scale sculpture from various heavy hitting artists, heavy being the key word. This once barren industrial complex will be transformed into East Austin’s only large scale curated sculpture garden, The Paved Garden. Visitors will be able to see the works seven days a week at any time on this busy intersection Springdale and Airport. Thanks to core funding from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, the installation will be a major destination for Austin art lovers and visitors from all over.  

The Paved Garden: Opening November 12, 2016 at 11am on the first day of EAST and closing September 30, 2017

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

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Cyclic Abundance

14963377_10211033339700063_5701572368241118866_nIndoors at Dimension Gallery, Cyclic Abundance, will fill the gallery space. Cyclic Abundance is a reflection on the temporal shift of the seasons, the process of decay giving way to renewed life. The 2016/2017 Dimension Fellowship Artists will each create a piece for this collaborative group show to celebrate the changing seasons, the shared artistic space, and the EAST Austin Studio Tour. The Dimension Fellowship program is unique in that these eight represented artists are provided space for two solo exhibitions, a $5,000 grant from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Foundation, and assistance with promotion and business development. This aspect of Dimension Gallery distinguishes its model from normal commercial galleries by showcasing new work while also financially aiding artists.

Cyclic Abundance Open Gallery Hours: November 12th, 13th and 19th and 20th from 11am to 6pm

Closing Celebration Music Night sponsored by Church of the Friendly Ghost: November 19th at 7pm

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Cloaked Identity: Art of the Mask

shapiromask-3aOctober 6th – 23rd

Masks fabricate new identities, giving the wearer the opportunity to watch other people without being watched. Wearers can become animals or mythical creatures, or act in a way that is not expected. They can hide behind the mask or use it to reveal a hidden truth. People use real masks to transform into something completely different or use metaphorical masks to present a different personality. We can become a concept, something totally different, other worldly. Anything can happen.


Cloaked Identity: Art of the Mask is a one month exhibition during October that showcases masks that are venerable works of art. Each piece is a sculpture in its own right, speaking to the viewer through its aesthetic while inspiring the viewer to wonder what it would feel like to wear it. 

Featured artists include:

Ana Aguilar
Valerie Chaussonnet
Niv Cohen
Emily Coleman
Grant Kreizenbeck
Jasmine Johnson
Sarah McFadden
Dennis McNett
Marianne Levy
Corinne Loperfido
Scott Rolfe
Lucien Shapiro
Alyssa Taylor Wendt
Dana Younger

The show begins with an opening reception on October 6th from 7 to 10pm and is open to the public during gallery hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm, from October 8th through 23rd. The work will be available for viewing by appointment until October 31st. 

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” – Oscar Wilde

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Cloaked Identity: Art of the Mask

14117785_819873394782098_4364163751045852693_nOctober 6th – 7 to 10pm

Masks fabricate new identities, giving the wearer the opportunity to watch other people without being watched. Wearers can become animals or mythical creatures, or act in a way that is not expected. They can hide behind the mask or use it to reveal a hidden truth. People use real masks to transform into something completely different or use metaphorical masks to present a different personality. We can become a concept, something totally different, other worldly. Anything can happen.

Cloaked Identity: Art of the Mask is a one month exhibition during October that showcases masks that are venerable works of art. Each piece is a sculpture in its own right, speaking to the viewer through its aesthetic while inspiring the viewer to wonder what it would feel like to wear it. The show begins with an opening reception on October 6th from 7 to 10pm and is open to the public during gallery hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm, from October 8th to 16th. The work will be available for viewing by appointment until October 31st. 

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The Collector, New Work by Haley Woodward

13903413_807929555976482_8391476968473157149_nOpening Reception – September 8th at 7pm

“The Collector” is a loose narrative about a robot, or a mech, a self portrait collecting unique examples of ornamental morphology in steel. 

“The Collector” begins with an opening reception on September 8th at 7pm and will be open to the public during weekend gallery hours from September 10th through the 25th on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm.

After achieving his BFA in Sculpture from Guilford College and his MFA in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University, Woodward has traveled the country creating and displaying his metal sculpture. Woodward’s work is generated by an exploration of working properties of metal, specifically iron, steel and brass. He applies traditional and modern techniques to these materials, to create sculptural forms. At the same time, Woodward makes sculptural forms as a means to work with and better understand metal. Iron, steel, and brass give a pallet of colors, textures, and physical properties that allow a variety of options when making work. These materials come with their own histories within the context of the human experience. Starting as technical challenges and investigations into the process of blacksmithing, new forms and process become illuminated, and new sculptural ideas tend to follow. More often then not, this leads to more technical challenges and the drama continues. Technique inspired by the work, and work inspired by technique.

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“Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture” at Dimension Gallery

Austin Chronicle – August 2016

image1Magdalena Jarkowiec’s two-ness is two female figures combined in one at the legs so one stands upright and the other is upside down like a reflection in a still pond….Most notable, as I have mentioned, is the single head. Do both entities making two-ness think and speak through that single head, or does the upper body think and the bottom headless body only gesture and feel, maybe communicating with hands alone (long fingers that could feel and communicate complexities with deftness). The head here is gorgeous and odd, with a gaping red mouth and cloth eyes. I don’t imagine words coming out as much as music, guttural tonalities and honks. I could be wrong. Maybe she speaks wonders, enchanting ululations, luxurious, haunting songs like calls to prayer. Her voice may be as counterintuitive as her floral skin.

The only obviously shared language in “Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture” is that of the object. Aside from this, the variation is expansive, a medley of perspectives. two-ness speaks one story while the others speak theirs. They are objects speaking in multiple dialects at once; a labyrinth of tongues mishmashed like Babel in the spirit of one.  Photo credit:  Trey McIntyre

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Austin Art Break

Tribeza Magazine – August 2016

14329896_831561510279953_1984097959386097677_nOn Aug. 4, Art Alliance members were able to get an exclusive preview of Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture, an exhibit consisting of work by 13 female sculptors. Members were also able to enjoy drinks alongside Austin artists responsible for shaping the art scene in the city.

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The Collector: New Work by Haley Woodward

the collectorSeptember 8th – 25th

“The Collector” is a loose narrative about a robot, or a mech, a self portrait collecting unique examples of ornamental morphology in steel. 

“The Collector” begins with an opening reception on September 8th at 7pm and will be open to the public during weekend gallery hours from September 10th through the 25th on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm.

After achieving his BFA in Sculpture from Guilford College and his MFA in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University, Woodward has traveled the country creating and displaying his metal sculpture. Woodward’s work is generated by an exploration of working properties of metal, specifically iron, steel and brass. He applies traditional and modern techniques to these materials, to create sculptural forms. At the same time, Woodward makes sculptural forms as a means to work with and better understand metal. Iron, steel, and brass give a pallet of colors, textures, and physical properties that allow a variety of options when making work. These materials come with their own histories within the context of the human experience. Starting as technical challenges and investigations into the process of blacksmithing, new forms and process become illuminated, and new sculptural ideas tend to follow. More often then not, this leads to more technical challenges and the drama continues. Technique inspired by the work, and work inspired by technique.

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Disparate Mythos Movie Night

bourgeois_keyAugust 24th, 7 to 10pm

Join us for a movie night at Dimension Gallery during the ‘Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture’ show. ‘Disparate Mythos’ features 13 different women sculptors featuring metalwork, ceramics, mixed media, textiles and wearable sculpture. The common thread is the female experience and reflecting one’s story using dimensionality.

In honor of this beautiful display of powerhouse lady artists, we are showing the documentary, “Louise Bourgois: The Spider, The Mistress, and The Tangerine.” This 2008 documentary details her process, shows the artist in her studio and with her installations, and brings to light her inspirations. “Bourgeois reveals her life and work to be imbued with her ongoing obsession with the mysteries of childhood.”

There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 at the door. DJ EPZ will spin records from 7 to 8:30 and the movie will start around 8:30.  We will have movie concessions, snacks, and beer for sale as well. We have seating at our picnic tables, but if you’d like something more comfortable, please bring a cushion or a chair.

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