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Force, Fuse, Flower: Colin McIntyre’s “Circumnutation”

New metalwork show brings a few helical organics to Dimension Gallery – Austin Chronicle June 15, 2016

13442410_1331244306889987_888590144371514428_n“I love working with forms that defy the cold rigidity of the medium,” says the tall, bearded sculptor. And though he did that with Arboreal Passage, his lifesized six-tree arch that marks entrance to the Austin Nature & Science Center, even that Art In Public Places commission was more of a specific portrait-in-metal than he’s partial to.

“I prefer to embrace the power of lifeforms in a non-discerning fashion,” says McIntyre. “I’d rather capture the essence, the grace and beauty of lifeforms, and abandon the sort of representational artwork where you’re representing a particular species. I grew up steeped in science and aesthetics, and I have a real appreciation for science and the determining of species, the subtle variations. But I also like abandoning the whole speciation tendency, so instead of chopping and dividing everything, I go toward the bigger picture, the guiding forces of evolutionary adaptation.”

Which is what’s on display – beautifully on display – in Dimension Gallery’s “Circumnutation.” The sum of which display may be, as they say, greater than its parts. But, oh, there are many parts.

“In this body of work,” says the artist, “each piece is composed of individual elements – they’re all pendulous, hanging elements. And each component is kind of its own piece, and together they’re like chains.”

Like chains of being, maybe, especially as these chains are immutable – unless acted upon by heat and pressure equivalent to what McIntyre’s already expended in their creation? But, ah, now we’re getting tangled in our own chains of thought, influenced as we are by the Darwinian reference of the show’s title. (Note: Circumnutation is the term the estimable Charles used in 1865 to describe the motion of growing stems and tendrils).

To put it more succinctly: You know that thing that plants do, that curvilinear extension of themselves in space, the sometimes helical nature of their slo-mo kinesis? That blatant organic thing that sets them apart from inert matter? That’s what Colin McIntyre has captured, has rendered in cold dead metal.

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Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture

Disparate mythos flyerAugust 5th – 21st

Dimension Gallery is hosting a special one month exhibition, opening August 5th, featuring women sculptors entitled ‘Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture’.

Containing elements different from one another. The artist’s personal folklore is represented, informing the collective mythos. Patterns of beliefs diverge and reconvene. The common thread is the female experience and reflecting one’s story using dimensionality.

The exhibition features:

Alejandra Almuelle
Holly Bobisuthi
Valerie Chaussonnet
Erin Cunningham
Rachel David
Andrea DeLeon
Jennifer Hill
Magdalena Jarkowiec
Laura Latimer
Sarah McFadden
Amy Scofield
Gingi Statman
Alyssa Taylor Wendt

Including a special performance art piece by Magdalena Jarkowiec

Opening Reception: August 5th from 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm, August 6th – 21st

Curated by Moya Khabele

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and Big Medium.

Photo of ‘White Girl, Beige Girl, Brown Girl’ by Gingi Statman


 

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Lullabies and New Language: New Work by Terra Goolsby

Lullabies and New language flyerJuly 7th – 24th

Lullabies and New Language entails a self reflexive examination that draws upon mythologies and realms such as, mysticism, science fiction, religious lore, and psychology. Revealing an acute interiority through visual narrative and material verse, these sculptures are an intentional individual inspection of creation myth. Literary and visual references such as The Hunt of the Unicorn, Renditions of Biblical Creation, and Cherokee Earth-Diver Myth ignite illusory reconciliations that are surveyed through studio processes that consist of a permutation of traditional mediums.  

Opening Reception: July 7th from 7 to 10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from July 9th – 24th

Terra Goolsby is a Texas based artist and curator living and working in Austin, Texas. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she acquired a MFA in Sculpture and remained a Presidential Scholar for the duration of her stay. She also conducted independent research at Brown University where she identified her obsession with de-construction of traditional myth. She also attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a BFA in painting and sculpture.

She has been an artist in residence at West Dean College of Sussex University in Chichester, England, Vermont Studio Center, and I-Park Foundation in New Hampshire. Her work has been exhibited in Texas, England, New York, Rhode Island, Boston, and Connecticut. Venues include The Dallas Contemporary Museum, Studio 107 Gallery, Open Doors Downtown, and the Harvard Natural History Museum. She is currently a member of ICOSA gallery, an artist run space In Austin, Texas. She continues to work in Austin, where she lives with her husband, Jaime Cano and two children, Aponi and Se-Lu. Her recent trajectory into motherhood has inspired her current concentrated inspection of creation myths.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and Big Medium.


 

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“Dimension Gallery opens with Birth : Rebirth, Elemental Origins”

Art and Arnold 3.11.16 by H.C. Arnold
press1“As for the show, with eight artists, it’s possible that it would be overly diverse and lacking any unity. However, that is not the case. Although the sculptures range in size from the monumental to the intimate, and in appearance from the abstract to the figurative, underlying this entire exhibition is a subtle feeling of antiquity. Each piece appears like a relic from the past. Some of this is outright in the imagery used. For example, trilobites adorn the walls, a fabricated pile of bison skulls rest on a podium, and a portrait bust, that stands quietly in the corner, looks more like what you would find in a museum than in a contemporary gallery. Other works internalize this theme. “Natural Balance” preserves a collection of objects in resin…In the gallery’s outdoor space, “Hexobelisk 3” looks weathered and old. It’s the result of intense heat and pressure that caused the metal tower to collapse down on it self. In its fat and rusted appearance, the contorted column reveals this process by alluding to the tremendous force of the past event that shaped it.”

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New gallery adds unique dimension to growing East Austin art scene

Culture Map 3.4.16 by Molly McManus
press2“The city’s newest art space, Dimension Gallery, is providing exposure to a specific type of art: sculpture and three-dimensional works. The only gallery in Austin focusing specifically on sculpture and 3D art, the nonprofit was started by Moya Khabele and sculptor Colin McIntyre in December 2015 and is working ‘to inspire dimension in the up-and-coming East Austin art movement’.”

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Community Breakfast Studio Crawl

March 12th 2016 11am-6pm

Join Big Medium this Saturday, March 12th, for the 3rd Community Breakfast cbscStudio Crawl, a bi-monthly collaborative and community event between Bolm Studios, pump project, The Museum of Human Achievement and Canopy and us, Dimension Gallery. Complimentary breakfast will be served at Bolm Studios from 10 AM-11 AM before guests are invited to head out to see current studio work and exhibitions at the five east Austin art complexes. https://www.facebook.com/events/878156038961540/

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Gallery

The new home of Dimension Gallery is an industrial bay at 979 Springdale.  The warehouse, a food manufacturing plant for the last thirty years, is currently being transformed into a bustling commercial district including the Austin Bouldering Project, Austin Eastciders, Ground Floor Theatre, and Daily Greens.  The indoor exhibition space boasts high ceilings, vintage industrial lighting, and terracotta brick walls.  The outdoor space includes a large covered seating area and a secondary display area.  Dimension is situated a block away from the well known art studio/gallery facility, Canopy, adding to the burgeoning East Austin gallery district.

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History

Dimension Gallery was founded by Colin McIntyre and Moya Khabele, who conceived the idea after co-producing several shows for McIntyre, a local sculptor.  Colin McIntyre has built his career as a metal sculptor in Austin since 2001.  His most notable accomplishments of large-scale sculpture include ‘Arboreal Passage’ at the Austin Nature and Science Center and ‘Emergence’ at Art on the Llano in Lubbock, TX.  He was awarded a grant from the Texas Biennial in 2009 and has been featured in the Museum of Vordingborg, Denmark, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, and the People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, among many others.  His recent accomplishments include two solo shows funded by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division as well as an invitation to the world-renowned international sculpture show in Perth, Australia, Sculpture by the Sea.

colinmoyaengaged-6790-copyMoya Khabele co-founded and operated a nonprofit private school in Austin, The Khabele School, for 12 years.  In this role, she helped grow a small start up alternative school with 10 students to a three-campus pre-K through 12th grade school with over 500 students.  She also helped to found and performed for a local West African Dance Company, Lannaya, for 10 years, both performing and writing grants for the nonprofit.  She went on to help found Vuka, an event venue and co-working space, where she created monthly art openings to help promote local artists. Continuing her love of the arts, she assisted in producing shows for Big Ass Canvas and Colin McIntyre Sculpture Studio. 

McIntyre and Khabele have teamed up to fill what they find to be a void in Austin’s art scene, a gallery dedicated to showcasing sculptural and three-dimensional art.  They are also assisting artists in accessing City of Austin Cultural Arts funding, another function that most galleries do not undertake.  Their goal is to not only exhibit art, but to empower the artists to fund the creation of their work, considering the more intensive studio practices often involved in generating sculpture.

They aim to inspire dimension in the up and coming East Austin art movement.

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Birth : Rebirth, Elemental origins

March 5th – 27th

birthrebirthAustin, TX – On March 5, 2016, Dimension Gallery will make its debut with a group exhibition called “Birth: Rebirth, Elemental Origins.”  Dimension Gallery is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to exhibiting and promoting sculpture and three-dimensional art. With a recent grant from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and sponsorship by Big Medium, the gallery will open with a collaborative group show on March 5th titled “Birth : Rebirth, Elemental Origins.” Artists will create new works that explore the fundamental origins of their process or medium. The show will be a contemplation of origins or underpinnings of the medium or the creative process. In a shared space, the artists will define a new context as a group. By sharing a window into the elemental origins of the work or the medium, the viewer is invited to be a part of the process, envisioning the raw elements. The diversity of medium, reflecting on the diversity of this artist group, will include metal, paper, clay, wood, and found objects. The show will be on view and open to the public from March 5th through 27th, with an opening reception on March 5th. Open gallery hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 6pm. A small gift shop is also being launched on opening night and will feature art objects, prints, housewares, and jewelry from various local artists. For more information, contact the Gallery Manager Moya Khabele at info@dimension-gallery.org.  


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