May 12th – 29th
Hexapoda is an exhibition of new works by metal artist, Colby Brinkman…. Icons of the underfoot underworld. A study of dissection and acts of fabrication, Hexapoda is a making in praise of the scorned, ignored, and underappreciated. The grass groomers, cave dwellers, sky crawlers, and tree huggers. The weavers, dobbers, and dung rollers. Those that keep our world revolving, even as we squish, spray, and exterminate. A simple celebration for the vast universe of the many legged creatures whose tireless work and selfless sacrifice brings food to our tables and clothes to our backs. 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. This exhibition begins with an opening reception on May 12th from 7 to 10pm and will be open to the public during the Dimension Gallery hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm from May 14th through May 29th. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and Big Medium.
One Night Only – July 14th at 7pm
Acclaimed artist, Lucien Shapiro is traveling the country in the Fear Collecting Rituals Tour sharing his multi-part show which features a film screening and an interactive ritual. He performs in Austin at Dimension Gallery on July 14th at 7pm.
Lucien Shapiro’s art is rife with found objects, textures, cast forms, manipulations, raw substances, oddities and personalities. Treating forgotten objects and memories as treasure, he creates a kingdom under which new life is born through sculpture. Austin McManus of Juztapoz Magazine remarks, “His work (is) relatable and relevant, futuristic but still very archaic. It shows evidence of a human touch.” According to Art Enthusiast, “For Shapiro, masks, vessels, and the rituals they are used for may provide a personal, but always aesthetic shield from realities, as well as a context perhaps to process and review the at times chaotic, upending life events, and what they offer in the form of lessons, experiences, and memories of the bearer’s life path.”
His recent body of work will debut in Austin in July. The show starts with a screening of a new, three-part short film entitled The ANALECT Rituals. Created in collaboration with Shaun Roberts and scored by Edison, the film is a creative expression of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” Exploring a symbolic loss of speech, hearing, and sight, the film stars Lucien Shapiro and features his artfully crafted masks. As each of the senses is lost, a different mask is worn, and the wearer goes on a quest for understanding in an attempt to regain what was lost.
The performance then commences with the candles of the mask being lit. During this time Shapiro asks participants to enter the circle of light, write down their greatest fear on provided strips of wooden papyrus bark and then place it in the Relinquishing Fear Vessel. The Fear Ritual symbolizes one’s ability to relinquish the doubt and despair that prevent us from conquering and moving forward on our personal journeys.
Colin McIntyre, the gallery’s co-founder reports, “We wanted to host Shapiro’s performance because his sculptural work embodies both the aesthetic and the methodical craftsmanship we aim to ferret out. We are honored to premiere his work in Austin.”
For more information on the artist and the Fear Collecting Rituals Tour, please visit www.lucienshapiro.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lucien.shapiro.
First collaborative group show a success!
Austin, 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 email@example.com.