Opening Reception, July 7th
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.
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.
March 5th – 27th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.