ARANPO / Stitch

A solo exhibition of Akirash, opening April 6th

ARANPO / Stitch is a solo exhibition of Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya, known as Akirash. Originally from Nigeria, Akirash is a world-renowned multidisciplinary artist.
 
OPENING RECEPTION – APRIL 6TH FROM 7 TO 10PM
 
OPEN GALLERY HOURS – SAT AND SUN FROM 12 TO 6PM FROM APRIL 8TH – 23RD
 
For the last 15 years, he has won three international awards, seven grants, he has been featured in more than 10 solo shows, 50 group exhibitions, 28 performances, 20 artist residencies. He has been invited to many higher institutions as a visiting artist and has been written about in more than 60 articles and publications. He has created exhibitions in Texas, New York, Tanzania, South Africa, England, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Netherlands, Namibia, Russia, and Germany. Since 2012 he has been living in Austin, exhibiting his work at Co-lab, Mass Gallery, Fusebox, MOAH, Art on 5th, and Big Medium.
 
ARANPO / Stitch is a reflection on nature, preservation, privilege, and family. The seeds that were preserved to be planted for the next season are all damaged and rotting. Those which survived the season bear infertile fruits. The privilege of past generations has gone. New generations are damaging, mending and protecting what is left.
 
We continue making the same mistakes over and over again, but we are still here. We are still stitching A to B, X to Y to Z, no matter how many times they try to push us down. We look for trouble that costs us dearly by sticking our noses into that which does not concern us, by trying to carry the burdens of others. If we stick to together like glue without blame and assume the part that we all have to play, we shall prevail.
 
We are family.

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Resonant Lung Concert Series: Ricardo Donoso

March 4th at Springdale Station

Ricardo Donoso is a composer, percussionist and electronic musician from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who currently resides in Boston. After having studied composition at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory he has participated in a slew of projects over the years, from holding down the drum chair in new music/avant-metal visionaries Ehnahre to scoring for recent documentary features such as Greg Barker’s “Homegrown: The Counter Terror Dilemma” (HBO pictures 2016) and the Grand Prize short film winner in Brazilian cinema “Casimiro Effect”. Donoso has since collaborated with film makers & video artists on commissions worldwide creating immersive environments & performances. 

As a solo recording artist, Donoso has released music on esteemed labels such as Denovali, Digitalis, Further Records and Hospital Productions, and continues to tour throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. He is most concerned with building and manipulating an immersive sound world that blurs the line between light and dark, hope and despair, past and future. Under a chain of progressive rhythms, cinematic textures and elegant melodicism, Donoso’s work pushes through with piercing strength, manipulating a sonic wave through space with nothing but pulse and mind blowing intensity.

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Join us March 4th at Springdale Station for this rare U.S. appearance by this world renowned composer. This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Dvision.

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The Resonant Lung

Opening Reception March 3rd

The Resonant Lung is the full realization of the historic pipe organ project by gallery co-founder Colin McIntyre. The Resonant Lung will be an experiential sound environment. Built inside of a climate controlled shipping container, the 7 octave pipe organ will be controlled electronically, allowing composers to design soundscapes to be featured on the pipes. Visitors will get to have intimate encounters in small groups with the compositions inside the sculpted space. The opening will initially feature compositions by McIntyre and by his first guest in what will become a revolving sound residency with The Resonant Lung.

Since establishing his full time professional studio practice in 2001, McIntyre has received three public art commissions. McIntyre’s most notable accomplishments of large-scale site specific sculpture include Arboreal Passage at the Austin Nature and Science Center and Emergence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He was awarded a grant from the Texas Biennial in 2009 and three COA Cultural Arts grants for local exibtions. His work has been featured in the Museum of Vordingborg, Denmark, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Sloan Miyasato Gallery in San Francisco, among many others. He co-founded Dimension Gallery in March of 2016, Austin’s only gallery dedicated to exhibiting and promoting sculpture and three-dimensional art.

This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. For more info on McIntyre’s work, see www.sculptureforge.com.

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Bound and Determined Opening Reception

Local artist Steve Wiman is revealing a new body of work at Dimension Gallery entitled Bound and Determined. The show will commence with an opening reception on February 2nd from 6-9pm and will be open to the public for the rest of February on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm.

Bound and Determined is a reflection on the strength we find from the bonds of community in times of uncertainty. Family ties bind us together. Our chosen families are even more profoundly bound. In uncertain circumstances, our determination to be our best selves is essential. Our path must be determined by clarity and truth. This installation honors the bonds of friends and family and celebrates our determination to be better together. 

Steve Wiman is an assemblage artist and owner of an unusual antique store in Austin, Uncommon Objects. Steve is a graduate of the University of North Texas and attended graduate art school at the University of Texas. It was the study of color and composition through painting that gave him his aesthetic foundation. Finding beauty in the mundane and shining a light on it is his mission as an artist.

When asked to illuminate the meaning of this upcoming exhibition, Steve says, “My world is changing. It’s changing fast. I have never felt more uncertainty and psychic unrest in my lifetime. Truths known are in question. Clarity gives way to blurred vision. My response is my choice. I am bound and determined to seek the light. I am obligated to be kind, to honor truth and to find beauty and share it.”

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

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#solidfriends Opening Reception

January 5th from 6 to 9pm

“We had once called out hello into the cauldron of the world and then run away before anyone could respond.” 
-Miranda July

#solidfriends

Is the correlation between friendship and time spent physically together still relevant? Our carefully filtered presentation of self, delivered through social networks, manipulates reality and shields us from vulnerability. Can we truly know people who have only shown us a curated part of themselves? 

Sculptor Dana Younger uses portraiture to explore the changing nature of friendship in contemporary society. His path of process, through digital and physical investigations, is woven into each sculpture as a proxy for our experience of friendship in the digital age. Whether rendered with the immediacy of a selfie, or carefully modeled like a long-term friendship, these sculptures reflect variations in our relationships.

#solidfriends asks us to consider friendship and the effect of the digital filters through which we present our lives.

This exhibition will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm from January 7th through the 22nd. This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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Gold and Shadow

Opening Reception – December 1st from 7 to 10pm

15203246_887412804694823_6170084937896733796_nGold 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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An Evening of Artful Sound

Celebrating Cyclic Abundance, The Paved Garden, and the EAST Austin Studio Tour15055692_10209416580546042_6276683253633833086_n

Join us for an outdoor evening of sound at Dimension Gallery and celebration of two sculpture exhibits! 

E.A.S.T. Austin Studio Tour will be going on all around Austin this weekend and we will create an audio environment with friends in the outdoor area at 979 Springdale Rd. Austin, TX 78702.

9 PM: Thomas Bey William Bailey
http://www.tbwb.net/

8 PM: Lisa Cameron and Alex Keller
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLWfCaEO3b8

7 PM: brekekekexkoaxkoax (Jeff Dahlgren and Josh Ronsen)
http://ronsen.org/brekekekexkoaxkoax/

6 PM: Brent Fariss
https://soundcloud.com/brentfariss

This event is to celebrate the opening of “The Paved Garden”, a large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibit and “Cyclic Abundance”, an indoor exhibit of the eight fellowship artists at Dimension Gallery, stops 209 and 210 on the EAST map. This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

This event is “L” on Big Medium’s Partner Program roster for this year’s tour – http://east.bigmedium.org/part/part_L.html

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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 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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